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India Cooking Up Tailored Solutions to World's Need for Clean Stoves

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The scene is being played out at the headquarters of Prakti, the company founded by Serrar, once a high-flying executive for Motorola in San Francisco, who chucked in the good life to design cookstoves for developing countries.

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JL A (281)
Monday March 18, 2013, 2:22 pm
Copywritten article at the site, which includes this quote:
"Headquarters is a bit of a misnomer. Prakti's employees work out of converted red-brick kiln houses in rural Auroville in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

"Auroville is home to 2,000 people from 30 countries who arrived in the 1960s to set up an "international township" that would transcend class, nationality and creed. Pragmatists as well as idealists, they experimented in solar energy and organic farming. In the process, they turned Auroville into a magnet for tourists who come to gaze at Matrimandir (Sanskrit for temple of the mother)."

Kit B (276)
Monday March 18, 2013, 2:31 pm

A very interesting idea and concept. Not to just toss cold water on this, because I do like the idea. I am concerned that they have not found some thing other than wood for the stoves. India is already suffering from vast deforestation and that in turn leads to flooding that will wash out the needed minerals and nutrients in soil. Just my thought but there must be a better way than using wood.

Christeen Anderson (371)
Monday March 18, 2013, 2:52 pm
Quite interesting. Thank you for sharing.

Sue Matheson (79)
Monday March 18, 2013, 3:03 pm

JL A (281)
Monday March 18, 2013, 3:17 pm
You are welcome Sue and Christeen.
I'm hoping there is a hidden incremental approach where first stove design then different fuel Kit.
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Rose Becke (141)
Monday March 18, 2013, 3:29 pm
Very interesting JLA

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday March 18, 2013, 5:21 pm
Noted but it's still a fossil fuel approach.

Terry V (30)
Monday March 18, 2013, 5:47 pm
Noted and shared, THANKS!!!
I know in Bunia, DRC, it is very difficult to introduce a new idea. They are NOT impressed with even trying solar stoves. SIGH.

JL A (281)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:01 pm
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Mitchell D (87)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:24 pm
Sounds good to me.

JL A (281)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:43 pm
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Süheyla C (234)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:10 pm

JL A (281)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:53 pm
You are welcome Suheyla

SuSanne P (193)
Monday March 18, 2013, 10:40 pm
Thank you dearest. I hope your St. Paddies Day was full of fun!

JL A (281)
Monday March 18, 2013, 10:48 pm
You are welcome. Thanks SuSanne

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 5:17 am
Interesting thankyou

Joseph Miller (23)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 6:06 am

JL A (281)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 9:21 am
You are welcome Carol

S S (0)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 10:07 am
Thank you.

JL A (281)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 11:20 am
You are welcome Shanti

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 8:45 pm
Interesting article, less pollution is always welcome and perhaps as Kit B mentioned other ideas are also needed.

JL A (281)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 10:13 pm
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Past Member (0)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 4:35 am
Good point Kit, but these stoves do several things. First they cut indoor pollution from cooking and people are healthier. Reduce fuel also is better for the environment. More time is available to create a better life, providing more income and the cycle repeats. Personally, I think that women have more time (and it's normally women that have to collect fuel for the fires) for education. I'm impressed that Bill Clinton is a big supporter of these initiatives.

JL A (281)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 5:54 pm
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