Biomass Energy Production

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Biomass Energy Production
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Renewable Resources and Alternative Energy
Alternative Energy
Business Model Description

Set up biomass-based power plants, increase the production capacity of the current biomass energy plants, and contribute to the phasing-out of coal by diversifying organic sources for biomass beyond bagasse, such as arundo donax and eucalyptus. In addition to tested alternatives such as sugarcane trash and high calorific sugar, use abandoned lands for cultivating alternative crops of biomass listed under the National Biomass Framework.

Expected Impact

Foster the circular economy and industrial symbiosis by utilizing agricultural waste for biomass energy, replace fossil fuels, lower carbon emissions and secure a long-term renewable energy supply.

Indicative ReturnDescribes the rate of growth an investment is expected to generate within the IOA. The indicative return is identified for the IOA by establishing its Internal Rate of Return (IRR), Return of Investment (ROI) or Gross Profit Margin (GPM).
10% - 15% (in IRR)
Investment TimeframeDescribes the time period in which the IOA will pay-back the invested resources. The estimate is based on asset expected lifetime as the IOA will start generating accumulated positive cash-flows.
Long Term (10+ years)
Market SizeDescribes the value of potential addressable market of the IOA. The market size is identified for the IOA by establishing the value in USD, identifying the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) or providing a numeric unit critical to the IOA.
< USD 50 million
Average Ticket Size (USD)Describes the USD amount for a typical investment required in the IOA.
> USD 10 million
Direct ImpactDescribes the primary SDG(s) the IOA addresses.
Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7) Climate Action (SDG 13) Zero Hunger (SDG 2)
Indirect ImpactDescribes the secondary SDG(s) the IOA addresses.
Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9) Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12)
Sector Sources
  • 1) Statistic Mauritius. 2020. Energy and Water Statistics-2020. 2) Government of Mauritius. Ministry of Environment. 2013. Maurice Ile Durable. 3) International Trade Administration. 2020. Mauritius Country Commercial Guide – Energy. 4) Government of Mauritius. 2009. Long Term Energy Strategy 2009-2025. 5) Ministry of Environment. 2020. Review of the Mauritius’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). 6) UN Women. Mauritius. 7) UNDP. 2020. New Skills for New Jobs. 8) UNDP Mauritius. Gendered Voices. 2021. Climate Change Matters: Women Engage in Renewable Energy. › gendered-voices-2021. 9) Government of Mauritius. 2021. Budget Speech 2021-2022.
IOA Sources
  • 10) Albioma. Savannah Power Plant. 11) Power Technology. CTDS Biomass Plant / Coal CHP Plant, Mauritius. 12) Albioma. Terragen Power Plant. 13) Alteo. Alteo Energy. 14) Omnicane. Thermal Power Plants. 15) Central Electricity Board (CEB). 2019. Annual Report 2018-2019. 16) UNDP stakeholder consultation conducted with a prominent private energy producer on November 11, 2021. 17) Terra. 2021. The Financial Results of 2020. 18) Anton Eberhard, Katharine Gratwick, Elvira Morella, Pedro Antmann. 2016. Independent Power Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa : Lessons from Five Key Countries. 19) Albioma. 2021. Presentation Annual Results 2020. 20) Republic of Mauritius. 2019. Renewable Energy Roadmap 2030. 21) Statistic Mauritius. 2020. Digest of Environment Statistics Year 2020. 22) Urban- Econ, Etudios Energeticos Consultore. 2020. Establishment of a National Grid Code and Development of Standards, Funding and Incentive Strategy for Renewable Energy in Mauritius: Component 4.1 - A framework for Green Jobs in the RE sector. 23) Worldometers. 2016. Mauritius CO2 Emissions. 24) Omnicane. 2013. Environmental Impact Assessment 25) Sciencing. 2018. Negative Effects of Biomass. Max Roman Dilthey. 26) Tony Ennis. 2016. Fire and Explosion Hazards in the Biomass Industries. 27) Albioma. It’s time to change energy! Let’s begin with biomass. 28) Alteo. Alteo Union Flacq. 29) Omnicane. 2016. ACP Climate Action: Now and Tomorrow-Omnicane Carbon Burn-Out. 30) Alteo. 2021. Integrated Report. 31) IRENA. 2019. Renewable Energy: A Gender Perspective. 32) EDB. Renewable Energy. 33) Deepa Bhookhun Rainer. 2018. In Mauritius, the fight for clean energy is a battle against inequality. 34) Richard Filčák, Lidija Živčič. 2017. Energy poverty and multi-dimensional perspectives of social inequalities and policy challenges. 35) UNDP Mauritius. 2020. Three reasons why energy transition is important for Mauritius COVID-19 economic recovery. 36) Sibyl Nelson, Anne T. Kuriakose, Climate Investments Fund. 2017. Gender and Renewable Energy: Entry Points for Women’s Livelihoods and Employment. 37) IISD, SDG Knowledge Hub. 2021. Blue Economy Innovations by SIDS Can Advance Climate Action and Survival. 38) Bioenergy International. 2020. CRE approves Albioma Bois-Rouge conversion to 100% biomass. 39) ENL & Rogers Green Ventures. 2021. Summary materials for discussion. 40) Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency. 2018. Renewable Energy Strategic Plan (RESP) 2018-2023. 41) President of the Republic of Mauritius. 2020. Government Programme 2020-2024, Towards an Inclusive, High Income and Green Mauritius, Forging Ahead. 42) President of the Republic of Mauritius. 2015. Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency Act 2015. 43) President of the Republic of Mauritius. 2011. Energy Efficiency Act 2011. 44) President of the Republic of Mauritius. 2004. Utility Regulatory Authority Act 2004. 45) President of the Republic of Mauritius. 2001. Sugar Industry Efficiency Act 2001. 46) BioEnergy Consult. 2022. Energy Potential of Bagasse.,the%20grid%20throughout%20the%20island. 47) Scaranto, Maria Fernando and Jose Roberto Ribas. 2010.Economic Viability Study of an Energy Cogeneration Project from Sugarcane Bagasse. 48) Government of Mauritius. 2022. Budget Speech 2022-2023.