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Bioenergy in South Africa

Total biomass energy potential for South Africa (CSIR, 2002)

South Africa’s technically feasible RE production of approximately 87 000 GWh corresponds to about 49 % of the electricity consumption in 2001 (DME, 2004). In 1999 RE accounted for approximately 9 % of the total energy consumption (Energy Futures, 2000). Most of the energy is generated from fuelwood and dung and not from modern RE technologies.

Biomass: The main sources of biomass are fuelwood used in the rural domestic sector, bagasse in the sugar industry and pulp and paper waste in commercial forestry industry for in-house heat and electricity generation. Biomass in the form of fuelwood, wood waste, dung, charcoal and bagasse accounts for close to 10 % of net energy use at a national level. The viability of wood as an energy source suitable for electricity generation lies within the wood, pulp and paper industries.


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Updated: 2016/06/30

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