Trees, Water & People’s Haiti project has taken center stage this year at Aprovecho Research Center’s Stove Camp in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Every year, 50 stove designers, practitioners and hobbyists get together to share best practices and tackle the challenges found in the field. Reports from Trees, Water & People’s trip to Haiti in April/May 2010 have inspired the latest challenge: Design or modify a charcoal stove that 1.) Is easy to replicate in-country; 2.) Can be sold at a reasonable cost compared to traditional alternatives; and 3.) Reduces charcoal consumption and carbon monoxide emissions by at least 40%.
It’s always challenging to create a solution to a field problem in a lab thousands of miles away from the intended population. However, with ten experienced individuals providing first-hand information from Haitian cooks and tests, this group has the combined expertise to develop principles that will lead to an effective and successful design. Aprovecho’s state-of-the-art laboratory, workshop, and decades of experience in the field of fuel-efficient stoves routinely produce timely and accurate information for stove practitioners around the world. This year’s Stove Camp intensive focus on Haiti means that all information collectively generated will have a positive impact on our ongoing efforts to help rebuild the country.
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