El Fuego del Sol Recycled Briquettes
El Fuego del Sol
Briquettes made out of recycled cardboard, paper, sawdust, and agricultural waste, distributed in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
El Fuego del Sol Recycled Briquettes are cooking briquettes constructed of recycled cardboard, paper, sawdust, and agricultural waste.
The briquettes are produced as part of an ecological cycle which starts by collecting the waste materials from schools and other locations around Port-au-Prince, processing of waste, and production of the recycled briquettes for further delivery to schools for cooking.
Haitian and Dominican mothers and children who use charcoal to cook their food, and schools and institutions that cook mass quantities of food.
The briquettes are mass-manufactured in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After being collected, the organic waste is pulverized and mixed with water. The resulting liquid biomass slurry is pressed on an ergonomic industrial manual press, producing the briquettes. After this process, the briquettes are dried on the sun to be delivered to schools for cooking purposes.
UN World Food Program provides the briquettes to local schools and institutions. Briquettes cannot yet be purchased by individuals.
By 2015, more than 500,000 briquettes have been distributed. Interview with representative
What is the material composition of the fuel (e.g. ethanol, biogas, agricultural residues, etc.)
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Recycled paper, cardboard, sawdust, and agricultural waste composition with a 1.9 cm diameter hole to allow airflow.
Each briquette weighs from 0.16 kgs to 0.18 kgs and with dimensions (LxWxH): 10 x 10 x 4 cm.
The recyclable materials are collected from schools, embassies, the UN, and other locations around Port-au-Prince separated sorted, and upcycled. The cardboard, paper, sawdust, and agricultural waste are pulverized and mixed with water. The resulting liquid bio-slurry is pressed, producing the briquettes which are dried in the sun. The briquettes are delivered to schools where are used for cooking student meals.
Training of briquette use is manufactured and supplied by El Fuego del Sol.
Single-use, no warranty. Disposal of ash not specified.
Fuego del Sol aims to replace the use of charcoal in Haiti. Part of their mission is also replacing charcoal related jobs with bio-briquette manufacturing jobs. Specified targets are:
- 60 tons of waste recycled
- 500,000 school meals fueled
- 8,000 trees conserved.
- Create long-term job opportunities
El Fuego del Sol, UN World Food Program
Safety precautions should be taken when working with burning briquettes.
El Fuego del Sol’s briquettes only work successfully in Prakti stoves and the newly developed Fuego del Sol household briquette stove since the square shape makes them obsolete in most stoves.
A retained heating cooker designed by El Fuego del Sol maintains the temperature of the stoves to reduce the number of briquettes required.
El Fuego del Sol follows international Fair Trade standards for all operations in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the U.S.A., and requires all business partners to do the same.
Using past results from previous briquettes, El Fuego del Sol started experimenting with ideas on the internet. In 2015, El Fuego del Sol was about to begin residential field testing of the briquettes in rural communities. Progress on those tests is unknown.
Ideas winner for inner American ideas competition.
Haiti energy globe award for Haiti.
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