BioLite’s Mission & Story
BioLite develops and manufactures advanced energy products that make cooking with wood as clean safe and easy as modern fuels while also providing electricity to charge mobile phones and LED lights off-grid. They feel a strong sense of responsibility not just to develop products that work well but also to create businesses that make a positive contribution to the global community.
BioLite believe in market-based approaches to poverty alleviation. By creating solutions that are effective, affordable and desirable to the end user, they can reach more people more effectively. Sales of the CampStove help to support the one-time market establishment costs for the HomeStove. This is not charity, or a one-for-one model, but simply the capital needed to incubate self-sustained energy access for the people who need it most.
Fast forward to 2015 and The BioLite team has grown to 38 full time members and together has over 50 years of product development experience and holds more than 30 utility patents.
Invented by Alexander Drummond and Jonathan Cedar, the BioLite stove technology was inspired by a philosophy of applying efficient design to real world problems.
Alec and Jonathan met at the design consultancy Smart Design in New York City, where they quickly bonded over their interest in sustainable design in 2006. Alec, frustrated that all efficient camping stoves required petroleum fuel or batteries, had the idea of a wood-burning stove able to utilise its own thermal energy. Jonathan, an avid camper, quickly brought his engineering background to the table and the two began the design process. Countless nights, weekends, and prototypes later, the BioLite CampStove was born.
The CampStove frees outdoor enthusiasts from relying on gas canisters and provides a critical resource for preparedness and emergency settings. Using only the twigs and sticks collected outdoors, the CampStove utilises BioLite’s patented heat-to-electricity technology to power an internal fan creating an ultra-efficient fire through improved combustion. Both a great cooking stove and on-demand energy source, BioLite is revolutionising the traditional campfire.
Winner of the 2012 Tech Awards, Innovation by Design Awards, and OWPG Derryck Draper Award, BioLite continues its mission to create world changing products that give people access to energy through applying efficient designs to real-world challenges.