Bioethanol Coconut Husks Fuel Gel

Kenya

Leap² Innovation Challenge Innovative Light & Circular Economy - Second place. Theme: Social entrepreneurship.

Ethahusk Energy seeks to provide an alternative, cleaner, renewable and most importantly affordable Bioethanol fuel gel generated from coconut husks and at the same time create employment opportunities for youth and women in informal and rural settlements in Mombasa and the larger Coast region. They also help in waste management and curbing pollution.

Kenya, a country of 50 million people, is ranked 8th globally and 6th in Africa among countries with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty. This is because approximately 15 million people, an equivalent of about 30% of the population live in abject poverty

Most of these people use firewood and charcoal as a source of heat and kerosene as a source of both light and heat. Charcoal and firewood are mostly a product of deforestation which contributes immensely to global warming while kerosene is both expensive and a bioharzard. These fuel sources emit soot which not only pollutes the environment but also cause various health; mostly respiratory and eyesight problems and in the worst case scenario, death!

Approximately 1.6 million worldwide people die annually due to Indoor Air Pollution (IAP). Ethahusk Energy seeks to provide an alternative, cleaner, renewable and most importantly affordable Bioethanol fuel gel generated from coconut husks and at the same time create employment opportunities for youth and women in informal and rural settlements in Mombasa and the larger Coast region. They also help in curbing pollution and in waste management because in as much as coconut husks are biodegradable, they take very long to fully decompose.