News / Africa

Nigeria Pioneers Clean Fuels for Domestic Use

Biofuel offers a cleaner, safer source of fuel for Nigerian cookstoves. (VOA/Joana Mantey)Biofuel offers a cleaner, safer source of fuel for Nigerian cookstoves. (VOA/Joana Mantey)
x
Biofuel offers a cleaner, safer source of fuel for Nigerian cookstoves. (VOA/Joana Mantey)
Biofuel offers a cleaner, safer source of fuel for Nigerian cookstoves. (VOA/Joana Mantey)
Joana Mantey
An initiative meant to reduce dangerous smoke and gases from homes is said to be putting cash in the hands of women traders in Nigeria and Ghana.

The development of clean energy or biofuel gel for cooking is also contributing to efforts to diminish climate change in West Africa. The project was pioneered by Green Energy and Biofuels of Nigeria.

The executive director, Femi Oye, said they converted waste from saw dust and water hyacinths into clean–burning fuels designed specifically for cooking stoves.

“In Africa, we have huge waste. Dump sites of saw dust burn and produce pollutants to the environment. We accelerated our technology and converted this to clean energy. When you use this to cook, it is safe and clean”.

Femi Oye of Nigeria's Energy and Biofuels says Nigerian women are passionate about saving lives. (VOA/Joana Mantey)Femi Oye of Nigeria's Energy and Biofuels says Nigerian women are passionate about saving lives. (VOA/Joana Mantey)
x
Femi Oye of Nigeria's Energy and Biofuels says Nigerian women are passionate about saving lives. (VOA/Joana Mantey)
Femi Oye of Nigeria's Energy and Biofuels says Nigerian women are passionate about saving lives. (VOA/Joana Mantey)
The project began as an effort to reduce the amount of money some women spend on kerosene to generate lighting for households and small business ventures. Oye said Green Energy and Biofuels offer solar electrification for a whole community.

“From there, the project went to another level and we started asking, ‘How else can [the women] stop using kerosene permanently to cook? So, from there [we started thinking about] providing alternatives for women to cook without using firewood, charcoal or kerosene. That is when we discovered we can also get solution to replace that with our biofuel gel.”

About 200,000 households in Nigeria and Ghana are using the cook stove and there are plans to expand distribution throughout the West Africa sub region.

Oye said his outfit is motivated by social and environmental benefits more than monetary gains but his organization is able to cover costs and sustain its operations.

“We use a social marketing model and engage women. [These are] people who really understand how indoor air pollution kills some hundred thousand women every year in Nigeria [so]they get passionate about it. They have extended the network to Ghana, Cameroon and Togo but predominantly, we operate in Lagos”.

Oye is hopeful other states in West Africa will tap into this technology as a way of meeting the energy needs of the region.

“We can join the private sector to actually move this forward because that is the future to solve our energy crisis. And of course when you solve our energy crisis you are immediately taking poverty out of Africa”.

Listen to interview with Femi Oye of Green Energy and Biofuels
Listen to interview with Femi Oye of Green Energy and Biofuelsi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

You May Like

Uganda Court Annuls Anti-Gay Law

Court says law was passed in parliament without enough members present for a full quorum More

Multimedia Thailand Makes Efforts to Improve Conditions for Migrant Laborers

In Thailand, its not uncommon for parents to bring their children to work; one company, in-collaboration with other organizations, address safety concerns More

In Indonesia, Jihad Video Raises Concern

Video calls on Indonesians to join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
In Thailand, Some Efforts to Improve Conditions For Migrant Laborersi
X
Steve Herman
August 01, 2014 6:22 PM
Thailand has been facing increasing international scrutiny as a hub of human trafficking and slave labor. Some of the kingdom’s companies are striving to improve working conditions, especially for the millions of migrant laborers from surrounding countries. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok takes a look at one initiative for children at construction sites
Video

Video In Thailand, Some Efforts to Improve Conditions For Migrant Laborers

Thailand has been facing increasing international scrutiny as a hub of human trafficking and slave labor. Some of the kingdom’s companies are striving to improve working conditions, especially for the millions of migrant laborers from surrounding countries. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok takes a look at one initiative for children at construction sites
Video

Video Public Raises its Voice on Power Plant Pollution

In the United States, proposed rules to cut pollution from the nation’s 600 coal-fired power plants are generating a heated debate. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, charged with writing and implementing the plan, has already received 300,000 written comments. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, another 1,600 people are lining up this week at EPA headquarters and at satellite offices around the country to give their testimony in person.
Video

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict in Gaza, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities. Probably the most important destination is the local bakery. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Gaza City.
Video

Video China Investigates Powerful Former Security Chief

The public in China is welcoming the Communist Party's decision to investigate one of the country's once most powerful politicians, former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang. Analysts say the move by President Xi Jinping is not only an effort to win more support for the party, but an essential step to furthering much needed economic reforms and removing those who would stand in the way of change. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video US-Funded Program Offers Honduran Children Alternative to Illegal Immigration

President Obama and Central American leaders recently agreed to come up with a plan to address poverty and crime in the region that is fueling the surge of young migrants trying to illegally enter the United States. VOA’s Brian Padden looks at one such program in Honduras - funded in part by the United States - which gives street kids not only food and safety but a chance for a better life without, crossing the border.
Video

Video 'Fab Lab' Igniting Revolution in Kenya

The University of Nairobi’s Science and Technology Park is banking on 3-D prototyping to spark a manufacturing revolution in the country. Lenny Ruvaga has more for from Nairobi's so-called “FabLab” for VOA.
Video

Video Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Heats Up Political Debate

Immigrants from Central America continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas, seeking asylum in the United States, as officials grapple with ways to deal with the problem and provide shelter for thousands of minors among the illegal border crossers. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, the issue is complicated by internal U.S. politics and U.S. relations with the troubled nations that immigrants are fleeing.

AppleAndroid