Renewable Energy Development in Africa

Proceedings of the African Energy Programme Conference, 25–29 March 1985, Mauritius, Volume 2

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The Potential for Alcohol as a Fuel in Spark Ignition Engines in Tanzania

As a possible contribution towards the development of Tanzanian agriculture plus national fuel self sufficiency, the potential for irrigation using pumps powered by small spark ignition engines, with ethanol as the fuel, is currently being assessed at Reading University. The ethanol can be produced on a small scale from fruit market wastes and the potential from cashew fruit waste alone is estimated as 30 to 50 million 1 of ethanol per annum, sufficient to irrigate 15,000 to 25,000 ha.


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