We Create electricity supply for rice millers,electricity supply for wood millers,reliable mini electricity grids for communities

Rice Husk Transformed into Electricity

Rice Husk, dry biomass produced by rice millers, can be transformed into reliable electricity supply by a robust low-cost system. Solutions from 18kWe up to 500kWe, delivered in few months.

Wood chips transformed into electricity

Wood residues - dry biomass produced by wood millers, furniture makers or sustainable eucaliptus plantations - can be transformed into reliable electricity supply. Solutions from 10kWe up to 1.6MWe, delivered in few months.


Communities living nearby rice or wood milling units can greatly benefit from renewable electricity supply for their homes, health centers and schools. Other biomass sources can also be used.  

Social Context

Primary Energy Context

Tech Context

Social Context

Sustainable electricity supply from agriculture residues. This is a fast, cheap and reliable choice in order to improve the standard of living of rural communities. 80% of the Mozambican population live in rural or semi-urban areas, most of them with very limited access to reliable electricity supply. However, newly integrated agro-industrial projects, led by cooperation agencies (Japan, USA and  European Community), are dramatically improving the Mozambican countryside. A true revolution is taking place. Focus is on boosting productivity and value-added.

Skyline key value proposition is that agriculture residues produced by such projects - like rice husk, wood chips, cotton stalks, cashew shells and corn combs - not only can self-supply electricity & heat for the industrial process per se, but also can greatly benefit nearby communities in their local educational & health services.

Primary Energy Context

According to 2014's data obtained from the WB database, Skyline estimates that the Mozambican agro-industry residue output, excluding sugar cane bagass, would be sufficient to generate 50MW on a continous basis. This could immediately take place via locally-based electricity mini grids, spread all over the country, backed by locally small biomass-to-power generation units, ranging from 10kW to 2MW each. 

Looking forward, in the light of ongoing international cooperation development programs in Mozambique, a combination of higher productivity and higher land utilization could easily multiply the total agriculture output 10 times, therefore enabling a power generation of 500MW, just by taking advantage of its milling residues. Wealth from Waste! Electricity supply for almost 10 million people, approx 50% of the population.

Tech Context

Realistically speaking, agriculture residue conversion into electricity could improve the existing and future solar power bases, especially in cases where small mini grid solutions can combine biomass and solar into a single all-day-long reliable power supply system.

If the area under consideration is also covered by the national power grid, the interconnection between new biomass units with the existing national grid might well turn out to be a great contribution for the whole Country, under the so-called Distributed Generation (DG) concept.

Initial Approach



Initial Approach

Skyline's initial approach shall always look at the needs of the people, their culture, their habits, their energy future requirements and economic aspirations. The subsequent step is to understand the integrated agro-industrial project and how the local community interacts with it vis-a-vis all the other stakeholders. Finally, a suitable forward-looking energy balance analysis is prepared by Skyline so as to justify the inception of a mini grid solution, backed by biomass and/or solar and/or other possible energy sources, including the integration with the national power grid.


Skyline's business proposition will always be fully in line with the objectives of the integrated agro-industrial project in which the community will thrive. Thus, a complete feasibility analysis has to be carried out by Skyline team in order to establish the best possible energy solution for local development. As soon as the feasibility study is approved by all stakeholders, Skyline will then implement the solution based on an EPC or EPC-M contracts.


Skyline delivers a project in which the community and the agro-industry shall have a reliable supply of energy, well sustainable over the long term. Thus, it is crucial to put in place proper planning as well as trained teams for operation, maintenance and system expansion, including the management of spare parts inventory.

Skyline monitors the entire system performance on a  continuous basis, information which is then reported on web platforms for all stakeholders: population, investors and governments.

Marco Coutinho

Mark Stacke

Julian Hunt

Chris Roth

Marco Coutinho (Brazilian)

  • 15y-experience energy professional who lived in Mozambique, Italy, Brazil, Zambia, Indonesia & Malaysia.
  • More than 2GW in power generation and transmission system feasibility analysis & full cycle development.
  • Expert in power & fuel supply to large mining projects in Africa.
  • Expert in social upliftment of resettled families, including electricity & water supply, sanitation and transportation.
  • Energy manager for VALE Mining in Africa, Malaysia & Indonesia for almost 10 years.
  • Mechanical Engineer, exec-MBA with post graduation in Advanced Energy Planning in Italy.
  • Founder of Skyline with the purpose of improving people's lives in remote areas of Mozambique.

Mark Stacke (German)

  • 20-y-experience energy international professional who lived in Brazil, Chile, Australia, Germany & Indonesia.
  • More than 20GW in renewable power generation and transmission system feasibility analysis & full cycle development.
  • Expert in power & fuel supply to large mining projects in Asia.
  • Expert in social upliftment of resettled families, including electricity & water supply, sanitation and transportation.
  • Energy Vice President at FCX Copper & Gold Mining in Indonesia.
  • Electrical Engineer, M.Sc. (Germany) & MBA (Australia).
  • Director of Skyline since 2016 with the purpose of improving people's lives in remote areas of Mozambique.

Julian Hunt (British)

  • Ph.D. in Engineering from the Oxford University (UK - 2013), with major in energy development.
  • Expert in energy storage and energy susteinability indicators. 
  • Strong knowledge of social and environmental impact of energy policies.
  • Took part in the creation of the ECREEE (Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of the Economic Community of West African States - ECOWAS). 
  • Took part in the UNEP-led study for micro biomass-based power generation in Mozambique, 2012.
  • Energy Director at Stanhope Brasil Energia in South America since 2014.
  • Director of Skyline since 2016 with the purpose of improving  people's lives in remote areas of Mozambique.

Chris Roth (Swiss)

  • 30-y-experience professional, former director of several agro-industrial projects in Africa.
  • Expert in social impact backed by out-of-the-box agriculture thinking & technology. 
  • Strong knowledge of social and environmental impact of energy policies.
  • Agriculture expert  of Skyline since 2016 with the purpose of improving  people's lives in remote areas of Mozambique.
  • Key positions over the last 5 years:
  • 2011 - 2014 MAEVA Group, Maputo, Mozambique. Director of Business Development and Agricultural Projects (Coop-& Farmer Development, Market Linkage), Sustainable Development, Community Development. *** 2010 - 2011 Natural-CI S.A. Abidjan –Fair-Trade/Bio-Certification and Sustainable project development – artisanal/industrial production of virgin specialty oils. ***  2009 - 2010 Polynova Sarl, Abidjan; Mechanical engineering: project development (alterative energy: water,- agricultural- and domestic equipment). Rural development project – biomass to combined heat and power conversion. 



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