Briquetting for Africa

Briquetting plants are known in Africa, but they are now being marketed there with renewed vigour by ABC Hansen, a Danish company which produces various types of machinery of relevance to developing countries.
The company says its CFN Briquetting Press plant allows operators to make money from waste agricultural, forestry, garbage, textile, Briquetting plants are known in Africa, but they are now being marketed there with renewed vigour by ABC Hansen, a Danish company which produces various types of machinery of relevance to developing countries.
The company says its CFN Briquetting Press plant allows operators to make money from waste agricultural, forestry, garbage, textile, paper products, etc.
ABC Hansen briquetting machines have been used in Africa for papyrus (in Rwanda), groundnut shells (Sudan and Gambia), wheat straw (Ethiopia and Kenya), sawdust (Kenya), coffee husks (Ethiopia), tomato and cotton straw (Zimbabwe).As a rule of thumb, if you can shovel it, you can briquette it.
The only question thereafter is whether the material briquetted can be sold at a profit. Often, it is sold as an energy source or as cattle feed.
Among other materials which can be briquetted are many different kinds of cereals (including grass, reeds, maize stalks and cobs, lucerne), bark, sunflower, soya bean stalks, cotton stalks, linseed husks, rice husks, bagasse, fly ash, rape straw, coconut fibres, paper waste and textiles.
ABC Hansen believes that in some cases, briquettes could be competitive with coal and other fuels in Africa’s urban areas. They could also be used by industry, where economic. Briquettes could be transported from agricultural areas which produce waste to arid, deficit areas.
The CFN Briquetting Press uses a piston and die mechanism for compacting the material into a good quality, round briquette. The material must fall within certain parameters:
Size particles of a maximum of 20x20x3mm, or a grinder may be required.
Moisture levels of 6-16% range, or a dryer may be required.
It might be necessary also to add a binder.
The cost of the plant varies from $70,000 (production capacity: 0.5t/hour) to $340,000 (1.8t/hour). Very little labour is required – the plant can normally, for instance, be left to work unattended overnight.
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