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Biomass Cookstoves Technical Meeting: Summary Report

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This report briefs the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offices of Policy and International Affairs (PI) and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) January, 2011, meeting to gather input on a proposed DOE research and development (R&D) program to address the technical barriers to cleaner and more fuel-efficient biomass cookstoves. The nearly 80 participants at the meeting evaluated DOE’s proposed goals, identified the major research challenges, and defined pathways toward technology solutions. The report focuses on four topics: (1) Combustion and Heat Transfer; (2) Materials; (3) Controls, Sensors, and Fan Drivers; and 4) Testing Protocols, Field Validation, and Product Design. Finally, the report summarizes the research challenges, pathways, and key contexts identified for each of these topics.