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Potential Energy http://www.potentialenergy.org/ stoves are the stoves original designed in the Berkley labs for Sudan (the Darfur region). They are an energy efficient stove designed with the cook's needs in mind.

They have recently added an orange 'cool mesh' to the outside of their metal stove to help protect the stove user (and their children) from burns. The second photo is of a stove field test, where ladies in Africa can see for themselves the advantages and disadvantages of several designs.

The Berkley stove is created out of metal and then shipped to local artisans who assemble the stove in the field. This video shows part of the process.

Competing for Development: A Case Study of Fuel Efficient Stoves for Darfur
Samer Abdelnour, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario,. June 20-21, 2008

A Teaching Tool

AIDUGANDA: Why are these Women Carrying Stoves on their Heads? and Other Images from Uganda and Darfur
Ken Goyer, AidUganda, October 2007

Aiduganda has been installing stoves in Uganda and Darfur. The following are links to images and videos from those activities courtesy of Ken Goyer.

Why are these Women Carrying Stoves on their Heads?

Cooking with the standard pot in Darfur

SixBricks Rocket stoves in Lira Refugee Camps

Improved cookstoves are used for diplaced persons in Ethopia, Darfur, Uganda and for Hurricane or Flood Victims.

Fuel Efficient Stove Programs in IDP Settings - Summary Evaluation Report, Darfur
Academy for Educational Development for USAID, December 2008

1. INTRODUCTION: EVALUATION OBJECTIVES
Around the world, conflict and natural disasters have displaced millions of people. Displaced populations fleeing to settlement camps and seeking safety in host villages often put great stress on natural resources, leading to environmental degradation and conflict with local populations. One of the greatest needs of people affected by crisis, be they displaced, settled, or on the move, is firewood or some other type of fuel to cook their food, heat their homes, and treat water for drinking and food preparation. The risks endured (especially by women and children) collecting scarce wood resources constitute some of the most challenging and serious protection concerns both in IDP camps and in villages where conflict over resources is high.

Efficient Cookstove Saves Refugee Lives in Sudan's Darfur Region
2007 Breakthrough Awards /// The Innovators /// Ashok Gadgil, Christina Galitsky
Popular Mechanics, November 2007

Popular Mechanics Video

By Logan Ward
Video by Virtual Beauty
Video Produced by Allyson Torrisi
Photograph by Brent Stirton
Published in the November 2007 issue.

The First Sixbricks Rocket Stove in Darfur
Ken Goyer, AID Africa, Dan Wolf, International Lifeline Fund,September 4, 2006

Yesterday we had our first demonstration of the SixBricks Rocket stove in North Darfur. We had successfully fired about 1,000 of our special lightweight bricks using a local brickmaker, and now we have now started to show off the stove. Our first demonstration was a huge success. While the demonstration was intended to show the stove to a few nonprofit organizations, about 100 women came and took over the cooking action.The local staple food, aceda, was made in the largest round bottomed pot and then meat and sauces were cooked in other pots. The surprise was that after cooking this large and rather complicated meal, two thirds of it was handed over the fence and spirited away into a hut where some men were gathered. So the women were left with very little to taste. None the less they were very happy with the performance of the stove.

The political situation here remains touchy and for various reasons we will not travel to Kebkabia. Instead, we will stay here and work in El Fasher for now. Next, we hope to start a demonstration stove project in a camp which is actually a part of El Fasher. This way, access is easier, and it is safer, and still there are 32,000 people there, desperate for fuel with no trees in sight. Traveling even to the closest outside camp requires permits and permission and some worry about personal security or at least the theft of your vehicle by various rebel groups.

I have attached two photos to this email. The first one is of the stove and the second one is looking the other way at the crowd. Dan Wolf, founder and director of the International Lifeline Fund, and the benefactor of this project, has decided to rename the stove the "Miracle" Stove. I told him that it should be called the "Science" Stove, but that name just doesn't have quite the same ring.

Thanks to everybody who has made the invention and development and dissemination of this stove possible. The fruits of our labor are about to ripen.

Best regards, Ken Goyer

Berkeley Tara - Darfur Improved Stove (pdf)
Ashok Gadgil and Susan Amrose, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), July 15, 2006

I returned two days ago from Darfur. Susan Amrose is still in Khartoum, will return tomorrow. We visited El Fashir (and Abu Shouk camp), Nyala (and Otash camp), and of course Khartoum. Our hosts for this trip was the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and CHF International.

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I would like to send you all the powerpoint presentation that Susan and I gave at the meetings of NGOs and funders in Khartoum, Nyala and El Fashir, organized by UNFPA. We think the presentations were very well received.

kind regards,

-- Ashok

Darfur Humanitarian Stove Project Assessment Report
Daniel Wolf and Mathew Langol
Aprovecho Research Centre and International Lifeline Fund January 2006

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