Novotera is a social enterprise which provides carbon negative, smokeless cook stoves to remote regions across South-East Asia, and West Africa.
Biochar cook stoves are a relatively easy solution to three of the biggest problems faced by planet earth and its people.
The use of these stoves helps improve HEALTH ISSUES, FINANCIAL STRUGGLES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS.
HEALTH: 2 million woman and children die, each year due to air pollution from indoor fires. Over a 20 year period it is possible that a life might be saved for every 15 biochar stoves used. These stove produce almost no smoke therefore greatly reduces the likelihood of heart and respertory disease, as well as eye disease. In addition the reduced smoke means that kitchens will remain clean and white!!
FINANCIAL: Our biochar stoves are much more efficient than a regular fire or stove. The user needs to buy or collect 1/3 less wood the before. Our stove heats biomass (wood) without oxygen thereby creating biochar (charcoal). This charcoal can be used for cooking or for heat but it also can be sold. This means that a substantial extra income can be gained by just cooking family meals. Alternately the biochar can be added to soil to improve food security.
ENVIRONMENTAL: Our biochar stoves helps slow climate change in 4 ways.
1: Reduces the amount of wood that needs to be cut for cooking.
2: Reduces soot which is responsible for 5% to 10% of the greenhouse effects of man made origin.
3: Biochar is between 45% to 95% carbon.While it is good to sequester carbon in any way possible biochar is the cheapest form of carbon sequestration (keeping carbon out of the atmosphere). When it is buried in the soil the carbon remains there for over a thousand years.
4: Biochar is also an excellent soil enhancer. It deacidifies soil, helps retain moisture, reduce flooding and keeps nutrients from leaching. This improvement in the soil results in greater plant growth which in turn removes more carbon from the atmosphere.