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Published: Apr 28, 2015

About Powering Agriculture

Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development supports the development and deployment of clean energy innovations that increase agriculture productivity and stimulate low carbon economic growth in the agriculture sector of developing countries to help end extreme poverty and extreme hunger.

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.

CAMCO’s partner, VIP, has installed the first units at 3 palm oil processing businesses in South Eastern Benin; 1 village in Southern Tanzania at the heart of the timber industry, to be used to power a village grid and 1 unit at the central headquarters of Kanyovu Coffee Curing Company in the Kigoma Region of Tanzania, using coffee parchment as feedstock to provide electricity for a secondary school and hospital.

CAMCO/VIP will incorporate the lessons learned from these demonstrations to improve the next generation units. The Climate Foundation took an interest in this project and produced this video of its concept.

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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.