Biochar Stoves

December 31, 2011

Micro-gasification: Cooking with gas from biomass An introduction to the concept and the applications of wood-gas burning technologies for cooking. Christa Roth. 1st edition, released January 2011 Christa Roth. Published by GIZ HERA – Poverty-oriented Basic Energy Service.

WorldStove  Italian company whose founder Nat Mulcahy demonstrates exactly how stove works here.  They conduct pilot programs to adapt stoves to local conditions and cooking traditions.  Request form here. They report having just completed a two month mission to Haiti where they Conducted formal and informal camp surveys; Completed a formal study of available biomasses; Studied local cooking traditions and pots; Developed a Haitian specific pot stand with heat-shield and windscreen to accommodate the wide variety of pots used in Haiti; Protect the children who, since the quake, have taken over cooking responsibilities; protect younger children from burns; and, given that the tents in the camps are often placed less than one meter apart, the windscreen helps protect the camps and the people living there from the risk of fire (a critical feature missing in many of the traditional stoves being used). Not having tools teams of artisans took apart old cars, built a forge and made the tools  needed; Built several prototype Institutional Stoves from scratch; Developed prototype odor free, aerobic, biochar based, composting latrines; and Worked with UNDP, WFP and formed ties with local NGOs.  The WorldStove Five-Step Program’s Social Value-Creation Copenhagen Business School analysis of WorldStove five-step program model in social entrepreneurship. includes SROI analysis and empirical verification of indirect social outcomes. Nothing on sanitation.

ETHOS (Engineers in Technical and Humanitarian Opportunities of Service) is a non-profit thatdevelops appropriate technology by forming collaborative North-South partnerships.  Current focus is on “improving vernacular wood burning cooking stoves.

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves A public-private initiative calling for 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020. High profile, corporate sponsors, Julia Roberts pitches for them.

Training and events

ETHOS 2012 Conference Jan 27-29 in Kirkland, WA.

Description of SeaChar 1-day workshop in Seattle.

Price lists for stoves and biochar.

Biochar sales in US.  Waste to Energy Solutions.

 Re:char’s Climate Kiln  $290 stove supports projects in Africa.


Re:char partners.

Our Mission Through education and advocacy, PHLUSH helps local governments and citizen groups to provide equitable public restroom availability and to prepare for a pipe-breaking seismic event with appropriate ecological toilet systems.

Our Vision Toilet availability is a human right and well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils.

Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) was founded in Portland, Oregon and today collaborates with groups across North America.

PHLUSH is a member of the World Toilet Organization and a partner in the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.

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