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NCF: Fuel from Waste: Demonstrating the Feasibility of Locally Produced Ethanol from Household Cooking in Addis Ababa [NDF C3 C3]

Micro Distillery
Micro Distillery
13.04.2012
The purpose of the project is to demonstrate the feasibility of locally produced ethanol for household cooking to displace the traditional use of biomass for cooking in Ethiopian communities.

Ethiopia
Demonstrating the Feasibility of Locally Produces Ethanol for Household Cooking in Addis Ababa
Ref:NDF C3 C3

Nordic Partner: Stockholm Environment Institute
Local Partner: Gaia Association
Other Partners: Former Women Fuel Wood Carrier Association, and Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority
Total Project Cost: EUR 646,921
NCF Financing: EUR 346,059
Agreement Signed:31 October 2011
Project Classification: Mitigation / Renewable Energy
Duration: 74 Months

Project Objective

The overall objective was to contribute to poverty reduction and climate change mitigation by enabling access to clean, safe, renewable and locally produced household cooking fuels to displace the traditional use of biomass for cooking in Ethiopian communities. The immediate objective was to supply ethanol and ethanol fuelled cooking stoves to 1,000 low and middle income households in the Kolfe-Keranio community on the outskirts of Addis Ababa by establishing a community owned and run ethanol micro distillery.

Description

The purpose of the project was to demonstrate the feasibility of locally produced ethanol for household cooking. As a result, a small-scale, community-owned and driven ethanol micro distillery was commissioned using fruit and vegetable waste products from the local food markets and molasses from small and medium scale sugar producers as feedstock. To ensure community ownership and long term sustainability of the scheme the distillery will be run as a business by a local women’s cooperative, the Former Women Fuel Wood Carriers Association (FWFCA). The FWFCA has also established an ethanol stove demonstration project in the local community using the ethanol produced at the site as cooking fuel. Ethanol fuelled CleanCook stoves are being sold to participating households.

The project has delivered the following main results:
1. Install and commission a 1000 litre/day ethanol micro distillery to produce ethanol from agricultural wastes and by-products;
2. Reduction of CO2 emissions: 2 tonnes of CO2e/stove per year;
3. Created employment for the women of the FWFCA;
4. Improved household health for 450 households using the ethanol cooking stoves;
5. Improve household economy for 450 households using the ethanol cooking stoves;
6. Delivery of policy-relevant information on the impacts and replication potential of the model to key Ethiopian and International decision makers.

Relevance for Climate Change

The project has given households access to clean, safe, renewable and locally produced cooking fuel (ethanol), thus reducing the traditional use of biomass for cooking, improving indoor air quality and mitigating CO2 emissions. Since ethanol can be less expensive than other household fuels currently in use, it has the possibility of replacing the use of traditional fuels.

Inefficient cook-stoves contribute to climate change though emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols such as black carbon. Black carbon or soot is a large contributor to global warning. The improved ethanol fuelled CleanCook stoves replace traditional cooking devices, and emit virtually no greenhouse gas emissions or other pollutants as the ethanol fuel has been produced from plant waste which burns efficiently and cleanly.

Innovation and Knowledge Transfer

The ethanol micro distillery is the first of this scale in Ethiopia and the first ethanol distillery in Ethiopia producing ethanol exclusively for household cooking. Technology transfer has been achieved as the Swedish designed ethanol-fuelled CleanCook is tailor-made to suit Ethiopian cooking practices.

More information:

Final report