Rice husk cook stoves are perhaps one of the simplest and
least costly, pro-poor alternative of all the renewable rural
energy technologies. The traditional metal stove has been
locally manufactured from scrap sheet metal and costing 5
- 10 USD and can burn loose rice husk and other dry small
particle plant matter very cleanly and efficiently via gasifacation.
In the rural areas of the Indo-gangetic plains farmers usual
use for rice husk is to burn in a smoldering pile at sunset
to produce smoke to keep the mosquito's at bay. In many rural
areas the husk, a by-product of rice milling, is easily available
and even given away by small rice mills. On the main roads
and closer to urban areas the husk is sold to small and large
industries who are using in increasingly efficient boilers
but still much more affordable than petroleum based cook stove
fuel (CNG, LPG, kerosene) or biogas systems.
NAEF with input from Agricultural Engineering Division, Nepal
Agricultural Research Institute locally manufactured and sold
20 pieces in 2002. From that humble beginning reports are
coming that upwards of 50,000 families across Nepal are using
these simple renewable energy stoves. NAEF was invited as
a finalist in the World
Bank's Gobal DM2008 competitive grant competition. We
continue to seek partners to help us make these stoves more
widely avaliable and to understand better the impact of these
stoves on livelihoods and environment.
Click here for the updated
report on adoption of rice husk stoves in Rupandehi, Nepal
Click here for detailed paper
describing the technology and its impact.
Other Bio-Mass Cooking Stove Information
Biomass Cooking Stoves
Husk Gas Stove Handbook