Tanzania Case Study

The Island of Zanzibar in Tanzania has major challenges in the management of waste, waste-water, water supply and energy, due to a major growth of hotels and the tourism industry. 

Novoheat AB and Ecobarge Sweden AB are working together to develop a pre-feasibility study of The Manta Resort in Zanzibar. The pre-feasibility will provide the required technical report and project financers as based on a combination of ship-financing, build-own-operate agreements, incorporating Swedish export credits and business models providing opportunities for scaling of Swedish technologies.

Ecobarge Sweden AB is a company that provides mobile sustainable infrastructure solutions integrated in a vessel or a barge. It is scalable and can supply; heat, cooling, hot water, electricity and different grades of water as well as water purification. It is suitable for any area with inadequate or unsustainable solutions or without existing energy infrastructure.

Off-grid Concept Development for Resorts and Local Communities

Ecobarge is looking for solution providers for scaling up in Zanzibar and beyond.

Ecobarge pilot project: Drinking water for communities and cooling for fish to be used by local fishermen.

Ecobarge pilot project. Image: The Manta Resort

The project, in collaboration with Kwanini foundation, is focused on converting The Manta Resort to an eco-resort and at the same time support the local community using the following technologies:

  • Solar station  
  • Energy storage 
  • Wastewater treatment 
  • Water saving solutions
  • Solar collectors
  • Biogas unit for cooking gas
  • Solutions for swimming pools to eliminate the usage of chlorine and save the coral reef from bleaching.
Image: The Manta Resort

Market Opportunities

  • Ecobarge pilot plant at a second stage forms the basis for an intended further scale up aiming to meet the needs of up to 300,000 people locally as well as for other similar international projects.
  • The pre-feasibility will define already experienced, committed local partner and reference customer / end user needs. 
  • Potential investors / project financiers are already defined and involved.
  • There is potential for cost-efficient financing through a combination of export credits, public funding, carbon emission trading and ship-financing.
  • Experienced turn-key installer. 
  • Existing resorts striving towards sustainability for increasing revenues.
  • Concept is easily scalable increasing cost efficiency.
  • Proven business model providing positive cash flow.
  • There is an order potential for deliveries within 12 months subject to pre-feasibility results. 
  • Potential for meeting further SDGs through connection with education, etc.
  • Potential for media impact – utilization as ongoing pilot/exhibition.
  • Potential for standardized concept towards international markets. 
Image: The Manta Resort