CampStove: Turn fire into electricity using wood

1. Sustainability Problem: Access to Electricity

2.3 billion people across the world have unreliable or no access to electricity. 550 million mobile phone users live off-grid and often travel long distances and pay high fees for charging.


2. Technology solution: The BioLite HomeStove

The BioLite CampStove generates usable electricity for charging LED lights, mobile phones, and other personal devices. Burning only wood, the CampStove creates a smokeless campfire that can cook meals and boil water in minutes. Setup is easy, fuel is free, and flames are hyperefficient with performance on par with white gas stoves.


The stakeholders

  • Users
  • The company
  • Retailers
  • Local governments / NGOs to foster usage of this product



  • The Biolite CampStove can be bought online, but only in North America and Europe. Key places like Africa are still off the distribution network.
  • According to their website,  the company aims to create distribution networks comprised of local BioLite teams and trusted partners to reach households that traditional retail models don’t.
  • Support from NGOs, retailers and local governments is key to allow distribution of the CampStove in areas with no connectivity and/or electricity.



2 thoughts on “CampStove: Turn fire into electricity using wood

  1. I love this!! This is one of those inventions that instantly makes so much sense. What an awesome idea to be able to harness nature to create energy on the fly.


  2. I love the idea of this technology but I think it currently has some limitations, mainly a) the amount of wood required to generate enough heat and b) the amount of time required to charge devices. In places without access to electricity, they may also already be suffering from a wood shortage as a result of using wood to meet all of their heating needs in the past, etc. Here is a critique from the perspective of a hiker using it to charge devices while camping, and its limitations. It doesnt seem ready yet for full scale deployment to communities without energy. So as an implementation step, I would also add further R&D to increase energy output via the device.


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