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Global Operations Overview Across our global operations, BioLite engages two distinct customer segments: off-grid households in emerging markets and outdoor recreation users seeking fuel-independent cooking and charging. Using a unique business model called Parallel Innovation, our team develops core energy technologies that are applicable to both markets and then turns them into products unique to our outdoor and emerging markets customers.

Since our inception, BioLite has developed and launched over 20 innovative products, manufactured and shipped hundreds of thousands of units to over 100 countries, and established permanent in-country operations in East Africa with over 35 full-time staff. BioLite believes this model offers the opportunity to build a self-sustaining market-based approach to serving energy needs in emerging markets.
BioLite HomeStove
The Problem
Open fire cooking

causes over 4 million deaths per year, more than HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Conditions like heart disease and COPD are directly linked to the toxic smoke inhaled by the billions of people still cooking over biomass fires.

Three billion people still cook over open biomass fires

These open fires also release significant amounts of CO2 and produce a staggering 25% of global black carbon emissions. This is more than all the world’s cars and trucks combined.

More than the world's cars and trucks combined
Access to electricity

is limited or non-existent for more than 1.2 billion people. Families are forced to pay large amounts of their income to purchase dirty, expensive kerosene lamps for lighting.

Kerosene lighting

Mobile phone usage by off-grid consumers is growing rapidly. While the mobile phone is a strong economic development tool, locating reliable electricity for recharging remains elusive and expensive.

Mobile phone usage
Our Solution

BioLite creates affordable, durable products designed to cook, charge, and light off-grid households by harnessing surrounding energy.

BioLite HomeStove
Generates Electricity From Fire Reduces Smoke By 90% Uses 50% Less Wood
BioLite SolarHome 620
Generates Electricity From Sun Up To 24 Hours Of Light Pay-As-You-Go Enabled
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.

BioLite Impact

Our technologies address the health and environmental challenges of smoky open-fire cooking and kerosene lighting. See our impact:

515,262 People impacted
381,976,739 Wh of electricity generated
216,425 Tonnes of CO2 offset
Download Our 2018 Impact Report

Partners

We work with experienced and capable partners to retail our clean energy products.

One Acre Fund Africell Finca Juhudi Kilimo Acumen Fund Clay Christensen USAID United States Department of Energy SunFunder Deutsche Bank Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves GOGLA

The Team

  • U.S.
    Jonathan
    Erica
    Erik
    James
    Nick
    Rob
    Ryan
    Danny
    David
    Edward
    Hayley
    Emily
    Jeanine
    Jonathan
    Joe
    Kenny
    Kevin
    Lorrie
    Matt
    Melisa
    Michael
    Mindy
    Monte
    RJ
    Ross
    Seth
    Simon
    Talia
    Tim
    Zach
  • Kenya
    Ethan
    Michael
    Kennedy
    Adamson
    Anita
    Anne
    Barbara
    Blixen
    Charles
    Diana
    Diana
    Georgina
    Gilbert
    Hesbon
    Jefferson
    Margaret
    Nicholas
    Samora
  • Uganda
    Andrew
    Faridah
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