Proposed Experiment

[Proposed Experiment]: Fuel Cambodia - Research and draft supply chain for effective delivery of briquettes - July 2018

Lean Phase: Key Resources, Key Activities, Key Partners

This experiment will focus on securing a supply chain for the effective delivery of briquette production. Key considerations here are scalability and reliable materials to service potential demand.


  • Securing reliable suppliers of biowaste (investigating farmers, tips, businesses)
  • Securing logistics at fixed costs (transport of biowaste and briquettes)
  • Building relationships with villages and charcoal distributors to enable distribution of our product
  • Securing an effective labour force for manufacturing process.

Time Box:

This experiment should be finalised by Week 3-4 of December Project


Success Metric:

  • Securing 5 reliable suppliers of biowaste 
  • Ensuring that the supply can total (assuming 5 drums of coconut waste from 5 suppliers) kgs required to produce 250 briquettes per week

Green Light: If the team is able to secure 5 reliable suppliers of coconut or rice husk at sufficient quantity to manufacture 250 briquettes per week according to the new design this should be considered a success. From here the team should diversify to secure supplies of other key materials eg sugarcane, animal waste and other agricultural waste.


Orange Light: If you are able to secure 1 supplier or material at sufficient quantity further investigation is suggested around the viability of biowaste as a material for production. Also it would be considered a success if we are able to manufacture 50-100 briquettes. Further research into alternate materials that can be used to create briquettes.


Red Light: If no suppliers are obtained or insufficient quantities of waste prove to be a consistent road block then ideation around the manufacturing process and the materials of production will be required.


Experiment build:

The experiment will involve going out and collecting data and locations of where and who are suppliers can be. This same method will be done for logistics. Ideally we will be able to follow a bag of charcoal we sell and ensure the whole supply chain is working.


Key data to collect:

For suppliers:

  • Type of waste & how much?
  • Would we be able to get for free or not?
  • Would they be able to deliver this waste on time on a frequent time basis? Or do we collect it from them?
  • Would they be able to sign an agreement (or contract) with us to give us the waste at a free or small price consistently?
  • Has anyone else been interested in their waste before?
  • Who else is interested in your manufacturing equipment?
  • What do they do with their waste if not giving it to us?

For logistics (tuk-tuk transport):

  • Would they be able to offer us feedback from people about our briquettes?
  • Would they be willing to collect used charcoal bags for us? Would it be for free?
  • Would they be willing to enter an agreement (or contract) with us to provide their services at a fixed cost?
  • Would they be able to deliver their services on a consistent basis?
  • Do they know others who would like to do the same jobs?
  • How much do they charge, what hours can they work? 
  • How much do they currently get paid for charcoal delivery and who pays them?

edited on 6th September 2018, 00:09 by Justin Hakeem

Justin Hakeem 7 months ago

Status label added: Proposed Experiment

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