Published on June 13, 2016 um 15:42
Explain your idea in details:
Deforestation, desertification, inadequate access to hygienic water due to leakage of petroleum pipelines in rivers and fumes generated during cooking as a result of solid and fossil fuels being used are some of the problems contributing perilously to our environment and climate change. Increasing militancy in the petroleum-rich nations is as a result of petroleum being concentrated in a particular region which can be reduced when a sustainable fuel can be produced in every region in the country using their available resources. With a population of over 170 million in Nigeria, 75.96 million metric tons of Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy in 2011, and over 70% of the population are below the poverty line. These spurred 78% population to depend on solid fuels for cooking their meals. The latter data shows the largest source of domestic energy in Nigeria is acquired from biomass, which is primarily being severed into pieces and used for cooking. This source of energy is conspicuous on the endemic health complications it levies on mostly women and children due to the direct exposure to the hazardous fumes. From the Controlled Cooking Test (CCTs) and Water Boiling Test (WBT) research we conducted comparing Kerosene, LPG, and ethanol as fuel for cooking shows the ethanol stove saves time and fuel consumed per 1 Kg of water boiled more than Kerosene making it affordable and it was found to be safer than LPG with its stove more portable. Our innovative approach is to design, construct a denatured bioethanol plant in Nigeria starting with 1000 litres using about 75% locally available materials and create an innovative business model for it as a fuel for domestic cooking supplanting Kerosene, charcoal, firewood and competing with LPG in the clean energy market.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Our target is toward households who use primarily kerosene, charcoal, and firewood for cooking their meals. Although who will focus on women between the age 17- 65 in terms of gender and age since they do most of the household cooking in a typical African setting and in charge of buying the stove in the market. About 90 percent of the Nigerian universities ban the use of LPG for cooking because of its high potential risk of explosion leaving the use of kerosene as the only sustainable fuel for cooking in the hostels causing health complications to the members of the room due to fumes and black soot coming out from the stove. The students living both in the hostel and off-campus are part of our target market. We can also classify our customers in terms of Income and Areas. Our target is mainly the low-income and middle-income earners in both the rural and urban areas since they constitute the larger part that depends on solid fuels and kerosene for cooking. We intend to start with the production of 1000 litres/day to serve a small community and supply of the ethanol stoves which required no skill for operation. This is to create more awareness and success stories. Indeed, when there is an increase in production due to increase in demand, we believe it's a success. Our team consists of highly motivated and passionate individuals with different specialisations. Starting up our idea, we are going to recruit and train young people with potentials. We believe there is a success if a replacement of one or more of the founding team members will not affecting the business. Lastly, our business idea will be a success if we break-even within stipulated time.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Greenceety Bioreneweables would sustain itself by selling the denatured bioethanol in a canister to our potential distribution company. The canisters will then be sold at strategic points of purchase owned by our potential partner distribution company and other retail stores across our target locations. What our customers need to do is to return used the canister to purchase a filled one. We will also be a major distributor of the ethanol stove in Nigeria by forming a partnership with Cleancook and Project Gaia. Most of our major financing source is personal and we are open to visionary investors who are ready to be part of the start-up. We will form a strong collaboration with government, profit, and non-profit organizations that have an interest in clean-cooking, environmental sustainability, health, and women empowerment. Our team consists of visionary, passionate and hardworking people who have technical knowledge of the idea and as the CEO with alacrity to impact positively not just in my continent but the cosmic world; I concentrate a lot of effort on improving my leadership skills. My core leadership qualities are Humility and Teamwork. Working with a team of different specialization and background, I tend to be an inclusive leader who listens to every opinion even if it goes against mine. I also focus on empowering my team members with information that will keep them up to date and let them be accountable to their duties.
All these will create success stories, sustainability, and making our vision into a reality.
My name is Kassim Kamal-deen. I am 23 years old and hold a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering. I developed an interest in biofuel production and youth empowerment activities which both spurred my selection as Young Africans Leaders Initiatives (YALI) fellow in 2015 and three research projects on biofuel. My interest in biofuel developed when I worked as an intern at UNIKEM ethanol refinery plant. At UNIKEM, I gained practical experience in ethanol production processes, laboratory analysis, and maintenance. During the leadership training, I served as an election commission officer and also the secretary, research committee. I led the technical team at Project Gaia Inc. a multi-national social enterprise promoting the awareness of the use of clean, safe, affordable and sustainable fuel for cooking in households. At Project Gaia, I participated in the installation of bioethanol plant in Oyo, Nigeria, aimed at supplying fuel for people in the community. I became interested in entrepreneurship when I noticed getting access to clean fuel for cooking is not affordable to the low-income earners in the country which is as a result of it high cost installing the plant in the country where most of the equipment used are imported. This spurred my working on the challenge to bring an innovative solution.
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