Alex Belonio is Rolex enterprise laureate

A 48-year-old Filipino inventor created a new technology that transforms waste from rice production into clean, affordable cooking fuel.

For his unprecedented feat, Alex Belonio was honored by Rolex as one of five Associate Laureates in the 2008 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, which for more than 30 years have supported pioneering work in science and medicine, technology and innovation, exploration and discovery, the environment and cultural heritage.

Belonio, an associate professor of Agricultural Engineering at the Central Philippine University in Iloilo City, received $50,000, and a Rolex chronometer for his achievement.

He developed a low-cost stove powered by rice husks aimed at reducing fuel costs and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.

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