Cheaper, enviro-friendly biofuel keeps Kenyan home fires burning

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Cheaper, enviro-friendly biofuel keeps Kenyan home fires burning

Nairobi’s fuel dispensers replace charcoal, kerosene with ethanol biofuel made from sugar cane byproducts

Jackson Njehia

In Kenya’s capital Nairobi, restaurant owner Miriam Kamau lifts a steaming ladle of food from a stove burning locally produced ethanol — a fuel made from the byproducts of sugar production.

She is one of about 200,000 customers of three-year-old Kenyan company Koko, which has replaced fuels such as charcoal, kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas with locally produced ethanol.

Ethanol from agricultural waste helps cut down on greenhouse emissions — partly because consumers won’t be using charcoal made from cutting down trees...

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