African Startup Converts Waste Into Clean Fuel

African Startup Converts Waste Into Clean Fuel Mashable Aug 2013

A joint Zambian and Swedish venture is looking to curb deforestation by introducing a new type of cookstove, which runs solely on clean fuel, into Zambian households.

Zambia cuts down hundreds of thousands of wooded acres every year, as one of the most aggressive sites of deforestation in the world. According to a recent report, Zambia loses between 600,000 and 750,000 acres of its 125 million acres of forest each year.

One of the major drivers of this deforestation is household cooking on charcoal-burning stoves, used in 80% of households. . . .

After a family purchases the company’s signature “SupaMoto” stove — a Lesotho-manufactured, Phillips-brand product named after the local word for fire…  The Phillips stove comes with a rechargeable battery, which can last two weeks before needing a recharge in its provided electric charger. . . .