Sistema.bio, a company that builds hybrid reactor biodigester has been awarded the 2019 Ashden Award for promoting clean cooking.
Sistema.bio which has its roots in Mexico has created an innovative, affordable biogas system that turns animal waste into the cleanest of cooking fuels and produces a planet-friendly super fertilizer boosting productivity while lowering carbon emissions.
Sistema.bio was awarded alongside nine other enterprises that are improving health, reducing poverty and inequality and transforming energy infrastructure around the world.
Ashden CEO Harriet Lamb said: “The outstanding organisations that make up our roster of 2019 winners are truly inspirational, bringing much-needed solutions to the table.”
“Their practical but clever and economically feasible innovations are just what we need to address the climate emergency. People are feeling overwhelmed by the scale of the emergency, but these organisations have all shown the face of the possible; now we need to get behind them, scale up the solutions and make them the new norm.”
Sistema.bio’s product is simple, modular design makes it easy to add more capacity if needed. Customers can pay for their digester in monthly instalments, at a cost which is roughly the same as what they were spending on wood or liquid petroleum gas. This means that the cost of the digester is paid off in less than a year, making it a great investment for small farmers.
“Farmers can pay through instalments for the biodigester and other appliances required to cook food using biogas,” said Cedrick Todwell, Commercial Director, Sistema.bio (Kenya), adding that access to cleaner cooking fuels has enhanced climate resilience among rural communities.
Founded in 2010 by Alex Eaton and Camilo Pages, Sistema.bio is currently present in Mexico, Kenya, Columbia, Nicaragua and India with plans to establish operations in Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Earlier in April this year, the company closed a U$12 million investment round to facilitate its expansion in Kenya.
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