In Summary
  • Kenneth Ndua began designing and fabricating his environmentally conscious stove (Ecos) through his company, Stamp
  • His final product was a stove that can multitask — boiling up to seven litres of water while cooking food at the same time
  • The Ecos is compatible with a range of fuel types, from charcoal and firewood to biogas
  • Initial tests have indicated that it is highly energy efficient, using up to 71 per cent less fuel than three-stone open fires or metallic cooking stoves

Touched by the plight of low-income families that could hardly afford fuel for their heating needs, Kenneth Ndua has developed an energy-efficient stove targeting bottom of the pyramid consumers.

Mr Ndua landed on the idea while working with Kenyan women groups in 2002.

His interactions with women from across the country allowed him to see the direct relationship between the high rates of waterborne diseases and lack of access to affordable energy.

“We provided women with food but sometimes they had no means to cook it let alone boil their water. I saw a big challenge that needed to be addressed,” he says.

Five years ago, Mr Ndua began designing and fabricating his environmentally conscious stove (Ecos) through his company, Stamp.

His final product was a stove that can multitask — boiling up to seven litres of water while cooking food at the same time.

COMPATIBLE WITH RANGE OF FUEL TYPES

The Ecos is compatible with a range of fuel types, from charcoal and firewood to biogas.

Initial tests have indicated that it is highly energy efficient, using up to 71 per cent less fuel than three-stone open fires or metallic cooking stoves.

Having completed most of the research and development work, Mr Ndua now has his eye on launching full scale industrial production of the cooking stoves in Kenya. Eventually, he hopes to produce as many as 20,000 units per year.

But before his vision of placing a fuel-efficient cook stove in every Kenyan kitchen can be achieved, Mr Ndua will have to surmount various obstacles. Top among them is raising the capital he needs to put up the factory.

“I want to get this project off the ground, but I also know that finding reliable technical and financial partners is critical for our success,” said Mr Ndua.

Currently, he is working with the Climate Innovation Centre (CIC), which is providing support in identifying potential sources of financing and him prepare necessary documentation needed to access funding.

CIC is also providing technical support to Stamp in identifying and evaluating various manufacturing components and processes.

The stove’s primary target market is women living in rural Kenya.

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