This page provides links to traditional stove efficiency research reports from Eritrea. Increasing traditional stove efficiency is a key element of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Eritrean energy sector. Approximately 80% of gross energy consumption in Eritrea utilizes biomass fuels: wood, dung, and crop residues. Of this 80%, approximately 1/2 is used cooking the traditional Eritrean bread enjera (injera or taita). Recent stove research has indicated that more than 50% of current traditional stove energy use can be saved through improved efficiency stove designs that are also popular amongst the Eritrean rural public. In addition, a variety of measures including cooking thick moist enjera and using an iron, rather than a clay, cooking plate can provide further savings.
Because improved stove efficiency can potentially have dramatic positive impacts on the Eritrean standard of living, we are providing complete technical information on stove efficiency research on-line and can provide free technical support and consultation to other stove efficiency improvement efforts.
This information has been prepared by Robert Van Buskirk. Please send questions, queries, and encouragement to: firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Eritrea Technical Exchange email@example.com.
Last update October, 2001 by rvb