Vuthisa Biochar Initiative Project

 

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We have partnered with the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Natural Resource Management (NRM), Land User Incentive (LUI) Programme to eradicate Invasive Alien Plant Species (IAPs) and create employment as part of the Working for Water (WfW) programme. Since January 2014 we have employed 39 men, women and youth in the Kokstad area (Sisonke District Municipality) and the project is known as Vuthisa Charcoal Projects. The number of people employed in this programme has grown to 70 (2016) and more than 940 ha of infested (initial) areas and 1400 ha of follow up areas will be rehabilitated back to pristine grasslands by end of March 2016, preventing biodiversity loss. We hope to continue with 108 personnel from 2016 to 2019 and continue our work in the Umzimvubu Catchment area.

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The Energy and Environment Partnership for Southern and East Africa (EEP-S&EA) have partnered with us until July 2015 to fund 50% of the Vuthisa Biochar Initiative project costs. The EEP Programme in Southern and East Africa is jointly funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (lead donor), The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). For further information visit: http://eepafrica.org/. The Vuthisa Biochar Initiative aims to develop Emission Reducing Biochar kilns, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create carbon sinks and develop cost effective Eco-fertilizers and soil amendment products. As a “for profit” start-up organisation we find it hard to convince Corporate donors to include us in their CSI programmes. Please support our initiatives by visiting our Donation page.

The 3-drum Biochar Retort was developed following extensive field trials with the TransPortable kiln and enclosing 55 Gal oil drums to serve as retorts to produce biochar. Since partnering with the Energy and Environment Partnership Fund Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA) we have made many improvements to the design.

 

Burn time – Approximately 4 hours depending on moisture content and humidity
Feedstock size – Any. Thicker material creates torrified wood.
Feedstock type – Most types of biomass
Feedstock batch volume – 700 m3
Biochar yield – 67 kg per burn / 24 hour cycles
Other infrastructure used – Tripod and lifting equipment

The kiln has been widened and we have added special collars to strengthen vulnerable areas. The retorts can be filled with off-cuts from a sawmill, garden refuse, logs or any other woody waste or agricultural residue such as rice husk and bagasse.
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Export

We now export the Biochar kiln to all parts of the world. Click here to fill in our order form. Please choose the type of kiln and whether or not the kiln will be used Commercially of Privately. We will be happy to provide quotations and follow up on orders. The kilns are manufactured in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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Licensed Manufacturing

The License Agreement is for individuals or companies that want to apply for the rights to implement the Portable Kiln Method in their own countries (including Southern Africa). The license fee has been set at $ 200 USD across-the-board (including and applying to all countries, company types or individuals). No royalties are payable. Modifications made to the basic Portable Kiln for the purposes of reproduction or distribution is permitted as set out in the License Agreement. Click here to acquire the license.

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Biochar Eco Fertilizers (Coming soon)

We will be producing Biochar in our Vuthisa Biochar Initiative soon.

Join our Portable Kiln Google Group

We have had more than 150 members (and counting) join our Portable Kiln Google Group, indicating to us that there is keen interest in what we are trying to achieve, namely creating a Clean Energy solution. Utilising enclosed retorts have been very effective at re-circulating the volatiles during the exothermic phase back into the reaction, vent less greenhouse gases, achieve higher yields and create bona fide biochar. We have created electronic manuals with detailed instructions on how to build and operate our kilns and the proceeds from the sales of these manuals are poured back into developing better kilns and to pay for the upkeep of this website. Ask to join the group here: http://groups.google.co.uk/group/portable-kiln

Vuthisa Solar Initiative

 

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Vuthisa means “Light Up!” and we have found perfect synergy with this statement by promoting a range of Solar lighting products.  We have always been promoting energy efficient cookstoves and we now have all these products under one roof.

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We also support the following Projects and can facilitate other projects of this nature:

Hippo Water Roller Project

Approximately 10 000 communities throughout Southern Africa (15 million people) are currently without adequate access to water. Multitudes have to trek long distances to distant waterholes or wells to obtain their daily water needs. To address this problem, two south Africans, Mr. Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker invented the first rolling drum to cart water, officially named the Hippo Water roller in 1993. The association with water, round body and thick skin compares well to the famous African Hippopotamus. The Hippo Water Roller improves access to water by rolling 90 litres (24 Gallons) along the ground saving time and energy as approximately 5 times more water can be transported. The daily burden of carrying heavy 20 litre buckets on the head is significantly reduced with this ‘appropriate technology’.

“Approximately 5 times more water can be transported”

The steel handle allows the roller to be pushed or pulled over difficult and very rough terrain. The overall width of the roller with handle attached was determined by measuring the average width of a standard doorway and sized to allow it to be pulled through freely. The steel handle is fitted with special polymer end-caps to reduce friction and wear and prolong the life of the pivot cavities in the drum. The roller is rounded at the shoulders to simplify tilting when wanting to pour from the full roller. However, the roller is also very stable in the upright position when it rests on a small, flat surface. The roller has hand grips at the bottom and top to make emptying the container easier.

Although the Hippo roller was mainly designed as a water-gathering aid for underprivileged communities, several other uses have since been discovered. Because of the Hippo water rollers’ water tightness it can act as a watertight container to keep valuables and clothes dry when going downstream in white water rapids on extreme excursions. It can also suffice as a container to be dropped with lifesaving contents from helicopters or low flying fixed-wing aircraft in flooded disaster areas. This might include food and medical supplies, warm dry clothing and blankets, and naturally, water. The polyethylene is lighter than water and will stay only partly submerged, even with fresh water in it. In fact, some rollers have been distributed pre-filled with grain or other foodstuff to villages.

For more information kindly visit the Hippo Water Roller website

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Order Here Practical Action Development Books

With more people now having access to the Internet it would make sense to create a facility through which they can order informative books. Unfortunately limited bandwidth and a lack of colour printers means that digital books often remain either unattainable or less than adequate for their needs. It is therefore refreshing to learn that the Development Bookshop (UK) delivers books fresh of the printing press and in full colour to ALL parts of the world. Development Bookshop, operated by Practical Action Publishing, offers a wide range of titles (1500+) on international development and related issues by various authors and publishers. Topics range from Agriculture and Food Security, Building and Construction, Disasters and Emergencies, Economic Development, Education, Energy, Climate and Sustainability, Indigenous Knowledge, Manufacturing to Micro-finance to name just a few. They offer a full delivery service worldwide and each year, dispatch over 20,000 books to more than 100 countries.

They are essentially community development handbooks for humanitarian agencies and development workers, farm owners, foresters, teachers, scholars (school projects), home-schoolers, NGO’s and anyone interested in How-To books.

Herewith more detail below, although it is impossible to list everything:

How-To Books

Topics range from Beekeeping, Candle making, Woodworking, Practical guide to solar photo-voltaic systems and Gardening for better nutrition

Energy

Adapting to climate change, Sustainable land use, Kyoto Protocol’s CDM

Finance

Micro-finance, Enterprise development, Bookkeeping tips and Fund-raising

Education

Design and Technology, Recycling, Low-cost printing, School Projects

The books are delivered to your door anywhere in the world for around £2.

Visit the Development Book Shop

 

Legacy Foundation Briquetting Project
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Ratchet Press

R 4,218.00

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Product Description

Firewood dependence for cooking in the developing world has resulted in forests being depleted at a rate of 2.5 to 3% per year. It is here in the poorest parts of the world that villagers spend a good portion of their time gathering wood to cook, heat and make charcoal. To counter this dependence on wood, efforts were made in the early 80’s to come up with alternatives. One such alternative being explored was making fuel briquettes from non-woody biomass for cooking. Dr.Bryant and students at the University of Washington in the USA developed a novel low-cost briquette making process using non-woody agricultural residues, ordinary water and a hand-operated wood press.

“Anyone can make briquettes from their own leaves, grass, straw and paper”

The briquette process was simple and could be established in poor rural communities, requiring little technology and very little money. With a small effort villagers could now create their own fuelwood from agricultural residues. To make a briquette, ordinary leaves, grass and straw would be chopped and mashed into a paste. This paste would then be compressed into round cakes and dried. The resulting briquette would be sold as a fuelwood- and charcoal substitute at the local market. In 1994 the Legacy Foundation, USA, picked up on Bryant’s briquette making process and extended the outreach activities. Today, Legacy Foundation’s training and online media services have spread the briquette technology and process into eleven other countries, such as Haiti, Uganda, Mexico, Nepal, Kenya, Mali and Tanzania. The foundation has also released 8 technical/training manuals on all known aspects of briquette making. Vuthisa acquired the rights to promote and extend this technology into Southern Africa. Note that the Legacy Foundation have now launched their new Ratchet Press and it is now being manufactured right here in South Africa.

This press is a high pressure, compact, easily assembled, transported, operated and maintained briquette press. Using common tools and skills, the Ratchet Press can work for an individual or full time commercial briquette production facility. Though it is compact and portable, it can deliver nearly the same force as their larger Mini Bryant compound level wood press sold through the Legacy Foundation. There are 3 Ratchet Press manuals namely; Ratchet Press Construction, -User, and -Marketing manual and .

Please fill out this form below and click on Submit and we will come back to you on availability.

The price of the Ratchet press manufactured in South Africa is estimated at 350 USD plus shipping (Nov 2015). Please note that there is a minimum order of 5. We occasionally have clients on standby wanting only 1 or 2 so fill in this form and we’ll inform you whether we’ll be able to make up your order along with others.

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ShippingYou will be asked to Register and log in and supply your address and contact details in order to ship the product.We have two shipping options to any destination in South Africa:Road Freight Express – Delivery timeframe: 24 to 48 hours within major centresRoad Economy Delivery – Delivery timeframe: 48 to 72 hours within major centresAfter adding your product to the shopping cart, click VIEW CART. Click on SHIPPING OPTIONS and update the DESTINATION ADDRESS to calculate shipping cost. Continue to PROCEED TO CHECKOUT. Click PLACE ORDER and continue to payment options.Payment

Payment can be done securely through your own online banking profile (FNB, STANDARD BANK, ABSA, NEDBANK, CAPITEC ETC) by using the PayFast option. Credit card payments can also be done through the same PayFast option or by using the PayPal option.

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Firewood dependence for cooking in the developing world has resulted in forests being depleted at a rate of 2.5 to 3% per year. It is here in the poorest parts of the world that villagers spend a good portion of their time gathering wood to cook, heat and make charcoal. To counter this dependence on wood, efforts were made in the early 80’s to come up with alternatives. One such alternative being explored was making fuel briquettes from non-woody biomass for cooking. Dr.Bryant and students at the University of Washington in the USA developed a novel low-cost briquette making process using non-woody agricultural residues, ordinary water and a hand-operated wood press.

“Anyone can make briquettes from their own leaves, grass, straw and paper”

The briquette process was simple and could be established in poor rural communities, requiring little technology and very little money. With a small effort villagers could now create their own fuelwood from agricultural residues. To make a briquette, ordinary leaves, grass and straw would be chopped and mashed into a paste. This paste would then be compressed into round cakes and dried. The resulting briquette would be sold as a fuelwood- and charcoal substitute at the local market. In 1994 the Legacy Foundation, USA, picked up on Bryant’s briquette making process and extended the outreach activities. Today, Legacy Foundation’s training and online media services have spread the briquette technology and process into eleven other countries, such as Haiti, Uganda, Mexico, Nepal, Kenya, Mali and Tanzania. The foundation has also released 8 technical/training manuals on all known aspects of briquette making. Vuthisa acquired the rights to promote and extend this technology into Southern Africa. Note that the Legacy Foundation have now launched their new Ratchet Press and it is now being manufactured right here in South Africa.

This press is a high pressure, compact, easily assembled, transported, operated and maintained briquette press. Using common tools and skills, the Ratchet Press can work for an individual or full time commercial briquette production facility. Though it is compact and portable, it can deliver nearly the same force as their larger Mini Bryant compound level wood press sold through the Legacy Foundation. There are 3 Ratchet Press manuals namely; Ratchet Press Construction, -User, and -Marketing manual and .

Please fill out this form below and click on Submit and we will come back to you on availability.

The price of the Ratchet press manufactured in South Africa is estimated at 350 USD plus shipping (Nov 2015). Please note that there is a minimum order of 5. We occasionally have clients on standby wanting only 1 or 2 so fill in this form and we’ll inform you whether we’ll be able to make up your order along with others.

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Test Briquette Maker (TBM)

R 1,995.00

In stock

Product Description

A large proportion of people that buy the Legacy Foundation manuals never commit themselves to building the actual hand operated presses, possibly due to time or money constraints or they lack workshop tools and/or technical know-how. Vuthisa Technologies now manufactures the Test Briquette Maker which is a perfect start to getting introduced to briquette making. If you’re looking to attract funding to roll out a program using this technology, this press will be most suitable to that end. All metal components are galvanised and comes with a 5 year guarantee.

Watch this demonstration video of the Test Briquette Maker:

Shipping

You will be asked to Register and log in and supply your address and contact details in order to ship the product.We have two shipping options to any destination in South Africa:Road Freight Express – Delivery timeframe: 24 to 48 hours within major centresRoad Economy Delivery – Delivery timeframe: 48 to 72 hours within major centresAfter adding your product to the shopping cart, click VIEW CART. Click on SHIPPING OPTIONS and update the DESTINATION ADDRESS to calculate shipping cost. Continue to PROCEED TO CHECKOUT. Click PLACE ORDER and continue to payment options.PaymentPayment can be done securely through your own online banking profile (FNB, STANDARD BANK, ABSA, NEDBANK, CAPITEC ETC) by using the PayFast option. Credit card payments can also be done through the same PayFast option or by using the PayPal option.

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