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.
Originally posted at arti-africa.org During the first three weeks of 2015, a group of students from Boston (Neha Doshi from Wellesley, Nadia Viswanath, Stephanie Moore and Francisco Tejera, from the Sloan School at MIT and Nicole Osminkowski, an MIT engineering student), decided to postpone their holidays and work with HFI partner ARTI Energy in Dar es Salaam. […]
We are very excited to have MIT students traveling this January to two of our HFI partners. In Dar es Salaam, a team of five MIT students have traveled to work with ARTI and improve ARTI’s charcoal briquette value chain from sorting of charcoal powder, to grinding, mixing and extruding. Special emphasis has been put on drying […]
By Dan Sweeney MIT D-Lab Biomass Fuel Research Scientist Last month, I returned from a nine-day visit to Antigua, Guatemala. Working with D-Lab partner organization Soluciones Comunitarias (SolCom), I performed field tests on a couple of their improved, wood-fired cookstoves. And, I participated in a meeting of the working and task groups for the International […]
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.