After a year of working with briquettes, pyrolysis, and all things fuel, the DHE bioenergy project is getting ready to fly to Tanzania for the summer! In Tanzania we will be continuing our work with briquetting and biochar production through our work with several NGOs and local communities. We hope to facilitate an exchanging of information, between DHE and local producers and consumers of cooking fuel in Tanzania, about fuel production. We hope to share what we know about briquette production as we learn what other groups know about briquetting operations. Additionally, we hope to measure the impact of our work with cooking fuel for this summer and into future trips as well as measure the impact of our past work with rocket stoves in the Arusha region of Tanzania.

In this blog, we will document our work progress, our excursions, and the interesting people and places we meet and find along the way! The four of us are very excited for a summer in Tanzania!

Anna and Emily using the briquette press to produce briquettes


James KennedyJames

James, a chemical engineering major from the quaint city of New York, has always loved building things with his hands. He became excited by DHE’s work as soon as he learned of the organization and during his freshman summer traveled to Tanzania to work on alternative-fuel stove designs. Since then he has devoted large part of his mental capacity to DHE, spearheading the introduction of the Bioenergy Project. He is passionate about energy inequality, sustainable agriculture, climate change and environmental psychology. The fact that he is flying out of the country in a week still feels surreal, but he anticipates an amazing summer filled with good work and good people. Besides DHE he is a proud member of the ultimate team the Disco Trolls and loves making food and music with his friends.



Emily Li

Emily is a rising senior (class of 2014) double majoring in biomedical engineering and history, and has been involved in DHE since sophomore year. She hails from Beijing and now lives in Toronto. On campus, Emily is involved with cultural groups and various service projects in the Upper Valley region. She has always wanted to travel with DHE because she is passionate about developing technologies for resource-poor regions, believing that affordable technologies should be accessible to everyone. In the spring of 2013, Emily interned at Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights, honing her skills communicating and surveying people from different cultures and who speak different languages. She is looking forward to bringing her skills to the impact analysis and education aspects of the trip.  In general, Emily is very excited about the potential of the briquetting technology and the opportunity to be immersing in Tanzanian culture. She loves reading, being outdoors, and is always up for an adventure.


RachelRachel Margolese

Rachel is a first-year student interested in studying engineering and environmental studies. She came to Dartmouth passionate about energy and sustainable solutions for our world-wide need for energy. With DHE, she has loved working on such basic energy solutions as briquetting and hydropower with other students. Rachel is now very excited to have the opportunity to travel to Tanzania and share that knowledge with others. With DHE, she hopes to understand how engineering technologies can be applied at the local level. Besides that, she is looking forward to meeting and interacting with local Tanzanians. In her free time, Rachel loves to be outside hiking and rock climbing with the Dartmouth Outing Club or slacklining with friends around campus.


TuckerTucker Oddleifson

Tucker is a ’16 (first-year) from Massachusetts and is considering studying a combination of engineering and pre-health, but is also exploring the social sciences. He enjoys running, playing soccer, biking, and spending time with friends outdoors. Tucker believes DHE is a perfect unity between humanitarian work, applied engineering skills, and creative problem solving based on a dynamic, human-centered design. He specifically joined the bioenergy initiative because he sees a great opportunity for individual, community, and environmental impact in Tanzania. Tucker will be managing the team’s finances and will also be overseeing the team’s medical preparedness. Tucker is looking forward to the next 11 weeks with the team and is excited for the challenges ahead.

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