Designed to optimize fuel-efficiency and reduce toxic emissions when cooking meals, a clean cookstove is one intervention that addresses almost all of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals: ending poverty and hunger; gender equity; child health; maternal health; and environmental sustainability. For half the world’s population, a clean cookstove means one less day of struggling to find enough wood to survive. It means increased safety, better health, less harm to the environment, a higher income, more time and increased employment. To learn more about the cookstove sector, please visit the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
In the long‐term Potential Energy will support a portfolio of clean technologies for the world’s poorest people using the same user-centered design and novel partnership approach that we’ve applied to our cookstove projects. We started with fuel-efficient cookstoves in Darfur. This is one spark. With your help, we can ignite Potential Energy across the globe.
At Potential Energy, we believe that the women we serve must be treated as customers, not passive recipients of charity. We consult with users to ensure that technologies are adapted to their lifestyles, environment and traditions. Just as a Silicon Valley engineer would test his/her product with the market, so must we.
We partner with the world’s brightest scientists and engineers and the best local NGOs and businesses, in order to adapt and scale technologies that greatly improve life.
We provide the missing link between R&D and the local market: we develop a business model, train local actors, build the supply chain; essentially, we provide the injection of human and financial capital needed to overcome the market failures that prevent life-saving technology from reaching people who need it most. In each place we work, we build the capacity of local organizations so that one day we can exit and they can continue to run a thriving business.
We believe there is a wealth of untapped potential in the world: scientists who want to help, poor people who could use technology to live healthier, more productive lives. We’re here to unleash this potential.