Updated on December 31, 2023


Created on August 29, 2019

Bio Moto

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The Bio Moto is a spirit-based biofuel cookstove with variable power and five different burner configurations.

Tested By
  • University of Nairobi
Content Partners
  1. Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves


Product Description

The Bio Moto cookstove is a five-staged variable power cook stove manufactured locally in Kenya that uses biofuel made from post harvest starch crops (such as stalks and damaged produce). It is available in 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8 burner configurations, with a spill-proof fuel tank. It is manufactured by International Research and Development Africa Ltd and has been approved for sale by the Kenyan government.

Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

The product is manufactured by International Research and Development Africa Ltd and available through existing last-mile energy retailers.

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include Kenyan Domestic Ceramic Jiko Stove and Burn Jikokoa.

Manufacturing/Building Method

The cookstove is produced by International Research & Development Africa Ltd and manufactured in Kenya from imported steel alloy rolls.

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

The users can obtain this product from last-mile energy retailers in Kenya.

Distributions to Date Status

At least 116 Bio Moto cookstoves have been sold in Kenya.

Design Specifications

The Bio Moto is manufactured in five different burner configurations, specifically 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8, and the dimensions and weight of the product vary accordingly. It accommodates a maximum pot size of 20 L, and the single burner unit has the following dimensions: 240 x 240 x 180 mm and weighs 3.125 kg.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Provided by the manufacturer

Replacement Components



The product has a warranty of 15 years for manufacturer defects.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The manufacturer's specified performance targets include: instant ignition, variable power control (0.8 - 4.0 kW) and smoke-free combustion.

Vetted Performance Status

A Water Boiling Test (WBT) and safety testing were conducted, with detailed testing results.


Potential safety hazards have been considered and graded by the University of Nairobi's Department of Chemistry, where it was awarded a rating of "Good", and scored 79.0 points.

Complementary Technical Systems

The biofuel produced by the same manufacturer can be used as a substitute for kerosene or ethanol spirits.

Academic Research and References

Vianello, M., 2016, A Review of Cooking Systems for Humanitarian Settings, Toolkit for the Moving Energy Initiative.

Anditi, C., 2018, Co-designing systems for sustainable energy technologies in informal settlement households in Nairobi a case study of Mathare Valley informal settlement, College of Architecture and Engineering (CAE).

Bar, R., Heinimann, A. and Ehrensperger, A., 2017, Assessing the potential supply of biomass cooking fuels in Kilimanjaro region using land use units and spatial Bayesian networks, Energy for Sustainable Development, 40, pp 112-125.

BIO-MOTO Bio-Fuel Cookstove. n.d. www.techxlab.org.

Peter , Jacob Kithinji, 2014, Review of Report on Bio-Moto-Cooker Performance and Fuel Characteristics for IRDA. Nairobi: University of Nairobi.

IWA 11:2012. n.d. www.iso.org

Compliance with regulations


Evaluation methods

The product has been tested against the IWA 11: Guidelines for evaluating cookstove performance.

Other Information

The product has a video made by the designer

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