Smokeless Stoves and Biogas Digesters in India

Smokeless Stoves and Biogas Digesters in India

Location:
Udaipur, India
GESI Team:
Wei Luo, Ari Sillman, Daniel Solomonson, Joshua Zieve
Partner:
Foundation for Sustainable Development
Development Sectors:
Natural Resources; Health; Environmental Sustainability; Sustainable Technology
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Summer 2011

Project Background

Working with the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) in India, four GESI interns met families in India who used wood-fueled indoor cook stoves, without ventilation, to prepare meals.  The team learned that this method of cooking can lead to environmental problems for the community, such as deforestation, along with health problems for thel family, such as increased risk of asthma, cataracts, lung infections, eye infections, and more.  The team found that many families were open to learning about new methods of cooking.  They worked with ten such families to install smokeless stoves which direct smoke and soot out of the household through a chimney, and worked with one family to install an outdoor bio-gas stove.  These methods ensure that smoke does not concentrate in the household, and they utilize sustainable fuels such as dung to prevent deforestation.