Creating a Culture of Context: Innovation in Measuring Cookstove Performance (BBL Event)

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Creating a Culture of Context: Innovation in Measuring Cookstove Performance

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 || 12:30-2:00PM || MC 9-572 || World Bank || Washington, DC
*Lunch will be provided.

Some 2.8 billion people around the world continue to rely on solid fuel to cook and heat their homes. Most of these households use primitive open fires or poorer-quality stoves that burn solid fuels inefficiently due to incomplete combustion, releasing toxic pollutants into the indoor or outdoor cooking environment. The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 estimates that household air pollution (HAP) resulting from the use of solid fuels for cooking and heating contributes to 4 million premature deaths each year. Although switching to clean fuels is the most effective way of reducing HAP and should be encouraged, many of those households, located mainly in rural areas, are likely to continue using solid fuels in the near future. For those households, the most effective remedy is the promotion of clean stoves that use solid fuels in a cleaner and more efficient way.


For any clean cooking program that aims to promote cleaner and more efficient cookstoves, how to define a clean cookstove is often a challenge. Stove performance varies greatly, and the performance of a specific stove is often different in the lab and in the field. Under Indonesia Clean Stove Initiative (CSI), a new innovative stove testing method has been developed that measures the whole burning/cooking cycles and incorporates the local cooking practices based on anthropologist field studies and detailed household cooking surveys. The presentation will discuss the method and how it is being developed and usedunder the Indonesia CSI pilot program.


Yabei Zhang, Senior Energy Economist,

Helene Carlsson Rex, Senior Social Development
Specialist, GSURR

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott, Senior
Consultant, GEEDR


Crispin Pemberton-Pigott is an industrial designer and owner of New Dawn Engineering, Swaziland. A co-founder of the Eastern Cape Appropriate Technology Unit, the Renewable Energy Association of Swaziland, and the Industrial Designers Association of South Africa, he designs clean stove projects and testing laboratories around the world. Attached to the SeTAR Centre, University of Johannesburg, Crispin serves on the South African Bureau of Standards Technical Committee TC1054 co-writing national stove standards and testing protocols. He received the Design Institute of South Africa’s Chairman’s Award 2004 for the Vesto biomass stove and an innovation award from the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (SASSDA).


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    Oct 21, 2014 12:30 PM EDT (America/New_York)
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    Oct 21, 2014 2:00 PM EDT (America/New_York)
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    MC 9-572

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