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.
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 [...]
One of the key benefits of being an HFI partner is access to some incredibly smart and motivated students through MIT D-Lab. Green Bio Energy hosted some of these students this year and received an insightful analysis of their marketing efforts in Kampala in return. Four students, two from Tufts Fletcher School of Law and [...]
The Women in Public Service Project, jointly sponsored by Mt. Holyoke, Simmons and Smith Colleges in Massachusetts, are holding a forum for the next two weeks titled Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development. Fifty women delegates from around world were chosen to participate, including TEWDI’s Betty Ikalany. The focus [...]
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.