A new biomass cooking technology laboratory in Myanmar

GERES SCALE project assessment on Myanmar cookstove market highlighted the need for a standardized cookstove production and a robust certification system. Traditional cookstove production is highly fragmented and not standardized. Without standardization in place, stoves performance vary from one producer to another, and even within a single production batch. Moreover, just like in most developing countries, consumers rarely have information on stoves’ quality, performance or safety. Before SCALE project implementation, Myanmar was lacking capacity and equipment to run appropriate tests, and to implement a quality certification system.

 

In order to support a global switch to a sustainable and standardized production of Improved Cookstoves (ICS), SCALE project identified the need to support the Research and Development of ICS, and more specifically a pressing need for accessible stove testing services.

In partnership with the Forest Research Institute (FRI), a brand new testing facility was set up in FRI offices in Yezin University. Cookstoves practitioners can now access a high quality research center, and conduct work on stove design and stove performance assessment. The laboratory provides a number of stove testing services such as energy efficiency and emission monitoring.

The following equipment can be used in the lab: a ventilated oven for fuel Moisture Content measurement and a Laboratory Emission Monitoring System (LEMS) allowing measurement of CO emissions and Particulate Matter emissions (water boiling test, adapting water boiling test…).

 

Laboratory Emission Monitoring System (LEMS)

 

Thanks to the testing lab, SCALE project has been able to design two ICS models: standardizing the A1 traditional firewood stove and the Pathein traditional charcoal stove. The traditional A1 stove model had been developed and distributed by FRI since 1992. In fact, FRI has been conducting research and testing efficient cook stoves since 1990.

 

In September 2017, SCALE project technical team trained five FRI staffs on the lab management as well as testing protocols. The objectives of the training were to learn how to use and maintain the laboratory equipment, and how to apply testing procedures and understand them. From now on, FRI will manage the Biomass cookstoves testing Laboratory.

 

Contact:

For testing information: myanmar@geres.eu

 

 

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