Our business model at a glance:
Manufacture of the carbon neutral biomass will entail:
1. world-class plant tissue culture and micro propagation facilities with greenhouse operation to mass-produce fast growing Paulownia elongata trees (click here or image below)
2. a fully sustainable, dedicated biomass plantation as an energy crop
3. a world-class woodchip plant – producing 24/7 price-fixed feedstock
The fully integrated, scalable, permanently sustainable and carbon neutral biomass operation will comply with all environmental standards. Intended to create integrated benefits for the country, we will design it to the highest standards (education, health care, fair compensation).
We will sell our woodchips locally in West-Africa (biomass, clean cook stoves), as well as in Europe as part of long-term offtake agreements.
In West-Africa there are several biomass projects planned and being built, whereas in Europe the largest biomass utility facilities are in Belgium, the Netherlands, UK and Scandinavia.
Biomass Feedstock will use free cashflow as organic reinvestment to develop a total of 10,000 acres over time. This means that, aside from the initial investment necessary for the development of the project, we designed the project to be largely self-financing. That includes development of any future similar projects.
Clean Cook Stoves
Biomass Feedstock will also target the local West-African market for carbonized wood chips, which can be used safely in local cook stoves. In this respect it will seek cooperation with all parties involved within the Global Alliance for Clean Cook stoves initiative, in which Ghana serves as a focus country.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cook stoves is working with the government of Ghana, partners, and enterprises to enable 50% of Ghana’s population to access clean cooking solutions by 2020. Clean cooking has also been integrated into Ghana’s Sustainable Energy for All Action Plan. Over 13,000 deaths occur each year in Ghana as a result of exposure to Household Air Pollution (HAP) and more than 21 million people are impacted by exposure to HAP each year.
The Alliance is also partnering with government and in-country stakeholders, such as the Ghana Alliance for Clean Cook stoves (GHACCO), to improve the locally produced Gyapa-style cook stove through a variety of innovations to further increase efficiency and reduce emissions. The Alliance works with the government to improve the country’s regulatory environment to help strengthen and advance the clean cook stoves markets.
Ghana has also served as one of the first Alliance focus countries that has launched targeted-awareness raising campaigns and a pilot project to empower adolescent girls to serve as clean cook stoves and fuels advocates within their communities.