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There are many options of fuels that can be used for domestic and commercial use. Some of these are highlighted here such as biodiesel, ethanol and kerosene. It must also be noted that these fuels are not ‘clean’, and can be harmful to the environment and people’s health.

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The Kenya Charcoal Policy Handbook

Policy Innovation Systems for Clean Energy Security (PISCES)was a five-year research project funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (UK), being...

Practical Action Eastern Africa, Published by Practical Action Eastern Africa on 2011


Este informe explica lo que es biodiésel, sus ventajas y desventajas.

Published on 2011

Kérosène & Gaz de Pétrole Liquéfié (GPL)

Ce rapport se concentre sur le kérosène et GPL et examine les différents types de poêles et lampes disponibles, y compris le poêle à mèche, le poêle à alcool pressurisé, et les lampes à pétrole.

Elizabeth Bates, Published on 2012

Ethanol as a Household Fuel in Madagascar

This brief details a project to study the viability of ethanol as a commercial household fuel in Madagascar, and it was initiated to help achieve the goals set out by the Madagascar Action Plan...

Martin Bounds, Published on 2012


This brief defines biodiesel and explains its advantages and disadvantages

Matt Williams, Published on 2012

Producer Gas for Power Generation

Producer gas is formed by the partial oxidation of a carbonaceous material, such as biomass or coal, in a furnace, generator, or 'producer' unit. This fact sheet outlines the method of doing this,...

Andrew Russell, Published on 2008

Diesel Engine Repair and Maintenance

This printable booklet explains diesel engines and basic repair and maintenance in light of the most commonly faced problems.

Shamim Hasan Paritosh Kumar Malo, Published on 2007

Diesel Engines

In many countries diesel engines play a very important role in providing power and electricity for remote locations.

Neil Noble, Published on 2007

Une Reconstruction Centrée sur les Gens

Ce guide de reconstruction, axé sur les besoins des populations, fournit des informations sur la manière dont les populations pauvres en lieu urbain et rural peuvent réunir leurs forces afin de...

Theo Schilderman, Published on 2011

Produção e Uso de Pinhão Manso

This example is based on small-scale cultivation and processing in Zimbabwe.

Thembinkosi Nyathi, Published on 2013

Kerosene and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG)

Kerosene and LPG are types of oil and gas. This brief looks at how they are formed, where they can be of use and examines various types of stoves and lamps available, including the wick stove, the...

Martin Bounds, Published on 2012

Liquid Biofuels and Sustainable Development

Biofuels are a source of energy from plants. We look here at the three main types - ethanol, biodiesel and oils from pressed seeds and nuts, and at the ethical and environmental issues associated...

Elizabeth Bates, Published on 2007

Production and Use of Jatropha

Based on small-scale cultivation and processing of Jatropha flowering plants in Zimbabwe.

Thembinkosi Nyathi, Published on 2010


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