Use of charcoal and wood as fuel for cooking contributes to indoor air pollution, a serious health hazard that causes deaths of more than 4 million people worldwide annually (WHO, 2014). The harvesting of such biomass fuels has also degraded the environment and is unsustainable. Mega Gas Alternative Energy Enterprises’ main objective is to convert unsorted waste polythene/plastics that litter the environment into clean gaseous fuel through a thermal cracking process of distillation and compression that creates no emissions, residue, or pollution to the environment. The fuel is harvested into metal cylinders for easy use and handling. Clients experience healthier indoor environments, and climate change is mitigated when clean cooking gas replaces charcoal and wood. The project therefore seeks to achieve three goals:
- Reducing the amount of plastic waste polluting the environment;
- Reducing reliance on trees as an energy source, and
- Reducing indoor air pollution.
Tackling in a precise and urgent manner of the above challenges is a sure way towards mitigating climate change and ensuring that the future generations are safe.
In the innovation, we have designed and fabricated equipment which include; a furnace, a harvester, 2 coolers and a separator cylinder. The system has a capacity of 7 metric tones. It refines 14 metric tones of waste in one day. This gives a significant cleaning to the environment and provides a source of clean energy to our beneficiaries. The process is patented and we are looking to scale through the following actions:
- Growing our Production Capacity
- Digitization and Automation
About 3 billion people are suffering from energy poverty. In Kenya, about 70% of the citizens lack access to clean and affordable energy, which makes it a market of over 30 million people.We have carefully segmented our beachhead market and over the next 15 months we look to serve 300,000 households with our clean and affordable cooking gas.
We will define and measure impact by:
- Reduction in Carbon emission. In 2016, CO2 emissions for Kenya was 16,334.9 kt. CO2 emissions of Kenya increased from 6,884.6 kt in 1997 to 16,334.9 kt in 2016 growing at an average annual rate of 4.91 %. Once our gas is sold and used by majority of Kenyans the CO2 Levels will drop.
- Growth of forest cover will help us to measure our impact.
- Number of families using our gas
- Employment created
All these will help us mitigate and combat Climate Change. Our Team is committed.