Hinata Energy launched its biofuel-powered cookstove and biofuel into the market after a successful approval from Kaduna Polytechnic to retail to their students. The launch event was attended by high-level officials from the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Bank of Agriculture, State Ministry of Business, Innovation and Technology, State Ministry of Environment, and Kaduna Polytechnic management staff, Kaduna State University staff.
During the welcoming address by Engr Musa D. Abdullahi (MFR), the Director of Kaduna Polytechnic Center for Renewable Energy Sustainable Technology and Development (CRESTAD), emphasized the durability of Hinata’s biofuel cookstoves as a clean, improved, and healthier alternative cooking fuel targeted at the replacement for charcoal, firewood kerosene, and gas. He encourages high patronage of Hinata biofuel cookstoves to reduce health threats, such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and deforestation due to prolonged usage of wood fuels.
In a statement made by Dr. Suleiman Umar, the acting Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, during the opening address, he said that irrespective of the wealth of energy that is bound in Nigeria, the vast majority of the country’s population is not only extremely poor economically but energy-poor as well. Backed with the fact that 98% of households lack access to quality cooking and lighting fuels, he buttressed that this ugly situation compels many families to depend wholly on low and health-damaging fuel such as wood and kerosene, thereby making an overwhelming population constantly be in desperate search of clean cooking energy.
Prof. Idris Bugaje, a renowned professor of Chemical Engineering and the current Executive Secretary, National Board of Technical Education (NBTE), also addressed the attendees during the launch. He commended Hinata Energy for promoting renewable energy and looks forward to scaling the biofuel cooker to other polytechnics in Nigeria. He also made a national call that it is time for Nigerians to start investing in a local production of technological products.
Hinata Energy is a company born out of a passion for renewable and sustainable energy development growth in Nigeria and Africa as a whole, with a core business in the retailing of biofuel-powered cookstoves and biofuel for cooking. The Founder and CEO of the company, Kamal-Deen Kassim, is a chemical engineer with over six years of experience in Nigeria’s environment and energy sector. He is an alumnus of Young African Leaders Initiatives RLC, Climate Reality leader, Unleash Innovation Lab multi-awardee, Barrack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellow. He is also a One Young World ambassador, AstraZeneca scholar, a Commonwealth-Shared scholar.
Hinata’s biofuel cookstove comes in single and double burner cookstoves with a stainless-steel body and a 1.2 liters capacity stainless steel pressure-less fuel canister. The cooker manufactured by CleanCook Inc. is proven to surpass the World Health Organization (WHO) benchmarks for Particulate Matter PM2.5, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and International Workshop Agreement (IWA) Tier 4 standards for emissions. The company’s biofuel is a liquid mixture of high and low alcohols. It is colorless, burns blue when lit, and provides fuel for the burner at continuous full-power (about 1.5 kW) for approximately 4.25 hours per liter.
During his speech at the launch, Kamal-Deen emphasized that Hinata Energy is proud to be one of the pioneer companies introducing biofuel for cooking use in households in Northern Nigeria. He further said one of the company’s goals is to demonstrate to the government and key stakeholders in Northern Nigeria the benefits of biofuel as a practical, viable, and sustainable cooking fuel and initiate policy components to ensure long-term sustainability. To achieve this proposition, the company will guarantee affordable prices and consumer satisfaction by creating quality biofuel formulation and efficient supply chain distribution of products from suppliers to consumers promptly.
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