Kevin Kung


Name: Kevin Kung
Organization: Takachar

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Nov 12, 2015 / 1 Comments / in Rural development, Eco Products, Renewable energy, Waste

$120 billion worth of biomass (e.g. farm) waste are burned every year globally, representing 18% of global CO2 emissions. We convert this farm waste into clean-burning, high-quality cooking fuel that is 20% less expensive, less toxic and easily accessible to rural populations.

Safi Organics presents an alternative fertilizer called fortified biochar from organic waste. We have developed technologies enabling farmers to make their own fertilizers in 30 minutes, thus saving them 40% of the cost of traditional fertilizers (US$100/year) while counteracting soil acidity.

Jul 24, 2014 / 0 Comments / in Eco Products, Green business, Rural development, Waste

We represent a low-cost kiln developed at MIT that turns unmanaged organic waste (which currently have little value) into commercial char with proven market demand. We have developed two pro-poor, low-toxin commodities from char. We then build profitable locally run enterprises to make this real.

Takachar works with existing/new local entrepreneurial groups in urban slums to bring waste management to the poor households who otherwise cannot afford waste pick-up services. The local groups sort the waste into different value streams, and we convert the organic waste into charcoal. By doing so, we address wide-ranging problems from income generation, greenhouse emissions, to deforestation.