Firewood and firewood charcoal account for a significant proportion of the fuel used by both households and businesses in many developing contexts – for example in Burkina Faso it is around 80%. At the same time these same contexts can be experiencing high levels of deforestation. This can also mean that people, typically women, spend increasing amounts of their day collecting firewood as sources get more and more scarce and difficult to find. The use of firewood as a source of fuel, in the household setting especially and where cooking takes place indoors, is associated with significant health issues and early deaths in developing contexts, particularly amongst women and children.
There are many good stove technologies on the market in developing contexts, which are helping reduce the use of firewood, reducing illness and early mortality rates, and improving the finances of households and even micro and small businesses. Stoves are therefore an area which we have tended to leave alone when it comes to innovation, though we do advocate their use as part of our work with communities, especially with women. However, there are cases where there is a need or ripe opportunity for some innovation.
Dual purpose steriliser & cook stove
(2015 – 17)
Fullwell Transform designed a stove that could use available agricultural wastes in Uganda as fuel, for the purposes of both sterilising mediums used to grow mushroom, and cooking. The stove was designed to be as low-cost, low-tech as possible to be viable at the micro-enterprise level.
Biogas cook stove
Fullwell Transform designed a simple burner that could operate using biogas and be used to cook meals for workers at a cashew processing facility in Burkina Faso, as well as to manufacture soap.