National Geographic : 2016 Feb
Check out greatenergychallenge.com to learn more and discover new ways to change the way you think about energy in your life. SeaChar represents one of the 29 real-world projects focused on innovative energy solutions that have received grants from The Great Energy Challenge, a National Geographic initiative in partnership with Shell. When we push the way we think about energy, we help ensure a sustainable energy future. BRIGHT IDEAS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD SEACHAR’S CLEAN-BURNING TECHNOLOGY IMPROVES LIVES IN FARMING COMMUNITIES In the Santos region of Costa Rica, open cooking fires con- tributed to deforestation and made respiratory disease severe among the community’s coffee bean pickers and children. The Seattle Biochar Working Group (SeaChar) developed the Estufa Finca (Farm Stove) to reduce harmful emissions. This innovative, clean-burning stove requires less fuel, operates on a variety of dry organic materials, and produces biochar that farmers can use as fertilizer.