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Bioenergy for Sustainable Development in Africa

  • Includes contributions from experts in the bioenergy sector in Africa

  • First publication dedicated to sustainable development of bioenergy in Africa

  • Based on the results of the EU-funded COMPETE Bioenergy Competence Platform for Africa

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Table of contents (31 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxix
  2. Biomass Production and Use

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
  3. Biomass production and use

    1. Keynote Introduction: Traditional and Improved Use of Biomass for Energy in Africa

      • Edward Smeets, Francis X. Johnson, Grant Ballard-Tremeer
      Pages 3-12
    2. Biomass Potential in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions in Botswana

      • Mogodisheng B. M. Sekhwela, Donald L. Kgathi
      Pages 13-25
    3. Jatropha: A Promising Crop for Africa’s Biofuel Production?

      • Janske van Eijck, Edward Smeets, André Faaij
      Pages 27-40
  4. Biomass Technologies and Markets

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 61-61
  5. Biomass technologies and markets

    1. Keynote Introduction: Biomass Technologies and Markets in Africa

      • Dominik Rutz, Rainer Janssen
      Pages 63-73
    2. Bioethanol Potential and Production in Africa: Sweet Sorghum as a Complementary Feedstock

      • Kalaluka Munyinda, Francis Davison Yamba, Hartley Walimwipi
      Pages 81-91
    3. Biodiesel Production in Africa

      • Hartley Walimwipi, Francis Davison Yamba, Manfred Wörgetter, Josef Rathbauer, Dina Bacovsky
      Pages 93-102
    4. Biogas Production in Africa

      • Greg Austin, Glynn Morris
      Pages 103-115
    5. New Conversion Technologies for Liquid Biofuels Production in Africa

      • Bothwell Batidzirai, Edward M. W. Smeets, André P. C. Faaij
      Pages 117-130
  6. Biomass Policies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 163-163
  7. Biomass policies

    1. Keynote Introduction: Overview on Bioenergy Policies in Africa

      • Rainer Janssen, Dominik Rutz
      Pages 165-182
    2. Biofuel Policies in Tanzania

      • Sarah Mohamed, Gavin Fraser, Estomih N. Sawe
      Pages 183-190
    3. Biofuel Policy in South Africa: A Critical Analysis

      • Thapelo Letete, Harro von Blottnitz
      Pages 191-199

About this book

This contribution to the current global discussion about the sustainability of bioenergy addresses the fact that this debate often ignores the needs and opinions of developing countries. The book specifically addresses bioenergy development opportunities and associated risks for Africa.


The contributions to the work relate the experiences of selected authors from Africa, Europe and other continents and include material from researchers, investors, policy makers and other stakeholders, such as representatives of NGOs. Readers will, then, find a multitude of perspectives on the issue, going well beyond the academic field.


The work builds on the results of the COMPETE Bioenergy Competence Platform for Africa, which was supported by the European Commission and coordinated by WIP Renewable Energies, Germany. The five sections cover biomass production and use, biomass technologies and markets in Africa, biomass policies, sustainability, and financial and socio-economic issues. This valuable work is, in effect, a single-source treatment of a key energy sector in a part of the world which still has a lot of unrealised potential for development.


  • Africa
  • bioenergy
  • sustainable development

Editors and Affiliations

  • , Biomass Unit, WIP - Renewable Energies, Munich, Germany

    Rainer Janssen, Dominik Rutz

About the editors

Rainer Janssen graduated in Physics (Dr. rer.nat.) at the Technical University of Munich, Walter Schottky Institute, Germany and performed studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is Head of the Biomass Department at WIP Renewable Energies and Senior Expert in the Biomass field. He is involved in the production, distribution and market penetration of bioenergy (solid biomass, biogas) and biofuels for transport (e.g. bioethanol, biodiesel, vegetable oil) with special emphasis on the development of supportive framework conditions and policy regulations in the EU, Latin America, Africa and other emerging economies.

Since 2000, Dr. Janssen is involved in the coordination of a variety of international and European projects. Recent projects include the FP7 project Global-Bio-Pact focussing on socio-economic impacts of biomass and bioproducts on a global level, the FP7 project BioTop on biofuels assessment on technical opportunities and research needs for Latin America, and the international competence platform COMPETE (FP6) on the sustainable use of energy crops and agro-forestry systems in Africa.

In recent years, Dr. Janssen was invited expert in the field of bioenergy for the European Commission (DG RTD, DG TREN), IEA (International Energy Agengy) Bioenergy, and the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit). Since 2009, Dr. Janssen is member of working group 4 on “Sustainability” of the European Biofuels Technology Platform and member of working group 4 on “Market & Policies Development” within the Biomass Panel of the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling.


Dominik Rutz graduated in Environmental Science (Dipl.-Ing.) and Consumer Science (M.Sc.) at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and the Institut National d'Horticulture, France. He is Senior Expert at WIP Renewable Energies and his main field of experience includes market support and international cooperation on bioenergy in developing countries and emerging economies worldwide.

Mr. Rutz coordinated the European Union supported projects BioTop (Biofuels Assessment on Technical Opportunities and Research Needs for Latin America), Global-Bio-Pact (Global Assessment of Biomass and Bioproduct Impacts on Socio-economics and Sustainability), BiG>East (Biogas for Eastern Europe) and UrbanBiogas (Urban Waste for Biogas Production). He is author of three handbooks on biogas, liquid biofuels, and biomass heating systems, and furthermore invited expert and lecturer e.g. for a course on 2nd generation biofuels at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) and REMBIO (Red Mexicana de Bioenergía).

While travelling to more than 40 countries worldwide and stimulated by his diploma thesis on vegetation ecology in the Okavango Delta in Botswana in 2004, his main fascination is dedicated to the beauty of nature and cultural spirit of the African continent. Nature conservation on the one hand and social equity on the other hand are the main drivers for his engagement in decentralised renewable energy supply. Thereby his interest goes far beyond the bioenergy field, towards a holistic and sustainable energy system.

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Buying options

eBook USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-94-007-2181-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)