Biomass Technology Expo 2019

The recently held Biomass Technology Expo 2019 has put biomass firmly on the national agenda, and calendar, taking its rightful place
as one of the must-see annual trade shows in the country. The event took place on the 9th of August, at the Otjiwa Safari Lodge, and
hosted over 1500 visitors, 120 exhibitors, and technology demonstrators.

The event represented a melting pot of technologies, products, and ideas; however, everything was centered on the core purpose of
adding value to Namibia’s vast encroacher bush resource. Event sponsor, DHG, said it best, “the event topic was to the point and the
focus remained on what was important”. Keeping the discussion focused on the local biomass industry meant that visitors were actively
absorbed, and many spent the entire day engaging with exhibitors.

Exhibitors also came from far and wide for a chance to explore the growing Namibian biomass market, including representatives
from Germany, Austria, Denmark, the United Kingdom, the United States, and South Africa. The expo attracted never before seen
technologies to the country, not only exposing locals to them but also allowing them to be demonstrated under local conditions. Such
technologies include the Arjes 250 Impactor, a slow-speed shredder technology produced in Germany, designed for efficient wood
shredding applications. It was hailed as a “game changer” for the biomass energy sector and will open up new ways of thinking around
biomass energy projects, both local, and international.

The expo also resulted in over N$ 1 million worth of equipment, products, and services being sold during the day, with many more
useful leads still being explored.

Hoffmann’s Farm Implements, agents for John Deere and TomCat in Namibia hailed the expo as “better than the best Agricultural
show in Namibia”. While the GIZ Bush Control & Biomass Utilisation Project marked the expo “as a turning point” for the biomass
industry in Namibia.

The Biomass Technology Expo 2019 was made possible by our sponsors, Standard Bank, DHG, Pupkewitz, Agribank, Byte Able, CMO,
Environmental Compliance Consultancy, John Thompson, Jumbo Charcoal, Namchar, NBC, and Umlilo.
For those who missed it, contact the Namibia Biomass Industry Group for general industry information, and be sure to join us for the
expo in 2020.

Authored by Colin Lindeque, General Manager of the Namibia Biomass Industry Group (N-BiG), expo organiser, and a non-profit
industry association for the biomass sector in Namibia.