Bamboo is a plant not often associated with Africa because it is not being exploited. But it grows there as well as in Asia, and it can be used as an alternative source of energy. Bamboo, the perfect biomass grass, grows naturally across Africa and presents a viable, cleaner and sustainable alternative to other fuels.
Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on the planet and produces large amounts of biomass, making it an ideal energy source. Tropical bamboo can be harvested after three years, compared to the two to six decades needed to generate a timber forest.
All bamboo species flower, After flowering the plant dies and needs replanting however Beema Bamboo has been genetically engineered to be sterile, and therefore never flowers and so will never need replanting. Many common species of bamboo have thorns which makes them un-harvestable, Beema bamboo being thornless is easy to harvest.
Bamboo is the best solution for containing global warming in many ways:
• Bamboo absorbs Carbon dioxide and releases oxygen into the atmosphere 3 to 4 times higher
than many other trees.
• One bamboo tree generates plenty of natural oxygen sufficient for more than one human being’s
• Grows more than one foot a day and produces a good canopy faster than any other tree and
cools the surroundings.
• Carbon dioxide absorption of bamboo remains constant, since Bamboo keeps growing every year
while other trees reach maturity after a fixed period.
• Every part of the bamboo is used to make varieties of products.
• Bamboo can replace the wood for all applications such as paper, flooring, furniture, charcoal, etc.
• Recently developed cotton from bamboo will replace regular cotton, with a productivity of over
10 times from the same land.
• Bamboo has replaced 50% of plastic.
• Bamboo co-polymer plastic replaces 50% of plastic which is essential but not eco-friendly.
• Bamboo effectively cleans the water pollution of the septic tank discharge and factories effluent
by its natural affinity for nitrogen, phosphorus and heavy metals.
• Bamboo enriches the soil naturally and prevents soil erosion.
Needs a tiny footprint compared to conventional power stations.
Currently under investigation -
Suxé are currently investigating using Beema Bamboo developed by Growmore in India as the prime product for all our Power station projects. Growmore have experience of other similar projects and they are able to supply all the seedlings required for planting.
Average Yields per acre with good Management
3rd Year : 25 – 30 tonnes per year
4th year : 40 – 50 tonnes per year
5th year : 50 – 60 tonnes per year
6th year : 60 – 65 tonnes per year
7th year : 65 tonnes & above per year -
continuously for over 100 years
To provide a modern and 'Green' solution to power generation problems on the continent.
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Suxé's Community Power Station can operate on Anthracite, coal, wood chips, Waste derived fuels, bio-fuels or bamboo.
Beema bamboo can be cultivated similar to sugarcane with 2470 plants per hectare with a spacing of 10 feet between rows and 4 feet between plants. The best irrigation method is by drip irrigation which can supply the water and fertilizer to the plants. The general requirement of fertilizer is 440 N:P:K per hac/year. The ultimate requirement of fertilizer and water would be decided based on the site conditions, soil conditions, water quality and rain fall pattern of the particular location.
Beema bamboo can grow in all types of soil. However, the preferred soil is light soil, loamy soil, red soil and sandy loam soil. Beema Bamboo needs 2 feet soil depth and the ideal pH is between 5 to 6.5. However, it can be made to grow up to 8 pH by required correction for the soil. The water requirement for Beema bamboo is similar to sugarcane which is 2000mm/annum. The water requirement for bamboo would be 10 to 20 ltrs. Per plant, depending on the day when the Beema bamboo is grown at an intensity of 1000 plants / acre. Beema bamboo needs ample sun light and best suited for tropical and sub-tropical weather with 10 to 14 hours of sunlight. The recommended cultivation practice for Beema bamboo is “Precision farming” which involves applying nutrients and water at the right time and place for the plants.
“Beema” is a specially breed variety of bamboo which has a potential to grow very fast and yields very high biomass due to the fact that the wall thickness of “Beema” Bamboo is 3 times more than other bamboo. The dry matter production of “Beema” Bamboo under optimum condition reaches 40 to 50 tons per acre or 100 to 125 tons per hectare. The total carbon accumulation every year, after 5 years of growth is from 18 tons to 23 tons per acre, which is equivalent to 69 tons to 80 tons per acre respectively. The carbon content of “Beema” Bamboo is between 46 to 48%.
Suxé International is the only company to make a power station, to benefit the local community from 50 new jobs to completely new garden towns. All jobs are filled from the local community and all farmers should be drawn from the smaller land-owning community (3 hectares x 1,500 farmers). In order to gain an annual biomass feedstock of 150,000 dry tonnes or 200,000 wet tonnes (50% moisture) per 50MWe power module. Bamboo Power is our description of true renewable energy, it is planted and grown by contract farmers, under ten year contracts with the Suxé power station. Even paying the same rates per tonne as sugar farmers get for sugar cane. This represents an 80% saving over the use of oil firing. This of course is the major source of the profitable status of Suxé Power Station. There is a great similarity between sugar cane and bamboo cane
Beema” Bamboo generates 175 to 200 CER (Certified Emmission Reduction) credits per hectare every year!!. UN's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) allows developing economies to earn credits for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as renewable energy production. These credits, known as Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), are equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide and can be traded globally, so that industrialised countries can meet their emission-reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol. 1 CER is currently traded at around $2USD.
Suxé have been providing combustion equipment and burner solutions across the World since 1951. The basic principles have remained the same whilst the designs have been modernised to deal with 21st Century fuel source requirements. Modern solutions to modern problems.
Growing Bamboo around each power station provides hundreds of new employment opportunities in each area.