Ethanol Cooking Fuel

Ethanol Cooking Fuel

  1. Giraffe Bioenergy derives ethanol cooking fuel from Kenyan produced cassava. Ethanol cooking fuel
    (ECF) does not result in air pollution and is a clean, safe, affordable and accessible clean cooking fuel.

Ethanol Cooking Fuel

Locally produced ethanol from cassava feedstock can realize a circular economy where rural farmers in Kenya participate to produce ECF for consumption in urban areas, creating thriving communities and shared prosperity across the value chain. Cassava is an ideal crop for industrial value chains because it has a high starch content and is easy to grow by commercial and small-scale farmers.

The cassava fuel ethanol (CFE) system involves four main segments:  cassava cultivation, aggregation and pre-processing, ethanol conversion, and transportation.

Food For The Household, Raw Material For Ethanol And Starch Products To Improve Livelihoods


Cassava is an ideal crop for industrial value chains because it has a high starch content and is easy to grow by commercial and small-scale farmers. The starch can be processed into many products including ethanol cooking fuel (ECF) and products for food and industrial applications.


The number one priority is to ensure that no food is diverted for processing, thus avoiding food insecurity. Improved agricultural practices will result in increased productivity per unit of land. This will strengthen the existing production of cassava and allow continued household consumption while excess cassava will be sold
for processing.

Ethanol Cooking Fuel

Ethanol is a renewable clean liquid biofuel produced via a fermentation and distillation process from cassava flour. Cassava will be converted into sugar and the sugar will be fermented to cooking grade fuel for use in the home.

Heat and Power

Biogas generation will offset the heat and power requirements for ongoing operations with the option of supplying the grid and neighbouring communities.


Dietary fibre or roughage is a valuable- plant-derived co-product that cannot be completely broken down by human digestive enzymes and therefore enhances digestive health. The soluble fibres in cassava include uronic acid, pectin and β-glucans. These have nutraceutical value, including hypocholesterolaemic and hypoglycaemic effects, which are important for diabetes management.
Tractor with slurry tank on the field


Liquid and solid fractions obtained from the anaerobic digestion of cassava by-products, including peels, starch, fibre residues and waste water are good sources of biofertilizer, as they contain living microorganisms that increase the supply and availability of primary nutrients to the host plant.

Starch and Sweeteners

Kenya is a net importer of both starch and sweeteners, which have wide application in food and beverage industries. Producing starch and sweeteners locally will prevent externalization of foreign exchange and also allow participation in the export market.