How We Started
Naga Biofuels began as a program to supply clean energy to a new Visitors’ Center at the Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC), Cambodia’’s leading pediatric training and health care facility. Designed pro bono by New York City based Cook+Fox Architects, the award-winning Center was the first green building of its kind in Cambodia. In addition to exhibiting best practices in conservation, the vision for the Center was to honor Cambodia’s rich heritage and promote the well-being of its future generations.
Thinking holistically about children’s health, Cambodia’’s environment, and financial well-being for non-profits benefitting the poor, this project led to the creation of an alternative-fuels pilot project at the hospital from 2008 until 2011. Since 90% of Cambodia’s population relies on diesel powered generators for their electricity, we believe that the rising cost of petroleum, environmental degradation from fossil fuels as well as increased respiratory ailments stemming from exhaust fumes make the current energy policy for energy production in Cambodia untenable.
What We're Doing Today
Naga Biofuels is perfectly situated to address the problem. Using waste vegetable oil, we can now locally refine 100% pure biodiesel (B-100) at a lower and more consistent price. Based on the initial success with the hospital’s pilot project, Naga Biofuels is currently supplying B-100 to a consortium of local businesses and non-profits throughout Cambodia to use in generators as well as motor vehicles.