Possibilities and Acceptance of Alternative Energies from Farm Solid Waste Material (Kocho): Case Study from Kembata Tenbaro Zone, Ethiopia
Hidare Diriba Debar, Jana Mazancova, Kristina Rusarova, Bohumil Havrland
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, Czech Republic
Scarcity of renewable energy and environmental changes are basic intertwined problems of global concern. Ethiopia is one of the developing countries that use high quality and quantity of energy, mainly from different forms of biomass and primarily for household consumption. In the rural part of the country, the energy use patterns are widely misunderstood because of factors such as population growth and changing consumption habits. The aims of this study were to (i) identify and quantitatively analyse farm solid waste material for its heat energy release; (ii) analyse the production of heat energy from briquettes made of Kocho fibers - Kocho is a waste product of false banana which is a primary food material for the local population; (iii) finally, propose additional sources of energy for household consumption and design a capacity building tool for local users.
Keywords: Farm solid waste management, Kocho fiber briquettes, technology adoption
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