Making better biomass
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CTA. 2002. Making better biomass. Spore 100. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Increasing the efficiency and cleanliness of charcoal is a key area of research in renewable energies. Extensively used in cooking and heating, it is often a household s prime source of energy, and is preferable to the burning of wood.The challenge...
Increasing the efficiency and cleanliness of charcoal is a key area of research in renewable energies. Extensively used in cooking and heating, it is often a household s prime source of energy, and is preferable to the burning of wood. The challenge is to develop affordable machines for the carbonisation of vegetable matter from agricultural residues such as straw and husks, and offcuts from wood, reeds and bamboo, and their compression into charcoal briquettes. The importance of this technology is demonstrated by the award, in late June, of the Altran Foundation s 2002 prize for innovation to the scientist Guy Reinaud. President of Pro-Natura International, Reinaud is working on low-cost machines for local rural enterprises, in Senegal and elsewhere, to produce briquettes which are easy to use and release no smoke. The award, worth about t 1 million, was shared with another scientist looking at how to power a radio from a small flame on a petroleum lamp, using thermo-electric cells to convert heat to electricity. The 2003 Award, incidentally, will be in the field of technological innovation and early childhood, including food and education. Altran Foundation for Innovation 251 Boulevard Pereire 75017 Paris, France Fax: + 33 1 4409 5440 Email: email@example.com