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: