Our business model
A Better Alternative
When households cannot afford the upfront costs of a cylinder of cooking gas, they resort to unhealthy, expensive and environmentally unfriendly charcoal or kerosene. Circle Gas’s unique business model can make gas accessible to millions of households who can’t currently afford it.
We identify high concentrations of current charcoal and kerosene users who are our potential customers. Working with communities, we install local depots in these areas to ensure that our customers have a secure and affordable supply of gas, topped up before they ever run out.
Pay as You Go
We install a full set of our equipment including a stovetop, a smart meter and a gas cylinder in customers’ homes. This equipment is owned and maintained by us – the customer only pays for the gas that they use. The result is cheaper and safer fuel that can be purchased as needed, even meal-by-meal, with mobile money.
Leading Edge Technology
Our technology remotely captures when our customer’s gas is low. Using sophisticated logistics, our local fleet of motorised technicians replace the cylinder before it runs out. When the mobile money funds that are loaded on the meter by the customer run out, the smart meter ensures the tamper-proof cylinder valve automatically shuts off the gas supply.
Return on Investment
Customers use our gas daily to cook, paying as they go; this produces a steady stream of recurring revenue from gas sales that generates a reliable return on investment.
Circle Gas manufactures its smart meters and invests in hardware and software technology development in China
Circle Gas has head office operations in London, including a financial, legal and business development team
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Kenya Operations Are Powered by Safaricom
Safaricom of Kenya is a strategic investor in Circle Gas and has an operating agreement with the Circle Gas Kenyan subsidiary M-Gas, covering branding and marketing, technology and customer service. Mobile money payments in Kenya will be processed using Safaricom’s M-Pesa.Visit Safaricom
We make clean, convenient cooking possible for low-income households of the developing world. By combining cutting edge, pay-as-you-go technology with efficient logistics and home deliveries, we make LPG an accessible, cheaper alternative to cooking with charcoal, kerosene or wood.Impact
We have come together with a common goal of delivering clean, affordable cooking to those who don’t currently have access and creating meaningful careers for our employees while building a profitable, sustainable business for our investors.About Us
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Circle Gas signs Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Quectel
We have signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Quectel to support bringing affordable, clean cooking to millions of low-income households Quectel is a leading supplier of IoT modules. Circle Gas (and its Chinese Zhilang Technology and Kenyan M-Gas subsidiaries) develops and provides affordable and clean pay-as-you-go (PAYG) LPG solutions for low-income households in the mass […]Read More
Circle Gas signs agreement with University of Liverpool to advance health and climate impact research
We have signed an agreement with the University of Liverpool to carry out research into the transition to clean, modern energy in Sub-Saharan Africa using our smart meter pay-as-you-go technology. Our subsidiary M-Gas is the largest PAYG LPG distributor in Kenya, and provides the technology for KopaGas, the leading PAYG LPG distributor in Tanzania. The projects will be run by the NIHR CLEAN-Air(Africa) Global Health […]Read More
Circle Gas and Safaricom extend strategic collaboration
Safaricom has expanded its collaboration with MGas, our Kenyan subsidiary, to deliver solutions that transform the lives of even more Kenyans. The relationship will enable joint technology development, expertise sharing, co-creation of solutions, and market support between the two firms.Read More
Circle Gas is adapting to COVID 19
The pandemic is creating great uncertainty for all businesses. We expect there are going to be significant and long-lasting changes to the societies we live in. It is too early to fully understand the ramifications of the pandemic, but the need for affordable and clean cooking solution, and Circle Gas services, seem as pressing as […]Read More
Clean Cooking Alliance interview CEO Volker Schultz
Our CEO Volker Schultz recently spoke with Peter George, the Clean Cooking Alliance’s Senior Director for Private Sector & Investment, about our recent the acquisition of of KopaGas's propriety technology and what this deal means for the future of the company and its contribution to scaling up clean cooking solutions in emerging markets.Read More
Circle Gas Launch at UK-Kenya Tech Hub
We announced the launch of Circle Gas and our Kenyan subsidiary MGas at the UK-Kenya Technology Hub, hosted by the Nairobi Tech Hub and the UK High Commission to Kenya. In attendance were Alok Sharma, UK Government Sectary of State for the Department of International Development, Susie Kitchens, Deputy High Commissioner and Michael Joseph, current […]Read More
Circle Gas Completes Acquisition of KOPAGAS™ Technology
Circle Gas Limited has concluded the acquisition of KopaGas’s proprietary technology in a transaction worth USD 25 million.Read More