Sustainable Biomass Sourcing from Africa
Product-Market-Customer, market size, long term growth potential, subsidies, capital intensity, project finance, time to free CF, capex & opex, DCF economics, technology scale-up risk, EPC, commissioning & startup, product logistics.
Capex & Opex buildups, Equity investors, lenders, subsidies, fundamental economics (IRR-ROE), payout, coverage ratios, technology agreements & guarantees, project finance, exit strategy.
Capex-Opex tradeoff, “sweet spot” optimal design vs. fit-for-purpose , availability & run rate, product quality specs to meet or exceed customer reqs, sales contracts, performance guarantees and LD’s.
Key staffing, training, startup & shutdown procedures, sparing, preventative maintenance, product testing & off-spec handling, internal business goal communicaiton
local energy to serve local needs, with excess for export
Harvesting invasive species together with sustainable forestry practices can supply biomass fuel for local generation of electricity, domestic cooking & heating, with the excess available for export to high-value Euro markets.
The FEA Fibre Team
harvest, process, serve local demand, & export sustainable biomass fuel
Build on Experience, Use Local Resources, Serve Local Needs, AND Export Markets
Vision of what’s Possible
Rural communities want & need electricity for home & business lighting, in schools for lighting, science, & computers, in businesses selling refrigerated goods, for light manufacturing, for grain processing, and in hospitals & clinics for medicines & treatments. And rural communities need fuelwood on a daily basis for cooking & seasonal heating. Under the right circumstances, export markets exist for surplus biomass fuel. Jobs are created to deal with invasive species and transition to sustainable forestry practices for the long term.
Africa is home to abundant natural resources in the form of biomass & solar. Coupled with low risk technology that is “proven”, and not a science project, local energy can be harnessed to serve local needs for both electricity and fuelwood. FEA Hub’s role is to sponsor, design, assist with financing (together with local ownership), support staff training, and facilitate project execution to startup. In addition, FEA Hub, through its affiliate, FEA Fibre, will develop overseas markets for, and as agent will market and sell, biomass fuels to export markets. FEA Hub will also assist with maintenance, spare parts, and coordinate shared experiences & learnings between local and regional producers.
who want lower risk to support renewable energy in Africa. If energy costs limit local businesses, if schools need computers, if clinics lack refrigeration, it would make good sense to support a model that uses local resources. Local partners may be keen but need proven, practical technology, a plan to sell electricity and fuel, and maybe export markets. Fortunately, there is FEA Hub.
Eat all you can and sell the rest
Ice Cream? WUT?
The marketing slogan for Blue Bell Ice Cream, Brenham, Texas, is also a great strategy for scaling up biomass fuel production in Africa.