Fuel Briquettes from Waste Products
PRESS HERE FOR LIVING SOLUTIONS HALF A WORLD AWAY
Contacts for Peterson Press Plans and Press Kits:
- Paul Alley, Beaverton Rotary, 503.363.4175 or
- Bob Peterson, Beaverton Rotary, 971.223.0223
Think about how easy it is to turn on your stove and cook or flip on your thermostat for heat. Now think about walking all day, every day, to forage for wood, keeping your kids out of school to join the search, or spending half your monthly income to buy charcoal. In developing countries where getting by on less than $2 per day is commonplace, those are the choices. But there is a solution.
Developed by Beaverton Rotarian and designer Bob Peterson, the Fuel Briquette Press is low-cost, lightweight and easy to assemble. The only problem is getting wood, building plans and instructions to impoverished families tens of thousands of miles away.
Peterson, a member of Beaverton Rotary Club, has developed a simple press to make fuel briquettes, an alternative cooking fuel that uses free or very low-cost waste products ---- waste paper, sawdust, charcoal fines, leaves, grass, banana peels, rice and coffee husks, etc. --- and water to make briquettes that burn like charcoal.
Peterson's press, parts for which are easy to replicate globally, is already in use in Uganda and several other countries. With help from Rotary clubs and other groups, Peterson hopes to bring instruction and training on the fuel briquette press to developing countries everywhere.
The making of fuel briquettes is a business in the making for impoverished families. With access to waste products, 2-4 adults can make enough fuel briquettes for their own families needs and have enough left over to earn income for food, schooling and other family needs.
The attached YouTube videos show the progress of fuel briquette press designs and depict the making of fuel briquettes with the Stage III Peterson Press --- a World Community Service Project adopted by Beaverton Rotary and Rotary International for dissemination worldwide.
Demonstration of making fuel briquettes with the Peterson Press
Press Kit ready for shipment to a developing country
Presses made in Uganda
Discussion of Beaverton Rotary's progression through three generations of Fuel Briquette press design and four generations of mold set design.