Practical Training Workshop On Bioenergy

Equip yourself with the skills you need in the production of bioethanol, biodiesel, biogas, bioCNG and bioelectricity from biomass.

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This five – day training is aimed at all persons who have attained a minimum of Grade 12 School Certificate or equivalent, and can read, write and understand basic chemistry. It is suitable for engineers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, business start-ups and NGOs supporting development.
This highly sought-after training will only accommodate 36 participants, on first come first serve



The training will be offered over 5 consecutive days and is oriented at hands-on navigation through bioenergy production processes, with production activities performed directly by training participants, under trainers’ guidance. The class work will mainly be short interludes of introductory remarks and notes prior to hands-on work to produce bioethanol and biodiesel, and also prior to demonstrations on biogas/electricity production from biomass and SBMs application in the production of bioenergy crops for high yields.


General Introduction

• Demystifying biofuels
• Techno-politics of biofuels
• The social-economic-environmental power of biofuels

Production of bioethanol

• What is bioethanol? – short class
• Introduction to feedstocks for bioethanol distillation – short class + samples
• Principles of bioethanol microdistillery – short class work + practical
• Co-products of bioethanol production process – short class + practical
• Preparation of mash for bioethanol distillation – practical
• Bioethanol distillation – practical
• Energy optimization in bioethanol production – practical
• Potential for symbiotic biogas/bio-CNG and bioelectricity production -remarks
• Dismantling and assembly of the demo nano-distillery – practical
• Care and maintenance of distillery – practical
• Cooking using ethanol – practical/demo

Biodiesel Production

• What is biodiesel? – short class
• Various uses and applications of biodiesel – short class
• Introduction to feedstocks for biodiesel production – short class + samples
• Production of biodiesel from clean cooking oil and waste cooking oil – practical
• Varying different types of catalysts – practical
• Potential for symbiotic biogas/bioCNG and bioelectricity production – remarks
• Dismantling and assembly of the biodiesel micro refinery – practical
• Care and maintenance of biodiesel micro refinery – practical
• Demonstrating use of biodiesel – practical/demo
• Dismantling and assembly of the biodiesel micro refinery – practical
• Care and maintenance of biodiesel micro refinery – practical
• Demonstrating the use of biodiesel – practical/demo

Production of biogas, bioCNG, bioelectricity and free energy

• What is biogas and biotechnology? – class
• Feedstocks for biogas generation – class visuals
• Biogas process – short class
• Type of biogas plant – demos
• Biogas upgrading (cleaning) – short class
• Heat and power generation from biogas – short class
• Organic fertilizer generation – short class + demo
• BioCNG (compressed natural gas) production – class
• Benefits of this technology for rural and urban area – short class
• Social, economic and environmental benefits of biogas/bioCNG
• What is free energy?
• Demonstration of free energy

Enhancing Farm Biomass Productivity Using Soil Bio-Microbes

• What are bioenergy crops?
• General approaches to enhancing crop yields
• What are soil microbes?
• Boosting crop productivity using Soil Bio-Microbes (SBMs)
• Experiences of residue-free crop yields grown with application of SBMs
• Demonstrating application of SBMs
• SBM extension services for smallholder farmers


To provide participants with experience on:

    • Hands-on production of ethanol from sugar and starchy crops
    • Hands-on production of biodiesel from oil crops

The training workshop is designed to develop skills in Africa to produce biofuels/bioenergy from the abundantly available urban and agro/natural biomass in order to contribute to:

    • Inclusive growth and access to modern energy for the majority poor
    • Creation of rural and urban jobs
    • Industrialization of rural areas
    • Reduction of GHG emissions due to the use of charcoal, wood and fossil fuel

to mention but a few benefits.


By the end of the training workshop, participants will be equipped with basic knowledge and skills for production of bioethanol, biodiesel, biogas, biomass-based Compressed Natural Gas (bioCNG) and bioelectricity, and will gain the confidence to start their own operations. Decision-makers will gain appreciation of requirements of the biofuels/bioenergy industry and thereby devise policies to maximize social, economic and environmental benefits. Donors and NGOs will gain confidence in the industry and identify areas of support. Academic participants from learning and R&D institutions will identify areas of curriculum development and R&D activities to develop skills and provide local solutions for biofuels/bioenergy industry. Participants will have an opportunity to directly negotiate with biofuels production technology providers to acquire equipment at preferential prices.


Prof. Thomson Sinkala

Prof Sinkala is the Chief Executive Officer of Thomro Investments, a  Zambian registered company.

Prof. Thomson Sinkala

Mr. Kakoma Mutenda

Mr. Mutenda is a clean energy entrepreneur and is the Chief Executive Officer of Quantum Biofuels Limited.

Mr. Kakoma Mutenda

Mr. Sunil Patil

Mr. Patil is the Chief Executive Officer of Sunil – Thomson Renewables Limited, a
Zambian registered company.

Mr. Sunil Patil

Mr. Lackson Luchembe Sichula

Mr. Sichula is a director in Welada Bio-Energy Solutions Limited.

Mr. Lackson Luchembe Sichula

Mr. Petrus Jakobus Snymann

Mr. Snymann is the Managing Director of Mulembo Farms.

Mr. Petrus Jakobus Snymann


Participants Pricing
Individual participant will pay per person $750
Institutions sending two participants will pay per person $700
Institutions sending three or more participants will pay per person $650

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