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We're on a Mission to Bring

Energy Everywhere

TRACK OUR PROGRESS
74,180

People Breathing Cleaner

52,212,887

Watts-Hours Of Electricity Generated

59,219

Tonnes of Co2e Offset

Energy Is Essential

Energy sits at the center of our lives, keeping us safe, productive, and comfortable. Energy improves health, combats climate change, enables communication and education, generates income, and empowers women. Creating access for a growing world population has become one of the biggest opportunities of our time.

Nearly half the planet lacks clean, affordable household energy, cooking meals on smoky open fires and having little or no electricity in their homes.

At BioLite, we develop breakthrough technologies and deliver them through a market-based approach, empowering people to power themselves.

We focus on technologies in 3 areas:

  • Cook
  • Charge
  • Light

Cook

PROBLEM

Indoor Cooking Fires

3 billion people cook on smokey open wood fires

4 million people die annually from these fires - that's more than AIDS, TB and malaria combined.

Women spend 10 hours per week collecting fuel.

Cooking fires emit more smoke into the atmosphere than all the cars and trucks in the world, combined.

SOLUTION

The BioLite HomeStove

The BioLite HomeStove burns wood as cleanly as gas

The HomeStove reduces particulate matter and carbon emissions by up to 90%.

Requires 50% less fuel than a conventional open fire.

BioLite combustion technology cuts CO2e emissions by 2.5 tons a year

Charge

Charge

PROBLEM

Access to Electricity

2.3 billion people across the world have unreliable or no access to electricity.

550 million mobile phone users live off-grid and often travel long distances and pay high fees for charging.

SOLUTION

The BioLite HomeStove

The HomeStove converts heat from the fire into usable electricity giving owners an instant power outlet.

The BioLite HomeStove produces 2 watts of free usable electricity, enough mobile phones and LED lights.

Light

Light

PROBLEM

Expensive, Inefficient Lighting

Off-grid households spend over $38b annually on dirty, expensive lighting such as kerosene.

A basic kerosene lamp emits only 0.6% of the recommended illumination for studying and 0.3% for a living area.

SOLUTION

The BioLite NanoGrid

The BioLite NanoGrid offers multi-room lighting in a single hub and can be recharged by the HomeStove.

The BioLite NanoGrid emits 2000% more lumens than kerosene and offers directional task lighting for studying, cooking, and other activities.

How We Do It: The Business of Change

BioLite has built an end-to-end process that enables us to bring our technologies to scale. From designing the products to conducting after sales service, we’re involved in every step:

Develop Technology

Our team of engineers and designers work from first principles to develop technologies that radically transform energy access.

Manufacture Products

Through an ethically sourced supply chain, BioLite leverages centralized manufacturing to produce high-quality products at an affordable price.

Build Markets

We build distribution networks comprised of local BioLite teams and trusted partners to reach households that traditional retail models don’t.

Measure Impact

Our products only matter if people use them – we deploy robust customer service to ensure satisfaction and measure real-world benefits.

Road To Impact
Throughout 2016, join us for a special 10-part series that takes you behind the scenes at BioLite for an honest, no-frills look at what it takes to fulfill our mission of bringing Energy Everywhere:
Chapter 1

The Business of Impact

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Chapter 2

The Invisible Ubiquity of Energy

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Chapter 3

Reinventing Fire

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Chapter 4

Driving Adoption Through Design

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Chapter 5

What's In Store When There Is No Store

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Chapter 6

Perfecting The Pitch

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Chapter 7

The Path To Ownership

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Chapter 8

Adventures In Firestarting

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Chapter 9

Giving Tuesday Special

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Chapter 10

Scaling Up

December 2016

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