Processed dry agricultural biomass to increase efficiency
Rice husk. Free and wasted but with great potential to replace firewood
Using more efficient charcoal/biochar making kiln.
Burns unto 95% of it's smoke, cutting down on particulates being put into the atmosphere
High quality charcoal in just a few hours
Indoor air pollution from cooking kills over 4 million people and sickens millions more
To transform communities through provision of renewable energy products that save life, time, money and energy
About Chaff Energy Limited
We are a social enterprise established in 2015 after recognizing the need to improve energy efficiency through developing, manufacturing and distributing improved cook stoves and processed dry agricultural biomass fuel otherwise considered as waste. This type of waste is abundant, free and underutilized. Chaff Energy seeks to tap into the underutilized fuel sources that will in the long run reduce deforestation and land degradation due to firewood demand and improve the quality of fuel.
We in Chaff Energy recognize the fact that wood fuel has remained the most important source of energy in Kenya, meeting over 70% of the country’s total energy consumption needs. It provides 90% of rural household’s energy requirements and 85% of energy in the urban areas. We are cognizant of the fact that this state of affairs is unsustainable as it has major adverse effects to East Africa’s forest reserves and a great health hazard to the said country’s populations; an example being the burning of biomass in closed environments that causes indoor air pollution sometimes proving fatal.
Chaff Energy is a member of Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC), which is an initiative supported by the World Bank’s infoDev incubation programme under clean energy technologies.
Why Improved Cookstoves?
“Current options for truly clean cooking, including LPG and electricity, are expensive, so reliance on traditional biomass for cooking and heating will likely continue for decades to come. One way of mitigating the negative effects of cooking with biomass is the introduction of improved cookstoves.” Energy 4 Impact
Wood fuel has remained the most important source of energy in Kenya, meeting over 70% of the country’s total energy consumption needs. It provides 90% of rural household’s energy requirements and 85% of energy in urban areas. We are cognizant of the fact that this state of affairs is unsustainable as it has major adverse effects to East Africa’s forest reserves and a great health hazard to the said country’s populations; an example being the burning of biomass in closed environments on open fire that causes indoor air pollution sometimes proving fatal.
It’s our passion to design efficient firewood cook stoves to improve this state of our rural communities as a starting point to moving this critical mass to clean fuels. We want to reduce the number of cook stoves a family have by integrating one stove to use multiple fuel types in a smart and efficient way.
- Design, develop, fabricate and distribute integrated firewood/charcoal/gel improved cook stove for rural and Peri-urban communities.
- Fabricate and distribute high quality rice husk and pellet gasifiers cook stoves
- Fabricate efficient household charcoal kilns
This is vital in converting firewood into high quality charcoal particularly for small households. This makes charcoal as cheap as firewood.
- Process high quality pellets from agricultural waste for use in our gasifier and other cookstoves.
Lack of access to improved (efficient and clean) cookstoves and supply of solid fuel sources is considered as energy poverty. According to Word Health Organization Every year, indoor air pollution from cooking kills over 4 million people and sickens millions more. More than 3 billion people in this world—literally half the population of the planet—still cook every meal over an open fire, and many do that cooking indoors! As a result, women and children are dying from the cumulative effects of smoke inhalation, and families are spending vast amounts of time, money, and energy to gather and purchase fuel. Forests are also rapidly disappearing all over the world as wood is harvested and collected at unsustainable rates.