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Energy Globe Award

With more than 182 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Bulgaria 2018

Submitted by: AGNON LTD.
Rocket Heater Gamera

Agnon Ltd. is developing and manufacturing highly efficient wood stove that consumes two to three times less wood and have up to 100 times less emissions. The Gamera rocket stove is based on the rocket mass heater’s technology. Due to its own draft, the stove can be connected to custom build heated bench (thermal mass) and this can reduce the use of wood two to three more times. It can also work with branches which reduces the costs for fuel and labor. The Gamera model is certified with 89.6% efficiency and even more can be achieved.

Initial situation
Agnon Ltd. is founded by two friends who were involved in the IT sector for more than 15 years. When they realized that they needed to have a more sustainable life, they quit their jobs and went back to their home town of Hisarya in Bulgaria to set up a business focusing on sustainable energy initiatives. According to Eurostat, Bulgaria ranks first as one of the countries with the inability to keep home adequately warm. At the present moment 39.2% of the population is in that statistic and more then 200,000 households are receiving government funding of 40 million euro as heating aid.

To find a long-term solution, Agnon Ltd. has demonstrated their Gamera stove on every eco-oriented festival or exhibition in Bulgaria for the last three years. Around 100 households in Bulgaria already are using rocket heater Gamera which decreases their CO2 footprint two to three times and reduces their emissions 100 times. Through different media platforms, Agnon Ltd. is spreading the information of the existence of this technology as viable solution to reduce air pollution while saving energy and money.

Gamera rocket stove is certified at 89.6% efficiency by EU 13240, whereas regular wood stoves have efficiency around 60- 80%. Still, rocket heaters are two to three times more efficient due to the efficiency curve. While regular stoves are efficient 10-30% of the firing time, rocket stoves are 90% of the time with 90% efficiency. It uses heat resistant material for the inner burning chamber that allows higher temperatures in comparison with the metal body of the regular stoves.

Capital: Sofia
Official language: Bulgarian
Total area: 110.993 km²
Population: 7.364.570
GDP/Capita/Year: $7.234
Source: Wikipedia 2012