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“It is no overstatement to say that without Aprovecho Research Center we would most likely not have a modern cookstove movement and we certainly wouldn’t have BURN!”

Peter ScottExecutive Director, CEO, Burn ManufacturingBurn Design Lab

For over three decades, Aprovecho Research Center has been the global go-to for practical, efficient, and purposeful expertise in the design and testing of biomass cookstoves. Their leading-edge and collaborative research continues to remain open source and accessible to promote the “best use of” resources for everyone from the rural cook to national governments.

Nordica MacCartyAssistant Professor of Mechanical EngineeringOregon State University

One of the Laboratory Emissions Monitoring Systems ready for use at the ARC campus.

Established in 1976, Aprovecho Research Center (ARC), a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, assists developing world organizations to establish high quality labs so they can test and improve their wood burning cooking stoves. It specializes in iterative experimental design of wood burning cookstoves through rapid prototyping and emissions and thermal measurements.

Smoke from wood burning cook stoves kills 4 million women and their children every year (WHO, 2014).

The black carbon in smoke from wood burning cook stoves causes an estimated 18% to 25% of climate change (New York Times, 2008).

We had to invent the emissions equipment needed to develop clean burning and efficient cookstoves and have been improving it for more than 20 years. ARC has a holistic view of biomass cookstove development and has engineers available to serve in the areas of: