Problem

  • 700 million people in Africa alone live without electricity
  • A major part of villages have no electricity infrastructure due to long distances
  • And in those areas where there is electricity infrastructure available, the challenge with its a continuous power outages, averaging 8 hours in a day
  • In these areas, a typical family of 5 persons uses and burns 4000 kg of wood per year
    • Then the family produces 6,4 tons of CO2 emission per year
    • And this wood gathering is hard work taking even 5 hours per day
    • Wood gathering prevents or reduces children’s possibility to attend schools
    • There also are significant health problems created by burning wood at homes
    • Forest fire risks due to burning of wood for food making
  • Families in suburban areas spends a big part of their annual income on buying charcoal and lamp oil
  • Excess use of wood for burning leads to drought and desertification in Africa and causes for example refugee flows to Europe