Why to choose this solution?
Briquettes are virtually smokeless, slow-burning, easily stored and transported fuel.The briquettes burn three times longer than charcoal. Hence pose minimal risk to the respiratory health of the user. Briquettes become hot evenly and remain at a constant temperature for a long time. The briquettes reduce on the cutting of trees for firewood hence conserving the environment.
Savings per day or production:
Briquettes are made from 100% organic waste and residues. They are designed to be long burning (up to four hours) and reduce cooking costs by 20-40%. It is estimated that 0.8 kilograms of briquettes is equivalent to one kilogram of traditional charcoal of average quality.
Cost in money and in own time to construct:
A kilogram of charcoal briquettes costs between UGX.1000 - 1,500.0 approximately USD 0.28 - 0.41. They take a minimum of two hours to make.
They last three times more than charcoal when burning. It can last for more than 5 years if stored in a cool dry place.
Maintenance needed:
Not applicable
Resources needed in use:
Energy saving stove and cooking utensils
Problems and limits:
Briquettes are not water resistant.
Where and how can you get it or make it?
The briquettes are sold at JEEP, supermarkets and in most of the environmental CBOs operating in Uganda.
Skills needed to produce, install. maintenance, use:
It needs a skilled person to make.
How to use it:
Not relevant
How to maintain it:
Not relevant
Climate effect (if any):
Using briquettes as an alternative energy source reduces wood-cutting for firewood that is contributing to deforestation. This allows trees to remain standing as carbon sinks, which prevents further climate change.
Where it is used and how many users are there?
This solution is used in rural and urban areas of Uganda by over 1000 users.
Why is it successful?
This solution has been successful because it is affordable, lasts longer than charcoal, it is smokeless,efficient and environmental friendly. Support from development partners and the government of Uganda.
If you can make it, a short description, typical problems, materials needed.:
Raw materials needed charcoal dust / slug / dry food peelings, ash,water and cassava flour / clay / molasses.
How to make it (if possible):
Not relevant
How is it delivered and by whom?
It can be found/picked up at JEEP head office in Kyanja.
Successful financial model
The materials used are cheap and readily available in our communities.
What policies and strategies helped the success?
Support from development partners and the government.
More info:
Joint Energy and Environment Project
Name of the association uploading the case:
Joint Energy and Environment Projects
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