ARTI hosts BEIA Close-Out Workshop

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ARTI hosted the close-out workshop for the World Bank’s Biomass Energy Initiative for Africa (BEIA) from the 18th to the 20th of September at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel in Dar es Salaam.  The meeting served as an opportunity to show case the work of BEIA projects across 9 Sub-Saharan African Countries, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda, Gambia, Ethiopia, as well as map the way forward.

The close out workshop was attended by a wide range of stakeholders from the donor community, international NGOs, local stakeholders as well as officials from the Government of Tanzania, all valuable supporters in the process.

Honourable. Dr. Terezya Huvisa, who is Minister of State, Vice Presidents Office, for Environment and President of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN), attended the workshop and gave a compelling closing speech for greater action and involvement in the biomass energy sector. The honourable Minister also committed her support for the scaling up of charcoal briquettes in Tanzania being carried at by ARTI.  She demonstrated her commitment following the workshop by visiting the ARTI office and the Bagamoyo Brikwiti Company, a community based enterprise (CBE) established with BEIA funding.

On the final day of the workshop over 20 delegates visited the Bagamoyo Brikwiti Company where they saw the production in full swing from the village level where char powder is made to the process of briquetting in the factory.  Delegates completed the day by visiting the Bagamoyo Beach Resort, who purchases briquettes on  a regular basis, and who cooked a wonderful meal for the group.

ARTI hosts VETA solar interns

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ARTI is hosting four students from the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) of Tanzania for a 2 month internship on solar installation and repair.  The students include Abdallah Saidi, Abdalla J. Saidi, Brenda Allan and Chacha G. Korosso, who represent the first batch of students to come to ARTI from VETA.

VETA interns: Abdallah Saidi, Abdalla J. Saidi, Brenda Allan and Chacha G. Korosso

 The students are part of a 7 month intensive solar electrical system program that incorporates 2 months of practical training at leading solar companies in Tanzania.

 With solar growing so rapidly in Tanzania there exists a gap between demand of quality products and technicians and what the market can supply.  ARTI is proud to have these young interns and is thorouoghly impressed with their drive to learn and commitment to being knowledgeable solar technicians…indeed they represent the future of the industry in Tanzania.

SME Charcoal Briquette Producers Emerging in Tanzania

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Charcoal briquette producers from Tumaini (“hope” in Kiswahili) group, Vikuge Village in Kibaha District, have invested in a 1.5hp electrical briquette extruder 11 months after receiving training through the “Waste to Wealth” project.  The project, which is  funded through the World Bank’s Biomass Energy Initiative for Africa (BEIA), has helped 720 people in 24 villages in two Districts to receive comprehensive training and the basic equipments to begin producing charcoal briquettes.

Mr. Rashidi Saidi Mpute, making payment on the Tumani groups new electrical briquette extruder

The Vikuge group, who participated in the training from September 20th – 24th, 2011 currently has 18 members, including 11 women and 7 men.  The group now has a strong core of committed members and are working on increasing their capacity considerably.  This is evident in the fact that the group raised 850,000 Tsh (530 USD) and purchased the electrical extruder with the aim of increasing its production capacity on a commercial scale.

In discussions with Mr. Rashidi Saidi Mpute, the groups oldest member, ARTI asked about the process the group undertook to raise the money.  Mr. Mpute simply said, “it made sense…since last year we have been producing and using the charcoal briquettes in our homes.  We have been saving the money we would of been spending on traditional charcoal and now we are spending that money to increase our capacity.  We will now be able to produce for our homes and to sell to our neighbours.  Any additional char powder we produce we can sell it to the Bagamoyo Brikwiti Company that has larger capacity extruders…we all look forward to making some money from this business.”

Mussa Omary Kaputila from Vikuge Village helps pack the Tumaini group's new extruder for transport back to the village

Mr. Mussa Omary Kaputili, another Tumaini group member, indicated that the jump from a manual extruder to an electrical extruder will significantly boost their production and profits as more energy can be dedicated to producing the char powder and selling the briquettes.

Over the past 2 years 9 charcoal briquetting groups have increased their capacity from the manual extruder to the electrical extruder, roughly increasing their capacity to 300-500kg per day.  The Bagamoyo Brikwiti Company has made a further leap in production having just  received delivery of two electrical extruders with and the capacity to produced 5000kg per day.

The adoption higher capacity extruders and the growth in entrepreneurship amongst the charcoal briquette groups trained through the BEIA project in Coast Region of Tanzania provides tangible proof of the long term viability of the industry.  With further investment this trend is most likely to continue in the same direction.

First Lady Buys Charcoal Briquettes

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Allan Shaidi, BBC Manager, speaks with the President and the First Lady, while a crowed of people listen attentively.

This year ARTI  hosted the Bagamoyo Briquettes Company (BBC) at the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF).  The DITF, popularly known as “Saba Saba” draws hundreds of thousands of people from all across Tanzania, East Africa and the international community.

Allan Shaidi, BBC Project Manager, speaks withthe President and the First lady about the socio-economic and environmental benefits of charcoal briquettes to the Nation.

BBC used the opportunity to launch its charcoal briquettes brand offering a 3kg samples of its sustainable charcoal briquettes for 2,000 Tsh., and larger bags of 15 and 25kg for a price of 600 Tsh/kilo.  The goal is to educate Tanzanians to value of charcoal briquettes as a quality product that also has far reaching socio-economic and environmental benefits.  Over the 10 day event BBC managed to sell almost 1,000 kilos of charcoal briquettes.


One of the main goals of the exhibition was to attract potential wholesalers of the briquettes in Dar es Salaam.  The response was overwhelming with dozens of people signing up to resell the charcoal briquettes in their neighbourhoods.

The highlight of the exhibition was the visit of The President of the Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and the First Lady, Salma Kikwete who visited the ARTI booth at Saba Saba.  The President and the First lady spent a long time at the Bagamoyo Brikwiti Company display and asked many questions.  After the First Lady finished asking series of questions she made the greatest act of support possible…she removed her wallet from her purse and purchased five 15kg bags of charcoal briquettes and said she would try them out in her kitchen.  Needless to say the whole BBC team was overwhelmed with joy.

BBC selling raising awareness about charcoal briquettes through convincing people to buy and try a 3kg bag

Solar Lighting

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Lighting is a basic need and should be available to everyone.  ARTI-Energy provides solar solutions that range from hand held solar lights to complete solar systems for institutions.  With the affordable pricing and reliable products no one needs to be left in the dark.

Solar, Solar Back-Up & Back-up Systems

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ARTI Energy has a variety of larger solar, solar back-up and non-solar back up systems.  The following provides a brief description so that you can better understand what you are potentially investing in.  ARTI Energy has pre-designed kits based on the most common needs we are asked to meet, but we are available to help you size a specialized system to meet your needs:

240 Watt solar panels

Solar System:

is a “stand alone” system designed to be used independent from Tanesco relying solely on solar power to charge the batteries.  Each solar option is sized for a specific load.  The solar system generally includes the solar panel(s), charge controller, batteries, inverter and lights, plus the wires and other installation accessories.  The cost includes installation accessories and labour up to the main switch only.  If wiring does not exist in the house the customer must either install the wiring or ask us for the additional cost for wiring.

Charge controller (left) regulating the solar energy to the battteries

Solar Back-up Systems:

are systems that use both solar power and Tanesco to charge the batteries.  The system automatically switches to the batteries when the Tanesco power is cut.  The solar panels provide charging to the batteries during the day thus saving the battery capacity for the night.  The solar back-up system generally includes solar panel(s), charge controller, batteries, an inverter/charger, change over switch, lights, plus the wires and installation accessories.  During the installation the technician organizes the main switch between loads that are powered with “Tanesco ON” and loads with “solar back-up ON”.  If the house is only single phase an additional main switch will need to be installed for the solar back-up system.

Back-up Systems:

are the same as the solar back-up systems but without the added power supply of the solar panels to charge the batteries.  Therefore, when the Tanesco power is cut the back-up system will only have the power available in the batteries (total 6-8 hours) for use during the day and during the night.  While the cost may be less than the solar back-up system the back-up system does not provide “free” power during the day and has more wear and tear on the batteries.

Inverter/Charger turns on automatically when the power cuts

To get a free quote for a back-up system at your home or business, please email or call us at +25571 649 2712