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A Peanut Fueled World

2012 June 21

A few days ago, I stumbled across the EPA’s YouTube Channel, and learned about peanuts. Yea, I know. What could the peanut surprise us with now?

Well, two college students have found a way of producing peanut shell briquettes to replace wood as a cooking fuel in rural Gambia in Africa. Gambia is facing significant deforestation, so wood is scarce.  However, peanut shells may be the answer.

Want to know how?  Watch their video demonstration at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqHqdrW6U_U&feature=plcp&context=C49bba42VDvjVQa1PpcFPdEiR2Xqqsvb0l5CWjfB8rYVRgIVpF3qM%3D

Yvonne Gonzalez is a SCEP intern with the Air and Radiation Division in Region 5.  She recently received a dual graduate degree from DePaul University.

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  1. melissaEPA permalink
    June 21, 2012

    This project is part of the EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Program, a unique college competition where student teams design solutions for a sustainable future. Check out this video link for more about this innovative project: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/event_2011/videos/su834702.html
    Here’s a link to the abstract: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/display.abstractDetail/abstract/9159/report/0

    But check out *all* the innovative college student projects (get details on how to apply for a P3 grant and more) at the EPA P3 website: http://www.epa.gov/p3/

  2. Arman.- permalink
    June 21, 2012

    Good News !

  3. June 28, 2012

    thanks you nice post !

  4. Anonymous permalink
    July 20, 2012

    I have worked on biomass briquetting and my experiment says that rice husk is very very good.

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