Haiti Reconstruction

Rebuilding Haiti must start from the ground up, with agricultural education

Vetiver Grass Energy

Haiti Reconstruction International is putting most of our emphasis on vetiver grass because we feel it is the most important need in Haiti and most of 3rd world countries.  

Now we are concentrating on making Grass into Energy because $$$ open eyes and distributes wealth to those who have the least.  Producing energy from grass grown on steep hillsides does not defer the erosion control and it will bring an income to those who plant and produce it.

WHY VETIVER GRASS:

  1. Cutting trees to make charcoal for cooking fuel is the greatest reason for deforestation that leads to erosion, soil degradation and poverty. Vetiver is the most renewable energy known that can replace the need for charcoal. Vetiver has the highest photosynthetic activity of any plant according to Dr. Massimo Maffei of the University of Turin Italy.   Vetiver hay when dried can produce 70 to 80 tons per hectare of cellulosic biomass
  2. When planted properly in hedgerows vetiver not only stops erosion it makes its own terraces that hold nutrients and moisture on the mountainsides.  This will produce better soil as it collects leaves and debris making fertile humus. Vetiver hedgerows are the best line of defense to mitigate hurricane destruction. Holding the moisture on the mountainsides not only revitalizes the soil and will bring back the trees.
  3. Grass can be cut twice a year without hurting it terracing ability to make BIOMASS!  This cut vetiver will be made into fuel pellets.  To make the grass pellets cheaper we will use the grass pellets in gasifiers that will run a generator to make the electricity.
  4. Vetiver pellets will be used in TLUD stoves, a clean burning cook stove that will save lives and health of those now using charcoal. 
  5. The pyrolysis process of burning pellets burns the gasses and leaves the carbon which we want them to return to the soil of their gardens. This biochar is a needed soil amendment that holds moisture and most microorganisms which is most important to produce more food.
  6. The people in the mountains who have made money making charcoal will now be paid for selling grass cuttings for pellets. These pellets will be sealed in plastic bags and sold instead of marmits of charcoal by the same women who now sell charcoal at the markets.  Money that would have paid for propane can go for sending their children to school instead of leaving the country.
  7. By putting carbon back into the soil not only grow more food it will cleans the atmosphere, brings back the rain forests and regenerates the ground water.(giving back they will receive a hundred fold) 

This program can improve Haiti and can be implemented throughout the world!   Our new and most important project will distribute resources to the people who need it the most as they conserve natural resources. This is all possible; if we can get funding.

There are many great causes and thousand of people working to improve living conditions.  Groups conserving and improving soil, finding clean water, mitigating hurricane destruction, saving the rain forests, cleaning indoor air with new cook stoves & ovens, feeding the poor & stopping world hunger, reducing carbon emissions & taking carbon out of the atmosphere, reducing radical weather patterns.

Our program encompasses and will improve all of these world problems.

We have joined forces with many groups: Vetiver InternationalBiochar & Improved Cook Stove groups all over the world and many more.

If we can get funding for this program, all of our groups will benefit by promoting with experts in each aspect.

 

Our program will be successful because: We know that money fuels change.  We also believe good business practices is the only way to turn countries self reliant. 

Energy is money and when we can turn vetiver into energy those who sell the energy can become self-sufficient.  

HRI believes giving opportunities to the poor not handouts that can create dependencies.  

We believe in training and loans for small businesses is instrumental in development. All we need start up funding for initial equipment and short term loans, we will need grants and cooperation from governments to make change happen.

Grass to Energy requires the best technology to make money.  It is possible to make combustible gasses from grass in two ways: Bio-digestion; making sludge & capturing gas in domes  or Gasification that changes molecules separating gases leaving carbon.

We need to start with portable energy in order to make pellets for clean burning cook stoves that also make biochar. 

So we will be using gasification units with air scrubbers to clean gas to burn in internal combustion engines that run the generator that will produce electricity to make pellets.

 

HRI has been collaborating with, the Renewable Energy Center , Hudson Valley Grass Energy and Cornell University.  We all will use Green Energy technology for making vetiver pellets for stoves and electrification.  We are shipping vetiver from Alabama to Cornell University who will be testing it for fuel capability and making it into pellets. Cornell is the leading institution on developing grass for fuel, field crops and forages and business management.

Many groups are making TLUD and Rocket type stoves but the real problem is still finding fuel.

HRI feels the lack of trees, even sticks and trimmings are hard to find for cooking fuel.  It is so severe in Haiti we need a substitute like grass pellets for the entire country.

We know grinding vetiver grass and making them into pellets will cost more than making briquettes by hand. But we also know that making briquettes will take too long and not be excepted by the entire county.

The need to make the pellets cheaper is critical but we know that gasification of grass can be used instead of buying diesel fuel.  The benefits of using this modern technology will propel the economy helping those who need it most.

Farmers and villagers are poor buying diesel fuel to run their wells and haul produce down the mountains.  

When we get electricity from grass to villages on top of the mountain it will bring money back to the top of the mountain for people who are growing vetiver grass and saving the ecology. 

We have been looking for equipment that can be used all over the world in remote areas.  But we will add a gasifier to fuel a generator that will burn vetiver grass instead of diesel fuel on our pelletizing semi-trailer.

Pelleting equipment will also be used for making animal pellet supplements. Making them from a combination of moringa, indigofera, vetiver & guinea grass with magnesium oxide, minerals and even worming medicine may be added. 

Please watch this great video and see what they are doing in Tanzania.  The problems of clean water and not enough rain is so similar in Haiti and most all 3rd world countries.  Our program will change all these these throughout the world. We also love solar cooking but the sun doesn't always shine and many return to charcoal.  Grass pellets will replace charcoal since it will be cleaner, easier and even cheaper.  It will save lives!  Once vetiver hedgerows are well established they will find clean water so much easier to come by.  The horizontal rows will capture water and can be used for irrigating the garden on the next tier bellow.  The ground waters will rise in wells since it will have tome to settle down the roots captured behind he vetiver hedgerows.

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