Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Research on Low Cost Methods of Producing Briquettes from Waste Biomass in Developing Countries"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2011 - DURI
Research area(s):
Energy Center
Project Description:
This project will research current options for producing briquettes from waste biomass, correspond with NGOs in Wester Africa to gather information on site specific sources of biomass, and use this information to design and test a low cost and easily producible biomass briquette press from raw materials readily and affordably available in Africa to help replace a dependence on wood for fuel. Successful project outcomes include improved health (boiling water and cooking food), safey (less gathering of wood fuel, usually done by women), and sustainability (manufactured and distributed locally to support employement and be sustainable).
Expected Student Contributions:
This student will be expected to research current options, analyze their strengths and weaknesses, the conditions and materials available in western Africa, then develop a designed suited for rural western Africa. This student will work within a larger group researching sustainable energy sources (wind, hydro) and affordable transportation for developing countries.
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Professor in Charge

Lumkes, John
agricultural and biological engineering

Student Supervisor

John Lumkes
Associate Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Robert Taylor
Agricultural Economics