Envirofit International, an award-winning startup out of Colorado State University’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory, is featured this month on CSU Channel 11.
The hour-long program, produced by Greg O’Malia and Kathryn Visser in Colorado State’s Division of Public Affairs, will air at 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout February.
According to the World Health Organization, nearly 3 billion people, or almost half the world’s population, cook their daily meals indoors over biomass-fueled cooking fires. Because these traditional cooking methods cannot achieve clean combustion, the majority of the heat is wasted, and up to 20 percent of the biomass is converted into toxic substances like carbon monoxide, benzene and formaldehyde.
Envirofit’s clean cookstoves represent a solution to this silent killer. Compared with a traditional cooking fire, Envirofit cookstoves reduce toxic emissions by as much as 80 percent, use 50 percent less fuel and reduce cooking cycle time by 40 percent. Built and engineered to address the unique cooking habits of Indian families, the stoves are a result of more than five years of research, development, emissions and durability testing in coordination with Colorado State’s prestigious Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory.
Envirofit’s commercial approach is an innovative enterprise-based model, with profits from stove sales reinvested toward making businesses self-sustaining and allowing for business growth. Since unveiling its line of clean cookstoves in India in May 2008, Envirofit has sold tens of thousands of cookstoves.