Kencoco Ltd Charcoal Briquettes
Kencoco are odourless and smokeless charcoal briquettes from recycled agricultural coconut waste and charcoal dust manufactured in Kenya.
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.
Kencoco Ltd is in partnership with Najmaz Enterprises.
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy.
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.
In 2021, the company plans to expand production to 100 tons/month of briquets from the factory in Kikambala, Kilifi County in Kenya.
Users can obtain the product from the manufacturer.
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.
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)
Provided by the manufacturer
None (single-use product)
Kencoco aims to decrease adverse health effects due to cooking with a cleaner-burning briquette, made from plentiful locally available coconut waste.
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., 2013, Comparison of quality and production cost of briquettes made from agricultural and forest origin biomass. Renewable Energy. 2013 Sep, pp. 20-26.
Permit to use the standardization mark delivered by Kenya Bureau of Standards. It expired in 2016.
Product was tested for burn time and temperature.
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.
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