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Assessing Cook Stove Performance: Field and Lab Studies of Three Rocket Stoves Comparing the Open Fire and Traditional Stoves in Tamil Nadu, India on Measures of Time to Cook, Fuel Use, Total Emissions, and Indoor Air Pollution
Nordica MacCarty, Dean Still, Damon Ogle, Thomas Drouin, Aprovecho Research Center, January 2008


Stove for the Developing World’s Health
AMANDA LEIGH HAAG, New York Times,January 22, 2008
EnvirofitEnvirofit
Shell Foundation Director Kurt Hoffman thought you might be interested in this article from today's NYT:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/22/science/22stov.html?ref=science

Narratives of House Visits in the Three Communities of Salinas, Dom Orione, and Ponte Nova in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil 12-20 June 2006

Principios de diseño para estufas de cocción con leña
Alianza para Aire Limpio Intradomiciliario (PCIA) 10 julio 2006

La Alianza para Aire Limpio Intradomiciliario (descrito aquí como Alianza o PCIA por sus siglas en inglés, “Partnership for Clean Indoor Air”) fue establecida por la Agencia de Protección del Medio Ambiente de los Estados Unidos y otros socios principales de la Cumbre Mundial sobre el Desarrollo Sostenible en Johannesburgo

Announcement posted on behalf of CAROLINE OKWIRI, SHELL FOUNDATION, BREATHING SPACE PROGRAMME MANAGER:

Commercialisation of Improved Biomass Fuels and Cooking Devices in India: Scale Up Project

Indoor Air Pollution (IAP) is a major health threat for women and children under 5 in the developing world. According to World Health Organisation, annually, 500,000 women and children in rural India die prematurely due to diseases linked to long term exposure to IAP. A major cause of IAP is smoke in the rural kitchens, due to use of traditional biofuels (firewood, agrowaste, dungcakes, etc.) in traditional cookstoves. Economic constraints of rural households and poor distribution network of modern fossil fuels such as kerosene and LPG, result into the rural households continuing to depend on locally available and free-of-cost or cheap biofuels. Therefore, a more practical solution is to develop and disseminate biofueled clean cooking devices.

Plan of Action

Based on the lessons learnt from the pilot project, the scale up project aims to reach out to about 15,00,000 rural households in Maharashtra and around 50,000 rural households in Gujarat. It is envisaged that this project will successfully establish sustainable business chains for supplying the clean biomass energy cooking products the rural population in Maharashtra and Gujarat states. This will be achieved through active participation of rural entrepreneurs, Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). ARTI, with its long standing experience in development and dissemination of rural technologies, will drive the synergetic working between the various NGOs and entrepreneurs.

Ten top tips for successful scaling up
Alan Brewis, Enterprise Works 2005

Practical Action Boilng Point Issue 50 2005

Please read the whole article for the details. Every tips has great detail that will save you hours of work.

The premise: in creating a successful stoves scale up - you need to create a supply chain of successful stoves manufacturers and retail businesses, as well as people who will be able to maintain and fix the stoves (even when they are imported from elsewhere).

the tips:

  • Don't tell the customer that you are from an NGO
  • Know your customers and their habits
  • Copy good ideas from the private sector - e.g. manufacturing, branding and marketing tips
  • Give the stove status and style
  • Balance demand creation with supply
  • Pay attention to quality control
  • Treat your retailers well
  • Pay your sales agents on a commission basis
  • Beware of projects bearing your stoves as gifts. This undercuts your hardworking retail outlets
  • Use your stove on a regular basis, using your stove to cook on will help you educate your customers and improve your stoves

Equitable Commercialization of Improved Cook Stoves (pdf)
Gregory Simon, University of Washington Department of Geography January 2006

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