Category: energy

Niue and Puka Puka Islands

I am glad you guys are starting to take an interest in the little ocean Islands; I have been pushing for more work in these areas for years now, here is an extract copy of a letter I wrote to…

Climate Change — Carbon Sequestering — Biofuel — Vetiver System

With initial support from the World Bank, the VETIVER NETWORK INTERNATIONAL, is addressing one of the world’s major problems: SOIL EROSION. https://www.vetiver.org Vetiver grass technology was introduced successfully in many tropical areas on all continents. Due to the hard work and…

Vetiver System and Fire

The recent fires in California remind us of the devastation caused to property and to the local ecology. Often the fires are so hot that most of the ground vegetation is completely burnt off. Recovery is slow and in the…

Vetiver and Energy

A university student wanted to know the energy value of vetiver which reminded me of a note from Gueric Boucard (Dominican Republic), Gueric uses vetiver as feed stock for his power plant, and energy prices are on the rise again:…

Vetiver System and its use in energy efficient wood stoves

Did you know that 2 kg of dry biomass per day provides sufficient energy to cook the food for a family of six. In Vetiver terms this equates annually to plus or minus 200 linear meters of vetiver hedgerow. Most…

Vetiver for Cattle Feed

Every now and then someone will tell me that vetiver cannot be fed to livestock.  This is not the case.  If vetiver is cut young it has a good nutrient value and is palatable.  This image was sent to me…

Haiti Again!

A quick note from Criss Juliard: “As the WINNER project has a substantial budget, its emphasis on using Vetiver has spawned a “copy” by other projects, donors and NGOs. A new project in the North has signed a 4 year contract…

Haiti – More on Vetiver for fuel

Here are a couple of links to the use of vetiver as a fuel in Haiti – worth a quick look Vetiver bundles   Biochar and fuel  More great information at Haiti Reconstruction