In an attempt to meet the ever growing global demand for energy while at the same time considering the health of the planet, attentions are increasingly turning to the use of biomass as a source of renewable energy.
Producing products such as green charcoal, energy pellets and activated carbon, biomass, derived from a variety of sources including the bamboo plant, can be grown and harvested sustainably and burned efficiently to generate heat and/or electricity.
According to recent RISI and North American Bioenergy studies, it is anticipated that global demand for biomass will double within two years alone and within five years reach 37 million dry tonnes per year in Europe and 20 million dry tonnes in the USA. By 2020, the demand for biomass in Europe should reach 243 million dry tonnes with more than 77% of the overall demand coming from the energy sector.
Outside of the major Western markets, demand for biomass is also increasing and changing in the nature of its supply. In South Africa alone, which is highly coal dependant, there is a rapid movement towards the use of biomass for heat and power. Today, 10.7% of primary energy demand in the nation comes from renewable sources but carbon reduction targets and economic need are driving the renewable energy sector towards a likely contribution of 47.8% of all primary energy needs by 2050.
So what is the best source of biomass? It makes sense that the world’s fastest growing land plant – bamboo – is quite simply the best source of biomass. Marcus Vassiliou, sales manager of leading alternative investment agency, EcoInvestments, explains: “Bamboo is an excellent base material for the production of ‘green charcoal’ or ‘bio char’. One species in particular, Bambusa balcooa, has a higher calorific value when used in charcoal than many traditional wood sources and performs excellently when used as activated carbon, a material widely used in water filtration and air conditioning systems. It truly is a super-material.”
Fully appreciating the vast potential of bamboo as a source of biomass and the rapidly rising demand not only in South Africa but globally as well, EcoInvestments has secured an exclusive opportunity for investors to purchase a biomass plantation lease.
Building upon the success that their partners enjoyed in Nicaragua in becoming the world’s largest owner and operator of commercial bamboo plantations outside of China, EcoPlanet Bamboo Southern Africa has undertaken thorough due diligence over the past 18 months to ensure that the optimum location has been secured to grow bamboo for biomass.
Working with highly experienced partners on the ground with a proven track record, this bamboo, which is already planted and thriving, will be harvested sustainably upon maturity to produce biomass which will be sold to the energy market. Plots are available from USD $20,000 per hectare with 22.6% annualized yields and 226% ROI forecast – an income of $65,295, over the nine year and 10 month lease.
For more information about this new, exclusive and ethical investment opportunity, contact EcoInvestments via www.ecoinvestments.co.uk.