TaTEDO’s Sustainable Energy Development Projects

  1. Kibindu Village Gasification and Solar Hybrid Powered Mini Grid Extension Project

The Project under the support of USADF Power Africa Grant has installed a 20 kW Biomass Gasification Plant with mini-grid in Kibindu Village, Chalinze District in the Coast Region.  The focus of the project is to provide clean and affordable electricity to the villagers who are using kerosene, diesel and gasoline for lighting, charging phone and other productive activities.  The village community is located about 55 kilometres from the national grid. The electricity from the power plant is being distributed to customers through a recently constructed mini grid with a capacity of connecting about 100 households and SMEs. 

Kibindu Village is off grid area and recently installed power plant has raised demand for electricity in the village.  The project has brought the additional investment to expand the system and fortunately Husk Power Systems Company has expanded the existing Biomass Gasification Power Plant through hybridization with Solar PV System to ensure enough and reliable electricity in the village (which have capacity of generating electricity to suffice about 200 customers). The expansion to hybrid system with solar PV system started in April 2017 and was completed in March 2018.

  1. Provision of Clean and Affordable Electricity and Green Charcoal Production from Rice Husk Gasification for Off-Grid Areas in Tanzania

The project proposes to solve both problems using a rice husks gasification system which converts waste into energy. The system will utilize the biomass as feedstock for a 32 KW power generation plant.  The biomass plant generates power using a technology of pyrolysis developed by HPS, and through the gasifier a combustible gas called ‘producer gas’ is obtained. The gas is then ignited and burnt inside a spark ignited Internal Combustion Engine to produce electricity. Electricity is then distributed through a micro-grid made from bamboo or other sustainable materials instead of concrete.  The project is implemented in Biro Village, Morogoro region. The project will directly and indirectly benefit more than 10,000 people who will benefit from electricity, use of briquettes and social services through electrified institutions. The project is financed through EEP programme

  • Business and Market Development for Scaling Up Supply of Improved Cookstoves in Tanzania

The business and market development project is a continuation of efforts to implement TaTEDO’s strategy for scaling up production and marketing of renewable and efficient energy products, practices and technologies.  The objective of the project is to scale up business and market of locally produced improved cook stoves through market networks development to meet basic and productive energy needs of customers in the six districts of Tanzania.

The target markets for this business are households, institutions and small and micro entreprises (SMEs). The business development project, during its initial phase it is expected toundertake the following activities

  • Develop and strengthen market networks for supplying improved cook stoves,
  • Establish and Develop Market through Awareness Raising and Promotion of Improved Cook stoves
  • Develop technical and business capacity of rural and peri-urban energy small and micro entrepreneurs to scale up improved cook stove business at local levels.
  • Develop storage facilities for storing improved cook stoves before transportation to sales agents.
  • Strengthen micro finance services for financing production and marketing of ICS and end users.
  • Facilitate Supply of improved cookstoves from SEECO to Sales Agents

The areas selected for business and market development are Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro Regions.  The areas selection was derived by the negative impacts on natural forests caused by high demand of charcoal (Dar es Salaam) and firewood (Kilimanjaro) as a result of high population densities.

  1. Awareness Raising and Advocacy for Scaling-up Renewable Energy Mini-Grids to Enhance Rural Electrification and Sustainable Development in Tanzania

This project focuses on raising awareness and advocacy for mini-grid development, productive and efficient use of electricity. The project duration is of 24 months (Oct 2016 to Sept 2018). The geographical coverage of the project isfor MG stakeholder’s national wide and to selected pilot districts of Chalinze, Manyara, Kongwa and Muheza.

 

The main objective of this project is to scale-up investments, demand for electricity in off-grid areas and energy conservation through mini-grid awareness raising campaigns and advocacy in Tanzania. The project strives to fulfil the following specific outcomes:-

  • Increase awareness and access to information to local stakeholders on renewable energy mini-grid policies, regulatory framework and financing mechanisms.
  • Promote Productive Use of Electricity (PUE) and related equipment to local private companies, local government, CBOs and MFIs within the mini-grids areas.
  • Increase awareness for demand side management (energy efficiency) of electricity from mini-grids.
  • Advocate for quality assurance and standards for mini-grid equipment and services.

 

The main impact of this project is to raise demand for and adoption of mini-grid systems as well as productive services from electricity to be generated through renewable energy mini-grids at the community levels and provision of an appropriate approach for promoting and developing modern energy services for rural areas.