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Biofuel and Biomass

Biofuels and biomass are energy products derived from organic sources such as wood, crops, and crop residues. These can be made into solid, liquid or gas fuels. Such organic fuel sources are easier to obtain for those living in poor rural areas. However, they are non-renewable sources of energy so come with drawbacks such as deforestation and health effects of burning.

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Bio-Diesel Technology in Pakistan

Renewable energy practices in Pakistan

Published by Clean Power


This is an introductory leaflet to bio-diesel.

Practical Action Sri Lanka, Published on 2015

Bioenergy and Land: A review of linkages and impacts with a focus on Africa,

Over recent decades, biofuel production has emerged as a new and significant factor competing for land and water resources and creating a potential conflict with food production.

Pisces;Practical Action Consulting, Published by Practical Action Consulting on 2011

Bioenergy and Poverty in Kenya: Attitudes, Actors and Activities

This report presents the findings of socio-economic baseline surveys carried out by the Eastern Africa office of Practical Action Consulting in Kenya between March and December 2008.

Tameezan wa Gathui;Wairimu Ngugi, Published by Practical Action Consulting on 2010

Bioenergy Market System Development Comparing Participatory Approaches in Kenya and Sri Lanka

Biomass is the most commonly consumed form of energy in Kenya at about 68% of the national energy consumption. The charcoal industry employs over 700,000 people and represents the second largest...

Steven Hunt;Colin Pritchard;Tom Molone, Published by Practical Action Consulting on 2011

Biomasa Como Combustible Sólido

La biomasa sólida incluye madera, aserrín y desechos de cultivos que pueden utilizarse directamente o ser transformados en briquetas y carbón vegetal.

Mariana Gallo, Published on 2012

Biomass as a Solid Fuel

Solid biomass is a source of energy from materials including wood, sawdust, and crop waste, which can be used directly or processed into briquettes and charcoal.

Published on 2008

Biomass Energy in India

Renewable energy practices in India focusing on domestic cook stoves

Published on 2011

Biomass Energy in Nepal

Renewable energy practices in Nepal

Practical Action, Published on 2014

Biomass Fuel Briquetting Technology and the Business Opportunities

Fuel briquettes are blocks of compressed biomass material such as farming waste, charcoal dust or waste paper. They are used for fuel in households for cooking, water heating, and space heating.

Practical Action, Published on 2012

Biomass Gasification: The East African Study

Biomass gasification, which is the conversion of solid fuels like wood and agricultural residues into a combustible gas mixture, is a fairly new technology in East Africa with most of the projects...

Kennedy Muzee, Published by Practical Action Consulting on 2012

Briquette Production Process

This is a poster that illustrates both carbonised and non carbonised briquette production process.

EEP, ETC & Practical Action, Published on 2014

Briquette Technology: An Eco-Friendly Energy Option for the Poor

This is a poster outlining 'Why use Briquettes'.

EEP, ETC & Practical Action, Published by EEP & ETC Foundation on 2015

Charcoal briquetting designed by KEMA

This instructional manual describes the Kayole Environmental Management Association’s (KEMA) low-cost method for making charcoal briquettes. The method uses charcoal dust, a binder, and a molding...

Plactic Recyclers SACCO Ltd, Published by Practical Action Eastern Africa on 2006

Charcoal briquetting designed by YEA

This instructional manual describes the Youth Environmental Alliance’s (YEA) low-cost method for making charcoal briquettes. The method is unique because it uses water-soaked waste cartons or paper...

Plactic Recyclers SACCO Ltd, Published by Practical Action Eastern Africa on 2006

Charcoal Production

Charcoal is widely used as a domestic fuel for cooking in many towns and cities in developing countries as it is cleaner and easier to use than wood.

Neil Noble, Published on 2010

Civil Works Guidelines for Micro Hydropower in Nepal

A guide to look at the technical aspects including civil works guidelines of designing a micro hydro scheme in Nepal.

BPC Hydroconsult;Practical Action, Published on 2002

Combustible A Partir De Los Campos: Carbón A Partir De Residuos Agrícolas

El equipo “Fuel from the Fields” (FftF) [combustible a partir de los campos] desarrolló un método de producción de carbón a partir de productos de residuos agrícolas no utilizados previamente.

Stephen Gitonga, Published on 2013

Energising Development with Jatropha Curcas?

Policy and institutional frameworks in the promotion of sustainable biofuels in Mali.This briefing note is based on field research carried out in Mali between 2010 and 2011. It provides assessments...

Nicola Favretto, Published on 2013

Energy footprint of locally produced bioethanol in Kenya

This Working Paper is based on research conducted by an University of Edinburgh Masters student. Working with PISCES partners in Kenya, the research conducts a lifecycle analysis of the direct and...

Ebelechukwu Chiatula, Published by Practical Action Consulting on 2013


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