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Eugène N'DIONE

Solution / The Cattail as Fuel

The idea of using the invasive cattail plants as household fuel for the Senegalese first took form in Eugène N'dione’s mind. He took inspiration from technology developed in Mali and approach the people of the village of Diagambal to create a pilot plant capable of converting cattails – which were abundant and free – into an environmentally friendly fuel.

After the cattail stalks are harvested, they are dried in the open air for about 10 days. Then they are carbonized in large containers, each capable of producing between 16 and 20 pounds of cattail dust. This dust is then mixed with clay and compacted into small cylinder-shape pellets, which are then used by the villagers as fuel. The product is still in development, but the families of Senegal are gradually adopting its use.