KOKOpoint Fuel Dispenser
The KOKOpoint fuel dispenser is an automatic fuel dispenser system enabling cashless access to clean bio-ethanol cooking fuel.
KOKOpoint fuel dispenser is a fuel dispensing machine connected to a cloud, KOKO Cloud. This product uses a Pay-As-You-Go model for cooking fuel, where consumers and vendors can refill the provided fuel canisters and pay for the fuel from a virtual wallet. The fuel dispensed is ethanol and is meant to be used for cooking purposes.
The product is available across Kenya, including over 600 retailers in Nairobi.
0.85 USD per liter
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Targeted users include low to middle-income households, while the target buyers are typically retailers and local corner stores
KOKO point fuel dispensers are built from several component parts which are assembled at the technology production facility in Nairobi.
KOKOpoints have been deployed across the city of Nairobi inside neighborhood shops and convenience stores. Shopkeepers become KOKO Agents with KOKOpoint machines installed in the shop under a franchise agreement. A new customer orders a Bio-ethanol stove from a local KOKOpoint distributor or via mobile. KOKO’s dispenser-based distribution model allows customers to fill their reusable smart-valve canister with as little as 350 ml of fuel.
What is the material composition of the fuel (e.g. ethanol, biogas, agricultural residues, etc.)
MJ/kg, energy content per gram
What are the main pollutants when the fuel is combusted? (e.g. CO, PM2.5)
The KOKOpoint fuel dispenser uses a Pelton wheel turbine flowmeter from Titan Enterprises, which rotates on sapphire bearings. It contains magnets that are detected through its chamber wall by a Hall effect detector. The turbine’s output is connected directly to the machines electronic display. The turbine is made from non-metallic wetted components and has a flow rate of up to 10 L/min while dispensing fuel.
KOKO Networks are available at 700 shops across Nairobi. KOKO Agents also help in providing support.
Pelizan, L., Giordano P., and Lickteig, L., 2019, Promoting Access to Clean Cooking Fuels in Sub-Saharan Africa Through Entrepreneurial Initiatives: Challenges and Strategies, IESE Business School, University of Navarra.
These papers present general information about bioethanol:
Dennananth, E.D., Iyuke, S. and Rumbold, K., 2012, The Bioethanol industry in Sub-Saharan Africa: History, Challenges and Prospects, Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology.
Ibeto, C.N., Ofoefule, A.U. and Agbo, K.E., 2011, A Global Overview of Biomass Potentials for Bioethanol Production: A Renewable Alternative Fuel, Trends in Applied Science Research, 6(5), pp. 410-425.
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