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Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln (VSBK) Project

Regional Programme Southern Africa RPSA

Regional Programme Southern Africa RPSA

Direction du Développement de la Coopération (Suisse)

Pays : Regional Programme Southern Africa RPSA

Partenaires : Swisscontact / SKAT Department of Environmental Affairs, Department of Minerals, Department of Energy Banks The Clay Brick Association The Private Sector

Durée : 2009 to 2013

The Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln (VSBK) Project is part of the SDC Climate Change Mitigation Programme in South Africa. The programme focuses on energy efficiency in the building sector. The VSBK, an energy efficient brick oven which originated in China, is being adapted and improved with support from the SDC ; the Agency piloted the technology in India and Nepal. The VSBK technology uses hot exhaust gasses for the gradual preheating of the unfired bricks in a continuous process, thus reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 50% compared to the more commonly used clamp kilns. During the preparation phase of the project, an initial group of five clay brick producers were identified to adopt the VSBK technology

The main objective of the VSBK project is to reduce CO2 emissions in the production of clay bricks while improving working conditions and building institutional relations. The project focuses on establishing local ownership, facilitating South-South know-how and technology transfer and regional outreach. Knowledge transfer and capacity building are the main focus for anchoring the VSBK technology within the brick sector’s existing supply structures in order to make the rollout a profitable business for the producers and, therefore, increase chances of sustainability.

Budget : CHF 2.3 million (approx. ZAR 17million)

Coopération Suisse

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