P10451: Thermo-Electric Cook Stove #1


Project Summary Project Information

According to the World Heath Organization more than three billion people depend on biomass fuels (wood, dung, or agricultural residues) primarily for cooking. The practice of cooking with biomass has decimated many ecosystems and requires an enormous amount of human effort to gather. In addition, there is considerable evidence that exposure to biomass smoke increases the risk of common and serious diseases in both children and adults. According to the WHO studies, indoor smoke from solid fuels causes an estimated 1.6 million deaths annually.

To minimize these harmful effects associated with cooking more efficient cook stoves have been proposed. These new stoves are significantly more biomass fuel efficient and thus reduce deforestation rates. These enhanced stoves also reduce indoor air pollution, thereby reducing deaths and illnesses due to biomass cooking.

RIT is working with an NGO partner in Haiti, H.O.P.E., and funded by an EPA Energy Research Grant to develop an enhanced stove. Concurrent with this team's work, a separate group will develop stove concept, design it, and create prototypes. This project is to develop a series of stove measurement and characterization methods and reduce them to practice. The mission of this project team is to define test methods relevant to the Haitian customer needs and, in addition, that quantifies the stove's fuel efficiency, cooking performance, and hazardous emissions in engineering terms.

Example cook stove (click picture to enlarge):


Project Readiness Package

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1) World Bank Group
2) Stove Testing Benchmarks
3) BioLite Stove
4) Cooking stoves and domestic energy
5) Philips Stove
6) Even More Stove Info

Project Name
Develop Thermoeletric Stove Test Methods and Capability
Project Number
Project Family
P10400 - Sustainable Technologies for the Third World
Energy and Sustainable Systems
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guides
Dr. Rob Stevens and Dr. Rick Lux
Faculty Consultant :
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Primary Customer
The People of Haiti

Team Documents

Planning Concept Level Design System Level Design

Mission Statement

Staffing Requirements

Intellectual Property Considerations

Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure

Team Norms and Values

Risks and Challenges

Required Resources

Project Documents

Testing Documents

Identify Customer Needs

Mid-Term Presentation

Final Presentation

Establish Target Specifications

Generate Product Concepts

Select Product Concept(s)

Test Product Concept(s)

Set Final Specifications

Concept Design Review Documents (SD I)

Detailed Design Review Documents (SD I)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD I)

Technical Conference Publication (SD II)

Poster Publication (SD II)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD II)

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