Stoves Fight Pollution, Save Fuel, Improve Health

The United States Embassy in Addis Abeba and the Fulbright Scholar Tsegaye Nega (Prof.) have introduced cook stoves that eliminate indoor air pollution and reduce fuel consumption.

The stoves can reportedly eliminate indoor air pollution by 95pc and reduce fuel consumption by 90pc. In addition to cooking, the stoves can also be used to light a room or to charge cell phones.

According to the embassy, every year over 60,000 people, mostly women and children, die in Ethiopia due to indoor air pollution arising from the use of traditional stoves. Another five million people suffer from respiratory diseases.

Tsegaye, who is currently serving as a Fulbright Scholar at Addis Abeba University, has been working with his colleagues at Carleton College in Minnesota to develop and test the performance of improved biomass gasifier stoves and the fuel pellets that power them.

Published on Aug 11,2018 [ Vol 19 ,No 954]



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