Sub-Saharan Africa has more than one billion hectares of land with potential for rain-fed crop production, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), of which less than one-quarter is being cultivated. Biofuels offer prospects of a new cash crop for farmers, increased employment in rural areas, reduced fuel import costs, and foreign exchange earnings. Liquid biofuels, such as ethanol, biodiesel, and solid biofuels offer huge potential to generate clean power and reduce CO2 emissions in the African market.
SOLEN has deep experience and expertise in evaluating the potential of biomass conversion to biofuel (solid, liquid, and gas) from farm residues as well as from dedicated energy crops. Being an organization of Technophiles, SOLEN is looking at multiple options to utilize crop residue and process waste biomass to soon add a biofuel energy generation portfolio to its power generation mix.