The Harvest Fuel Initiative helps grow small businesses in the developing world that promote better fuels and technologies for people who depend on wood and charcoal for their daily cooking and heating needs.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
Photo credits: Klas Sanders, Sylvia Herzog, Kim Chaix
The mission of the Harvest Fuel Initiative is to facilitate the market-based approach to the large-scale and widespread use of efficient technologies and sustainable solid biomass fuel alternatives that can help alleviate poverty, improve health, and protect the environment.
The Harvest Fuel Initiative is a collaboration between The Charcoal Project and the D-Lab Scale-Ups program at MIT. The Harvest Fuel Initiative is supported in part by a grant from D-Lab Scale-Ups.