A business needs a reliably available source of power, at a reasonable price. Long blackouts are very disruptive, not to speak of the very high cost of running diesel generators for hours at a time.

The GEK is designed to consume kilos, not tons of biomass daily. The GEK gasifier is clearly a winner for those who have plenty of biomass lying about, such as lumber sawmills, farmers or food processors. Other entrepreneurs will have to obtain biomass. Since biomass is waste by-product, the main expense will not be the biomass itself but transporting it to the gasifier.

It is our hope that the gasifier will generate additional income stream for farmers and agri-business operators

Below are examples of users. The list is by no means complete, and will be expanded periodically as we hear back from users.

Type of business

Comments

Farm

  1. Create an additional income stream from farm waste such as stalks, kernels and shells
  2. Plant energy crops such as sweet sorghum on marginal lands for a new income stream

Saw mill

Create new income stream by supplying wood chips to gasifier operators

Biomass Pellet manufacturer

Applies in certain limited circumstance. Please contact us for further information.

Garbage collector

Must separate appropriate biomass from rest of trash stream

In addition, businesses can be established to produce and distribute biomass supply:

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Type of business

Suitability of GEK

Comments

Sawmill

Excellent

Plenty of biomass fuel available

Nut grower /processor

Excellent

Nut shells are superior fuel for gasification

Food processor
Such as cassava, corn, rice, sugar

Very good

Use peels and husks and bagasse as fuel

Farm

Very good

Can be self sufficient, depending on crops.

Cell phone tower operator

Excellent

Need for constant power supply makes diesel operation very expensive. Cut costs by well over 50% with GEK gasifier

Retail

Very good

With biomass supply in place, can have reliable refrigeration for food storage

Hotel

Very good

With biomass supply in place, can have reliable refrigeration and air conditioning

Micro-grid operator

 

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Cold-storage operator

Excellent

Cold storage is too expensive with diesel. It is economical where there’s supply of biomass. This is a business with critical importance that is practically non-existent in West Africa.

Government
agencies

Very good

Supply power in remote installations such as army camps, hospitals, airports and others