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 cross-learning between charcoal enterprises.

Dan Sweeney, an engineer and research scientist, based at D-Lab, provides technical assistance to HFI partners and performs lab- and field-based research and development on biomass processing, product performance and usability, and quality control.

More on the HFI Team

HFI News