Sunbird Bioenergy commercialises and scales up innovative low-carbon technology and has a roadmap to deliver low-carbon renewable fuel and power solutions that displace fossil fuel and lead Africa to a net-zero future.
Technology solutions that convert agricultural feedstock into renewable fuel to displace fossil fuels.
Bioethanol is a low-carbon 'drop-in fuel' that can be blended with petrol (E10, E85) etc. In Africa, it is primarily produced from sugarcane or cassava using biorefinery technologies:
Liquefaction and saccharification
Biodiesel is a low-carbon 'drop-in fuel' that can be blended with diesel (B5, B20 etc.). In Africa, it is primarily produced from oilseed crops using biorefinery using the Transesterification process to convert triglycerides (fats) contained in oils (Feedstocks) into usable biodiesel.
Technology solutions that convert low-carbon feedstock into renewable power
Anaerobic Digestion Technology
A process through which bacteria breaks down organic matter—such as animal manure, wastewater biosolids, and food wastes—in the absence of oxygen to produce biogas to fuel power turbines.
Biomass is converted into electric power through several methods. The most common is the direct combustion of biomass material, such as agricultural waste or woody materials. Typically, woody biomass such as wood chips, pellets, and sawdust are combusted or gasified to generate electricity.
Many innovative technologies need to be scaled-up to decarbonise the continent.
Green Hydrogen Production
Electrolyser technology uses excess renewable power to convert water into hydrogen fuel for fuel cells and hydrogen combustion engines.
Green Ammonia Production
Ammonia (NH4) is an ideal energy carrier as it contains hydrogen without any carbon atoms. It is expected both be a cursor to the production of green-fertiliser and an enabler of energy export.
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
A technology that can make thermal bioenergy solutions carbon-negative by capturing the carbon dioxide from the combustion process and storing it in underground geological systems.