Bagasse Energy Cogeneration in Zimbabwe: The Technology, Possible Improvements and Setting the Right Environment

Mbohwa, Charles (2007) Bagasse Energy Cogeneration in Zimbabwe: The Technology, Possible Improvements and Setting the Right Environment.

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Abstract

Paper was accepted for publication in Proceedings of the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers on 20th July 2002.,Zimbabwe has suffered electrical power shortages resulting in electrical energy imports rising to between 30% and 50% of total energy needs. Electricity generation capacity has stagnated at around 2000 Megawatts (MW) since 1985, when two thermal units totalling 440 MW were completed at Hwange. The current plan is to increase capacity by installing 600 MW at Hwange at a cost of US $ 900 million. Raising this level of capital is difficult and over the last 15 years there has been a failure to increase capacity. The article argues that promoting power investment in the sugar industry offers a bridging and realisable alternative for electricity generation in Zimbabwe. Investment in a 35 MW bagasse (moisturised fibre left when sugar has been extracted from sugarcane) system would require a capital of about US$ 55 million, which is easier to source. It is further argued that creating the right environment will make bagasse power projects economically and financially feasible. There is a need to; set cost-effective purchase prices, ensure independence of tariff setting, encourage process improvements, encourage power investments through incentives, ensure top level government commitment, promote human resources development in the sugar power sector and to promote research and development in bagasse power generation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electricity generation,Electrical energy,Investment,Bagasse energy
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > University of Zimbabwe
Depositing User: Mr. Edmore Sibanda
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2015 02:30
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 02:30
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/1010

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