GloW Energy

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GloW Energy: energy saving stoves as assembly set

Kassel, GermanyKampala, Uganda
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

GloW wants to produce and sell energy saving stoves as an assembly set for developing countries. GloW stoves will improve energy efficiency, qualities of life such as health and cooking time. As assembly sets the stoves are much easier to transport and can be easily assembled at the target location.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

the GLoW stove was used in every houshold, which still use open cooking fires, and 50% of cooking energy was saved and the number of deaths caus
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Around 3 billion people cook and heat at their homes using open fires or simple stoves burning biomass (wood, dung, crop waste) and coal. Studies of the WHO say that about 4.3 million people die as a consequence of indoor air pollution caused by open cooking fires. (WHO) This means that more people die from cooking than from malaria. (BMZ) Open cooking fires are energetically inefficient and a serious threat for environment and climate.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We want to produce and sell energy saving stoves as an assembly set for developing countries. These assembly sets are easy to ship and can be assembled easily in the target region without special tools. We will provide marketing materials such as flyers, wallpapers, manual- and instruction sheets. These materials should help workshops and tinsmiths who cannot afford marketing campaigns by themselves to sell the stoves properly and also they should help the end users to evaluate the product. The stove itself is much more efficient than an open fire due to the fact that it uses a special way of combustion. High quality material from germany, which is very often not available or expensive in the target countries, makes it a durable product.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The central in Germany will coordinate the whole business. Manufacturing will be handled by workshops for handicapped persons in Germany. The GloW stoves will be offered in Germany on a higher price as a social BBQ-gadget to support the market in the target regions. A distribution centre per region prepares the assembling sets and coordinates the distribution to small workshops. Small workshops in our target countries get the chance to offer their customers a high quality product and they are not replaced by one huge factory. Education and marketing material helps the workshops to sell the GloW stove in its community/area. The customers can get back to the workshop if a problem occure and so there is a direct link to the community.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The user of a GloW stove is advantages in many ways: - saves 50% time for collecting wood or money to buy wood - saves 50% time for cooking due to the more efficient cumbustion - gets charcoal out of the gasification process which has a multipurpose use - stays healthy - due to the efficient insulation the stove does not get hot outside Advantages for the workshops: - the final assembling requieres a hammer only and is done in less than one hour - education and marketing material comes with the assembling set. In general small workshops cannot effort to design and buy own marketing material. - they can offer a high quality product designed in Germany Due to mass production and the fact that the material in Germany is cheaper than in most of the target regions, we can offer a affordable stove and create a brand.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The GloW-Stove can have a high impact on climate protection. The usage of wood and coal for cooking contributes in a range of 10-15 % to the world´s energy consumption (WHO) of 140 PWh/a. Since the stove can reduce wood consumption and therefore also carbon dioxide emissions about 50 % (more efficient combustion neglected), its potential to save primary energy is 10.5 PWh/a which is the triple energy consumption of Germany. To reach that, the idea has to be scalable and our business model is scalable. The distribution center can be copyed easily to other regions.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

For the start-up phase we applied for a scholarship. During the scholarship phase we plan to bring our social business on a level that it finances itself. Beside the scholarship we have found some private investors and we are attending some more competitions. Furthermore, we are collecting money through a crowdfunding campaign to finance the pilot phase. Sells in Germany will help us as well to ensure financial sustainability.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are a view (3) international companies in the market (ecozoom, biolite). They all offer ready build stoves for around 100$ and sell them highly subsidized. With our assembling set we are going a new way. We deliver high quality material and the knowledge to build energy efficient stoves. Therefore we are connected much closer to the community in the target regions. The biolite stove has a thermoelectric generator which drives a fan and makes phone charging possible with their stove - rebound effect if people light the stove for charging only and not for cooking.

Founding Story

Markus and Sebastian lived and worked one year in Uganda producing and promoting energy efficient stoves. There were faced many problems. The Transport of clay insulated stoves was due to the heavy weight complicated. Ready build stoves were hard to transport on the very often poor roads. The available range of material for the stove production was poor and the prices were high. Many small workshops build some stoves but they lack of marketing material to sell their products. All this led us to the idea of an energy saving stove as an assembling set. So we worked out the idea more and more and joined some entrepreneurship courses at university. Some awards followed so we decided to continue with our idea and create a social business.


S.Erdmann: Industrial Mechanic, Mech. Engineer, studies Renewable Energy. Worked for one year in Uganda at a Research Centre for Energy and co-founded a company that manufactures stoves. L.Weiler: B.Sc. Environmental engineering, project work on the topic of emission savings from energy saving stoves C.Richter: Industrial Manager, studying economics M.Espeter: BBA, studying "African studies", worked 1 year in Uganda promoting stoves. Marketing