Briquetting is a way to convert loose biomass residues, such as sawdust, straw or rice husk, into high density solid blocks that can be used as a fuel. Biomass briquettes (including pellets, which are very small briquettes) replace fossil fuels or wood for cooking and industrial processes. They are cleaner and easier to handle, and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
What are the benefits of briquetting?
Briquetting is a way to make use of biomass residues that would otherwise go to waste, and replace the use of wood and charcoal (often produced unsustainably) and fossil fuels, thus cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Briquettes are easier to store and use for cooking than wood, because they are uniform in size and composition. They are much cleaner to handle than charcoal or coal, and produce less local air pollution.