Our solution is a digital briquette distribution and waste recycling network where customers place orders for briquettes through a smartphone app. A cyclist ( a bicycle rider or motorist, who already exists in Kampala) receives the order and is directed to the nearest vendor in our network to pick up the requested number of briquettes. These packages are then delivered to the customer’s doorstep. All payment is processed through the app via Cashless (a local mobile payment platform).
By eliminating most of the inefficiencies in the charcoal distribution systems (poor methods of charcoal production, packaging, transportation) we are able to induce the demand for briquettes and deliver Eco friendly energy solutions to our customers up to 30% cheaper than Charcoal, all at the touch of a button. BrickeT provides a cheaper, safer, and more convenient way to get briquettes, which is exactly what the customer wants.
Briquettes are an alternative fuel source that is currently gaining popularity in Uganda. Briquettes are composed of commonly found organic household waste, such as peanut shells, banana peels, corn husks, sawdust and are compressed either by hand or by briquette machine into small dense products that can be used instead of charcoal and excess amounts of wood harvested from nearby forests.Biomass briquettes are a form of solid fuel that can be burned for energy. They are created by compacting loose biomass residues into solid blocks that can replace fossil fuels, charcoal and natural firewood for domestic and institutional cooking and industrial heating processes. Briquettes have the potential to be a source of renewable energy if they are made from sustainably harvested biomass or waste agricultural residues. Crops grown in Uganda such as maize, cereals, roots, cane sugar and coffee all produce residues that are suitable for briquetting as does dried organic municipal solid waste (MSW). Data provided by the Ugandan government indicates that 1.2 million tonnes of agricultural wastes are available each year and an additional 1,500 tonnes of MSW are estimated to be produced in the capital city Kampala daily. These two sources combined provide a theoretical limit which indicates that at most 6% of the country’s total wood consumption and up to 50% of the charcoal trade could be replaced by briquettes from waste.