The Oxford Martin Programme on Dryland Bioenergy

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Over 630 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity, on a continent in which an estimated 75 % of the population is rural. Demand for electricity is predicted to double between now and 2030, and this critical energy gap is holding back economic development.

Current solutions have focused on fossil fuels, hydropower and solar power. However a major source of renewable energy could be provided by dedicated bioenergy crops capable of thriving in semi-arid climates.

The Dryland Bioenergy interdisciplinary team is led by three members of academic staff from different departments working closely with a local renewable energy company, Tropical Power Ltd.

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