VUTHISA has been on the forefront of improving emissions from pyrolysis equipment especially of the type used in developing countries. Herewith our concept document to make sense of the charcoal industry in South Africa. Our study includes the types of systems being used and approximate cost of such systems and market potential of charcoal. Part … Continue reading Charcoal production techniques in SOUTH AFRICA
Ever wondered how some butcheries smoke their meat? Build your own cold smoker and experience the thrill of creating your own smoked sausages, chicken fillets, pork ribs, pork belly that can be carved into bacon strips etc; etc. Place a heating source (in our case carbonized Casuarina wood) into the bottom drawer and some wood … Continue reading Filing Cabinet Smoker DIY Video
Biomass beneficiation solution: Vuthisa Biochar Retort The basic Vuthisa Biochar Retort (Kiln Kit) consists of: 4 Main kiln side sections bolted together with 64 x bolt/nut/spring washer assemblies and 128 washers. 4 x Channel Iron air inlets 2 x Collars 1 x Heavy Duty Rounded Flat Lid with Chimney Flange 3 x Open top reconditioned … Continue reading Waste Biomass Beneficiation & Job Creation Solution ~ Vuthisa Biochar Retort
We just concluded a successful 3-day Biochar demonstration on two prominent Vineyards in Stellenbosch, Cape Town. See this video of the kiln in action: Also see our updates on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vuthisa/ Best results were achieved by bottom-lighting the kiln. We have drawn up a discussion document for applying Biochar to the soil in vineyards and orchards. … Continue reading Biochar production from Vineyard grape waste
by Kobus Venter Well done to Troy Manufacturing for again being able to translate our drawings into workable solutions. Most components are laser-cut, but many add-ons are hand made. The quality of the welding is also top class. All components are in direct contact with fire so none will be painted. They all come together … Continue reading Sneak preview of our new IP
By Kobus Venter The Vuthisa Biochar Initiative is progressing well thanks to the Energy and Environment Partnership Southern and East Africa funding. EEP-S&EA have partnered with us until July 2015 to fund 50% of our project costs. We were busy setting up a tent for Biochar storage when I noticed a pile of charcoal "fines" … Continue reading Interesting observation – charcoal pile
By Kobus Venter (Extracted from a Green Times article published on 20 February, 2014: http://thegreentimes.co.za/employing-aliens-to-fight-carbon/) Imagine turning thirsty alien invasive trees into biochar. Biochar is charcoal created by pyrolysis of biomass. This differs from charcoal only in the sense that its primary use is not for fuel, but for biosequestration or atmospheric carbon capture. If … Continue reading Employing aliens to capture carbon
By Kobus Venter Welcome to the 'Vuthisa Biochar Initiative' blog page. On this page you will learn more about our project and what we hope to achieve. The project officially kicked off in December 2013. The project actually has many outcomes, but the primary goals are: Create Employment - Up to 30 workers will be … Continue reading The Vuthisa Biochar Initiative
By Kobus Venter Here we have Ivoire Consommation from Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) using the Vuthisa 3-Drum Biochar Retort. A concerted effort was made by Kouamé Bahfi (owner of Ivoire Consommation) to make Biochar and promote it as a soil amendment in his region. In this video Gmelina was carbonized (bought in), using twigs and … Continue reading Vuthisa Biochar Trials Ivory Coast – Part 1
Herewith Part 1 of the trials and tribulations of starting a Biochar project in Guatemala. Emphasis is on manufacturing Biochar from invasive alien species in the forests of Guatemala, without creating excessive air pollution. Using a retort system means that gaseous products that are normally vented unburnt are in fact now utilised to provide the … Continue reading Vuthisa Biochar Trials Guatemala – Part 1
By Vuthisa We recently concluded a feasibility study into the viability of rolling out portable metal kilns to eradicate invasive alien tree species. The cattle farm in question is situated in Franklin, approximately 30 km North of Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. To achieve this task we adapted the Portable Kiln system and made it into … Continue reading Charcoal from invasive alien tree species
By Vuthisa Background This blog post aims to provide the reader with some background on charcoal stove usage as well as charcoal burn characteristics. Vuthisa developed a unique charcoal stove, able to extract and burn harmful Carbon Monoxide gases inherent to all types of charcoal. We discovered that charcoal use by households is not a … Continue reading Charcoal gas stove
By Vuthisa It is surprising how many people cart away their yard waste (renewable biomass) to landfill sites or dispose thereof in open burns until only ash remains. I say: Make your own biochar instead. What is biochar and what is the difference between biochar and charcoal? They are identical in many respects, but the … Continue reading Biochar as a soil amendment and carbon sequestering tool
By Vuthisa Vuthisa (South Africa) was invited to participate in the Briquette Producers Workshop held in Arusha, Tanzania between 10 and 14 November, 2010 at Olasiti Garden Lodge. Arusha lies at the base of Mount Meru, one of Africa's highest and most beautiful volcanoes. Apparently after scaling the summit one is met with stunning views … Continue reading Briquette Producers Workshop – Arusha (Tanzania) 2010
By Kobus Venter Is it better to burn wood or charcoal? Half the World's population of nearly six billion people prepare their food and heat their homes with coal and the traditional biomass fuels of dung, crop residues, wood and charcoal (Inheriting the world: The atlas of children's health and the environment, by Bruce Gordon, … Continue reading Is it better to burn wood or charcoal?
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