BioLite not only cooks food but converts thermal energy into power.

Over at PSFK, we have long been fans of  BioLite, a company that manufacturers two rather unique cooking stoves.  The two stoves currently operate in conjunction with wood-burning fires and have the unique capability to capture thermal energy and convert it into electricity.  In doing so, the stoves are able to provide electric power to charge phones and run other devices (via a USB connection).

In addition to providing off-the-grid electricity, the stoves massively reduce the amount of smoke that result from cooking fires. This is important for a variety of reasons, one of which is the dangers associated with the smoke output from biomass fueled fires (biomass being more readily abundant than wood in some low-income areas).

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