The Coega Biomass Center is a joint venture between British green energy developer Hive Energy, South African sustainable development firm iLive and Dutch sustainable consultant and project developer Partners for Innovation.
Hive Energy was founded in 2010 by Giles Redpath to participate in the significant solar PV expansion in the UK, where it has established 26 grid connected solar parks, and now has offices in 10 countries including Spain, Turkey, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Mauritius, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa.
Hive has commissioned over 1GW of solar plants, with substantial growth in Spain recently and is currently developing 2.8GW of renewable energy projects including the UKs largest solar park and world’s largest battery storage projects as well as several pioneering projects in circular economy industries.
iLive Sustainabel Development is a project and technology development company, aimed at realizing ‘life-giving’ initiatives within the renewable energy and circular economy sector. These initiatives stimulate economic growth, environmental sustainability, social well-being, and higher consciousness. iLive’s is based in South Africa and the Netherlands. iLive was founded in June 2010. The first strides of iLive were on the development of biomass pelletization of green garden waste, biodiesel manufacturing from used cooking oil, and the pyrolysis of plastic and rubber waste into liquid fuels and recycled products.www.iLiveworld.co.za
Partners for Innovation (PfI) is a Dutch based consultancy and project development company. Partners for Innovation was founded in 2004. Since 2009 Partners for Innovation works in Sub Sahara Africa, amongst others South Africa, focussing on renewable energy and valorisation of sustainable biomass. Pfi has offices in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Niamey (Niger). www.partnersforinnovation.com
The Coega Biomass Centre is a first spin off of the Partners for International Business project ‘Solid biomass opportunities in South Africa’, It’s a Public Private Partnership in which six Dutch companies, supported by the Dutch government, work together with South Africa to develop successful business cases for sustainable biomass value chains.