Fuel From Wastes Research Centre (FFWRC)

Kampala Jellitone Suppliers started research on biomass briquettes and efficient stoves in 1992.  The Fuel From Wastes Research Centre is a KJS subsidiary, registration No.

The Fuel From Wastes Research Center ( FFWRC) came about as a result of the need that arose in the Company of Kampala Jellitone Suppliers Limited for an alternative fuel source after Kampala Jellitone suppliers started feeling the expenses and the scarcity of other fuels in their Coffee Roasting Section. This necessitated research in the Biomass Fuels and Stoves. In order to carryout these researches successfully, an independent section had to be created and hence the FFWRC.

Biomass Briquettes are a practical alternative to charcoal and fuel wood.  KJS is the Uganda's first producer of non carbonised briquettes.

The Managing Director of Kampala Jellitone Suppliers Mr. Abbas Kazibwe Musisi was the brain behind this initiative and he underwent extensive research for almost 10 Years (1992 – 2002) with assistance from DANIDA and Kampala Jellitone Suppliers until when he came out with the present fuel Briquette which is now on the market in Uganda. Fuel From Wastes Research Center was later registered as an NGO by the National Board for Non Government Organizations with recommendations from:
  • Ministry of energy and mineral Development
  • Kampala City Council
  • NEMA ( National Environment Management Authority)
  • DWNRO ( Disabled Women’s Network & Resource Organization)
  • Local Councils ( i.e. L.C I to L.C III )

Currently all the researched data from FFWRC is being passed on to the Briquette Production department of Kampala Jellitone Suppliers Limited ( the Mother body).

Aims and Objectives
  • To identify and establish sources of suitable biomasses more especially agricultural wastes for the production of quality fuel briquettes
  • To analyze the burning characteristics ( i.e. calorific value, ash content, burning time etc of each of individual biomass and mixed biomasses)
  • To design efficient Stoves for the usage of fuel briquettes
  • To avail such information to all existing and intending fuel briquette manufacturers nationally and internationally
  • To associate with other internal and external Energy Research Centres world wide for modern technology Transfers
  • To evaluate the effects of shape, size and pressure applied to produce fuel briquettes.
  • Etc.

"Today, the world’s leading green energy Awards scheme announced that Kampala Jellitone Suppliers Ltd, a business based in the outskirts of Kampala, is one of the inspiring renewable energy projects from the UK, US, Africa, Asia and Latin America chosen as finalists in the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy 2009. KJS will compete to be the Ashden Awards’ Energy Champion, with prize money of up to £40,000; the Champion will be revealed at a ceremony hosted by HRH Prince Charles in London on 11 June."  Ashden  

Kampala Jellitone Suppliers (A Practical Environmentalist) is the first successful company in Uganda to produce un carbonized biomass briquettes made from agricultural waste, and business is booming.

Processing of commercial crops generates large volumes of biomass residues including rice and peanut husks, coffee pulp and maize stalks.  Kampala Jellitone Suppliers (KJS) is a coffee processing business that recognised the potential for converting this ‘waste’ into a clean fuel. Market demand was so strong that they started producing and selling briquettes made from the residues along with improved stoves that burn the briquettes more cleanly and efficiently.

Today these products are used by thousands of cooks throughout Uganda and the business is set to expand. The company is currently selling about 130 tonnes of briquettes every month to 31 schools, universities and hospitals for cooking, and to five factories for producing heat.

“Using our briquettes reduces the pressure on wood resources and thus reduces deforestation, which is a serious and growing problem – particularly around Kampala. The agricultural residues used to make briquettes were previously burned as they were regarded as waste. This smoke and particulates generated from this incomplete combustion are dangerous for health, especially for people suffering form respiratory complaints. And finally, the piles of residues left outside the processing factories were a fire hazard which is now avoided.”  Abasi K. Musisi, KJS Managing Director

As well as reducing deforestation, using the residue-based briquettes instead of fuelwood and charcoal saves about 6.1 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of briquettes used, or 9,300 tonnes/year CO2.

Cooks like briquettes because they are clean, easy to handle and reduce cooking time.

KJS has the capacity to produce about 2,000 tonnes/year of briquettes, but will soon move into a larger factory with more driers to help scale up production that is set to double over the next two years. The future is looking bright for expansion of the business beyond Uganda into the wider African market.