Green Power Fuel Briquettes from Waste Materials An Alternative Fuel for Cooking
Christ Hope Biomass Project
About a billion people in our world rely upon wood and charcoal for cooking, resulting in wide-spread deforestation and loss of about 3% of the world's forests each year. In countries where the average income is $1-2 per day like Uganda cooking fuel can consume half of a family’s income.
Fuel briquettes can be made from readily available waste materials. In urban areas, this can be sawdust and shredded paper. In villages and rural areas, they can be made from leaves, grass, coffee and rice husks and other agricultural waste in many combinations. Waste plastic material cannot be used because the plastic gives off toxic gases when it burns. Green raw materials like leaves and grass are moistened and partially decomposed under black plastic for several days, then dried and pounded or chopped into small pieces about the size of cornflakes.
The raw materials are soaked, mixed in a slurry and pressed with a fuel briquette press into a 4 inch (10 cm) diameter cake with a 1” (2.5cm) center hole. The pressure interlocks the fibers without the need for glue to hold the briquette together. The briquettes are dried in the sun for 3-5days prior to being burned.
Charcoal fines, the small particles that crumble off charcoal are a waste material found in charcoal markets, can be added to any mix. Fuel Briquette projects have been started in many countries in Africa, South east Asia, Central & South America.
Christ Hope reach out ministries Uganda with its project Enviro-Coal and Beaverton Rotary are working to spread the knowledge of this technology as an alternative fuel to additional areas to combat and stop global warming in Uganda.
Please join us in teaching individuals how to make fuel briquettes for their own use as well as to establish sustainable small businesses that produce a product that helps the producers earn a living wage, provides their customers with a less expensive cooking fuel and improves the environment and lives by reducing deforestation