Ogunrinde et al Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 10(1), pp. 30-33, 2020 ISSN: 2276-7770 Copyright ©2019, the copyright of this article is retained by the author(s) http://gjournals.org/GJAS Development and Performance Evaluation of a Briquette from Agricultural by-Products 1Ogunrinde, E.A.; 1Ojo, O.I.; 2Adgidzi, D.; 3Sanusi, B.A.; 3Olaoye, I.O. Department of Agricultural Engineering, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso Department of Agricultural Engineering, Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi Department of Agricultural and Bio-Environmental Engineering, Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki ARTICLE INFO ABSTRACT Article No.: 122419222 Type: Research The current wave of energy consciousness has triggered intense efforts in the search for the alternative sources for cooking fuels, including the use of agricultural by-products like cassava peels, sawdust and shea butter cake to form briquettes which are substitutes of fuel needed for domestic cooking. The experiments were conducted using 23 full factorial design. Three factors, cassava peels (X1), sawdust (X2) and shea butter cake (X3) at two level (coded as – and +) were investigated under different variable factors. The briquettes were tested and evaluated for quality in terms of crushing strength, calorific value and burning efficiency. The model developed showed that cassava peel have higher significance difference in briquettes than interaction of these factors at 5% levels of significance. Cassava peel showed a higher significance effect than shea butter cake. Crushing strength, calorific value and burning efficiency were affected by interaction of the three main factors. The fitted model for predicting the crushing strength, calorific value and burning efficiency gave the best compromise for optimization as it produced briquettes of higher calorific value 885J/kg and considerable crushing strength of 883N respectively. Accepted: 25/12/2019 Published: 31/01/2020 *Corresponding Author Ogunrinde, E.A., E-mail: ogunrindeemmanuelabiola@ gmail.com Keywords: Briquettes; crushing strength; calorific value; burning efficiency Return to Content View [Full Article – PDF] [Full Article – HTML] [Full Article – EPUB] Post-Publication Peer-review Rundown View/get involved, click [Peer-review] REFERENCES Abdullahi, M and Musa, B (2000). Effect of reduction of fire chamber in the performance of the “wood miser”. A paper presented during the discussion of performance test conducted on wood stores, developed at the solar energy research centre, Federal Polytechnic Bida, Polyma II Journal vol. 1 pg11. Adegoke, C.O and Mohammed, T.I (2002). Investigation of sawdust briquettes as high grade fuel, west Indian journal of Engineering 25 (1): Pp 1 – 8. Adekunle, J. O, (2004). Investigation of Briquette of different species of wood sawdust as solid fuel. M.Eng Project (Unpublished), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Technology Akure. Ajueytsi, O.N.A (2002). Evaluation of local briquettes as a source of domestic cooking fuel. M.Eng thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Akure. Bernard, G. (1985). The use of Agriculture Residue as fuel Ambio Vol. Xiv No 4 – 5. Cite this Article: Ogunrinde, EA; Ojo, OI; Adgidzi, D; Sanusi, BA; Olaoye, IO (2020). Development and Performance Evaluation of a Briquette from Agricultural by-Products. Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences 10(1): 30-33. .