Meet the Nigerian Inventor Behind the Smokeless Stove Design

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Meet the Nigerian Inventor Behind the Smokeless Stove Design

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Meet the Nigerian Inventor Behind the Smokeless Stove Design

Meet the Nigerian Inventor Behind the Smokeless Stove Design

A Nigerian man, Max Chinnah invented a smokeless stove designed to solve the world’s indoor pollution problem.

The Abuja-born Chinnah said his experience at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in Miami inspired him to become an inventor.

He studied computer science at Wartburg College, Iowa, in the United States.

About the invention, the cookstove was developed to convert fuel into clean energy.

It has a feature that uses an air injection system to control the smoke produced. This is done through a convection process which allows the heat to power your USB device after about seven minutes of heating.

Genesys was built with a multipurpose frame so that you are not stuck with only having one cooktop. You can use all the normal cookware you would use in the kitchen.

Chinnah and Godwin Attigah co-founded Terraoak Inc. to invent the cookstove called the Genesys Cooker in 2009.

He designed the stove at the age of 26, and in  2011, Chinnah received a scholarship package that would eventually help him get to Wartburg College.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the cookstove idea, Chinnah, in a NextBillion podcast, explained that his passion for solving the world’s indoor smoke pollution problem was born out of the fact that his grandmother died of smoke pollution at a very young age.

In 2016, Chinnah won a $10,000 Innovation Prize at Unite for Sight’s Global Health and Innovation Conference at Yale University, which funded field tests in Ghana.

He also received funding from The Resolution Project, Duke Energy, and the Iowa Renewable Energy Association and won an innovation video competition sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Terraoak got seed funds from Red Cedar, a local organisation created to help startups and entrepreneurs connect with resources.

This smokeless stove is one of the many inventions Nigerians are pushing out including solar-powered kiosk designed by a Nigerian engineering graduate, Usman Dalhatu.


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