Tag: kenya

Kenyan ethanol stove company uses app to encourage customers to sell units to friends and family

Kenyan ethanol stove company uses app to encourage customers to sell units to friends and family

January 24, 2019 |

In Kenya, KOKO Networks has developed a new scheme to encourage the users of its ethanol stoves to get others to also buy the stoves through the use of its customer mobile app. Customers can earn a commission of $2.50 for every stove worth $61 they are responsible for selling, be it to friends or […]

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Kenyan entrepreneurs producing ethanol from water hyacinth for clean cooking

Kenyan entrepreneurs producing ethanol from water hyacinth for clean cooking

December 20, 2018 |

In Kenya, the Inter Press Service reports that with the help of start up funding from the World Wildlife Fund, a chemistry teacher is commercializing technology developed by his students to produce ethanol from water hyacinth that is clogging up Lake Victoria. The ethanol is currently supplying the ethanol to 560 households who are using […]

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KOKO Networks invests in Saarus to commercially roll out ethanol cookstoves in Africa

KOKO Networks invests in Saarus to commercially roll out ethanol cookstoves in Africa

October 3, 2018 |

In Kenya, KOKO Networks Ltd. announced a strategic investment in Saarus Innovations Pvt. Ltd., a product design and manufacturing company headquartered in Ahmedabad, India. KOKO and Saarus have collaborated closely in recent years. In particular, Saarus helped design, develop and manufacture KOKO’s patent-pending bio-ethanol powered cookstove, which was commercially piloted in selected neighborhoods of Nairobi […]

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Kenya’s Mumias producing ethanol from neighbors’ feedstock in hopes of generating cash

Kenya’s Mumias producing ethanol from neighbors’ feedstock in hopes of generating cash

September 12, 2018 |

In Kenya, although it hasn’t yet started crushing cane since suspending operations in April due to lack of feedstock, Mumias is using bagasse and molasses from neighboring mills to ramp up ethanol production. Ethanol will be sold to pay off debts to farmers and workers who are more than a year overdue. The sugar mill […]

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Special issue of Biomass and Bioenergy seeks to fill research gaps on sustainability

Special issue of Biomass and Bioenergy seeks to fill research gaps on sustainability

September 4, 2018 |

In Kenya, special issue of the journal Biomass and Bioenergy attempts to fill research gaps on the sustainability implications of liquid biofuel production, applying an ecosystem services perspective. Recent research and analysis on biofuels has gone through many phases, most recently focusing on the sustainability of their production and use. There is strong evidence to […]

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Kenya’s Vivo Energy plans to expand clean cooking trial to 14 stations

Kenya’s Vivo Energy plans to expand clean cooking trial to 14 stations

August 2, 2018 |

In Kenya, BP’s local partner Vivo Energy plans to scale up its ethanol for clean cooking retail trade to as many as 14 outlets in the next 18 months following successful trials in Nairobi’s Eastleight neighborhood. The trial used imported ethanol but the company is currently negotiating with local ethanol producers in order to source […]

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Kenya fires three revenue officials for illegally auctioning condemned ethanol

Kenya fires three revenue officials for illegally auctioning condemned ethanol

July 11, 2018 |

In Kenya, the Daily Nation newspaper reports the government is cracking down on corruption within the country’s revenue authority, firing three officials who were found to have illegally auctioned ethanol that had been confiscated and set for destruction back in 2016. The agency is coming under increased scrutiny lately after imports of raw sugar were […]

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Vivo Energy teams with KOKO Networks to retail ethanol cooking fuel

Vivo Energy teams with KOKO Networks to retail ethanol cooking fuel

July 2, 2018 |

In Kenya, Vivo Energy Kenya announced a partnership with KOKO Networks that sees it enter the Kenyan market for clean liquid ethanol cooking fuel. Vivo Energy, the company which distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants across Africa, is the first multinational fuel company to enter the ethanol cooking fuel sector, working with KOKO to […]

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Mumias Sugar continues to produce ethanol despite lack of cane supplies

Mumias Sugar continues to produce ethanol despite lack of cane supplies

April 3, 2018 |

In Kenya, the Business Daily newspaper reports that beleaguered Mumias Sugar will continue to produce ethanol despite the lack of cane supplies forcing the mill to temporarily stop crushing. Cane poaching is running rampant in the area where a lack of supplies to forcing mills to secure cane out of their catchment areas, forcing up […]

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Stockholm Environment Institute research looks at ecosystem services provided by biofuels

Stockholm Environment Institute research looks at ecosystem services provided by biofuels

February 22, 2018 |

In Kenya, new research from the Stockholm Environment Institute looks at mechanisms and indicators for assessing the impact of biofuel feedstock production on ecosystem services. Biofuel feedstock production can be a significant driver of landscape modification, ecosystem change, and biodiversity loss. There is a growing body of literature that shows how biofuel landscapes provide various […]

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