Daten zum Projekt

Modelling of the domestic energy system based on biomass energy in rural areas in southern Africa - BioModels

Initiative: Wissen für morgen – Kooperative Forschungsvorhaben im subsaharischen Afrika
Ausschreibung: Natural Resources 2004
Bewilligung: 19.12.2006
Laufzeit: 3 Jahre


Biomass, mostly in form of charcoal, is the predominant source of bioenergy in households with low income of rural areas in southern Africa. Due to rising population growth and persistent poverty pressure on the forest increases. Problem solutions must come from integrated view with participation of all stakeholder groups. In the proposed project substantial information gaps with regard to consumption structures as well as obstacles and use options are investigated. Model-supported analyses under use of an advanced model approach contribute to an improved problem view. Strategies for a sustainable development are pointed out. Apart from externalities and price structures also qualitative socioeconomic factors are incorporated in the analyses. Also an integrated coupling of the energy model with a biomass model takes place using remote sensing to investigate land use pattern and woodland dynamics. The knowledge transfer to the decision-making processes will be achieved by participation models. The research network constitutes of three institutes from South Africa, one from Mozambique and one from Zambia as well as two German institutes with specific knowledge in the areas modelling, bioenergy and socio economics.


  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alfred Voß

    Universität Stuttgart
    Institut für Energiewirtschaft
    und Rationelle Energieanwendung

  • Prof. Dr. Harold Annegarn

    University of Johannesburg
    Department of Geography & Environmental Management
    Auckland Park, Johannesburg

  • Wayne Twine

    University of the Witwatersrand
    School of Animal, Plant & Environmental Sciences
    Centre for African Ecology

  • Dr. Mark Howells

    University of Cape Town
    Energy Research Center (ERC)

  • Dr. Rogério José Uthui

    Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
    Department of Physics
    Renewable Energy Sources &
    Technology Reserach Group
    Mosambik (Mocambique)

  • Prof. Dr. Stephen Simukanga

    University of Zambia
    School of Mines
    Department of Metallurgy and Mineral Processing
    Sambia (Zambia)

  • Prof. Dr. Rolf Kreibich

    IZT - Institut für Zukunftsstudien und
    gemeinnützige GmbH

  • Dr. Ulrich Fahl

    Universität Stuttgart
    Institut für Energiewirtschaft und Rationelle
    Energieanwendung (IER)
    Abteilung Energiewirtschaft und Systemtechnische
    Analysen (ESA)