February 2018

Electricity from Bamboo Powering Nigerian Communities
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It has been proven that bamboo can generate electricity for remote communities in areas around the world. The technology is ready for use and it’s currently only practical for small scale power generation, but it is still promising and provides hope to many villages.

Global companies have pioneered the bamboo electricity generation technology as a step to power rural Nigerian farming communities. By generating power from bamboo, these companies can sell energy at a cheaper rate to the Nigerian people who would otherwise go without electricity because of increasing rates. They are working to establish dozens of sustainable power plants in Nigeria and train local residents to operate these plants providing a twofold boost to the local economy.

Bamboo Power is Off Grid and Affordable

Many power stations are based on non-renewable energy and connected in a grid system, which can be expensive when used to reach remote, sparsely populated areas. The use of bamboo shows independence in generating power, and relieves villages from using typical fossil-based fuels, such as coal, gas and oil. Powerplant construction projects are scheduled for early 2018 and Nigeria is the basis for this initiative because it is easy to grow bamboo in many areas of country.

Area Concerns

When it comes to developing electricity in Nigeria, two common issues hamper investors. Corruption is often identified as a source of problem and another is the characteristics of the local power system. Nigeria is attempting to create a national grid that reaches all remote areas of the country and smaller, bamboo powered systems oppose that.

Another Important Benefit of Bamboo

Bamboo can restore degraded areas due to deforestation or mining. The plant grows very quickly as it takes about four years to mature. It’s used in everything from bamboo flooring to clothing.  This rapid growth makes bamboo ideal for both power generation and restoration efforts. Bamboo grows well in tropical and sub-tropical areas, including all parts of Nigeria.

Depending on the condition of the land, an average acre of land can yield up to 40 tons of bamboo per year. In ideal, well-irrigated lands, even more bamboo can be produced per acre, per year.

Bioenergy is an effective way to meet global demands and electricity is generated with minimal carbon footprint. Proper forestry techniques will be needed to produce enough bamboo biomass in a sustainable manner to provide power to remote communities in Nigeria and around the world.

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