Comoros the Nr.1 worldwide in distillation of Ylang-Ylang. Traditional distillation used wood as fuel, but this resource is very limited on the tropical islands with growing population.
For our partner 2 Mains Comoros we developed a concept of solar distillation for Ylang-Ylang.
Steam for the distillation is generated by Photovoltaic panels. The back-up for the solar power supply is a very efficient biobriquette burner implementing improved combustion. 2Mains is engaging in the production of bio-briquettes from organic waste in a project improving wastemanagement on the islands of Comoros. The bio-briquettes are planned to replace wood for distillation. Our improved biomass burner can handle bio-briquettes as well as wood and coconut waste.
As a first step of technology implementation a 200ltr distillation unit with bio-briquette burner for steam generation was installed and tested in December 2015 in a renowned distillery on Gran Comore.
The steam flow is can be set independently of the intensity of the fire. It remains constant throughout distillation. Excellent quality of Ylang-Ylang oil and low consumption of biomass prooves this new concept to be successful. The smokeless combustion improoves the working environment of the destillers and reduces pollution.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang-Ylang flowers, the raw-material for distillation

energetically improved distillation

200ltr distillation unit with smokeless bio-briquette burner

biobriquette burner 1
The right amount of air and correct ratio between primary
and secondary combustion guarantee an energy efficient
and smokeless fire

In a further project phase the complete concept of solar distillation will be implemented.