The success of the briquette biomass technology was not only in its simplicity, but in the fact that it offered a sustainable income, generating opportunity. Not only are biomass briquettes easy to make, but they allow the rural and urban poor to make money in the process. By replacing firewood and charcoal with bio briquettes, producers can increase their income by 20%. Income generation along with saving the environment makes a sustainable solution to poverty reduction.
Biomass briquettes are typically made of organic materials, mostly green waste or anything high in nitrogen that burns. That includes such things as grass; plant husks; hulls and stalks; ground nut shells; wood waste; waste paper and cardboard; and food and animal waste, including municipal solid waste.