BWW and Village Industrial Power Plant (V.I.P.) www.villageindustrialpower.com
The Better World Workshop (BWW) is working in conjunction with Village Industrial Power to provide crop processing equipment, as well as operation, and installation training for the V.I.P. plant and the equipment it powers. Together BWW and Village Industrial Power are working to address the needs of 500 million people in sub saharan Africa and 1.5 billion people worldwide who do not have access to power. Crop waste provides low to zero cost fuel to power the V.I.P. plant which in turn provides not only light duty electrical and mechanical power but also thermal energy for use in: food storage, cooking, pasteruization, food drying, laundry, and more.
The Example of Coconut and the V.I.P. plant
The VIP boiler is used to produce steam using coconut shell and husk as fuel. The husk is removed as before, and the shell cracked open, but the meat is subsequently removed by small electrically powered spindle graters that simultaneously grate the meat. The grated meat is dried within a few hours in a cabinet type dryer, receiving hot air from the radiator used to condense the exhaust steam of the engine. A small motorized expeller is used to extract oil from the dried coconut, receiving its power from the steam engine. The oil is very sweet and nutritious in its unrefined state, because it is pressed from hygienically dried coconut. The press cake from the expeller may be further milled to become a flour additive for human consumption, or may otherwise be used in cooking or as animal feed. Electricity generated using surplus biomass is used in the village for lighting, water pumping, cell phone charging, etc.The coconut shell by-product replaces the need to use wood as a fuel. The V.I.P. plant offers great fuel flexibility and power diversity.