In communities all throughout Uganda, whether it be in big cities or small villages, the most common method for cooking uses a three stone open-fire stove fueled by biomass materials (most commonly wood or charcoal). This form of cooking has caused a multitude of life-threatening respiratory problems for those in close proximity to the stoves on a daily basis. According to the World Health Organization “over 4 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to the household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels” and of those affected by indoor cooking pollution, women and children are impacted the most. During a recent research trip to Uganda, four students attending California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo witnessed the effect of indoor cooking pollution. Their objective for the trip was to explore the potential for solar electric cookstove implementation within Uganda. Specifically, this paper summarizes the findings from their Uganda trip including, their technical design/specifications, implementation strategy, air quality testing, cost analysis, results, and recommendations for future considerations regarding the solar electric cookstove.
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