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Energy Globe Award

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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Rwanda 2017

Submitted by: Safer Rwanda
Project: Energy efficient cookstoves

Production and distribution of a wood cook stove molded from stainless steel with the objective to reduce the deforestation as well as the greenhouse gas emission.

Initial situation
The lack of alternative energy sources such as LPG or electricity are leading to increased pressure on the available forest resources for firewood and charcoal. 90 % of Rwandan households currently depend on woody biomass to cook their food. This has created an imbalance in the woody biomass supply.

Solution
Distribute energy efficient cook stoves to low-income households in Rwanda to reduce wood biomass consumption and protect the environment. Reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere means reducing the effects of climate change. Creating job opportunities helps reducing poverty and encourages economic development.

Innovation
The Save80 cook stove is made of stainless steel and is assembled locally to create employment and income. As per its specifications the Save80 only needs about 250g of wood to boil 6 liters of water, that’s about 80 % less than a traditional fireplace would need. It has a specified thermal efficiency of 52 % and the design ensures preheating of the air and a complete combustion with no visible smoke and only small amounts of ash.

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Jury-Rating
In Rwanda it is still common to prepare your meal over traditional fireplaces, which causes intense indoor pollution and a lot of health problems for women because of the smoke. The Save80 cook stove is made out of modern materials which decreases the amount of needed wood and smoke. It has a specified thermal efficiency of 52 % and it is assembled locally. They would like to emphasize the positive effects in the matter of health, saving money and environment.



Capital: Kigali
Official language: French, English, Kinyarwanda
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