What is biomass charcoal briquetting?

Biomass is plants or plant-based materials that are not used for food or feed. As an energy source, biomass can either be used directly via combustion to produce heat, or indirectly after converting it to various forms of biofuel.
Charcoal is the blackish residue consisting of impure carbon obtained by removing water and other volatile constituents from animal and vegetation substances.
Briquetting is the process of converting low bulk density biomass into high density and energy concentrated fuel briquettes.
The core objective of our biomass charcoal briquetting project is to train farmers how to use agriculture waste to create biomass charcoal briquettes. We collect biomass from communities close to forest reserves and cultivate perennial grasses to actively produce biomass charcoal briquettes on a daily basis.

We do so to provide sustainable socioeconomic livelihoods for rural communities around forest reserves by offering alternative income-generating and fuel sources to local people. Through such alternatives, we encourage them to protect the restored tropical forests and the trees which NED Africa has planted and to cease logging and setting fires in the reserves. We add value to the biomass charcoal briquettes for communities by infusing them with natural insect-repelling scents during processing. Upon burning, the scented charcoal reduces the risk of diseases, such as malaria and cholera, carried by mosquitos and houseflies.

We will sell the biomass charcoal in areas close to NED Africa’s reforestation and afforestation zones within tropical forest reserves. We have established lots dedicated to the cultivation of bamboo and other perennial grasses by converting the woodlots we created previously as part of our restoration program. To produce the briquettes, we seek to build and operate biomass charcoal briquetting facilities. With both our grass lots and production facilities, we train and employ local people, enabling them to receive weekly incomes from the sales of the biomass charcoal briquettes.

We aim to locally produce the highest quality charcoal available—an efficient, smokeless, affordable, and sustainable source of fuel. Through the sale of our specialized varieties of insect-repelling charcoal, we aim to improve public health by reducing the risk of insect-born diseases. We will also produce active carbon for waste water recycling companies and biochar as a source of fertilizer for farmers.

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