A For-profit with social mission
We desire to manufacture biomass power plant using steam turbines and large tubes water-tube boilers (Babcock/Wilcox type) for off grid electricity and heat supply to rural communities in Africa. We have designed and fabricated two and three stage turbines and tested it with dry steam at 100psi to generate electricity. We now want to scale up to produce a 500kw plant operating between 250-275psi pressure. We also desire to use the heat from the exhaust of the turbine for aggro-industrial processing around the power plant. We want a volunteer that has experience in the design and manufacture of water tube boilers to assist us in our scale up, as operating at 275psi steam pressure could be a dangerous venture for beginners.
Energy poverty is a major challenge in Africa. Per capital energy electricity consumption in Nigeria is about 27watts as against recommended global value of 1,000watts. 100million Nigerians have no access to electricity, and about 73% of rural dwellers in Nigeria are not connected to the National grid. Nigeria generated over 158million tons of agro-residue in 2016 and thermal content of the agro-residue is about 12.5GJ/ton. It is estimated that 40% of total agricultural production in Nigeria waste because of lack of energy to process to process food beyond primary level.
Nigeria is projecting to generate 13GW of off grid electricity between now and 2030 from solar, biomass and small hydro sources. Of the three proposed energy sources, biomass thermal power plant are what could be manufactured locally. Other energy sources will depend on the scarce foreign exchange in the country. If we are able to perfect the manufacture of our biomass power plants, we would be in a position to provide electricity for at least one hundred thousand Nigerians annually and provide heat and electricity for processing of agricultural produce in the rural communities. These actions will help to improve the economy of the peasant farmers, reduce drudgery of women, who are the bulk of food processors in rural Nigeria, promote food security and improve socioeconomic life of the beneficiaries.