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Dear all,

For over two years we have been telling people that in two weeks or so we hope to have the mud Rocket Stove website updated. It finally happened. Flip has worked countless hours on this. This morning she shouted out, "The baby is born!"

Thanks to Larry Winiarski for all the mentoring and watching over us. Without Larry and the Good Lord this would have never happened. http://www.rechoroket.com/Home.html

Happy New Year,
Jon and Flip

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott, December, 2011

The Sustainable energy Technology and Research (SeTAR) Centre is a multi-disciplinary research facility that operates under the aegis of the Faculty of Science at the University of Johannesburg. The SeTAR Centre was formally launched in March 2010. The centre is housed in a cottage within the University of Johannesburg Research Village on the Bunting Road Campus, with dedicated office space and a testing laboratory in the basement of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) building.

The SeTAR Centre is engaged on research programmes that focus on energy poverty in both rural and urban areas of South Africa; the role that energy has to play in climate protection in the sustainability of a megacity (Gauteng); the public understanding of science; and networking on energy issues in the Africa region. The SeTAR Centre provides research facilities for energy studies for masters and doctoral students through its affiliation with the Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies (GEMES) in the Faculty of Science.

One of the Research Programs is the Basic Energy Programme

The programme focuses on energy poverty and acts as an innovation hub for the development of basic energy solutions for cooking, heating, lighting and productive use for the low income communities. Services and research streams include:

Testing Laboratory
: SeTAR centre has a fully equipped basic energy testing laboratory for use as part of research activities or on a fee-for-service basis. The centre has advanced equipment and automated systems to ensure all tests are carried out satisfactorily and competently. The SeTAR centre was commissioned to characterize thermal efficiency and gaseous emissions of a variety of fuel/stove combinations. In the process of evaluating these stoves, the research staff have also been engaged in the development of written procedures, leading to the Heterogeneous stove Testing Protocol (HTP).

Energy Poverty Research: Focusing on energy access, socio-economics and user needs and aspirations. This assists in designing sector-specific intervention.

Energy Design Innovation: Involved with the design and innovation of safe, clean and affordable basic energy technologies.

Networking and Information: Coordinating a regional (Africa) university-based People’s Energy Network (PEN) and also developing a South African network and industry association.

Attached is the 2011 Annual Report,

Richard Stanley, December, 2011

Carbon Ecologico
http://www.carbonecologico.com/productos.html

BIOMASAS COMBUSTIBLES DEL PERU S.A.C.

POR QUE CARBON ECOLOGICO ?

PORQUE SON FABRICADOS A PARTIR DE BIOMASAS SOLIDAS.

QUE LO DIFERENCIA DEL CARBON VEGETAL:

Dr TLUD (Paul S. Anderson) would like to share recent documents about rice husk gasifier technology and its application from Alexis T. Belonio (Professor and Engineer) of the Center for Rice Husk Energy Technology (CRHET).

The first four documents describe stove developments through CRHET’s collaboration with fabrication shops. These stoves provide rural households and small cottage industries new options for clean cooking using agricultural wastes, like rice husks, as fuel.

  1. Batch Type Rice Husk Gasifier Stove, Model RHGS-12D
    (Document URL: http://drtlud.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/rhgs1.pdf )
  2. Continuous Type Rice Husk Gasifier Stoves, Models 10D, 12D, and 14D
    (Document URL: http://drtlud.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/rhgs2.pdf )
  3. Firefly (BMG-1040SS), Quickfire (BMG-1050SS), and Wildfire (BMG-1060SS) Biomass Gasifier Stoves
    (Document URL: http://drtlud.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/rhgs3.pdf )
  4. A Two-Burner, Continuous-Type Rice Husk Gas Stove (CFRHGS Model 16D-2B)
    (Document URL: http://drtlud.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/rhgs4.pdf )
  5. Small-Scale Rice Husk Gasifier Plant for Community Street Lighting
    (Document URL: http://drtlud.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/rhgs5.pdf )

The fifth document describes a rice husk gasifier plant which produces enough electricity for community street lighting. This plant was developed by Suki Trading Corporation in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines in collaboration with Kanvar Enterprises and the Center for Rice Husk Energy Technology (CRHET).

OPB did a nice story on stove designers that call the Pacific Northwest (of the US) home.

http://news.opb.org/article/burgeoning_cluster_of_lifesaving_stove_designers_call_nw_home/

TChar Technology for Cookstoves: Part B: Construction has been released. It is available for download at:
http://drtlud.com/
The TChar is a TLUD which lifts off at the end of the gasifier phase to drop char into either a charcoal stove bottom for continued use as cooking charcoal or a quench base for later use as charcoal or biochar.

Dr. N. Sai Bhaskar Reddy, CEO, GEO December, 2011
http://e-geo.org

See the attached pdf (about 150kb): Understanding Stoves
it is an excellent brief summary that highlights the important aspects of stoves design and testing. e.g. fuels, fuel preparation, stove design, materials, use and testing.

the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA) December, 2011

PCIA Bulletin Issue 29
http://www.pciaonline.org/bulletin/pcia-bulletin-issue-29

This Bulletin focuses fuels for clean burning stoves. As they note, a lot of effort has been focused on wood burning stoves, but in urban areas, stick wood is hard to come by, and charcoal is a much more popular fuel. There's a good reason for this, studies have shown that charcoal stoves have up to 90% less indoor air pollution than similar wood stoves. In urban areas, there is a noticeable improvement in indoor air quality simply by shifting to charcoal burning. Additionally, biomass fuel briquettes, pellets, and other densified paper burning stoves are showing a lot of promise in urban areas so this bulletin profiles projects that use urban waste to create fuel briquettes that can be sold to stove owners.

http://www.pciaonline.org/bulletin/pcia-bulletin-issue-29

From GEO BIOCHAR STOVE
From GEO BIOCHAR STOVE

* About 30% biochar production
* 3 to 4 days for a batch of charcoal production
* Continuous hot water access (pot 1)
* Highly suitable for institutional cooking and as well making biochar
* Additional heat generated by flaring the pyrolysis gases, used for cooking
* Mitigation of the emissions during the pyrolysis by flaring
* Costs about Rs. 3000 for a 2’ width x 5’ depth x 6’ hight (in feet) “GEO Biochar pit stove”. (cost including, tin sheet for cover, digging the pit, three pot stove and chimney.)

*_"GEO BIOCHAR STOVE" is designed by Dr. N. Sai Bhaskar Reddy, CEO, GEO. Demonstrated to farmers under the project Good Stoves and Biochar Communities Project, being supported by GoodPlanet.org, France

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