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Sugarcane Charcoal, 2004–2005

This is a Project. It was designed by MIT D-Lab. It is dated 2004–2005. Its medium is bagasse (waste product fibers left after the juice has been squeezed from sugar cane), cassava root binder, 55-gallon oil drum kiln, d-lab press.

In Haiti, the production of wood charcoal—the primary source of cooking fuel—contributes to deforestation and environmental degradation. More than 90% of Haiti is now deforested. Many children die from breathing indoor cooking fumes. Sugarcane charcoal was developed as an alternative to wood charcoal. Dried bagasse, the waste product from sugarcane processing, is burned in a simple kiln, carbonized, mixed with a binder, and compacted using a press to produce sugarcane charcoal briquettes, which burn as well as wood charcoal.

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Its dimensions are

3’ h x 2’ diameter (55-gallon oil drum), 2’ h x 1’ w x 8” d (briquette press), 2’ h x 18” diameter (traditional stove)

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