The innovation is an improvement of the cooking stove, designed specifically for environmental and physical conservation in developing countries. Traditional stoves and open flames don’t exactly utilize the full amount of fuel that is being used. The EcoZoom stove is designed to direct air through burning fuel situated in an internal combustion chamber. In the combustion chamber the mixing of gas and flame allows for a complete burn, which reduces smoke in comparison to an open flame. Traditionally, open flame and cook stoves are one of the planet’s most significant environmental problems. With the EcoZoom stove, the user is able to achieve a higher combustion and heat transfer, capable of emitting up to 23,000 BTUs. Also, the stove allows people to save up to 70% on fuel consumption while producing 60% less smoke. The stove was originally developed for camping by two students in Oregon in order to get the most out of natural fuel. Exploring the potential impact that this could have on emerging countries and the environment led the product to be used where gas and electric is not common.
The EcoZoom stove company's mission is to provide relief to millions of people living in poverty in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps. Cooking in these camps is often dangerous as many three-stone fires are in a close proximity and it can put a strain on natural resources. EcoZoom is also working with the World Food Programme, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Relief International to improve energy and reduce the impact on the natural environment in areas like Kenya. During my conversation with Mr. Harten he stated, “because of my history here in East Africa, I wanted to help the people of Kenya with renewable energy and started talking to people.” During the conversation, we discussed what the potential impact could mean to not only the people of Kenya, but to other developing countries as well.