Since our last update, four briquette-making machines have begun operating in the new warehouse facility. Here's a quote from the founder of the project, Peter Nyeko, on your impact:
"80,000 refugee families will be able to replace firewood & charcoal with a cleaner and more affordable alternative. Huge thanks to Wren for helping enable the installation, staffing, and training!"
But there's some trouble: since the briquette machines were stuck in storage for years, there's a bit of mechanical damage. The team is working on fixing it, but for now the machines are operating at 40% speed. That's still enough to generate 0.4 metric tons of briquettes in an hour, and prevents about 2 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. Here's a picture of one of the briquettes, which are used as an efficient and green cooking fuel:
Next up, the team will be buying more machines to scale production to 2 tons of briquettes per hour. Since each new machine costs around $100,000, our partners are working to secure some government grants from the UK to quickly ramp up how much emissions we can prevent.