Category Archives: Ethanol


WASHplus Update focuses on fuel “stacking”

In this issue of WASHplus Weekly, the focus is on fuel “stacking,” which is the use of multiple fuels/stoves at one time. Stacking is a complex factor that influences the adoption and use of cookstoves. In many households, traditional stoves are used at the same time as improved cookstoves, or the different stoves may be used for different foods. Evidence points to the simultaneous use of different fuel regardless of income levels. Households continue to use different fuels as their incomes rise, and they do not immediately abandon the use of fuelwood. Other factors, such as reliability of supply, safety, and taste preferences of food cooked using fuelwood, may be factors under consideration by households.

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EVENT: Workshop: small-scale alcohol production for fuel in Madagascar Nov 12-14

We received this announcement from our alcohol-brewing friends at Project Gaia,  and which we are happy to pass along! I’d like to let you know that PGI and partners are holding a workshop in Antananarivo on Nov 12-14, 2012 focusing on small-scale alcohol production for fuel. It is funded in part by the World Bank and follows up on the results of the Practical Action-led 2009-2011 study Ethanol as a Household Fuel in Madagascar. The workshop will have a technical focus and include interactive models provided by Colombian distillery company EcoEnergy. Project Gaia will focus on policy issues of regulating ethanol as a fuel. … Continue reading

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Relieving Haiti’s homefuel crisis through ethanol

Most people in the United States, Europe, or Brazil think of ethanol as a heavily subsidized corn- or sugar-based liquid biofuel that is often mixed with gasoline to power so-called “flex-fuel” vehicles.

But for the 3 billion people who depend on wood, charcoal, or animal dung for their household cooking or heating, ethanol means … … Well, ummm, actually, the word “ethanol” probably doesn’t mean all that much.

One plucky non-profit is hoping to change this by making locally and sustainably produced ethanol an attractive homefuel alternative to solid biomass fuels for the world’s 3 billion energy poor

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