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Energy Globe Award

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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Burkina Faso 2018

Submitted by: Fullwell Transform
An appropriate kiln for charcoal production using waste cashew shells

Full Well Transform has sought to develop solutions to the issue of unused shell waste at small, semi-industrial and industrial scale cashew processors in Burkina Faso. With the help of partner organizations, a charcoal kiln has been specially designed to treat small volumes of cashew shells in the context of waste valorization in small and medium sized semi-industrial cashew processing.

Initial situation
Large quantities of cashew shells, a by-product of the cashew processing industry, go unused since there are few developed commercial uses for the shells in West Africa. Cashew shells, thus, constitute an unwieldy waste stream and also a loss and barrier to increased competitiveness of the regional processing industry as an unused by-product.

Full Well Transform has been working with two women’s groups to help them start cashew processing as a business activity to generate income in and around Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso. Fullwell Transform also works with a medium-sized cashew processor in Bobo-Dioulasso. The women are being trained to produce charcoal from cashew nuts.

This charcoal kiln is unique in that it allows the recovery of large quantities of shell oil (CNSL – cashew nut shell liquid), which in turn can find uses in construction, roads or fuel substitution opening the door to potential further revenue streams for charcoal processors. The developed prototypes are made using 100% local materials, and simple manufacturing and construction techniques.

Capital: Ouagadougou
Official language: French
Total area: 274.200 km²
Population: 15.730.977
GDP/Capita/Year: $597
Source: Wikipedia 2012