Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Bioenergy Country Notes
As preliminary steps towards eventual large-scale use of wood for electricity generation, two facilities have been installed in
· in the village of Endagalayaya, a 3.5 kWe electrical generator coupled with a gasifier system processing chips of Gliricidia Sepium; this provides lighting for 31 houses, with each having 2 light bulbs indoors and one externally to deter elephants and other wild animals;
· at Walapane, a 1 MWe dendro-thermal power plant fuelled by Gliricidia wood, and capable of generating 6 447 MWh/yr.
Gliricidia Sepium is a fast-growing tropical tree cultivated by local farmers.
A biomass gasifier at Madampe, in the Coconut Triangle, also uses wood as feedstock. The gas is used to dry coconut fibre prior to its conversion into briquettes, which are then exported for use as a growing medium.