CeTAmb

Mission

CeTAmb’s aim is to conduct research on appropriate technical solutions, capable of facing environmental issues in Developing Countries. This research is performed within the University, but has important effects on external educational and productive activities. CeTAmb collaborates with partners in Low and Middle Income Countries, such as NGOs or universities, to carry out research and education activities. In particular, the Centre’s specific aims are:
- promoting contacts with other universities and secondary schools, research centres and NGOs, in order to encourage international cooperation activities;
- favouring the spreading of information about cooperation thanks to the creation of a documentation centre (library, information net, web site, archives) and databases as well as the publication of periodical reports;
- encouraging, coordinating and performing research projects and interdisciplinary collaboration with Developing Countries, as well as other foreign countries dealing with international cooperation;
- favouring cultural exchanges between students and teaching staff through placements by universities and Developing Countries local activities;
- organizing specific conferences in university courses and secondary schools aiming to increase the focus on environmental management in Developing Countries;
- promoting, in collaboration with Italian and foreign research centres, local productive activities and private and public agencies, the organization of research activities, as well as national and international conferences, in order to spread research carried out.

Household energy and indoor pollution are new key topics for CeTAmb researchers, who are facing these issues in a number of experiences in the field.

Organization Type Academia

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Dr. Francesco Vitali
francesco.vitali@ing.unibs.it
Secondary Contact
Dr. Franco Gomez

Address via Branze 43
Brescia,
25123
Italy
Website http://www.ing.unibs.it/~cetamb
Phone 0303711266
Fax 030371213
Calling/Fax Instructions

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

In relation to household energy interventions, CeTAmb is involved with the following:
- briquettes producing in Burundi (community level): production of an alternative fuel for a nun mission from local biomass from agricultural waste.
- alternative fuels and improved stoves for a fisherman community in Santa Yalla (Senegal)
- improved stove development and dissemination in the capital N'Djamena (Chad) and in the Logone Valley (urban and rural regional level)
- energy recovery from rice-husk as cooking fuel in the Logone Valley (rural regional level)

Fuels/Technologies: Biogas
Biomass
Sectors of Experience: Energy
Environment
Infrastructure
Renewable Energy
Water
Countries of Operation: Colombia
Venezuela
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Chad
Senegal
Sudan
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Italy

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

Technical assistance is the main issue CeTAmb deals with. However the acceptability by the population of the proposed technologies is a key point to CeTAmb: not only technical factors, but also social attitudes and economical aspects have always been considered in the activities implemented.
Project partners are usually directly in charge of the capacity building and project implementation. As regards knowledge management, CeTAmb is willing to share the results of its studies and research.


Market development for improved cooking technologies:

Market development and scaling-up of the technologies are usually implemented by the partners working continuously on the project in the field.


Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

Building/manufacturing manuals and training materials have been prepared and shared with the project partners and local stakeholders appointed, in order to guarantee the standardization of the technologies proposed and to allow the reproducibility of them.


Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

Several missions in the field were implemented by CeTAmb staff to monitor the different phases of the projects. Strict contact with partners operating in the field has always been kept to maintain strict contact with the evolution of the activities.

Relevant Publications or Studies

Cattaneo D., Mazzù A., Sorlini S., Zambetti P. (2004) Study of appropriate technologies for production and utilisation of biomass briquettes in developing countries, in: Proceedings of the 2nd World Biomass Conference – Biomass for Energy, Industry and Climate Protection, Rome, 10–14 May 2004, vol. II, pp. 2522–2525.

Mazzù A., Sorlini S., Zambetti P. (2005) Experimentation of an appropriate technology of biomass recovery for artisanal wood transformation in Senegal, in: Proceedings of the 14th European Biomass Conference and Exibition – Biomass for Energy, Industry and Climate Protection, Paris, 17–21 October 2005, pp. 2143–2146.

Collivignarelli C., Mazzù A., Vaccari V., Vitali F. (2010) COMPARISON OF BIOMASS STOVES AS APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGIES FOR HOUSEHOLD ENERGY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, in Proceedings of the III INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ENERGY FROM BIOMASS AND WASTE, Venice, 8-11 November 2010, in press.

Our Contribution to the Partnership

CeTAmb will contribute by sharing knowledge and experiences, but also suggestions and opinions on projects underway.