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MIT and Berkeley National Lab Collaborate to Grow Understanding of Cookstoves and Fuels

This report was from the latest D-Lab Scale-ups Newsletter: MIT and Berkeley National Lab Collaborate to Grow Understanding of Cookstoves and Fuels Posted Jul 25, 2014 by Dan Sweeney, Research Scientist As many of you know, D-Lab has worked to refine, advocate for, and scale-up the production of charcoal briquettes made from agricultural and other [...]

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First Stop – Soroti, Uganda

The first stop on my recent trip to Uganda was a visit to our friends from the Teso Women’s Development Initiative (TEWDI). I was there to check in with members of the group to see how their charcoal briquette production was coming along. The group has progressed well this year and now manufactures 4-5 tons of [...]

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HFI Fuels Energy Research Update

HFI Fuels Energy Research Update by Dan Sweeney, D-Lab Scale-Ups Biomass Fuel Research Scientist D-Lab UROP Nani Ruiz tests a mini kiln in the fuel test facility.D-Lab: Energy student Yi Zhong uses an instrument to characterize carbonized biowaste samples.MIT Engineers Without Borders students fire an MIT kiln at Kresge Lawn.   D-Lab Visiting practitioner Elius [...]

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Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, consumes the equivalent of 16 Olympic-size swimming pools of charcoal every day. What's happening in Dar es Salaam is happening in many other cities of sub-Saharan Africa.

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