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December Overview for Fiji Fuel Sustainability team

by
Jack Whaley
Jack Whaley | Nov 27, 2017 | in Knowledge Base

Overview:

The Fuel Assessment aims to reduce the impact of health issues associated with the use of current domestic fuel sources in developing nations. The goal for the summer projects is to finalise a design for the Rocket Stove and briquettes and to make sales with the potential for scalability.

 

Monthly Goal:

- Make one sale to the village that is already interested in the rocket stove prototype

- Visit 6 new villages and conduct empathise stage and revisit 3 familiar villages from previous months

- Establish 2 new stakeholders for recycling collection and 1 labour for rocket stove manufacture

- Conduct further research on briquettes specifically: binding method, carbonisation, and best materials

 

Likely Tasks:

- Visit and emphasise with villages

- Assemble two different size Rocket Stove’s

- Making modification on stove, that is needed for villages and recommended from previous months

- Establish new stakeholders, which include:

  • Recycling collection services (potentially hardware stores
  • Labour stakeholders (large-scale metal workers)
  • Bula Coffee for briquettes (coconut husks)

- Further explore the option of partnering with Potential Energy

- Conduct research on briquettes, which includes:

  • Investigate binding methods for charcoal that don't compromise heat conduction
  • Investigate carbonisation process and timing for removal from bin to effective produce workable briquettes
  • Determine most viable agricultural waste material for use

 

Jessica Stephanie Arvela Nov 27, 2017

It would be awesome to see some data backing the project claims ("reduce" the impact of health issues associated with the use of current domestic fuel sources in developing nations).

A case study of a typical user, their personal story (lifestyle, photos), detailing their use of traditional methods of fuel use, their pains/concerns associated with that use.

A parallel case study could then be generated using your product late Fed/July for a direct comparison.

That would work towards proving the worth of your concept, be invaluable for research grants and university honours interest, future marketing of the product, and could be associated with an impact assessment (indicating an awareness of the influence of projects in communities).

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Larissa Steele Nov 28, 2017

Great to see the task breakdown for the month.

For the empathising in the villages, hopefully the flooding is not too much of an issue and doesn't impact those goals. Be sure to use to google maps and mark out all the bridges along the way and any bridges/areas that you have trouble getting through due to flooding or otherwise. Save should be able to help you guys out in terms of which villages are accessible during the month.

In terms of the health concerns, from memory, much of that research the July team conducted was quite qualitative. The July team attempted to contact the medical centre in Keiyasi (spelling likely wrong) but we weren't able to get a response before we left. Might be worth trying to get back in contact with them and maybe even other medical centres or hospitals if that is possible for more quantitative research backing the medical concerns.

For the labour (Rocket stove), our greatest issue was cost so it will be interesting to see how that can be negotiated if more stoves are created my the same person. During one of our village visits, one of the villagers mentioned a Rocket stove that was apparently being sold in one of the other islands a few years back but not anymore I believe. The issue with that was it was considered expensive (I don't recall the exact number but might have been above $100) so keep that in mind - pricing is vital.

For sales, July team focused more on direct sales in villages but another idea for later could be having the stoves sold at the shops along the road people pass. Just an idea as I am not sure how far along in the sales the December team will get.

Hope it all goes well, particularly with the charcoal briquettes and eager to hear updates on your progress!

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Wade Tink Nov 28, 2017

I'll try to help by analysing each of these main goals in sequence:
- Make one sale to the village that is already interested in the rocket stove prototype
You will be jumping forward with this one but it may be worth it if you understand what you want to learn: learn- measure-build
With gaining a sale I appreciate that you want to achieve product market fit and I want to take it a step further by understanding what you will measure in this and what success looks like, this should link to your BMC. The link to the BMC is that the success metric is a number that determines whether or not you've validated one of your business model hypotheses.
This is going to be difficult to pin down as it is always different but I would consider how many people in the village who are interested are the 'customer segment' you want; do they satisfy the criteria of having a problem, knowing they have a problem and are seeking a solution- this would be a start. From here think about your success number in terms of those who are willing to commit through purchase.

When you are putting together your offer I would really analyse the previous customer interviews and info and design out your offer in terms of problem- solution. Organise your key value propositions into segments and understand the benefits in terms of the them. Measure everything.

- Visit 6 new villages and conduct empathise stage and revisit 3 familiar villages from previous months
This is great. Ensure you genuinely start from the start by focusing on empathy and not directing anything towards the solution you already have in mind. Focus on getting your interview questions right and planning this out as a team.

- Establish 2 new stakeholders for recycling collection and 1 labour for rocket stove manufacture
Looking at the Key Partners part of the BMC what you are trying to do here is validate one of your business model hypotheses. Have an understanding of all the parts of the BMC before going into this space.

- Conduct further research on briquettes specifically: binding method, carbonisation, and best materials
This research will be mostly out of the building and relates to the goal above. This will be validating business model hypothesis again as it will link to the value proposition of your solution and key activities if you need to link this to your product.

Overall I feel that these goals are on track, I think you just need to drill down to the success metrics on each one in order to be clear on what the victory looks like for you. Post these up as you move forward on it so we can follow and see how you progress. Remember the key part of this is learning (as part of lean start-up) which removes the failure element, you will receive feedback whatever happens just make sure it contributes to your learning.

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Kaushik Bilimoria Dec 1, 2017

Keen to see what you findings are with R&D

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Ciaran Hoare Dec 1, 2017

Harry and Rhys both developed empathy questionnaires in Timor from already looking at the AWG. May prove useful in developing the right base level questions with no bias to the current solution

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Wade Tink Jul 1, 2018

Status label added: Work Update

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