Aprovecho Research Center


Aprovecho Research Center (ARC), a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation established in 1976, is dedicated to researching, developing and disseminating appropriate technological solutions for meeting the basic human needs of refugees and impoverished people and communities in poorer countries. ARC’s goal is to help relieve suffering, improve health, enhance safety, and reduce adverse impacts on the environment. ARC has been especially dedicated to creating effective cooking and heating systems using biomass fuels. ARC provides technical assistance to related appropriate technology projects worldwide.

Organization Type Non-Governmental Organization

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Mr. Dean Still
Secondary Contact
Mr. Mike Hatfield

Address 79093 Hwy 99
PO Box 1175
Cottage Grove, OR
United States
Website www.aprovecho.org
Phone 541-767-0287
Calling/Fax Instructions

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

We have about 20 ongoing projects at all levels of activity

Fuels/Technologies: Biogas
Sectors of Experience: Behavior Change
Carbon Finance
Renewable Energy
Small Business
Countries of Operation: India

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

Let women design the function of the stove then improve effectiveness as possible.

Market development for improved cooking technologies:

Selling stoves globally through Stove Tec.

Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

Always best to use chimney but if not possible try to encourage cleaner combustion and outside cooking.

Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

We are producing inexpensive monitoring and evaluation products such as IAP meter and PEMs hood to help create regional testing centers around the world.

Relevant Publications or Studies

we have produce some 2,000 documents on testing and developing improved cook stoves.

Our Contribution to the Partnership

We will help however we can. Partnership is becoming the vehicle for change in this field.