Biomass Technology Expo attracts great interest – N$1 million worth of equipment, products, and services sold
The Biomass Technology Expo 2019 held a fortnight ago has put biomass firmly on the national agenda and calendar, taking its rightful place as one of the must-see annual trade shows in the country, according to Colin Lindeque, General Manager of the Namibia Biomass Industry Group.
The event which was held at the Otjiwa Safari Lodge, managed to attract over 1500 visitors and 120 exhibitors and technology demonstrators.
The event represented a melting pot of technologies, products, and ideas, however, everything was centred on the core purpose of adding value to Namibia’s vast encroacher bush resource, Lindeque added.
Event sponsor, DHG, said, “the event topic was to the point and the focus remained on what was important”. Keeping the discussion focussed on the local biomass industry meant that visitors were actively absorbed, and many spent the entire day engaging with exhibitors.
According to Lindeque, exhibitors also came from far and wide for a chance to explore the growing local biomass market, including representatives from Germany, Austria, Denmark, United Kingdom, United States, and South Africa.
The expo attracted never before seen technologies to the country, not only exposing locals to them, but also allowing them to be demonstrated under local conditions, he added.
Such technologies include the Arjes 250 Impactor, a slow speed shredder technology produced in Germany, designed for efficient wood shredding applications. It was hailed as a “game changer” for the biomass energy sector, and will open up new ways of thinking around biomass energy projects, both local, and international.
The expo also resulted in over N$ 1 million worth of equipment, products, and services being sold during the day, with many more useful leads still being explored, Lindeque highlighted.
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 and 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.
Caption: A scene from Biomass Technology Expo 2019, of a bush-to-feed technology demonstration.