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Bioenergy for Sustainable Development in Africa

Editors: Janssen, Rainer, Rutz, Dominik (Eds.)

  • 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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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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (31 chapters)

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

    Smeets, Edward (et al.)

    Pages 3-12

  • Biomass Potential in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions in Botswana

    Sekhwela, Mogodisheng B. M. (et al.)

    Pages 13-25

  • Jatropha: A Promising Crop for Africa’s Biofuel Production?

    Eijck, Janske (et al.)

    Pages 27-40

  • Small-Scale Production of Jatropha in Zambia and its Implications for Rural Development and National Biofuel Policies

    Sinkala, Thomson (et al.)

    Pages 41-51

  • Economic Evaluation of Sweet Sorghum in Biofuel Production as a Multi-purpose Crop: The Case of Zambia

    Chagwiza, Clarietta (et al.)

    Pages 53-60

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-2181-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-2180-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9369-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bioenergy for Sustainable Development in Africa
Editors
  • Rainer Janssen
  • Dominik Rutz
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2181-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2181-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2180-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9369-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 414
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