IIT Delhi is a premier institute in science and technology, higher education and research in India. It has made a mark worldwide. It has established Centre for Rural Development and Technology more than twenty years back. The Centre has been working in various rural technologies at the level of research, teaching, training, demonstration and field trials. One of these technologies is the clean cookstoves with which I have been personally involved for the last 17-18 years. That includes study of indoor air pollution and its mitigation. I have developed a number of designs of such stoves myself and disseminated them in the field in large numbers. A state of the art testing laboratory has been setup at IIT Delhi for this purpose. We have been recognized by the Govt. of India as one of the main testing and evaluation centres for clean cookstoves. I have also been working on development of animal power and its application in various sectors like agriculture, post harvest processing, water lifting etc.
My other colleagues at the Center have also been working on many more such aspects and other forms of renewable energy like biogas, bio fuels etc. There are other Departments and Centers at the Institute which are doing very useful work in other relevant areas like solar energy, micro hydel energy and so on.

Organization Type Government

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Secondary Contact

Address Centre for Rural Development and Technology
Indian Institute of Technology
New Delhi, Delhi
Phone +919810742111
Fax +911126526135
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Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

We are implementing a pilot project on community/ commercial cookstoves in India sponsored by the Govt. of India where we shall be putting up 50 stoves each in 10 different clusters in the country and monitoring their performance in terms of fuel saved and emissions reduced as compared to traditional cooking. We shall be covering schools, anganwadis, restaurants, hostels etc. Similarly we shall be taking up domestic stoves for dissemination in large numbers, maybe a few hundred thousand. We shall also be taking up carbon credit route to make such programmes self sustaining.

Fuels/Technologies: Biomass
animal power
Sectors of Experience: Energy
Renewable Energy
Rural Development
Small Business
Rural technologies and rural industries.
Countries of Operation:

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

We are basically a technical institute and working on design and development of efficient cookstoves. A number of designs are available to suit the requirements of different sections of the society as well as different fuels. Also there are designs which can meet multifuel requirements. Cost has been a serious criteria in developing such stoves and we have tried to keep the cost as low as possible to make it well within the reach of those who are at the bottom of the pyramid in the society. We are also a testing and evaluation center and are involved in testing of stoves both in the laboratory as well as in the field. We are doing both thermal evaluation as well as emissions evaluation of the stoves including indoor air pollution measurements and strategies for its mitigation. We are taking up a pilot project sponsored by the Govt. of India as well as private organizations to develop strategies for mass dissemination of the stoves including commercial marketing and revenue generation. To overcome the social and cultural barriers we try to work through local organizations and include the feedback from the people in modifying the designs so as to make them easily acceptable in their sociocultural milieu.

Market development for improved cooking technologies:

We have been working with private companies involved in cookstoves manufacture and sale and provide them technical backup to help them understand the performance of their stoves as well as try to modify them to suit the market requirements. We also certify the performance of the stove and our certification is fully accepted and valued both by the Govt. as well as the market. We also help prepare and design carbon credit documents as and where needed to generate revenue for the companies/ organizations involved in disseminating the stoves.

Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

Technology development and standardization is one of our major tasks at IIT Delhi. We have been involved in developing and standardizing technologies for cooking, heating and ventilation for rural areas in India. A number of such models are available that are suitable for various regions in country depending upon their requirements.

Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

Monitoring is also our major task and we have been monitoring cookstove performance as well as indoor air pollution in different regions of the country through local organizations. We are also doing monitoring for preparation of carbon credit documents. We have all the required equipment and trained man power for the purpose.

Relevant Publications or Studies

A comprehensive report titled New Initiative for Development and Deployment of Improved Cookstoves in India: Recommended Action Plan has been prepared and submitted to the Govt. of India. Actions have already been initiated by the Govt. on the same. The report is available both in hard and soft copies on demand. There have been many more publications earlier during 80s and 90s when earlier programmes were going on in India. The list can be made available separately if required both in hard or soft form.

Our Contribution to the Partnership

We can participate by demonstrating our experiences and expertise in cookstove development, testing and evaluation, monitoring and benchmarking in the field. At the same time we would like to learn from experiences in other parts of the world to educate ourselves and improve our programme further. Also, we shall be delighted if we can help programmes in other parts of the world.