Indian Institute of Technology


The mission of our studies is to minimize indoor pollution so that we can limit the deaths caused by it.

Organization Type Academia

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Mr. Syed Javid Andrabi
Secondary Contact

Address Indian Institute of Technology
Centre for Energy Studies
Phone +919310575400
Calling/Fax Instructions

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

The Indian Institute of Technology is already undergoing a project on Emissions From Traditional and Improved Cook stoves and their combustion efficiencies. The work in rural ares will include modifications in cooking stoves and improving health conditions.

In our research on emissions, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide were our main pollutants to be determined (as well as various other pollutants), keeping in view the fact that they are harmful indoors. In our study it has been observed that the carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide concentrations are higher when the fuel is burned in a traditional chulha (U-shaped) as compared to an improved stove (Priyagini model, designed by CPRI, the Central Power Research Institute). However the smoky concentration decreases when the firing attained a temperature of 90-200°C. In the case of wood burning, the comparison of efficiency ranged from 10-14% in traditional chulha (U-shaped) and 20-25% in improved stove (Priyagini). The efforts have begun to design better dung-burning stoves and just like with wood-burning stoves it is believed that with the implementation of advanced combustion techniques and modern combustion principles dung can certainly attain significant improvements in efficiency and emissions. In fact, dung can be as good or better than wood as cooking fuel.

Fuels/Technologies: Biomass
Wood, Cow Dung
Sectors of Experience: Education
Carried a project on Emission From Tradational and Improved cook stoves and their combustion efficiencies
Countries of Operation:

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

In India the government is taking initiatives. We are planning to undergo a project for better environment.The work done in this area is not practically implemented. The aim of ours is expertise the new techniques and provide them the basic information .

Market development for improved cooking technologies:

We are in research and development.

Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

We are carrying out our project with CPRI models and traditional stoves.

Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

We monitor CO, NOX, SOX, and CO2.

Relevant Publications or Studies

The publications regarding the project have been submitted.

Our Contribution to the Partnership

We want to carry a project which will hit all rural areas where cow dung and wood are used. We should have already initiated the project, but due to lack of funding we generally have carried our work in laboratory conditions only. We want to characterize the emissions and ground level by carrying out experiments in the households.

We want to develop a cook stove which will be cost effective and emissionless.