2016 - 2017

Africa - Regional:

Bioenergy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa

This research assignment investigates the challenges and opportunities affecting the adoption and roll out of bioenergy across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and will provide recommendations on affordable, accessible and innovative bioenergy technologies that will improve poor people’s access to bioenergy.

  • This is a DFID-funded, 12-month study.
  • LTS is leading a consortium for it, with the University of Edinburgh and E4tech.
  • The study will inform further research to be implemented under the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) programme.
  • The focus is on investigating the value chains for biofuel technologies (and their feedstocks, end uses and enabling conditions) such as combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, oil pressing, anaerobic digestion, fermentation and microalgae.


Access to energy is a key constraint to development in many parts of Africa, despite good supplies of energy sources including bioenergy. Knowledge on the most promising sources and technologies for converting biofuels to accessible and affordable energy is impartial and fragmented. The BSEAA research sets out to address this.


LTS is leading and managing this research assignment, which includes:

  • Conducting a wide-ranging literature review of academic, grey and commercial literature.
  • Mapping academic, commercial and public stakeholders related to bioenergy in Africa.
  • Screening bioenergy technology value chains against key criteria to prioritise the most interesting countries and technologies for a more in-depth look.
  • Developing case studies of success stories and specific opportunities for further research with high potential for more funding from DFID.
  • Synthesising and preparing a smooth handover for a 2nd phase of bioenergy research under the TEA programme.

Value and benefits

This research will define the content of BSEAA Phase II (within the TEA programme), which is likely to include further targeted research and may lead to direct DFID investment in promising bioenergy technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The overall goal is to promote affordable, accessible and innovative bioenergy technologies that will improve poor people’s access to bioenergy.

Click below to view the Bioenergy Scoping Study















Clients: Department for International Development




Date: 2016 - 2017

Keywords: Biobergy, energy

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