UK charity develops ground-breaking electricity-generating cookstove
Press release, 30 August 2012
UK charity Practical Action is developing an electricity-generating cook stove that could change the way we use electricity.
The stove, which has been developed in partnership with a consortium of Universities in the UK led by Nottingham University, is currently being tested in Nepal, Bangladesh and Kenya where it could transform people’s lives and help put an end to global poverty.
Almost half the world’s population currently live without modern energy and the introduction of electricity to people’s lives can help them escape poverty for good by providing access to heat, light, education and health care.
Practical Action is working closely with the UN which has named 2012 its international year of sustainable energy for all and pledged to make access to energy a reality for everyone by 2030.
Teo Sanchez of Practical Action said:
"This innovative stove has the potential to drastically change the lives of people living in poverty around the world. It can bring electricity to people who have never had it - giving them access to light, heat, education and healthcare for the first time in their lives.”
When used for cooking, the stove heats a specially shaped pipe, compressing air which makes it vibrate and produce powerful sound waves. The sound waves create the energy needed to move an inbuilt generator which creates electricity.
You can view photos of the stove in action here