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Coal Briquette Pilot Plant Project

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In 1990 a FAO Survey of Zambia revealed that 39% of Zambia's total land area is covered with forests, out of which 1% or 3,300 Km squared has been disappearing every year. At this rate, Zambian forests will be depleted within 30 to 40 years, if measures are not taken to curb deforestation. This situation is mainly attributed to the dependence of 90% of Zambians on wood fuels as a household energy source. According to the Department of Energy (DoE) 1974-1996 Energy Statistics Bulletin, 76% of energy sources in Zambia are wood fuels and 83% of urban households use charcoal as an energy source as opposed to 24% in the rural communities. The forecast wood fuel consumption is one million tonnes per year by the year 2000; this is compounded by the relatively high population growth rate of 3% per annum and urbanisation rate of 4% per year. One convenient household energy source that can replace wood fuel is electricity. However, large investments would be required for the distribution infrastructure. In addition, most Zambians cannot afford the high connection costs and the high cots of electrical cooking appliances.


Organization: National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Zambia
Location, continent: Africa
Location, country: Zambia
Status: Completed

Contact details

Project contact email: nisiris@zamnet.zm
Address:
International Airport Road, Lusaka
PO Box 310158

Website: www.nisir.org.zm

Funding

Main funding organization: Japanese International Cooperation Agency

Partners

Funding

Further information

Sector: International development
Technology: Briquettes And Pellets
Keywords CoalBriquettes   Zambia   

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