Kencoco Ltd Charcoal Briquettes
Kencoco are odourless and smokeless charcoal briquettes from recycled agricultural coconut waste and charcoal dust manufactured in Kenya.
Kencoco 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 viable low-cost alternative to fuels such as firewood, kerosene and wood charcoal.
Kencoco’s factory is located in Kikambala, Kilifi County in Kenya.
Kencoco Ltd in partnership with Najmaz Enterprises.
Fuels such as firewood, kerosene and wood charcoal.
Kencoco Ltd sells directly to households, restaurants, beach hotels, schools and to retailers (mainly kiosk and markets) in Mombasa in Kenya. They also sell to business-to-business clients (especially manufacturing companies) that make bulk orders.
The company produces about 20 tons/month of charcoal briquettes in the factory in Kikambala, Kilifi County in Kenya.
Users can obtain the product from the manufacturer. Contact here.
Kencoco Ltd produces about 20 tons per month of charcoal briquettes in their factory in Kikambala, Kilifi County in Kenya. 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.
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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.
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Kencoco Ltd’s growth plans are:
– By the end of 2017 set up strategically carbonisation kilns along three major coconut producing areas in Kenya.
-Using sugarcane and other waste products as raw materials, replicate the project in two other locations in Kenya.
-Increase the production of charcoal briquettes from 20 tons per month to 200 tonnes monthly at the current factory in Kimbala in Kenya.
-Increase customer trials, provide information and promote the adoption through discounts and free samples so as to expand the market.
There is no further information about the progress on those goals.
The charcoal briquettes burn in approximately 180 minutes and up to 1284ºC temperatures can be obtained during combustion.Interview with representative
As of 2018, these charcoal briquettes are being tested by KIRDI; the manufacturer is currently waiting for the results.Interview with representative
Potential hazards regarding spontaneous combustion without proper storage and potential burns during the use of the fuel.
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., Comparison of quality and production cost of briquettes made from agricultural and forest origin biomass. Renewable Energy. 2013 Sep;57:20-26.
Permit to use the standardization mark delivered by Kenya Bureau of Standards. It expired in 2016.
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.
Business daily, Banning charcoal isn’t the way to go. Kenya should make it sustainable. Economy [Online]. 2018 May.
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