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EECL cohosts fundraising concert for Peruvian energy at New Belgium Brewery on Thursday

April 10, 2012

Students involved in the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory will co-host a fundraiser on Thursday with their counterparts from CU-Boulder to help people in Peru.

The stove CSU students will be installing in Peru.The fundraiser, to buy stoves and help send students to Peru, will be 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12.

Jason Prapas, PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, is helping to organize the trip to Peru, which is centered around the rural high Andes communities near the small city of Ayaviri. Funds raised will purchase 20 to 30 stoves for the region and help subsidize student travel.

"Nearly all of these users rely on animal dung for energy as they are above treeline," Prapas said. "Dung is a particularly dangerous fuel as it has a tendency to smolder, producing extremely high concentrations of noxious emissions. Traditional cooking in this region involves unvented burning of dung in a mud pit within the home for several hours per day. These communities are in desperate need of improved cooking systems."

EECL world leader in clean energy research

The EECL is a world leader in research, development, and testing of clean cooking technologies. These systems aim to address the region-specific needs and preferences of users, while burning fuel more cleanly and efficiently. Working with Fort Collins' own Envirofit International for the past eight years, the EECL has developed technology that has been distributed to more than 300,000 families globally.

Also helping with the fundraiser is CU-Boulder's Center for Energy and Environmental Security, which is an interdisciplinary research and policy center at the University of Colorado Law School. CEES works to develop practical strategies and solutions for moving international society toward a global sustainable energy future.

CEES has a three year existing relationship with members of these communities near Ayaviri.

Three-pronged approach

CEES and the EECL will be teaming up for the second year in a row to tackle the issue of clean cooking in Ayaviri through a three-pronged approach:

  • Education campaign: several community meetings will be held to educate residents about the dangers of cooking on unimproved stoves and the benefits of using improved ones. These meetings will also be used to gather preferences/feedback from community members to inform the design of a new stove for Ayaviri. A fellowship will also be established with the University Catolica San Pablo based in Arequipa, Peru to ensure regular visits from students to the communities to facilitate a longstanding and impactful improved stove program in Ayaviri.
  • Piloting of solar lighting units. The use of unimproved stoves may decrease if there is source of light beyond indoor fires.
  • Installation of 20-30 stoves.

Contact: Jason Prapas
E-mail: Jason.Prapas@colostate.edu