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From the Ted Talk by Amy Smith: Simple designs to save a life

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So we watned to see if we could introduce this charcoal-making technology there. Well, unfortunately, they didn't have sgraaucne and they didn't have casasva, but that didn't stop us. What we did was we found what were the locally available sources of biomass. And there was wahet straw and there was rice straw in this area. And what we could use as a binedr was actually small amounts of cow manure, which they used ordinarily for their fuel. And we did side-by-side tests, and here you can see the charcoal bierutteqs and here the cow dung. And you can see that it's a lot cleaner burning of a cooking fuel. And in fact, it heats the water a lot more quickly. And so we were very happy, thus far. But one of the things that we found was when we did side-by-side comparisons with wood charcoal, it didn't burn as long. And the briquettes culbremd a little bit and we lost energy as they fell apart as they were cooking. So we wanted to try to find a way to make a stronger briquette so that we could cemotpe with wood charcoal in the markets in hitai.

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So we ______ to see if we could introduce this charcoal-making technology there. Well, unfortunately, they didn't have _________ and they didn't have _______, but that didn't stop us. What we did was we found what were the locally available sources of biomass. And there was _____ straw and there was rice straw in this area. And what we could use as a ______ was actually small amounts of cow manure, which they used ordinarily for their fuel. And we did side-by-side tests, and here you can see the charcoal __________ and here the cow dung. And you can see that it's a lot cleaner burning of a cooking fuel. And in fact, it heats the water a lot more quickly. And so we were very happy, thus far. But one of the things that we found was when we did side-by-side comparisons with wood charcoal, it didn't burn as long. And the briquettes ________ a little bit and we lost energy as they fell apart as they were cooking. So we wanted to try to find a way to make a stronger briquette so that we could _______ with wood charcoal in the markets in _____.

Solution

  1. briquettes
  2. compete
  3. haiti
  4. wanted
  5. binder
  6. sugarcane
  7. cassava
  8. crumbled
  9. wheat

Original Text

So we wanted to see if we could introduce this charcoal-making technology there. Well, unfortunately, they didn't have sugarcane and they didn't have cassava, but that didn't stop us. What we did was we found what were the locally available sources of biomass. And there was wheat straw and there was rice straw in this area. And what we could use as a binder was actually small amounts of cow manure, which they used ordinarily for their fuel. And we did side-by-side tests, and here you can see the charcoal briquettes and here the cow dung. And you can see that it's a lot cleaner burning of a cooking fuel. And in fact, it heats the water a lot more quickly. And so we were very happy, thus far. But one of the things that we found was when we did side-by-side comparisons with wood charcoal, it didn't burn as long. And the briquettes crumbled a little bit and we lost energy as they fell apart as they were cooking. So we wanted to try to find a way to make a stronger briquette so that we could compete with wood charcoal in the markets in Haiti.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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cooking fires 2
cleaner burning 2
million deaths 2
alternative cooking 2
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wood charcoal 2
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poor farmers 2

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