P10462: Thermo-Electric Cook Stove #3


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. The goal of this project is to develop a first generation thermoelectric RIT stove with a specific focus on designing a thermoelectric and battery powered fan. Team (P10451) will develop stove measurement and characterization methods and reduce them to practice. A second team (P10461) will design the basic stove and specify the air flow required from the fan. The mission of this project team is to design a power system to power the fan using thermoelectrics. This system will first be designed for an already existing camp stove and then adapted to the Haitian cook stove designed by Team P10461.

Example cook stove (click picture to enlarge):


Project Readiness Package

More general information on thermoelectric modules is available at: TE Modules


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 power system for first generation of stove
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
John Wellin, James Myers, Brian Thorn
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Primary Customer
The People of Haiti

Team Documents

Customer Requirements

Engineering Specifications

Pairwise Comparison & House of Quality (For Customer Need and Engineering Specs Development)

Concept Selection

Flow Calculations

Flow Calculations Comparison Between Stock and Suggested Design

Thermal Bridge Design/Analysis

Heat Sink Calculations

Electrical System Schematic

Electrical Block Diagram

Electrical Cases

Switching Circuit Diagram

System Model

Detailed Design Review Agenda

Action Items from Detailed Design Review

Risk Assessment

Project Plan (MSD I & II)

Bill of Materials

TEG Test Results

Assembly Drawings

Hot Side Flat Plate

Hot Side Dimensions 1

Hot Side Dimensions 2

Heat Sink

Heat Sink Dimensions 1

Heat Sink Dimensions 2

Full Assembly

Control System Schematic

Planning Concept Level Design System Level Design

Mission Statement

Staffing Requirements

Intellectual Property Considerations

Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure

Team Values and Norms

Required Resources

Links to References

Identify Customer Needs

Establish Target Specifications

Concept Screening

Select Product Concept(s)

Technical Review Agenda

Detailed Design Review

Project Management Review Presentation

Technical Conference Publication

Poster Publication

Managerial Design Review Presentation

Photo Gallery