Based on the 2019 report by International Energy Agency, 98% of rural population in Kenya still use wood, dung and charcoal in the traditional stoves for cooking. These households also use inefficient kerosene lamps for lighting purposes.
The use of the traditional stoves and lamps results into serious exposure to smoke which is responsible for various health issues. In Developing countries such as Kenya, the exposure to heating-combustion and lighting smokes currently contributes to 50000 deaths annually.
The use of these sources of energy also emits more than 80 million metric tons of carbon annually which is a key contributor to climate change. More than 300000 trees are also cut by these households for use in cooking purposes.
Even though solutions such as the use of briquettes have been proposed, many rural households still use firewood, charcoal, dung and paraffin for cooking and lighting because they are much cheaper and produces more heat.
In order to solve the above energy challenges, Chemolex Limited applies its patented advanced bio-conversion technology to produce clean and 60% more affordable multi-purpose biofuel that is used for cooking and lighting.
The biofuel is also used in powering motor bikes which is the popular means of transport in rural areas in Kenya. Currently, we use the invasive water hyacinth plant as the main raw material for the production of the multi-purpose biofuel that is supplied to households.
The advanced bio-conversion technology involves removing the invasive water hyacinth plant from L.Victoria, washing and drying the plants in an open air, crushing the plants into small pieces which are subjected to steam pre-treatment process.
The pre-treated water hyacinth is then subjected to microbial fermentation process where the multi-purpose biofuel is produced. We currently remove 10 tons of the invasive water hyacinth plants that are currently used to produce 23000 litres of the biofuel.