National Geographic Honors Seattle Startup For Stovetop Charger

SEATTLE, WA – 09-06-2017 (Press Release Jet) — National Geographic Partners has honored clean energy startup HydroBee as a Finalist in their global Chasing Genius contest.  Hydrobee’s FireBee Stove-Top Power System turns the heat of cooking into USB charging power for phones, LED lights, fans and more.  The fans can blow air into existing stoves to improve their combustion to reduce air pollution and save wood and forests.  Over 2 billion people who cook with wood or charcoal fires can benefit from FireBee’s charging power and saving fuel.

The Chasing Genius Contest recognizes great ideas for a Sustainable Planet, Global Health, and Feeding 9 Billion.   This summer, thousands of people around the world made one-minute videos about their ideas and submitted them online.  45 Finalists have been selected and are now seeking votes from the public.   The top four vote-getters will each win $25,000 and great visibility.  

“Now every fire can generate electricity,” says Hydrobee’s President, Burt Hamner.  His company has already won several awards for his inventions of off-grid personal power products.  “Recognition by National Geographic really stands out,” says Hamner.  “They are so well known around the world, and they have the experience to recognize great ideas that are ready to implement, not just talk about.  Please vote for our FireBee personal power system so National Geographic helps us succeed!”

See the FireBee and power from cooking at    Registration to vote just takes a few seconds.   Browse the other entries to see great ideas for big solutions.

Media Contacts:

Company Name: Hydrobee
Full Name: Burt Hamner
Phone: 206490945
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Carrie Brunner grew up in a small town in northern New Brunswick. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Carrie writes mostly on provincial stories.
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