El Fuego del Sol Recycled Briquettes
El Fuego del Sol
El Fuego del Sol Recycled Briquettes are made out of recycled cardboard, paper, sawdust, and agricultural waste, and distributed in Haiti and the Dominical Republic.
El Fuego del Sol Recycled Briquettes are cooking briquettes constructed of recycled cardboard, paper, sawdust, and agricultural waste. Various videos about El Fuego del Sol project and news are available.
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Haitian and Dominican mothers and children who use charcoal to cook their food, and schools and institutions that cook mass quantities of food.
It is not patent-protected
UN World Food Program provides the briquettes to local schools and institutions. Briquettes cannot yet be purchased by individuals.
For 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.)
MJ/kg, energy content per gram
What are the main pollutants when the fuel is combusted? (e.g. CO, PM2.5)
Recycled paper, cardboard, sawdust, and agricultural waste composition with a 1.9 cm diameter hole to allow air flow.
Each briquette weighs from 0.16 kgs to 0.18 kgs and with dimensions (LxWxH): 10 x 10 x 4 cm.
Training of briquette use is required and supplied by El Fuego del Sol.
Single use, no warrenty. Disposal of ash not specified.
60 tons of waste recycled 500,000 school meals fueled 8,000 trees conserved.
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 amount of briquettes required.
There is no academic research on this specific product, however, the following reports offer useful information about biomass briquettes:
Purohit, P., Tripathi, A.K., Kandpal, T.C., Energetics of coal substitution by briquettes of agricultural residues. Energy. 2006 Jul;31(8-9):1321-1331.
Wamukonya, L., Jenkins, B., Durability and relaxation of sawdust and wheat-straw briquettes as possible fuels for Kenya. Biomass and Bioenergy. 1995;8(3):175-179.
Stolarski, M.J., et al., Comparison of quality and production cost of briquettes made from agriculural and forest origin biomass. Renewable Energy. 2013 Sep;57:20-26.
Singh, R.N., Bhoi, P.R., Patel, S.R., Modification of commercial briquetting machine to produce 35 mm diameter briquettes suitable for gasification and combustion. Renewable Energy. 2007 Mar;32(3):474-479.
Eriksson, S., Prior, M., The briquetting of agricultural wastes for fuel. FAO Environment and Energy Paper (FAO). 11:141.
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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