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About this project
Unfortunately, we have not reached our funding goal on Kickstarter. We are very grateful to all of you that have supported us, over 200 people from all over the world chose to back our project and it has been heart warming to see.
However, our mission continues! Our Oneplanetcrowd campaign in the Netherlands has reached its goal, so you will be seeing us around!
Keep an eye out for any updates in our update section on Kickstarter, follow us on facebook and twitter, or visit our website www.africancleanenergy.com to stay up to date with our latest developments.
We hope you will stick with us, and continue to help us improve life everywhere!
Rea u leboha! – We thank you!
Introducing the ACE 1 Ultra-Clean Biomass Cookstove, a piece of ingenious engineering that will ignite your outdoor adventures while making a vast global impact on health, the environment and poverty. This portable stove brings smoke-free and off-grid technology to those who need it, and joy to those who seek it.
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So this is a Powerful Stove...
Whether it’s your camp stove that runs out of gas or your bbq that’s too big to move, too slow to heat up, or too smoky, cooking outdoors is great fun but can also be a hassle.
The ACE 1’s power can ignite picnics in the park, perform soundly at music festivals, cozy up your camping trips and bring backyard parties back to life for you and your friends.
Its power can fuel outstanding cooking adventures.
The ACE 1 burns biomass and then uses the sun's energy to make it burn without smoke at an incredibly high efficiency. This speeds up cooking time, uses much less fuel and lowers carbon emissions. With its built-in battery and included solar panel, the ACE 1 also provides a convenient source of electricity in remote areas.
Easy to transport at 4.6 kg / 10.1 lbs, so your culinary adventures can continue to stretch borders.
It burns all biomass, so you can easily find or buy fuel from sustainable sources.
Because it is smokeless – unlike a fire or barbecue - everyone can gather around the chef without getting smoke in their eyes or clothes.
It's a source of power for your phone, speakers, radio or LED light (included) using the solar-chargeable, built-in battery with USB and DC port.
Quick & easy clean-up when you're done. Close to 100% combustion, so it burns fuel fully. You're left with a teaspoon of ashes, which can be tipped onto the ground as added soil nutrients. We had to do something about the part nobody likes.
Close to half the people on the planet cook their food on indoor open fires or use inefficient fuels. The smoke these cooking methods produce is critically damaging to the lungs and eyes, severely limiting health and quality of life.
In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 4 million people die each year from the effects of indoor cooking smoke – more than both HIV and malaria combined.
The ACE 1 has been developed to combat the catastrophic effects of indoor cooksmoke. Our goal is to make it available in areas that need it most. Potentially millions will have access to smoke-free cooking that provides both heat and electrical power in the household.
Four million hectares of forest are cut down each year in Africa, the majority of which is to provide fuel for cooking. That's over 5.5 million football fields. Because the ACE 1 uses up to 70% less fuel and can burn sustainable biomass, it means less deforestation and less greenhouse gas emissions.
For urban families who purchase their fuel, the ACE 1 significantly saves them money, as they don't need to buy as much of it. Women and children also benefit from the cookstove - due to its efficiency they don't have to travel far to gather fuel, saving time and minimizing the dangers of venturing outside their towns. As little as a few handfuls of twigs can be enough to cook on. Freeing up time to spend on other more valuable activities.
So we mean it when we say this is a powerful stove.
A fan blows oxygen into the chamber through holes at both the bottom and the top. Within 1-2 minutes, the fires temperature increases until it reaches approximately 1000°C/1832°F, causing the biomass to gasify. Hot gas floats up to the top, meeting more oxygen and combusting completely. This produces as much as 5kW worth of energy, while the outer cover does not become hot enough to cause injury. A fully-charged battery powers the fan for over 20 hours of cooking and doubles as a device charger or power source for LED lighting. You charge the battery using the solar panel, or simply by plugging your ACE 1 in on the grid.
The ACE 1 has been designed to use up to 70% less fuel and burn a wide variety of biomass, including collected kinds like sticks and twigs, cowdung, and corn-cobs. But crucially, it also burns processed biomass fuels like wood pellets and briquettes produced from waste materials like sawdust, forestry waste, or agricultural waste.
We are African Clean Energy, a family-owned company based in Lesotho. Learning about the dangers of cooksmoke and the enormity of the problem, Stephen Walker and his son Ruben, founded the company in 2011.
Our goal is to beat the numbers. We're taking the ACE 1 to the areas that need it most, establishing ties in countries such as Lesotho, South Africa, Kenya and Zambia. In rural areas, we can provide millions with smoke-free cooking, as well as heat and electrical power. Customers in urban areas can replace dangerous fuels like paraffin and charcoal.
We produced 35,000 stoves of our original model in our factory, and plan to set up more local production lines overseas. As a profit-for-purpose company, our production and distribution in lesser-developed countries is independent of external funders. This guarantees our future financial stability and growth as a company, allowing us to expand throughout Africa and beyond.
As an African company, we aim to benefit the local economy as much as we can. Our decision to set up manufacturing in Lesotho came easily as it’s a Least Developed Country (or LDC) rated nation, meaning job creation is sorely needed. We have proudly provided jobs for 60 local men and women so far. We can boost production, and thus employment, to over 250.000 stoves a year.
Through a mixture of micro-finance, carbon credits and sustainable biomass fuel sales, we can make the stoves more affordable; measures that will create further income and jobs. See the FAQ's for more details.
"Rea u Leboha!" - Our African Clean Energy team in Lesotho singing a traditional Sesotho gospel song meaning "We thank you!"
Risks and challenges
Although our kickstarter campaign was not successful, we will not give up. Please keep following us on facebook and twitter, and be sure to check our website and our update section on Kickstarter for the latest news! We are determined to get the ACE 1 to all that need and want it! Join the cooking revolution! www.africancleanenergy.comLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
At this stage, we are trying to set up methods of distributing World-Wide, so please do keep an eye on the updates and our website! If you are based in the Netherlands, you are in luck! Please go to http://bit.ly/ACE1crowdNL where you will be able to purchase your ACE 1! Thank you to all of our backers for your continued support. We hope to be able to get your ACE 1 to you in the near future.
We hope to be able to return to Kickstarter some time soon. We will keep you updated on our return if and when it happens!
We always welcome support and help in spreading the message! If you are interested in helping, please do get in touch and let us know how you feel you can help us! Thank you!
Shipping, customs and VAT are included for USA, Canada and European Union. Outside of these places, it starts getting pretty pricey to ship, so we think we found middle ground by asking you to add shipping costs of €30 / $42 to your pledge. If the costs are substantially higher to your region, we might ask you to add additional shipping.
We are always happy to answer questions and get in touch with fans of the ACE 1. Please do get in touch by visiting www.africancleanenergy.com/contact/
In Lesotho we want to donate the stove to families that have been devastated by AIDS, where often the head of the household is a teenager. Please check out www.africancleanenergy.com/lesothoorphansproject
We are always interested in exploring partnerships for distribution and/or local assembly. Please get in touch for more information! www.africancleanenergy.com/contact/
ALL names of Cooking Revolution Backers go on a THANK YOU Wall at our factory in Lesotho. We'll send you a digiphoto of the wall and regular reports on the global ACE 1 roll out.Estimated delivery:
ACE 1 SINGING HOPE: 5 Singing Hope pledges means 1 cookstove to an orphaned family. See FAQ for project details. Our people at the factory love to sing and out of gratitude they will include you in a singing for hope song they'll compose.
[Approx US$28/GB£17/ AU&CA$30]Estimated delivery:
Personal THANK YOU video and the ACE 1 Cook e-book with recipes for one-pot dishes from chefs around the world. So you can always cook up simple and delicious dishes on your ACE 1 and amaze your friends.
[Approx. US$35/GB£21/AU&CA$38]Estimated delivery:
"Smoking Hot" ACE 1 T-SHIRT with smoking crossed out, reminding everybody how you produce all that heat. We'll throw the ACE 1 Cook e-book in as well.
[Approx US$70/GB£43/AU&CA$75 Add €10 for shipping outside US/AU/CA and EU countries]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
ACE 1 ALTRUIST: Don't want a stove but do want to support the mission? Then let's provide at least one family in Africa with an ACE 1. You'll be kept up-to-date on the stove's journey from factory to family. We've carefully selected two projects, see FAQ for details.
[Approx US$210/GB£128/ AU&CA$225]Estimated delivery:
34 backers Limited (666 left of 700)
ACE 1 Early Bird EUROPE: Save €40 off the retail price and enjoy one of the first ACE 1's to roll off the factory floor and ship from Africa to Europe (700 fit in a container).
[Approx GB£135 - Only EU Backers - shipping, VAT and customs included]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
39 backers Limited (661 left of 700)
ACE 1 Early Bird USA/CANADA: Save US$55/CA$60 off retail and enjoy one of the first ACE 1's to roll off the factory floor and ship from Africa to North America (700 fit in a container).
[Approx US$223/CA$240 - Only US/CA Backers - shipping, VAT and customs included]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
11 backers Limited (4989 left of 5000)
ACE 1 Beautiful Basic US/CA/EU: Choose your ACE 1 from six colors, including Backers choice. Save €30/$42 off retail.
[Approx US$237/GB£144/CA$254 - Only ships to US, CA and EU countries - shipping, VAT and customs included]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
7 backers Limited (493 left of 500)
ACE 1 Beautiful Basic REST OF WORLD : We love sending the ACE 1 all over the world but shipping big boxes is pricey unless we send in bulk. We can ship to Australia, New Zealand and most of Southern Africa for this price, and we'd love to add more regions! So tell your friends to get on board and we'll keep you updated during the campaign.
[Approx US$306 - If shipping is substantially higher than €50/$70, you may be asked to pay extra, see FAQ]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
1 backer Limited (249 left of 250)
ACE 1 SIGNATURE (CHERRY) RED EDITION: Inspired by Tesla's Signature Edition, here's the opportunity to get your own limited edition ACE 1 Signature Red including an engraved signature of our colleague that assembled it. Extra proceeds go to setting up critical distribution in South Africa.
[Approx US$349/GB£212/ AU&CA$374- Add €50/$70 for shipping outside US, CA and EU countries]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
ACE 1 AROUND THE WORLD: Get one ACE 1 for you and one for a family in Africa. See our FAQ for project details. By helping someone else you always get the Early Bird price and free shipping everywhere.
[Approx US$433/GB£263/ AU&CA$464 - Ships free everywhereEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
0 backers Limited (8 left of 8)
ACE 1 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 008, 009 and 010: One of the first ten ACE 1's to roll off the production line. With a Top Ten ACE 1 you know you're kickstarting real global change. We'll also give 5 to our Lesotho Orphan projects in your name (see FAQ).
[Approx US$1400/GB£850/ AU&CA$1500 - Free shipping everywhere]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
RAINBOW PACK - Band together with your friends and get 10 ACE 1's in your desired colors.
[Approx US$2100/GB£1275/ AU&CA$2250 - Add €250/$350 for shipping outside US, CA and EU countries]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
ACE 1 MOVER & SHAKER: Contribute 15 ACE 1's to our Lesotho Orphans or Somaliland Girls projects, and of course get one ACE 1 sent to you. See FAQ for project details.
[Approx US$2100/GB£1275/AU&CA$2250 - Free shipping everywhere]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
007 ACE 1: Get the 7th ACE 1 to roll off the production line with "007" engraved. And we'll give 7 ACE 1's to Lesotho orphan families, for which you're making sure Tomorrow Never Dies.
[Approx US$2800/GB£1700/ AU&CA$3000 - Free shipping everywhere]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)
ACE 1 EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC!: Pick your ACE 1 right from the factory! You'll receive a 5-day trip to Lesotho, to see and chat with our people in the process of creating the ACE 1! You'll visit our projects where we'll distribute 10 ACE 1's you funded. And you get an awesome Lesotho holiday including hotel, meals and transfer. (Airfare not included - we'll contact you to set a date.)
[Approx US$5600/GB£3400/ AU&CA$6000]Estimated delivery:
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
ACE 1 ULTIMATE ADVENTURE: Not only will you receive the very first edition of the ACE 1 with serial number 001, but you'll also join our CEO in Africa for a lovely dinner, a visit to the factory and our projects where we'll distribute 10 ACE 1's you funded. You and a partner get an 8-day trip to Lesotho including hotel, meals and airport transfer. (Airfare not included - we'll contact you to set a date)
[Approx US$9800/GB£5950/ AU&CA$10500]Estimated delivery:
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