Powering Engines and Generators

One major energy need in many underserved markets is inexpensive fuel to power engines, used either for agricultural work or for generating small-scale power. Biofuel engines are primarily powered by biodiesel, which is produced from oilseeds which are crushed into oil and then processed in a reactor. Some use 100% biodiesel, some use a mix of biodiesel and fossil fuel.


5 enterprises on the map try to help beneficiaries access locally grown fuel sources, through either: Development or distribution of biofuel engines, or Growth of oilseeds in managed plantations. See more about biodiesel in the Biomass Power section.


In the coming decades, we can expect to see significant changes in fossil fuel use for electricity generation. Government policy is driving down coal’s share of the energy mix, in accordance with efforts to encourage sustainable development. Furthermore, under the new climate agreement, Countries promised to reach peak coal usage by 2030. Meanwhile, government policy is encouraging the increased use of gas-fired power plants for electricity generation. Because natural gas is often perceived as cleaner burning than other forms of fossil fuel, the government sees it an important part of its plan to reduce the use of more polluting fuels. Increased supply is also driving up demand. Natural gas is projected to account for 8% of generating capacity in 2020 and 10% in 2025.