August was a pivotal month for our Clean cooking fuel for refugees project! The team of engineers and scientists behind the project successfully produced the first batch of clean briquettes, but not without a few bumps in the road.
Machinery in disrepair
This month the Mandulis team finally received their briquette machines, which take in agricultural waste and produce burnable briquettes. Mandulis partnered with the UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) to secure the machines necessary to supply thousands of refugees with clean cooking fuel.
To the surprise of the Mandulis team, the briquette machines had not been used since they were purchased by the UN in 2017. The team had a lot of work ahead of them... look at the state they were in after unboxing:
The team is back in Kampala, Uganda's capital, running final inspections and tests on the machines before installing them in the Mandulis facility.
What this means for the project
After months of research and collaboration with the UN, the last hurdle has been cleared by the project: producing briquettes reliably with production equipment. Next step: nailing distribution to provide thousands of refugees with clean cookstoves and recycled briquettes!