Farming Building Energy

Bam d’Afrique uses bamboo to produce BamCoal©, bio-fuels and electricity.

Bio-Fuel and Electricity:

Only bamboo can offer a practical, profitable and lasting alternative biomass feedstock for bio-fuel manufacturing, notwithstanding all that is currently broadcast about the merits of other crops for energy conversion. Bamboo, above all, avoids the highly controversial issue of food for fuel and can be cultivated on marginal or degraded land.

BeauTifueL™ represents a new generation of Fischer Tropsch (FT) technology developed by our technology partner COMPS at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. The technology results in reduced CO2 emissions, reduced capital and operating costs, as well as simplicity of operation. The ease of scalability allows the technology to be applied to resources that were previously thought to be stranded and uneconomical, effectively dealing with one of the biggest problems holding back the large scale rollout of synthetic fuel production. Using any carbon feedstock (including municipal solid waste and biomass) our facilities produce liquid fuels including high grade diesel and jet fuel, as well as electricity.

Depending on the carbon content thereof, 1000 ton of feedstock should produce 1000 barrels of synthetic crude oil and 40 MW of electricity.  Compared to crude oil which contains pollutants such as sulphur and aromatics, fuel produced from bamboo is clean and environmentally friendly.  Since it precludes the use of fossil fuels, it is regarded as a carbon neutral product.


Bam d’Afrique developed a product - BamCoal© - containing virtually no sulphur and emitting less carbon dioxide (CO2) than coal when burnt. Since the fuel is not derived from fossil fuels, the use of BamCoal replaces the need of coal burning utilities and industrial plants to purchase emission permits (as currently applicable under the European Emission Trading Scheme). Our technology allows cost effective production with a high energy efficiency (>90%) through a recycling process for bi-products. BamCoal properties include:

  • High energy density;
  • Water resistant;
  • No/limited biological degradation;
  • Excellent grind ability;
  • Good combustion properties; and
  • Ultra low Sulphur content.