For thousands of years, people have burned wood for heat. From campfires to fireplaces, people love the idea of a wood fire heating their house. But wood-burning appliances and fireplaces may emit large quantities of air pollutants. Wood smoke contains hundreds of chemical compounds including nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, organic gases, and particulate matter, many of… Continue reading It’s time for the pellet to shine.
Most Gambians rely on mainly wood fuels to cook with and charcoal because of which Gambia is at a very vulnerable point now, with the amount of forest left. Desertification and deforestation are great problems facing developing nations like Gambia. Adequate means of disposing wastes are also lacking, hence, converting them to other useful products… Continue reading Can fuel briquettes from groundnut shells save Gambia?
"Virunga National Park in the DR Congo is home to the largest population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. In a recent visit to New York, the park’s Chief Warden, Emmanuel De Merode, told 'The Charcoal Project' that the greatest threat to the survival of the gorillas was the persistent destruction of habitat at the… Continue reading Can Biomass Briquettes save Africa’s Mountain Gorillas?
In the World’s least developed countries, solid fuel is the primary cooking fuel for over 80% of the population. Indoor air pollution ranks in the top four leading risk factors for death worldwide. Furthermore, urban demand for wood-based fuels such as charcoal drives unsustainable, large-scale deforestation. Ultimately, the byproducts of biomass combustion—which is often incomplete… Continue reading Waste to Energy: Cocoa Pod Husk Briquettes & Pellets
Take any village in Tanzania and processions of women carrying thick branches of firewood piled on their heads on their way home every evening is a common sight. However, it is not without consequences for the environment, and Tanzania and many other African countries are rapidly losing their primary forests. Woodfuel, primarily used for cooking and home… Continue reading Briquettes – New energies against deforestation in Africa
Paper is an important material, used daily for many purposes worldwide. The global production of paper and cardboard stood at approximately 407 million metric tons in 2014. Why Paper Recycling is important? Worldwide the pulp and paper industry is the fifth largest consumer of energy, accounting for 4% of all the world’s energy use. Over 60%… Continue reading From Paper Waste To Paper Pellets
The Great Smog of Delhi is an ongoing severe air-pollution event in New Delhi and adjoining areas in the National Capital Territory of India, in November 2017. Air pollution at this time peaked on both PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels. It has been reported as one of the worst levels of air quality in Delhi since 1999. The current majority of analysis sources are hinting towards… Continue reading The Great Smog Of Delhi – Small Steps To Prevent It