Malawi Industrial Research and Technology Development Centre


Our mission is to be a national institution for conducting industrial research, technology development and dissemination in Malawi. We have been working on a number of energy related technologies including improved stoves.

Organization Type Government

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Mr. John Taulo
Secondary Contact

Address P.O. Box 357
Phone 99 533 4164
Fax 265 1 847 844
Calling/Fax Instructions

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

Developed LAWI stove for institutional use (schools, hospitals, prisons, orphanages).
Have been involved in the development and testing of charcoal stoves.
Currently testing charcoal gasifier stoves and would like to work on TLUD stoves.

Fuels/Technologies: Biogas
Sectors of Experience: Energy
Renewable Energy
Small Business
Countries of Operation: Malawi

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

More than 93% of Malawians use biomass, and 54% are ultra-poor living on less than 1 USD per day. More than 5% of ARI related deaths among women and children are caused by use of biomass energy.

Market development for improved cooking technologies:

We have an extensive network for distribution of technologies.

Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

As an organisation we believe in adaptation and adoption of technologies that meet local as well as international standards. We are a key stakeholder involved in formulation of national standards.

Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

We have the requisite experience in design and technology transfer but lack capacity in emission testing largely due to lack of equipment.

Relevant Publications or Studies

None noted

Our Contribution to the Partnership

Dissemination of results. Any other technology transfer initiatives as well as future testing of stoves developed for the sub-Saharan region.