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...
Excerpt from The Himalayan Beacon website, Sept. 4, 2009.
Audio and video
- Fuel Briquettes Put Energy in the Peoples’ Hands - Engineering for Change
- 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.