GreenEnergyPark™ consists of simple and profitable applications for the transformation of biomass to energy and/or chemicals.
Whether it is a 2MW electricity installation or a 10,000 tpa bio-renewable chemicals plant, the basic designs are complete and ready to tailor a solution to the requirements of specific locations and crops. The core of the GreenEnergyPark™ is a power island, connected to a bio-renewable chemicals plant, that produces the energy for a variety of off-grid or grid-connected uses.
GreenEnergyPark™ (GrEnPa )is about
Co-operative Economy: GrEnPa generates income from an energy business and a global bio-renewable chemicals business (furfural). It crates an opportunity for the farming community to move-up on the value chain, by co-investing into the processing of agricultural by-products. The GrEnPa also integrates and grows the communities of small-scale farmers, which is not only a necessary, but also an essential element to grow a biomass-based economy, especially in Africa. GrEnPa creates extra revenue for the farmers and provides an attractive alternative to ever escalating costs (electricity) and (in South Africa) to the migration of farmers into neighbouring countries. GrEnPa will be the backbone to retain and transfer essential farming skills.
Some of the many benefits of an GrEnPa implementation are:
Food Security: Besides the extra income to supplement current crops, the GrEnPa also creates opportunity to plant additional food crops (maize) or new varieties of energy crops (selected for its suitability for African growing conditions), that provide a cereal.
Enterprise Development: Biobased energy does not depend on grid-connection. Because of GrEnPA's integration of regional commercial farming enterprises, it will also provide the basic infrastructure backbone to develop small to medium sized business.
Poverty Alleviation: It goes without say that GrEnPa will create new ("green") jobs in rural areas. There will be a mix of skills required, many of them can be developed from within the rural communities and as a part of an Enterprises Development program.
Cleantech: Whether it is the harvesting of corncobs, the conversion of biomass into chemicals and energy, our activities are about implementing and/or applying technology: A 100% cleantech investment!
Sustainability: PPP (People, Plant and Profit) principles guide us in what ever we do. That is why the team behind GrEnPa supplements their technology, project and IP background with a network of experts consisting of plant pathology, specialists for food security, farmers, CAs, IPP and EIA specialists, etc.
Wealth Creation: DalinYebo is Xhosa for wealth creation. The GrEnPa is a business development that empowers people to move beyond the struggle of fulfilling only their basic needs.
The business plan for the GreenEnergyPark™ is a further development of the Cobelec™ business plan, which placed DalinYebo a runner-up at the CTI PFAN Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFIRCEF) (Johannesburg, 15 September 2010). DalinYebo was the first South African company in a competition that saw ±60 entries from across the African continent. It is an investment ready project (see project #91), which is the opinion of CTI PFAN. CTI PFAN was initiated by the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) in cooperation with the Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the organisation behind COP17 | CMP7.
The GrEnPa is a blueprint that can be applied to any rural agri-industrial developments in e.g. North Amercia, Brazil, South Africa (Northern Cape, Northwest Province, Mpumulanga or KZN Midlands).
GrEnPa will bring together commercial farmers, small scale farmers and the international trade that supplies a global and growing niche market with a bio-renewable, industrial chemical called furfural. Furfural is a chemical building block used in a variety of applications. Long-term off-take undertakings are available.
GrEnPa will secure existing and/or develop new food-production, as it generates additional profits per ha of land. A basic GrEnPa development requires between 30,000 to 50,000 ha of e.g. (new) maize (corn) crop. Depending on the location/growing conditions, this equates to a food-crop production of 240,000 to 600,000 tpa and the additional income from the biomass harvest is estimated between R1,200 to R 600 (R= South African Rand, ZAR, see exchange rate converter) per ha and crop cycle (NB: The variation is a direct result of crop yields that differ between irrigate and non-irrigated crops).
Over the last 10 years, DalinYebo has been developing a business that has biomass beneficiation at its core, for the production of chemicals (and energy). We use the non-food part of agricultural by-products and a residue that can or is taken off the field such as corncobs, sunflower husks, bagasse, etc. (NB: Also applicable for forestry residues).
Investment opportunities exist in Cobelec (Pty) Ltd, the SPV for the GeEnPa business development or in one (or several) of the current project developments.