JCED is implementing a project in TA Kaomba aimed at Empowering rural households in Kasungu District, Malawi, to access clean energy sources through Microgasifier technology. The goal of the project is to move the rural households in Kasungu to become energy secure primarily for household cooking and heating, lighting their homes, and charging mobile phones. The project interventions will engineer a shift from "business as usual" scenario of using wood-fuel primarily for household cooking and heating to a clean heat energy source from Microgasifier cookstoves.
JCED has partnered with Mzansi Fire Solutions Pty Limited of 4411 Isimuko Street, Birch Acres, Kempton Park, Republic of South Africa to provide technology transfer in the production of clean and long-term burning briquettes and their complementary modern Microgasifier cookstoves. A single processed briquette used in the Microgasifier cookstove can last for an average of 3 hours of cooking or heating and produces no smoke. The excess heat generated by the Microgasifier can be harvested by a thermo electric generator and converts it to electric energy that charges a battery to light a house for about 6 hours, or more if less than 3 light bulbs are used. When not in cooking, a solar panel can be used to charge the battery. This technology therefore, has multiple benefits to the project beneficiaries – clean, safe and efficient cooking and heating energy source, including the converted electric energy for lighting the house and charging mobile phones.
The project will see five tin-smith youth groups trained in making Microgasifier cookstoves; two other groups trained in carbonization; and one group trained in briquette-making. The 300 households in the project area and beyond will access to Microgasifier cookstoves and briquettes for their household use. The project will also Increased awareness and use of the Microgasifier technology for household cooking, heating, lighting and charging mobile phones beyond the project area.