Updated on December 27, 2023


Created on October 4, 2018

Kencoco Ltd Charcoal Briquettes

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Kencoco are odourless and smokeless charcoal briquettes from recycled agricultural coconut waste and charcoal dust manufactured in Kenya.

Developed By
  1. Kencoco Ltd
Tested By
  • Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute
Content Partners


Product Description

Kencoco Ltd. produces Eco-makaa Briquettes that are odourless and smokeless charcoal briquettes from recycled agricultural coconut waste (coconut shells, husks) and charcoal dust. This product has high heat combustion capabilities and is a low-cost alternative to fuels such as firewood, kerosene and wood charcoal.

Kencoco’s factory is located in Kikambala, Kilifi County in Kenya.

Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Kencoco Ltd is in partnership with Najmaz Enterprises.

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include BioChar, Briketi Briquettes, and Lean Briqs and Pellets.

Manufacturing/Building Method

In 2021, the company plans to expand production to 100 tons/month of briquets from the factory in Kikambala, Kilifi County in Kenya.

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

Users can obtain the product from the manufacturer.  

Distributions to Date Status

Kencoco Ltd produces about 40 tons per month of charcoal briquettes in their factory in Kikambala, Kilifi County in Kenya with plans to expand to 100 tons/month in 2021 . The product is sold directly to users (households, restaurants, hotels) and distributed in partnership with Najmaz Enterprises. Micro Enterprise Support Trust (MESPT) also works with Kencoco Ltd with the provision of financial and non-financial services.

Design Specifications

Kencoco’s briquettes are packed in branded bags of 3 kg, 5 kg and 10 kgs recycled paper. Video of the production of charcoal briquettes in the factory in Kenya.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Provided by the manufacturer

Replacement Components

None (single-use product)



Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Kencoco aims to decrease adverse health effects due to cooking with a cleaner-burning briquette, made from plentiful locally available coconut waste.  

Vetted Performance Status

The charcoal briquettes burn in approximately 180 minutes and up to 1284ºC temperatures can be obtained during combustion.Interview with representative


Potential hazards regarding spontaneous combustion without proper storage and potential burns during the use of the fuel.

Complementary Technical Systems


Academic Research and References

There is no specific academic research about the Kencoco Ltd charcoal briquettes, however, the following paper is a review of similar charcoal briquettes:

Stolarski, M.J., et al., 2013,  Comparison of quality and production cost of briquettes made from agricultural and forest origin biomass. Renewable Energy. 2013 Sep, pp. 20-26.

Kencoco Ltd. n.d. The Charcoal Project.

Kencoco Ltd. n.d. Clean Cooking Alliance.

Kencoco Ltd/Coconut Briquettes/Fuel from Waste. 2017. www.youtube.com.

Kencoco Ltd. n.d. Facebook.

Kencoco Limited 2017 SAG-SEED Award Winner. 2017. seed.uno. SEED.

Compliance with regulations

Permit to use the standardization mark delivered by Kenya Bureau of Standards. It expired in 2016.

Other Information

Kencoco Ltd won the SAG-SEED award in 2017 in recognition of their efforts to promote economic growth, social development and environmental protection in Kenya. From Business Daily, Banning charcoal isn’t the way to go. Kenya should make it sustainable.

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