Envirofit’s Biomass Stoves Offer Quicker Cooking Times, Less Toxic Emissions, and Sustainable Business Model in Developing Nations

cookstove.jpg Last week, Colorado-based non-profit Envirofit introduced clean-burning biomass stoves in India, a project that will attempt to reduce fuel consumption, toxic emissions, and offer a sustainable business model to foster local enterprise. In an effort to reduce indoor air pollution in developing nations, Envirofit teamed up with the UK’s Shell Foundation as a part of its Breathing Space program. The cook stoves will reduce toxic emissions by 80%, use 50% less fuel, and reduce the cooking cycle by 40%, according to the organization’s press release.
Biomass typically consists of organic materials like wood, crop waste, or animal dung, and for many households in places like India, is the main source of fuel for activities like cooking. Developed at the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory at Colorado State University, the cook stoves were engineered to burn traditionally used biomass materials more efficiently.

Though the cook stoves have been initially launched in India, Envirofit plans on expanding the project to Latin America, Africa, and several other regions eventually. “There are an estimated 1.6 million deaths per year due to toxic indoor air pollution (IAP). We are proud to be partnered with Envirofit International to introduce clean-burning wood stove technology in India while employing the first market-based business model,” said Ajit Abraham, a representative of Shell Foundation in India.
The goal of this project is also to develop local and regional enterprises by creating a network of dealers, distributors, and village entrepreneurs at various levels.
“Although cooking habits in semi-urban and rural India are steeped in tradition and perpetuated by myths, the response to our stoves has been very strong as each stove has been developed based on extensive market research and local customer insights,” said Harish Anchan, General Manager of Envirofit India Pvt Ltd. “We are in discussion with financing institutions for low cost financing options to provide additional options for families to buy the stoves.” The stoves are available in five models and will range roughly from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000 (approx $12-$50).
Envirofit first become known for their initiative to retrofit polluting two-stroke engines in Southeast Asia, as reported here on Treehugger.

Ashwin is an Associate Editor of Triple Pundit. He recently returned to the Bay Area after living in Argentina, where he wholeheartedly missed the Pacific Ocean. He is a freelance editor and media and marketing consultant.After a brief stint working in the wine world, when not staring blankly at a computer screen, you'll find him working on Anand Confections or at 826 Valencia, where he has been a long-time volunteer.

6 responses

  1. mersieurs,
    Nous vous felicitons pour votre d√©couverte concernant vos cook stoves adapt√©s √† l’usage des d√©chets de r√©colte du bois , des excr√©ments d’anmaux .
    Nous souhations vous representer ou etre votre distrobuteur au TOGO Burkina-Fasso etc…
    Le desert avance au Togo et pour la protection de l’environnement nous pensons que sa sera un tre√©s bon march√© car nous pensons cantacter les autorit√©s ,les d√©cideurs du TOGO qui sont des camarades de classes.
    Nous profitons pour porter a votre connaissance notre Societe qui d√©nomm√©es Comptoire d’Exploitations des produits agricoles et Marketing qui op√©re depuis 1997 au TOGO.Directeur de la societe et suis pr√©sident de l’Association “ARTISANT TRANSFERT DE TECHNOLOGIE ADAPT2E ET ENVIRONNEMENT”Toutes nos structures sont enr√©gistr√©es au TOGO.
    Disposant moi meme d’une huilerie industrielle l√©gere , les d√©chets des graines ol√©agineuses , les tourteaux servirons eventuellement comme combustible.toute forme de coop√©ration pour la vulgarisation de vos cook stoves serait la bienvenu.
    Dans la suite de vous lire sous peu recevez Merssieurs Mesdames , mes salutations les meilleurs.
    Le Directeur
    BAYOR Soufiane
    Administrateur Civil,Documentaliste
    Subject:We wish to be your sole agent in TOGO
    Dear sirs,
    We are interested in your Biomass stoves.
    We would like to be your distributor or buy them
    We are looking forward to hearing from you
    Yours Fathfully
    BAYOR Soufiane

  2. Dear Sirs,
    I am writing you from Romania. I am running a romanian registered company and we are now setteling up a business in the field of biomass collection and distribution.
    We are able to collect each year important biomass quantities ( especially wood waste coming from the romanian wood processing industry )and we are looking for an experienced, reliable, long-term partner in order to market the biomass. We can also discuss about a joint-venture in order to develop more biomass collecting potential( agricultural waste, forest cleanning… ).
    If you feel interested, please contact me. I speak english and german.
    Best regards,
    Ovidiu Atanasiu.
    International Job Romania.
    Tel : +40 727 429 064
    Fax : +40 268 254 494

  3. Dear sirs,
    We are interested in your Biomass stoves.
    We would like to be your distributor.
    Thanks & Regards,
    Abraham David Potla

  4. Am john
    I want to be your distributor of your biomass stove in Western, Nyanza and Rift Valley Province of Kenya.
    Is it possible i can get the detail of where, how and the cost
    Thanks in advance
    johnsagittarius100@yahoo:disqus .com
    +971 55 22 08 80 4

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