Cambodia: Feasibility Assessment for Impact Evaluation of the New Lao Stove
Berkeley Air was funded by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to conduct a site visit and propose the approach for an evaluation of the charcoal-burning New Lao Stove’s impact on health, environmental and economic outcomes. Berkeley Air worked in collaboration Domrei Research and Consulting to provide technical and scientific inputs.
China: IAP Impacts of Fuel Switching using Semi-gasifier Stoves
Berkeley Air organized a study to quantify the indoor air pollution impacts (CO, PM2.5) and fuel savings of fuel switching from non-renewable coal to renewable biomass using semi-gasifier stoves in rural households of Shanxi Province, China.The study was being conducted in partnership with Impact Carbon, China Association of Rural Energy Industry (CAREI), the University of California at Berkeley (UCB), and Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT).
China: Rural Household IAP Monitoring
Berkeley Air provided equipment, training, fieldwork support and data processing and analysis to The Nature Conservancy (TNC)/Yunnan Environmental Testing Center to assess indoor air quality improvements from alternative energy installations (biogas digesters and solar water heaters) as well improved biomass stoves.
Ethiopia: Ethanol Stoves
April 2005 - May 2007:
Berkeley Air conducted monitoring of the CleanCook ethanol stove in households in Addis Ababa and Bonga and Kebribeyah refugee camps. The before and after study design also allowed Berkeley Air to extrapolate estimates of the decrease in mortality risk for targeted populations.
Ghana: Indoor Air Pollution Monitoring
Berkeley Air partnered with EnterpriseWorks-Ghana to document the impact of the Gyapa wood stove on indoor air quality in households in Accra, Ghana compared to traditional cooking stoves.Kitchen concentrations of PM2.5 and CO were monitored in a before and after study design without controls.
Ghana: Monitoring for Carbon Finance
2008 - ongoing:
Berkeley Air conducted baseline monitoring for Toyola Energy Limited, a stove manufacturer located in Accra, Ghana. Toyola is pursuing carbon financing from credits generated from offsets achieved from the sale of its improved charcoal stoves. Berkeley Air's field team implemented a baseline study to characterize fuel use patterns across Toyola's customer base and measured fuel use to compare traditional and improved cooking technologies.
Guatemala, Sri Lanka and Uganda: IAP Capacity Building Workshops
Berkeley Air was partnered with the World Health Organization, the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (under the auspices of the US Environmental Protection Agency) and the Pan American Health Organization to conduct three regional technical capacity building workshops on indoor air pollution and household energy monitoring for WHO national affiliates and other mid-career professionals in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Honduras: IAP Monitoring Training and Support
Berkeley Air provided IAP monitoring equipment, training, and analysis and reporting support to a team of researchers from the University of Mary Washington undertaking a study of an improved cookstove program. The team conducted baseline IAP monitoring in approximately 40 households in a small squatter community on the outskirts of El Progresso, Honduras.
India, Nepal, Peru: Kitchen Performance Test Training and Emissions Monitoring
Under the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air, the USEPA sponsored Berkeley Air to conduct KPT trainings and studies for Partner programs in India (First Energy), Nepal (Centre for Rural Technology, Alternative Energy Promotion Center), and Peru (GIZ-EnDev, SENCICO). In-home emissions measurements of greenhouse gases and health-damaging pollutants were also made in Nepal and India.
India: Breathing Space Programme
2008 - ongoing:
Berkeley Air is partnering with the Shell Foundation to assess the real-word impact of its Breathing Space Programme (BSP), which is promoting a range of improved biomass stoves through its implementing partner Envirofit. BSP aims to achieve a material, verifiable, long-term reduction in the incidence of indoor air pollution at the global level by deploying approaches which are market oriented and commercially viable.
Kenya: Evaluation of Wood-Burning Manufactured Stoves
In order to provide a preliminary assessment of the suitability of several mass-produced improved wood stoves for refugee and Internally Displaced Person (IDP) environments and disaster relief situations, USAID funded Berkeley Air to conduct a series of Controlled Cooking Tests as well as a qualitative assessment of the acceptability and usability of the stoves in the Dadaab refugee camps in northeastern Kenya.
Kenya: Monitoring for Carbon Finance
Berkeley Air conducted baseline carbon monitoring for The Paradigm Project in Kenya using the Gold Standard methodology. Two models of improved wood-burning stoves, the Jiko Poa and the Envirofit G3300, were evaluated against traditional cooking methods. The monitoring was done in three locations: Nairobi, Meru and Marsabit.
Madagascar: Ethanol as a Household Fuel
The study is evaluating the effects of household ethanol use in comparison to the two most common domestic fuels: charcoal and fuel wood. In addition to testing the efficacy of ethanol stoves, the study also aims to assess the effects of awareness-raising and other promotional activities designed to address the harmful impacts of exposure to cooking smoke.
Mali: M&E for Carbon Financing
2008 - ongoing:
Berkeley Air conducted baseline monitoring for Katene Kadji, a stove manufacturer located in Bamako, Mali. Katene Kadji is pursuing carbon financing from credits generated from offsets achieved from the sale of its improved charcoal stoves. Berkeley Air's field team implemented a baseline study to characterize fuel use patterns across Katene's customer base and measured fuel use to compare traditional and improved cooking technologies.
Nicaragua: Health Exposures from Ecofogon
Berkeley Air researchers conducted a study in Ciudadela de San Martin, Nicaragua, to evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of two models of the EcoStove (or Ecofogon)- one fully open and one semiclosed- in reducing indoor air pollution (IAP). Using a randomized stove intervention trial, we evaluated the influence of stove type on kitchen air pollution levels and women’s exposures to small particulate matter.
Platform for Integrated Cookstove Assessment
To address the need for better household energy monitoring tools, we are developing the “Platform for Integrated Cookstove Assessment” (PICA). PICA is a suite of tools designed to collect data at key phases during the development and evaluation of household energy interventions. Current sensor-based systems require multiple unique applications to manage instruments and to download and describe data. Collating data streams from multiple device platforms involves manual processing of files to synchronize time stamps and data formats. Combining, visualizing, and meaningfully summarizing this data -- for policy, for research, and for internal review -- currently proves difficult.
Tanzania: Monitoring for Carbon Finance
2010 - ongoing:
Berkeley Air conducted baseline monitoring for Zara Solar, L’s Solutions, and SEECO stove manufacturers located in Mwanza, Arusha, and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
Uganda: Impact of a Rocket Stove on Emissions of Greenhouse Gases and Health-Damaging Pollutants
Funded by USAID, and in collaboration with the University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana, Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and the Millennium Promise Organization, Berkeley Air evaluated the impact of StoveTec rocket stoves on in-home stove emissions of greenhouse gases and health-damaging pollutants. The study took place in Ruhirra, Uganda, one of the Millennium Villages project sites.
Uganda: Monitoring of Rocket Wood Stove
2006 - 2007:
IAP and fuel use monitoring activities were undertaken by UGASTOVE (formerly UCODEA) with training and support from the Berkeley Air team for the purpose of assessing the impact of the UGASTOVE rocket wood stove on IAP levels, emissions, and fuel use in households in semi-urban Kampala.
Vietnam and South Africa: IAP Capacity Building Workshop
May 2007 - November 2007:
Berkeley Air was contracted by the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (under the auspices of the US Environmental Protection Agency) to conduct two regional technical capacity building workshops on indoor air pollution and household energy monitoring for members of the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air in Africa and Asia.