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Production and Characterization of Charcoal Briquette from Oxytenanthera abyssinica, Arundinaria alpina, Acacia melifera and Prosopis juliflora

Production of sustainable and renewable energy source from locally available biomass feedstock’s provides great opportunities to achieve sustainable growth and development in economic, social and environmental aspects for all nations across the globe. This study focused on production and characterization of charcoal briquettes from forest biomasses such as Oxytenanthera abyssinica, Arundinaria alpina, Acacia mellifera and Prosopis juliflora, which were collected from different regions of Ethiopia (Amhara, Oromia and Somali). The experiment was conducted to determine moisture content (MC), volatile matter (VM), ash content (AC), calorific value (CV), fixed carbon (FC) and sulfur content (SC). The results were analyzed by using Statistical Analysis System (SAS) software. The analysis indicated that the effect of parameters considered in the experiment (i.e. Temperature, Binder ratio, Number of press and pressure) on the four species type and sample types were significant at level of probability, P=0.0001.


Author(s): Degnechew Genene

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