The European Union and several other countries have established programs to promote biogas as a fuel, leading to a significant increase in production capacities in recent years.
Biogas conversion technologies have advanced to mid- and large-scale applications, while small scale solutions have been developed for stand-alone and remote systems.
The project is financed by EnBW and is being implemented on site by Live Energies (Kenya) Ltd. in co-operation with Live Energies GmbH, Osiris Gesellschaft für Bioenergie mbH and University of Hohenheim represented by the State Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bioenergy.
Live Energies, along with partners, managed a project dealing with feedstock production and evaluation, selection of cost-effective and reliable production concepts for specific project requirements, infrastructure condition, and long-term business strategy. Live Energies established a trial plantation of Opuntia ficus indica and Euphorbia tirucalli to test viability of biomass feedstock production on degraded land in semi-arid tropics and its efficacy as a biogas feedstock. This project is being carried out on degraded bush-land Kenya and will enable definition of best practices for industrial Opuntia and Euphorbia cultivation, harvesting and processing. A suitable biogas plant will be designed for the optimum, decentral production. Different pathways of biogas use in tropical countries will be investigated. The project will contribute to the recovery of degraded land in addition to the production of decentralised energy through biogas.