Abuja born Max Chinnah, a 26-year-old Nigerian, has invented a smokeless stove. This brilliant invention can even charge your cell phone while cooking.
Chinnah grandmother died of complications from breathing polluted air from cookstoves that and together with being intrigued by climate change and how to leave a better planet for his grandkids, gave him the idea to invent a smokeless stove has been on his mind ever since.
Smoke pollution is prevalent in many parts of the world.
Did you know that approximately 4 million people are killed by smoke pollution yearly, this is where Chinnah cookstoves will come in handy, it eliminates smoke pollution in homes.
Terraoak inc., based in Iowa, was co-founded by Chinnah and Godwin Attigah, to produce and sell the smokeless stove and to eliminate smoke pollution in homes with hope to distribute the devices globally.
He has plans to send 1000 stoves to farmers in rural Kenyan who have limited access to electricity.
In 2016 the stove won a $10,000 innovation prize at Yale University’s Global Health Innovation Conference. This prize allowed the company to develop their invention further.
Funding was also received from The Resolution Project, Duke Energy, and the Lowa Renewable Energy Association as well as an innovation video competition that was sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
They were also fortunate to received seed funding from a local philanthropic organization named Red Cedar. Red Cedar was formed to invest in start-up entrepreneurs that show potential yet lack the resources.
Chinnah, from the age of 10, was fortunate to have access to a computer. By 2011, he received a scholarship package that helped get him to Wartburg College. Yet he says that being a computer science graduate of Wartburg College wasn’t good enough, his involvement at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in Miami is what inspired him.
How the smokeless cookstove works, it converts any fuel you put in into clean energy. There is a feature that uses an air injection system to control the smoke through a convection process, which converts heat into electricity, allowing one to power a USB device. All regular cookware can be used on the Terraoak’s Genesys Cooker.
Access to clean energy ensures a greener environment and reduces the threat of global warming, according to Terraoak.