Innovators in Action: Camco, Benin and Tanzania.

Published: Apr. 19, 2016

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PAEGC accompanied Camco’s partner, Village Industrial Power (VIP), who were undertaking updates to the biomass fueled co-generation units. The team visited three installations at palm oil processing facilities and interviewed palm oil farmers in Benin; in Tanzania they met with stakeholders to assess their use of the unit.

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Apr. 18, 2016

PAEGC accompanied Camco’s partner, Village Industrial Power (VIP), to observe the update of their biomass fueled co-generation units. The team visited three installations at palm oil processing facilities, interviewing palm oil farmers in Benin and meeting with stakeholders in Tanzania.

Apr. 3, 2016

The opportunity to harness biomass as an energy source for under-developed areas came to Bielenberg through 40 years of work in West Africa and a long career in power generation in the United States. The VIP’s useable energy output takes three forms: mechanical, electrical and heat.

Apr. 28, 2015

In rural areas of Benin and Tanzania, access to modern energy services is extremely limited. Village Industrial Power (VIP) Plants are mini-grid systems powered through the combustion of biomass waste produced at local agricultural processing facilities.

Smallholder Oil Palm Processing in Benin, 2014
Feb. 8, 2015

Roland Vign is an Oil Palm producer and an early adopter of the Village Industrial Power (VIP) biomass-powered mini-grid technology. Here Roland explains the benefits the VIP has provided to his community.