HCS: Haiti Clean Stove Project 11:00-12:20 TR

Contact Information
Jafir Haidri, Interim President
809 W. Green St. Urbana IL 60149
319-400-8728
haidri2@illinois.edu
cleanstove.org

Organization Mission

The Haiti Clean Stove Project at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign aims to design & implement improved cook stoves to replace charcoal and open fire cooking in Haiti. We are partnered with researchers, designers, and experts in improve cookstoves to assist us with technical aspects. Currently, the team is working on a pilot project in Leogane, Haiti to assess the viability of a sustainable enterprise.

Problems and/or Opportunities

Our organization is largely composed of engineering and science students approaching the issue of improved cookstoves from a technical standpoint. There is currently a critical lack of focus on issues related to implementation-- understanding the Haitian market and distribution networks, developing NGO and business contacts on the ground, and developing a business plan for a sustainable stove-based business model. We have also not analyzed the effects of different potential Haitian fuels on our stove. These issues are currently being addressed by the Spring LINC class.

Solutions and Projects

There are two major projects being addressed by the current HCS LINC course which will need to be continued in the Fall.
Business/implementation is an incredibly complex issue that will not be fully resolved by the end of this semester. While the spring HCS LINC course is focused on finding and getting in touch with potential Haitian contacts and NGO partners, students in the fall could be focused more on working with those contacts to set up on-site implementation and collect valuable data on stove design specific for Haitian users. Working with the business plan and market information from the previous semester's students, the fall LINC course could help us begin a pilot implementation of the business plan in Leogane, Haiti-- keeping in touch with our Haitian partners and solving operational and organizational problems.

Fuels is another aspect of our mission that will need to be addressed in the Fall. From our discussions thus far with the LINC course, we recognize that there may not be enough time to collect emissions and efficiency data with our stove in the spring semester. This would be an excellent project for the Fall LINC course-- a contribution to the greater stove research literature, comparing the thermal efficiencies and emissions of various third-world fuel options in our stove design, using equipment with our group at the UIUC CEE Air Quality Lab.

Finally, we are planning an implementation/testing trip over the Fall break of 2014, and would welcome any LINC class members to take part, as a capstone learning experience.
 

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