Traditional Biomass Energy
Improving its Use and Moving to Modern Energy Use1
Thematic Background Paper January 2004
Stephen Karekezi African Energy Policy Research Network, Kenya Kusum Lata Tata Energy Research Institute, India Suani Teixeira Coelho University of São Paulo, Brasil
Secretariat of the International Conference for Renewable Energies, Bonn 2004
Reviewers and Contributors: Jose Goldemberg, Maxwell Mapako, Omar Masera, Oswaldo Lucon, Patricia Guardabassi, Akanksha Chaurey, Abel Mbewe, Margaret Skutch, Elizabeth Cecelski, Dirk Aßmann, J. Saghir; Waeni Kithyoma and Ezekiel Manyara Contributors who provided key contacts and sources of additional literature: Gustavo Best, Miguel Trosserro, Margaret Skutch, and Elizabeth Cecelski
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Biomass energy is an...