Biomass Group’s local and international team include experts with backgrounds in entrepreneurship, marketing, IT, operations, clean energy, carbon markets and international finance. The team has spent three years building partnerships with key players in the international business community. In Sri Lanka it has built partnerships with public and private sector organisations and local communities and organisations. These partnerships are of critical importance in creating the enabling political, cultural and economic environment for success.
The main success factors for the business are:
- creation of partnerships that are inclusive of both large land holders and smallholders
- support and involvement of civil society organizations in reaching smallholders
- support from key governmental institutions to reach the rural population
- business contribution to achieve the country’s clean energy target set by the Government
The specific objectives of the Biomass Group in Sri Lanka are to:
- establish a market for Gliricidia fuel-wood as source of biomass for energy
- establish a market for some lesser used crops that use the tree as support
- establish a market for Gliricidia leaves
- generate clean energy with Gliricidia woodchips
Three pillars support the business:
Biomass Supply Chain – a robust and local supply chain that will source biomass, leaves and some crops from farmers and plantations and that will deliver wood chips to industrialists and for power generation.
Biomass Power Stations – a series of 10MW biomass-fuelled power stations that will deliver renewable energy to the national grid
Biomass sourcing for conventional power stations – conversion of biomass into bio-coal to enable co-firing in coal fired power stations. Coal-fired power plants can typically burn up to 10% biomass in the form of pellets.