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Did you know that:
  • 4 million people each year die prematurely due to household air pollution, mostly women and children.
  • 3 billion people still cook on an open fire, mostly using wood or dung.
  • 50 years after the problem was discovered, outside China only 8% of people have low smoke cooking stoves.
  • People in rural areas live on less than £1 per day.
  • Despite this poverty, use of mobile phones in poor rural areas has gone from 0% in 2007 to over 50% in 2013.

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What is being done to improve health and wealth?

The Score project started in March 2007 with the aim of researching a clean cooking stove that also generates electricity. The research was in two parts, social understanding and technology development.

The original concept used thermo-acoustics to convert heat into sound and then sound to electricity using a linear alternator.

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  Practical Action
  City University London
  Leicester University
  Queen Mary University of London
  BUET, Bangladesh Universiity of Engineering and Technology
  Kathmandu University, Nepal
  The University of Nottingham, Malaysia.
  Practical Action, Kenya
  Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
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The research phase was completed in 2012. Score now continues in many places and much has been achieved since its inception.

Score-Stove ™1, a clean cooking stove (no electricity) has been successfully trialled in Kenya.

Score-Stove ™2 has generated 23 watts of electricity using wood as the fuel and 37 watts under laboratory conditions.

Score-Stove ™3 is a compact thermo-electric unit that is being tested at Kathmandu University in Nepal.

There are Score-Centres in Malaysia, Bangladesh, Kenya and Nepal that are testing stoves with local communities.

The NGO (charity) Practical Action is working with rural people to evaluate the stoves and ensure we get the best design. Universities such as BUET and Kathmandu University are modifying the stoves so that they are acceptable for local cooking needs. The University of Nottingham and its Malaysian campus are advancing research into the low-cost electrically generating technology.

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Understanding the Social context and barriers to implementation was a major theme of the Score research project. Some documents are listed here.

More detail on the technology can be found here. and the Score research site with latest news is here.