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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
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Project Summary

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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Timothy Phillips
Experiment Results

Reference the Experiment Design Post: Retailers Experiment Design   Lean Phase: Revenue Streams   Assumption: Retailer can order, purchase and collect the Buka Dragon as a part of our autonomous business model.   Results: Orange Light   Number of MOUs signed by retailers: 2   Number of stoves purchased by retailers following 1 month trial 2   Percentage of retailers obtaining stoves to stock Not tested autonomously   Validated Learning:...

by Michael Barlow
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Michael Barlow
Experiment Results

  Experiment Design Post : Sales Agent Experiment Design Lean Phase: Channels and Revenue Streams Assumption: Sales agents can order, purchase, and collect the Buka Dragon as a part of our autonomous business model. Results: Red Light No sales agent MOUs were signed over the month of February. Although many locals showed interest in signing to be a sales agent it was difficult to finalise transactions between both parties due to time constraints and limited supply...

by Eliza Karlson
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Eliza Karlson
Experiment Results

Experiment Design Post:  Facebook Messenger ChatBot Experiment Lean Phase: Channels Assumption: That Facebook’s third-party ChatBot software is a viable platform to automate the ordering process away from PEV’s in-country operations Results:  Orange Light Number of total ChatBot interactions: 16 Number of complete Chatbot interactions: 7 Level of Satisfaction from complete interactions: All complete interactions had a 5 out of 5 satisfaction rating Level...

by Harry O'Donnell
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Harry O'Donnell
Experiment Results

Experiment Design Post:  Supply Chain Experiment Design Lean Phase: Channels Assumption: That it is feasible to manufacture 10 Buka Dragons within the project month in Fiji Results: Red Light Failed to meet or exceed our failure point. A contract to supply 10 or more stoves per month was not achieved due to the price quoted far exceeding our failure point amount of $81 FJD. Therefore our other metrics could not be measured. It should be noted that the prototype picked up...

by Harry O'Donnell
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Adopted Experiment

Lean Phase: Revenue Streams Assumption: Retailer can order, purchase and collect the Buka Dragon as a part of our autonomous business model. Time Box: 2 Weeks Key Metrics: Number of MOUs signed by retailers. Number of stoves purchased by retailers following 1 month trial Percentage of retailers obtaining stoves to stock Green Light Retailers are deemed a viable revenue stream for the business model Obtain more partnerships with retailers and scale up Success...

by Harry O'Donnell
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