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[[File:Briquette_press_2010.jpg|thumb|350px|Briquette press being demonstrated at [[Cyprus]] conference in 2010]]
 
[[File:Briquette_press_2010.jpg|thumb|350px|Briquette press being demonstrated at [[Cyprus]] conference in 2010]]
 
Collect any type of waste from you home or office including paper, cardboard boxes, saw dust, scrap wood, rice husk, fruit wastes, grass, leaves, kitchen wastes, agriculture and forest residues or industrial wastes. Shred ’em, cut ’em, soak ’em and hammer ’em and what you get is a pulp. A stinking good chunk of pulp. Now press the pulp, dry it for two to three days and what you have is your briquette, all ready to burn in a range of stoves ranging from mud stove with one burner to rocket stove and room chimneys. It is energy efficient, cost-effective, manages waste and moreover an inexpensive alternate source of energy that can fuel simple households to business houses.
 
Collect any type of waste from you home or office including paper, cardboard boxes, saw dust, scrap wood, rice husk, fruit wastes, grass, leaves, kitchen wastes, agriculture and forest residues or industrial wastes. Shred ’em, cut ’em, soak ’em and hammer ’em and what you get is a pulp. A stinking good chunk of pulp. Now press the pulp, dry it for two to three days and what you have is your briquette, all ready to burn in a range of stoves ranging from mud stove with one burner to rocket stove and room chimneys. It is energy efficient, cost-effective, manages waste and moreover an inexpensive alternate source of energy that can fuel simple households to business houses.
   
A kilo of briquettes costs Rs. 16 (20 cents US) and a kg and half will take care of a day’s cooking for a family size of four,” Shrestha Arpan says, who just got back from training disadvantaged communities in Bajura, Humla & Jumla (Nepal) about this indigenous technology. “If we could take this technology to a larger scale, imagine what 600 tonnes of daily valley waste could be transformed into – 70 per cent of the waste could be utilized to make briquettes while the rest 30 could be used to manufacture compost, she adds...
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A kilo of briquettes costs Rs. 16 (20 cents US) and a kg and half will take care of a day’s cooking for a family size of four,” Shrestha Arpan says, who just got back from training disadvantaged communities in Bajura, Humla & Jumla (Nepal) about this indigenous technology. “If we could take this technology to a larger scale, imagine what 600 tonnes of daily valley waste could be transformed into – 70 per cent of the waste could be utilized to make briquettes while the rest 30 could be used to manufacture compost.
   
Excerpt from [http://beacononline.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/nepal-toads-eye-view-way-forward-for-nepal;''The Himalayan Beacon'' website], Sept. 4, 2009.
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''[Excerpt from ''[http://beacononline.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/nepal-toads-eye-view-way-forward-for-nepal; The Himalayan Beacon'' website'']'', Sept. 4, 2009.]''
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==Audio and video==
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[[Video:Small (Micro) Biomass Fuel Briquette Presses made from Wood|thumb|400px|left|Learn to make a small biomass briquette press with Lee Hite.]]
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*{{NewNov15}}'''August 2015:''' The [[Mount Kenya Energy Project]]'s German organisation [[Lernen-Helfen-Leben e.V.]] has focused on the construction of gasifier/pyrolysis stoves during the past threeyears. These stoves perform very well when pellets or [[Biomass briquette]]s made from plant waste are used. In my discussions with MKICDO board members we came to the conclusion that making briquettes for sale could be a viable income-generating project for the Kiini workshop. It would also be in line with our plans to build gasifier stoves at the new institute and train promotors to market them. Mugo found a young entrepreneur who already had some experiences in setting up such projects. We met and came up with a basic outline for a medium-scale business. The briquets will be made of sawdust and coffee husks. Sawdust is readily available from carpentry workshops. The husks are a waste product at coffee dry mills and are sold very cheaply. We went to a nearby coffee cooperative and made arrangements to be given priority once we need these raw materials.
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[[File:Joshua_Guinto_solar_dryer,_bio-char_diagram,_12-11-14.png|thumb|300px|Diagram showing the role the [[solar dryer]] plays in helping produce dried fruits, vegetables, and [[Biomass briquette|briquettes]] for [[fuel-efficient cookstove]]s.]]
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*'''December 2014:''' [[Joshua Guinto]], a specialist with Appropriate Technologies has provided an update on recovery developments in the [[Philippines]] in the wake of typhoon Haiyan. Their focus has been providing [[solar dryer]]s to dry fruits and vegetables, as wells to dry wood for bio-char and [[Biomass briquette|briquette]] production for use in [[fuel-efficient cookstove]]s. Read more at: [[Media:Guinto_Appprotech_Episode_of_Reconstruction_EAST_SAMAR_Nov_2014.pdf|The Approtech Training for Salcedo Eastern Samar]] - ''[[Joshua Guinto]], November 2014''
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==Constructions plans==
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*{{NewFeb16}}[[Media:Easy_BioPress_Micro_Compound_Lever_Press_02-16.pdf|Easy BioPress Micro Compound Lever Press]]
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**[http://leehite.org/ewb_project.htm More information]
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==Variations==
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===Honeycomb biomass briquettes===
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[[File:Honeycomb_biomass_briquette.jpg|thumb|200px|Beehive briquettes and the briquettes mold (ICIMOD, 2009)]]
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Briquettes make use of compacted agricultural wastes, including fallen dry leaves, for fuel. Beehive briquettes (a honeycomb beehive-shaped biomass briquette) are made using a hand mould. The air channels help the briquette burn more easily.
 
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==Reports==
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==Resources==
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===Reports===
 
*'''January 2013:''' [[Media:Solar Cooking with Integrated Systems-FOST-2011.pdf|Solar Cooking with Integrated Systems]] - ''[[FOST]]''
 
*'''January 2013:''' [[Media:Solar Cooking with Integrated Systems-FOST-2011.pdf|Solar Cooking with Integrated Systems]] - ''[[FOST]]''
   
==External links==
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===Audio and video===
*[http://www.engineeringforchange.info/2010/04/fuel-briquettes-put-energy-in-the-peoples-hands/ Fuel Briquettes Put Energy in the Peoples’ Hands] - ''Engineering for Change''
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*'''October 2013:'''
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::[[File:Fuego del Sol Biomass Fuel Briquette Production '13-0|none|400 px]]
   
*[http://www.pciaonline.org/bulletin/pcia-bulletin-issue-29 Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA) Bulletin #29] The issue focuses on the fuel side of the improved stoves equation, with an in depth discussion of charcoal and briquettes.
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*'''June 2010:'''
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::[[File:Small (Micro) Biomass Fuel Briquette Presses made from Wood|thumb|400px|none|Learn to make a small biomass briquette press with Lee Hite.]]
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[Foundation for Sustainable Technologies]] (FoST)
 
*[[Foundation for Sustainable Technologies]] (FoST)
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*[[El Fuego del Sol]]
 
*[[Rocket Stove]]
 
*[[Rocket Stove]]
 
*[[Partnership for Clean Indoor Air]]
 
*[[Partnership for Clean Indoor Air]]
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==External links==
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*[http://home.fuse.net/engineering/ewb_project.htm Open Source DIY Biomass Briquette Technology Design and Formulations]
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*[https://www.engineeringforchange.org/news/2010/04/14/fuel_briquettes_put_energy_in_the_peoples_hands.html Fuel Briquettes Put Energy in the Peoples’ Hands] - ''Engineering for Change''
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*[http://www.pciaonline.org/bulletin/pcia-bulletin-issue-29 Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA) Bulletin #29] The issue focuses on the fuel side of the improved stoves equation, with an in depth discussion of charcoal and briquettes.
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*[http://www.briquettebiomass.com/ Biomass Briquette Maa Kamla Santosh Biomass Fuel Industry India]
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*[http://assets.helvetas.org/downloads/sys5_alternative_energy.pdf HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation document containing information about their biomass briquette work]
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Biomass briquettes
Briquette press 2010

Briquette press being demonstrated at Cyprus conference in 2010

Collect any type of waste from you home or office including paper, cardboard boxes, saw dust, scrap wood, rice husk, fruit wastes, grass, leaves, kitchen wastes, agriculture and forest residues or industrial wastes. Shred ’em, cut ’em, soak ’em and hammer ’em and what you get is a pulp. A stinking good chunk of pulp. Now press the pulp, dry it for two to three days and what you have is your briquette, all ready to burn in a range of stoves ranging from mud stove with one burner to rocket stove and room chimneys. It is energy efficient, cost-effective, manages waste and moreover an inexpensive alternate source of energy that can fuel simple households to business houses.

A kilo of briquettes costs Rs. 16 (20 cents US) and a kg and half will take care of a day’s cooking for a family size of four,” Shrestha Arpan says, who just got back from training disadvantaged communities in Bajura, Humla & Jumla (Nepal) about this indigenous technology. “If we could take this technology to a larger scale, imagine what 600 tonnes of daily valley waste could be transformed into – 70 per cent of the waste could be utilized to make briquettes while the rest 30 could be used to manufacture compost.”

[Excerpt from The Himalayan Beacon website, Sept. 4, 2009.]

NewsEdit

  • August 2015: The Mount Kenya Energy Project's German organisation Lernen-Helfen-Leben e.V. has focused on the construction of gasifier/pyrolysis stoves during the past threeyears. These stoves perform very well when pellets or Biomass briquettes made from plant waste are used. In my discussions with MKICDO board members we came to the conclusion that making briquettes for sale could be a viable income-generating project for the Kiini workshop. It would also be in line with our plans to build gasifier stoves at the new institute and train promotors to market them. Mugo found a young entrepreneur who already had some experiences in setting up such projects. We met and came up with a basic outline for a medium-scale business. The briquets will be made of sawdust and coffee husks. Sawdust is readily available from carpentry workshops. The husks are a waste product at coffee dry mills and are sold very cheaply. We went to a nearby coffee cooperative and made arrangements to be given priority once we need these raw materials.
Joshua Guinto solar dryer, bio-char diagram, 12-11-14

Diagram showing the role the solar dryer plays in helping produce dried fruits, vegetables, and briquettes for fuel-efficient cookstoves.

Constructions plansEdit

VariationsEdit

Honeycomb biomass briquettesEdit

Honeycomb biomass briquette

Beehive briquettes and the briquettes mold (ICIMOD, 2009)

Briquettes make use of compacted agricultural wastes, including fallen dry leaves, for fuel. Beehive briquettes (a honeycomb beehive-shaped biomass briquette) are made using a hand mould. The air channels help the briquette burn more easily.

ResourcesEdit

ReportsEdit

Audio and videoEdit

  • October 2013:
Fuego del Sol Biomass Fuel Briquette Production '13-003:30

Fuego del Sol Biomass Fuel Briquette Production '13-0

  • June 2010:
Small (Micro) Biomass Fuel Briquette Presses made from Wood07:16

Small (Micro) Biomass Fuel Briquette Presses made from Wood

Learn to make a small biomass briquette press with Lee Hite.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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