Biodiesel, a potential source of income generation and renewable energy from the plants

Biodiesel, a potential source of income generation and renewable energy from the plants

Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
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Rwanda is moving forward to boost biodiesel production. Landlocked country considers biofuel production from locally grown feedstock an important part of national security the main plan is to use biodiesel so that we can produce our own energy that is environmentally friendly. High and fluctuating petrol prices worldwide have led to big push in biofuel production fuel obtained from organic material. Biofuel can be processed in two ways.
Bioethanol is distilled from plants containing starch, as fuel derived from sugar, wheat or maize and can be used in cars with petrol engines.
Biodiesel is processed from vegetable oil from crops such as palm, soy, moringa or jatropha for consumption in diesel vehicles and to produce electricity.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Thousand hills picture under this project of biodiesel will install in Rwanda as densely populated country, affect food security, high unemployment level, poverty and 80% of population are farmers. This investment will benefit Rwandans in terms of green development, preventing land erosion, create employment and more environmentally-friendly transport . According to Rwandan institute of scientific and Technology declared that growing biodiesel plants in 225 000 hectares which represent only 8% of the total national land. Rwanda would not need to import diesel. Until then, diesel and biodiesel can be mixed. This has been marginal land which is less or not productive at all for agriculture. we will first increase the quality of the land before we start growing the crop and It will have no direct impact on agriculture production since it was not being used at all."

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Rwanda as a land-locked country, the only way it can reduce dependence on the other countries would be through producing its own biodiesel and also helps in cutting carbon emission . Rwanda imports some 160 million litres of fuel annually and the biofuel project will produce about 13 percent of total fuel consumed. These plants which produce biodiesel are imported from Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and other countries which grows these plants. It is for this purpose our project is carried on the benefits of farming biodiesel crops, such as soybean, “jatropha” and “moringa” plants, to reduce the cost of petroleum products, affecting the citizens’ daily life in the urban as well as in the rural who must buy imported kerosene to light their houses A big market that we have is the first biodiesel-powered bus in Africa which is made its maiden trip from Kigali to Bujumbura in the first of its frequent trips to the neighbouring country. The first one in Africa in collaboration with the Rwandan Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (RIST), this bus will be run using 100 percent biodiesel, there are only two buses of this kind in the world and were both designed by the Swedish scania company the other one biodiesel bus is in Brasil, development that is likely to give a major boost to environmental protection.
Impact: How does it Work

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-The primary activities of our project will be actually finding out a growing place for moringa, jatropha, soy and palm oil........ And fertilization should be done on time and to set up a large plantation on marginal lands and degraded hilltops in southern Province for these crops which requires very little water and poor soils to grow its seeds -to recruit the professionals and non professionals employees in term of ending up poverty and great opportunity to income generating. Since 2007, the Rwandan institute of Scientific and Technology Research(RISTR) has experimented with a number of feedstock including palm, jatropha, moringa, castor and soy oils, in a 2,000 litre per day (approximately 160,000 gallons per year) pilot facility at Kigali, Rwanda's capital city but to remind that low materials are imported . the government of Rwanda is calling upon public-private organizations to invest in this domain .The ISTR suggests several possibilities for biodiesel feedstocks in Rwanda. New varieties of oil palm developed for high-altitude and low-temperature production offer high-yield potential for cultivation in Rwanda. Jatropha is also being planted in several regions where the land is more suited to the drought resistant plant. The ISTR is also exploring intermediate crops to use as feedstocks while the oil-bearing trees mature, including castor bean and avocado. While avocado is widely cultivated in Rwanda, the oil-bearing seeds are not currently utilized. And that’s where our investment is focused for the purpose of solving such gap of lack of enough biodiesel.
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How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Operating for 1‐5 years

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

GAHIZI Dieudonne started 2007 as passionate , independent film maker but I used to produce documentary films which based on environment protection activities and making advocacy for it ,however this lead me in 2011 to win a worldwide film competition on environment in the United kingdom. I created thousand hills picture 2009 just to present Rwanda, I mean to give a picture of the country in term of environment enhancement.
And I have been inspired by this project only for finding out the solutions of the presented problem by reducing imports of the low materials which can be planted here in Rwanda, job creation, income generating which will reduce poverty and unemployment as well.

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

The Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (IRST) has been active for a number of years in the area of biofuels and published a draft biofuel policy in July 2008. IRST has also established a biofuel laboratory on their ground in Kigali , where up to 2000 litres of biodiesel made out of regionally obtained crude palm oil can be produced daily. The research institute has successfully tested a Toyota vehicle running on 100% biodiesel for more than a year, and recently purchased a coach to be powered by biodiesel. This bus is intended to be tested on a regular basis between Kigali and Bujumbura. And this provide hope of having market of our products.

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How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

Our objective is to empower directly more than 10000 get a job in the company and relating business and other big number will profit indirectly throughout country.

After three years of experience of potentiality of biodiesel as a green fuel with considerable prospects. It scores well in its contribution to reducing vehicle, carbon emissions hence its global impact on climate change can be low when compared with petro-diesel.

We will look forward to produce biodiesel itself in term of extending the company not only planting palm, soy, jatropha and moringa .

What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

-Lack of efficient workers
-limited transport areas facilities
- Lack of access to information and networks

And the way overcome these barriers
-Create good network with government and work hand in hand with the public and private sector
In term of providing information needed and give out some facilities.

Tell us about your partnerships

Our partnership will basically work hand in hand with government to locate free land and the country must first ensure food security for its citizens, and given these concerns, the Department of Forestry said that these plants can be grown in the fields with food crops, near roads or along the erosion control ditches. and private institution will provide facilities and train our employees, this will be achieved.

Explain your selections

Thousand hills picture received an awards from TVE through bio movies competition and created a very good network with national and international communities for the purpose of increasing the wellbeing of the population.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

To completely ensure potential biodiesel plants which are today imported of raw materials (Moringa, Jatropha), We will inform the local authorities ,the public and private sector on the benefits of farming biodiesel crops ,such as soybean, ”jatropa” and “moringa” plants, to reduce the cost of petroleum products, affecting the citizens’ daily life in the urban as well as in the rural who must buy imported kerosene to light their houses to convince them. Our objectives is to reduce energy dependency on wood and oil, We will embark on the production of fuels derived from these plants . we will set up the factory producing biodiesel and bio-ethanol .
As the energy is becoming a crucial problem and most households in the city as in the rural areas, depend on coal or wood. The price of oil, whose consumption is increasing, is very high.
Our target within three year and more will actually based on extending our company in term of creating big job and process our plants.

Which barriers to employment does your innovation address?
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Lack of skills/training

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

The barriers that will tackles to our innovation will be handled and assessed in the best way to find out the regarding solution as quick as possible without stopping the project. For example if underemployment will be presented we will firstly train the employees for the purpose of getting good harvest and quality as well.

Are you trying to scale your organization or initiative?
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Enhanced existing impact through addition of complementary services


Repurposed your model for other sectors/development needs


Grown geographic reach: Multi-country

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

• To invest in this project “Biodiesel, a potential source of income generation and renewable energy from the plants” is very innovative and new service here in Rwanda even in Africa and this will provide awareness of its potential and environment enhancement.

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

We will collaborate with local Government to regulate the implementation of this project and the policies to support technically such project (friendly environment) are already established. For example We will use the marginal land which is less or not productive at all for agriculture. We will encourage people to first increase the quality of the land by giving them the fertilizers before we start growing the crop so ,it will have no direct impact on agriculture production .In addition of that grant it will be easy for us to implement this project for the purpose of creating job, poverty reduction, promoting entrepreneurship and self employment and of course save our environment by using biofuel or green fuel.