Harvest Fuel Initiative
Leveraging D-Lab’s acknowledged leadership in technology innovation to spur local innovation and entrepreneurship.
Our first large-scale technology transfer program is the Harvest Fuel Initiative (HFI) in collaboration with the New York based NGO, The Charcoal Project (TCP). HFI enables the deployment of sustainable solid biomass fuels through the dissemination of appropriate technologies and knowledge to small and medium-sized enterprises, beginning in East Africa. D-Lab Scale-Ups provides technology and business support.
Enterprises currently in the HFI program include:
Teso Women Development Initiatives (TEWDI) in Soroti Uganda
Appropriate Rural Technology Institute – Tanzania (ARTI-TZ) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Nakabale Integrated Development Group in Bugiri, Uganda
Green Bio Energy in Kampala, Uganda
TCP is managing the projects closely and building the necessary infrastructure to sustain the initiative’s mission and activities in the long term. This includes fundraising, exploring scalable financing mechanisms and the development of a web-based networking platform for charcoal enterprises to share knowledge and learning, known as the HFI Forum.
Dan Sweeney, a Solid Biomass Fuel Research Associ, based at D-Lab, provides technical assistance to HFI partners and performs lab- and field-based research and development on biomass and waste conversion processes. Dan holds a PhD in mechanical engineering and spent a year in Sweden as a Fulbright Fellow investigating biomass thermal conversion in a pilot-scale gasifier.