Transforming Agricultural Waste to Sustainable Energy
Our mission is to replace firewood-as-fuel for the industrial sector in Kenya. We produce a clean biomass energy product made from discarded sugarcane husks. Our VumaBriqs (bagasse briquettes) are a superior fuel source for industrial boilers. It's time for a better alternative to wood fuel.
WATCH: How We Do It
A glimpse of our process
Our Product: VumaBriqs
Benefits of our bagasse briquettes vs. traditional firewood
Greater Calorific Value
= Double the total heat output
Twice the Density
= Burns 50% longer
= Less smoke & pollution
Year Round Supply
= Consistent availability
Free of Impurities
= No "clinker"
Lower Ash Content
= Less time clearing the boiler
Firewood consumption is the driving force behind the rampant deforestation in Kenya and East Africa. Creating alternatives to firewood, particularly for large-scale users, is a key part of the solution. Each ton of VumaBriqs is equivalent to 25 trees worth of wood fuel. We are aiming to save two million trees in Kenya by 2022.
There aren't many options for earning a viable income in rural western Kenya. Basic subsistence farming predominates. We are helping to change that by creating additive and year-round jobs with training, benefits, and a pathway for promotions. We have created over 100 jobs in our first two years and we expect hundreds more in the future. Our belief is that sustainable jobs are the heart of economic development.
REDUCING ATMOSPHERIC CARBON DIOXIDE
Based on our projections for the industrial use of VumaBriqs in Kenya in just the next three years (through '22), 42,000 tons of CO2 will be absorbed by the trees saved. That's equivalent to the carbon emissions from 9,000 cars per year or an individual's carbon burden on over 11,000 commercial flights.
Head of Collection
Are you currently burning firewood in your industrial biomass boiler? If so, let's talk. We can arrange a demonstration of our VumaBriqs in your boiler, provide existing customer references, and supply an independent third-party Certificate of Analysis showing all key parameters of our briquettes.