Brooklyn, NY, November 27, 2012 – BioLite LLC, an innovator in energy solutions, is pleased to announce the BioLite CampStove™ has been named Grand Award Winner in the Recreation category ofPopular Science Magazine’s annual Best of What’s New Awards.
Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year; breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The Best of What’s New winners are featured in the December issue of Popular Science – the magazine’s most widely read issue. The Best of What’s New awards are presented in 11 categories: Automotive, Aviation & Space, Computing Engineering, Gadgets, Green Tech, Home Entertainments, Security, Home Tech, Health and Recreation.
“For 25 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us − those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of whatÊ¼s possible in the future.” said Jacob Ward, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. “The Best of WhatÊ¼s New Award is the magazineÊ¼s top honor, and the 100 winners − chosen from among thousands of entrants − each a revolution in its field.”
“Popular Science plays an important role in the conversation of how technology can create impact on daily life,” says BioLite co-founder Jonathan Cedar. “We’re honored to be recognized by the Popular Science editorial team with this award and excited to reach such an engaged readership.”
The BioLite CampStove is a compact wood-burning cookstove that uses thermoelectic technology to convert heat into electricity. Relying on found biomass such as twigs or pinecones, the CampStove provides an ultra-efficient fire while allowing users to charge small devices via a USB-port.
In addition to the CampStove, BioLite has developed the HomeStove™, slated for large scale pilot testing in India, Ghana, and Western Kenya. The HomeStove shares the CampStove’s core technology to generate electricity while nearly eliminating black carbon emissions, reducing smoke by 95% and utilizing 50% less wood then a traditional, smoky open fire. This is a major technological breakthrough impacting both energy and health when you consider the fact that 3 billion people worldwide cook on open fires, 1.3 billion of these people lack access to electricity, and 2 million die annually from indoor air pollution.
BioLite develops and manufactures advanced energy products that make cooking with wood as clean, safe, and easy as modern fuels while also providing electricity to charge small devices like cell phones and LED lights off-grid. Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, the company was founded in 2009 by Jonathan Cedar and Alec Drummond. BioLite is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2011 St. Andrews Prize for the Environment and the 2010 Sustainable Brands Innovation Open. Discover more about BioLite at biolitestove.com, facebook.com/biolitestove and twitter.com/biolitestove.