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Jakarta Post

Rice husk waste turned into cheap energy for cooking

  • Vincent Lingga

    The Jakarta Post

Manila   /   Wed, January 28 2009   /  03:23 pm

Millions of farmers in Indonesia could benefit from a simple gas stove which uses small scale rice husk gassification technology, turning rice husk waste into efficient fuel. This is an abundant farm waste in the country which produces about 58 million tons of rice a year. The burner of the humble, metal cooking stove which generates a clear, blue flame was invented and developed initially in the Philippines and later in Indonesia by Alexis Belonio, a Philippina agricultural engineer, who has worked as a production director of PT Minang Jordanindo Approtech, since 1997. "By using this stove a rice farmer can save up to about US$150 a year, compared to stoves using kerosene or liquefied petroleum gas. This saving is quite significant for hundreds of millions of people who still live on less than $2/day," Belonio said after receiving an award from Swiss Rolex SA ...