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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.]

Honeycomb biomass briquettesEdit

Honeycomb biomass briquette

Beehive briquettes and the briquettes mould (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.

Audio and videoEdit

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

Fuego del Sol Biomass Fuel Briquette Production '13-0

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.

Recent news and developmentsEdit

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.


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