Proposal Phase (5 May-28 June 2017)

Mexican-Canadian technology to reverse climate change from rural kitchens

At Eknis, we believe that every person in the world can and should be empowered to preserve our common home and our way of life through sustainable development. We have found a way to do that changing the world from within the kitchen. By using Tekoli, our microgasifier, we can do that, providing positive social and environmental impact on an unprecedented scale. The spark was lit in the framework of a research stay sponsored by MITACS at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, provided by BiofuelNetCanada in 2014. There, we learned that in Canada the large-scale gasification of biomass is a convenient alternative electricity generation, production of specialty chemicals and biofuels. Back in Mexico, with our endangered forests, we wondered how we could use the same technology.

 

The fire began for Eknis: we created Tekoli, a biomass stove that could be revolutionary for people who rely on solid fuels. These are the reasons.

 

● Burns smoke - Every year around the world, more people die from illnesses relating to indoor air pollution than from malaria and AIDS combined. When cooking with biomass gas, our customers enjoy a burning flame that has saved the lives of countless women and children, in addition to ending so-called rural smog.

 

● Saves wood and money - Since the chemical potential of smoke is used instead of going up in a three-stone fire or through a chimney, Tekoli users can see their fuel consumption reduced by 60%. This makes the product essentially pay for itself. This is not only beneficial for people but for the environment as well.

 

● Produces charcoal, makes money! - Tekoli means charcoal in Nahuatl, the ancient language of central Mexico, where our team is located. As waste, the Tekoli stove generates biochar, a porous form of charcoal that, when enriched with microorganisms or fertilizers and mixed with the soil, brings an unprecedented increase of crop yields. Another option is for families using a Tekoli to sell the charcoal produced directly to us, or to process it themselves. Either way, the benefit now is threefold.

 

● It is carbon negative - In so doing, users are tangibly reducing atmospheric CO2 concentration (~ 2 tonCO2eq / family * year). This carbon would otherwise go back into atmosphere, either by incineration or rot. Thus, we can sell carbon credits to offset emissions in other intensive processes in the economy.

 


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We want to spread the new fire, involving its users even more: we provide the tools needed for those up for making money by distributing Tekoli stoves and promoting the uses of biochar in their communities.

 

We just started with Lamberto, a native of Villa del Carbon in the State of Mexico; and will soon start with Marciala, looking to get going in Hunukú, Yucatan. We are also in talks with Peru's Ministry of Energy and Mines for Tekolis reach the Amazon and the Andes.

 


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In short, energy Eknis empowers people to make them part of the sustainable development of their environment.

 

Learn more at: eknis.mx

 

Last Edited by César Asensy Maldonado Monter

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