Cookstoves Sierra Leone

On the 26th of June 2014, the StovePlus  team based in Mali and the Renewable Energy Center team met in Freetown, Sierra Leone for a workshop. Two StovePlus  partners were invited to take part in the event: the Government Technical Institute (GTI) and Renewable Energy Center (REC). Capacity building, baseline assessment, meeting stakeholders and understanding the local value-chain are activities planned to train the participants.

The Vice-President opened the session and each participant introduced themselves. Explanations were given about the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the team explained the different goals of this workshop to define a framework. Then, the participants separated into 3 groups and each group had a topic to think about and debate: clay, metal and customers.

After this work, it was time for the Water Boiling Test (WBT): the practical works took place during the afternoon. Five little groups were formed to put into practice the first steps of the WBT. Some producers tried the first stages on their own stoves, each in their own way. Thus, they quickly discovered some ways for improving stove quality thanks to the WBT.

During the practical works, a quick class on physics was given to understand thermal efficiency and combustion. Then, a little experimentation was proposed: they had to look for the hottest point in a candle flame. This exercise helps to remember that the design of a combustion chamber must take into account the height between the fireplace embers and the pot in order to maximize the ratio of the coal consumption and the transmission of the produced heat.

The workshop ended with the presentation of the Baseline Assessment results. Some important activities performed have to be highlighted: we were able to present the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to the participants; they could discuss together some of the limitations that producers face in Sierra Leone; the practical works on the value-chain to produce an improved cookstove has been done; and the participants could come up with some suggested improvements for their products.

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