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Bring Energy Everywhere with BioLite products that cook, charge, and light your life off the grid.

BioLite has developed advanced, affordable, clean burning stove technology that combines unprecedented emissions reductions with electricity generation. Open wood fires are inefficient, wasting potential energy and creating toxic smoke due to incomplete combustion. Our products are capable of reducing smoke by more than 90%, while cutting fuel use in half. They also use the fire's waste heat to generate electricity to charge external devices like cell phones or LED lights. We offer the BioLite HomeStove, designed for indoor use and more demanding cooking needs in the developing world, as well as the BioLite CampStove, ideal for easy on-the-go use in the wilderness or in your backyard.

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BioLite CampStove, BioLite HomeStove, BioLite Portable Grill, BioLite KettlePot, BioLite BaseCamp, BioLite KettleCharge, BioLite NanoGrid, BioLite FirePit, BioLite Solar Panels, BioLite HeadLamp 330.

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Product Categories: Sports & Outdoors Hiking & Camping
Story:

BioLite is on a mission to bring Energy Everywhere™ with revolutionary products that transform the way we Cook, Charge and Light our lives off the grid. We are a team of engineers and designers, operators and analysts, story tellers and evangelists, who believe that advanced technologies, built on sustainable business practices, have the power to change the world. Our unique Parallel Innovation business model pairs the needs of families living in energy poverty with the passions of outdoor enthusiasts pushing the boundaries of life outdoors and on the go. Our founders, Jonathan and Alec, met at Smart Design in New York City where they quickly bonded over their interest in sustainable design. Alec, frustrated that almost all efficient camping stoves required fossil fuels, had the idea of a wood-burning stove able to utilize its own thermal energy to improve combustion. Jonathan, an avid camper, quickly brought his engineering background to the table and the two began the design process. Countless nights, weekends, and prototypes later, the BioLite CampStove was born: a portable biomass stove that leveraged thermoelectrics to create a smokeless fire all while charging personal devices. A Mission Ignited In 2008, Jonathan and Alec took their working prototype to a combustion conference where they discovered their technology could have an impact: half the planet lives in energy poverty, lacking safe and reliable ways to cook, charge, and light their lives; three billion people cook over smoky open fires every day, leading to 4 million premature deaths annually. It was with these shocking numbers that Jonathan and Alec committed to building a business capable of bringing safe, affordable energy to those who needed it most. Based on the same heat-to-electricity technology as the CampStove, The BioLite HomeStove, is a large format biomass cookstove that cuts fuel consumption in half and reduces toxic emissions by ninety percent, all while charging mobile phones or LED lights. But to bring this technology to life, they needed a business to make it happen. To solve a challenge as big as energy poverty, we need a business model that can operate at the same scale as the problem. We believe that bringing energy access to half the planet will require a business that scales on the value it delvers to its customers, not on philanthropy. To achieve this, BioLite operates using a unique business model called Parallel Innovation: our team incubates core energy technologies and then turns them into products unique to our outdoor and emerging markets customers. Revenues from our outdoor markets are reinvested in building a commercially sustainable business that can bring safe, affordable energy to families living in energy poverty across India and Africa. Through the support of our recreation market customers and community, we are given the resources and runway to build a business that will bringing energy everywhere™. The Road Ahead Fast forward to today and our team has grown from two guys to over 80 BioLiters working across the US, Uganda, and Kenya. We have expanded our energy ecosystem from one stove to over 20 products across cooking, charging, and lighting, and continue to design solutions that are revolutionizing the way people worldwide experience energy on a personal scale.

Mission:

To build and provide advanced energy products that solve people’s essential needs.

Sustainability:

BioLite Impact Our technologies address the health and environmental challenges of smoky open-fire cooking and kerosene lighting. See our impact to date: 797,242 PEOPLE IMPACTED 897,649,223 WH OF ELECTRICITY GENERATED 307,053 TONNES OF CO2 OFFSET