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The rocket stove aims to address multiple issues across health, quality of life and environmental sustainability.

Environmental Sustainability – Deforestation is an issue across the globe and residential use of wood for cooking is a large contributor to the cutting down of trees in developing countries. Removal of trees reduces the Earth’s capacity to process the carbon dioxide released from human activity. Additionally, this “stored” carbon is then released when combusted. Carbon dioxide, methane and carbon monoxide is released in the burning of wood – when inefficient combustion occurs, black carbon is emitted. Black carbon is one of the top contributors to global warming.

Health – Respiratory issues associated with cooking are estimated to result in over 4.3 million deaths per year. Current methods of burning fuels for cooking are inefficient, cause a lot of smoke and production of harmful gases.

Quality of life – The smoke from inefficient combustion also results in significant discomfort during cooking, causing itchy eyes, coughing and carbon (soot) on the walls and roof.

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After reading through the handover document, I have came up with a few ideas to address the issues the previous team faced in Fiji. Firstly, the biggest problem it seems is that manufacturing the latest iteration of the Buka Dragon is too expensive. I agree with the suggestion that metal should be pre-cut overseas then shipped to Jacks of Fiji to produce the stove. Production must remain in Fiji as this increases the reputation of the business. To decrease costs further, the design of the...

Andre Werror
by Andre Werror
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The Sustainable Fuel project in Timor-Leste has now been running for four months and in that time has made significant and rapid progress. The February team has spent most of the month focussing on securing a long-term manufacturer, further price testing within the Hera and Dili regions, beginning the process of making sales and looking into viable distribution channels. As a result of our hard work, the project is in a strong position for future teams to take the project to the next stage....

by Thomas de Heus
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Lean Phase: Channels and Revenue Streams   Assumption: People are willing and able to utilise a payment plan to purchase a stove   Time Box: July Project. TBD by July Team.     Key Metrics: % Percentage of sales in which a payment plan was selected.   Success Points Green Light Proceed: Proceed to further develop payment plans and look at ways to implement them in the long term and while teams are not in country.   Success Point: 70% of...

by Thomas de Heus
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Lean Phase: Channels and Revenue Streams.   Assumption: That customers are able to pay for the stove at a bank using invoices.   Time Box:   July project. To be determined by July Team.   Success Metric: Metric % of paying customers who are able to pay for the stove through a bank.   Green Light: Establish long term online ordering system and determine, how stoves will be distributed after they are purchased online. Conduct payment plans experiment,...

by Thomas de Heus
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Over the course of February 2019, the Sustainable Fuel Consulting team in Fiji sought to finalise elements of PEV’s rocket stove business developed by previous teams. This meant focusing on developing autonomy to ensure business is continued sustainably until the July team arrives. The following document includes the progress made by the February team and advice for future teams actions in country. The December and January teams were successful in finalising the scalable Buka Dragon design...

by Timothy Phillips
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