BioLite HomeStove is a biomass cookstove that generates electricity from waste heat while cooking. It can charge mobile phones and LED lights through an on-board USB port.
BioLite HomeStove is a rocket-type and single burner cookstove that also generates electricity while reducing smoke emissions by 90% and fuel usage by 50%. It has a patent-protected Direct Conduction Thermoelectric System that co-generates electricity from the flame and enables users to charge mobile phones and LED lights by its USB port. It features mobile adapters and BioLite’s FlexLight (100 lumens).
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Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Off-grid households in need of an efficient stove and a source of light at night or a source of energy to charge mobile devices.
BioLite’s Direct Conduction Thermoelectric System is patent-protected.
The exact number of distribution to date is unknown, however, BioLite has impacted 293,165 people within 137,436,006 Wh of electricity generated and 167,898 tonnes of CO2 offset. Further details in the 2017 Impact Report.
What fuel type the stoves uses
Does the stove have a chimney?
Whether the stove is forced draft or passive
What pot type(s) the stove can accommodate
The capacity of the pot the stove can accommodate
The efficiency in terms of heat delivered to pot compared to overall heat produced through combustion
PM2.5 emissions of the stove per MJ
CO emissions of the stove per MJ
The amount of time it takes to bring a specified amount of water to boil
Design specifications include the high grade stainless steel stove body, a cast iron top that keeps pots of all sizes stable, a Thermoelectric Generator with a LED FexLight (100 lumens) and an inbuilt USB port (2W, 5V) (for charging mobile phones), and the combustion chamber with a fuel rack at the bottom that supports wood for easy tending. It weighs 8 kgs and its dimensions are 23 x 31 cm.
BioLite assembles the stove electricity, but they provide field distribution partners with parts, training, and financial incentives for continued service.
This stove has a 1-year warranty and its estimated lifecycle is 5 years.
BioLite HomeStove reduces wood consumption by 50% and harmful smoke emission by 90%. Within a 10 min of charging, it gives 80 min of talk time on the phone and within 120 minutes, the battery is fully charged. It boils 1 litre of water in 5 minutes and 5 litres in 18 minutes.
Renewable Energy and New Materials Institute, US EPA according to the Clean Cooking Catalog.
BioLite also commercialises the SolarHome 620.
Anenberg, S., et al (2017). Air pollution-related health and climate benefits of clean cookstove programs in Mozambique. Environmental Research Letters, Volume 12, Number 2.
Darby W, J (2015). Ghana randomized air pollution and health study (GRAPHS): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 2015. 16:420.
Sussan, T., et al (2015). C104 INDOOR AND OUTDOOR POLLUTION: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND MECHANISMS: Field Testing Of Alternative Cookstoves Performance In A Rural Setting Of Western India. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine; New York Tomo 191, (2015): 1.
Ryan, G (2017), Heart of the Hearth: Making the Popular Clean, Not the Clean Popular – Technology Research, Development, and Tools for Clean Biomass Cookstoves. United States. doi:10.2172/1337926.
Further academic research here.
Testers rated the performance of this stove according to tier rankings established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)’s International Workshop Agreement (IWA).
The testers rated this stove on emissions, indoor emissions and efficiency (but it was not tested on safety).
Controlled Cooking Test (CCT 2.0)
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