NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A Kenyan firm on Monday said it planned to roll
out a clean cook stove that aims to reduce country’s dependence
on firewood and kerosene for household cooking.
Managing Director of International Research and Development
Africa, told Xinhua in Nairobi that it has designed a low cost
cook stove that uses biofuel for cooking.
“We intend to
introduce the stove to millions of households who are currently
dependent on dirty sources of energy such as firewood and
kerosene,” Kariuki said on the sidelines of the Nairobi
The cookstove has
been patented by the Kenya Industrial Property Institute. He
noted that the cookstove is smoke free as well as carbon
“In addition it has
been designed with special metals so that it remains cold even
after cooking,” he observed.
indicates that over 65 percent of the population depends on
firewood and charcoal while another 15 percent uses kerosene.
Kariuki said people
would prefer to use clean sources of energy such as Liquefied
Petroleum Gas (LPG) or electricity for cooking but are unable
due to their high costs.
“We want to equalize
access to clean cooking and at the same time conserve Kenya’s
forests,” he added.
Research and Development Africa has so far built approximately
300 biofuel stoves on a trial basis. “Since we have validated
the efficacy of the product, we will begin mass production of
the product,” he said.
cookstove will retail for about 30 U.S. dollars and use
anhydrous alcohol from sugar beet.
Kariuki has come up
with a hybrid sugar beet variety that can grow in Kenya. He
plans to contract farmers to cultivate sugar beet which will be
used to produce sugar, while the byproduct will be biofuel for