Locally produced ethanol from cassava feedstock can realize a circular economy where rural farmers in Kenya participate to produce ECF for consumption in urban areas, creating thriving communities and shared prosperity across the value chain. Cassava is an ideal crop for industrial value chains because it has a high starch content and is easy to grow by commercial and small-scale farmers.
The cassava fuel ethanol (CFE) system involves four main segments: cassava cultivation, aggregation and pre-processing, ethanol conversion, and transportation.
Cassava is an ideal crop for industrial value chains because it has a high starch content and is easy to grow by commercial and small-scale farmers. The starch can be processed into many products including ethanol cooking fuel (ECF) and products for food and industrial applications.
Ethanol is a renewable clean liquid biofuel produced via a fermentation and distillation process from cassava flour. Cassava will be converted into sugar and the sugar will be fermented to cooking grade fuel for use in the home.
Biogas generation will offset the heat and power requirements for ongoing operations with the option of supplying the grid and neighbouring communities.