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Rice-powered stove ignites new hope for poor farmers

by Pat Coate | December 14, 2008
"I saw rice mills throw husks into the rivers. I started thinking about using them as fuel."
- Alexis Belonio, inventor

Iloilo City, Philippines - Alexis Belonio’s obsession with rice husks began in 2003, when rising fuel prices and heavy dependence on foreign oil slammed his native Philippines with an energy crunch.

Mr. Belonio was already an accomplished inventor, having designed over 30 devices ranging from paddy dryers to water pumps for poor Filipino farmers.

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