From spring 2010 Glommers Miljöenergi is performing the project Reed Canary Grass for small scale heating systems in sparsely populated areas.
This is a demonstration and development project for Reed Canary Grass cultivation on peat soil, mobile briquetting with screw technique and heating production in bottom fed furnace.
The long term goal of this project is to create profitability for the production and use of the energy grass RCG as a biofuel so that small scale biofuel production can grow and disused farmland will be taken into production.
In a wider perspective the project goals are to contribute to creating new jobs, preserve cultivated landscape in forest regions, contribute to making fossile energy redundant and being a resource for a lifecycle based reintroduction of society’s waste products such as ash used as fertiliser.
Energy distribution is, despite of enormous amounts of solar energy and at times very good conditions for wind energy, a very large obstacle in the development of Tanzania and Mwanga District. Lack of energy, in addition to technical barriers and general problems, creates deforestation of solid fuel and illegal logging in order to produce coal which is sold in urban areas. In addition, there is no reforestation leading to high erosion damages etc. in the nature.
The objective of the project is to give knowledge, technology and entrepreneurship to local enterprises and cooperatives in how to produce efficient and profitable briquettes out of existing plant fibers.
Enterprise/cooperative which successfully have adopted the technology and knowledge of how to efficiently produce briquettes, acting as raw model in Mwanga District and Kilimanjaro Regions. The long-term objective is to develop a new business area.
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