Biomass Fuel and Cookstoves
Research on clean fuel and cookstove technology
Sifting char at TEWDI Uganda
MIT students learn how to use simple technology to make char from waste
D-Lab's fuels and stoves testing facility
The need for improved cooking solutions
2.7 billion people worldwide rely on traditional uses of solid biomass fuels to meet their daily energy needs, an increase in 38 million over last year (IEA 2014). Traditional means of cooking pose acute and chronic health risks, introduce time burdens on women and children, contribute to unsustainable harvest of forests, and in many cases, represent a significant cost burden on base of pyramid households. Without major policy changes, the number of households relying on solid fuels will continue to increase through 2050.
D-Lab is committed to addressing these issues through:
Applied research to evalulate existing fuel and stove technology and design improved solutions
Support for a community of social entrepreneurs who are supplying clean fuels and stoves to their communities
Engagement in international agreements to increase the quality, availability, and sustained adoption of clean cooking technology
Improved cooking solutions with real-world partners
D-Lab's approach to helping users climb the energy ladder is to focus on scaling solutions by engaging with field practitioners. D-Lab's fuel and stove research team helps technology developers overcome challenges and meet the needs of their customers. Empowering producers to reach scale can bring needed solutions to users in the near-term. From local producers of waste-derived alternative fuels, to multinational efficient stove producers, we seek to engage with a variety of stakeholders to pursue lasting solutions.
D-Lab fuel and stove testing
The team at D-Lab is developing innovative methods for testing and evaluating cooking technology in the lab and in the kitchen. Our team believes that testing and evaluation are critical to designing a suitable product that offer users and the environment a variety of benefits, and we are working on a range of approaches to measuring performance and outcomes.