Charcoal from Mesquite

Mesquite charcoal kilnMesquite (prosopis chilensis) is a bushy tree that quickly colonizes agricultural land especially irrigated land. In eastern Sudan mesquite has covered wide areas throughout the Gash delta. Efforts to combat mesquite through eradication failed. The current fashioned trend is utilizing and exploiting mesquite rather than eradicating it.

A trial for small scale charcoal production was tested with 20 producers using small metal kilns. The metal kiln proved additional advantage over the earth-mound kiln, by enabling the production of fine charcoal from the small branches of the Mesquite tree. The charcoal makers were very happy with the metal kiln, particularly regarding the ease of operation, time and labor saving.

Read more about biomass energy from mesquite shrubs in the Sharing project newsletter

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