Centro de Desarrollo con Energía Solar (CEDESOL)


CEDESOL was incorporated in Bolivia South America as a non profit Foundation in April 2003 We believe that there is hope for the many disenfranchised of this world. Our goal is to enrich humanity by equipping people with social and technological tools that permit them to direct their own destinies. All of our activities center around three key concepts; Alternative Education, Renewable Energy and Social Justice. Our founders bring together synergistic experiences unifying business administration, and social sciences with appropriate technology transfer. Mission The Foundation defines it's institutional mission in lines of action that foment positive change in living conditions in disenfranchised populations, promoting the widest possible participation by society in the use of alternative energies and education to better the quality of life as a manifestation of social and economic justice. Vision We see quality of life increase while poverty diminishes as communities are collectively edified applying alternative resources through solidarity and harmonious stewardship for the environment, achieved by working together with public and private institutions. Primary Institutional Goal Improve the quality of life in rural, urban and peri-urban areas by implementing practices that achieve social and economic justice through the efficient utilization of resources, appropriate technologies and alternative energies to achieve sustainable development in Bolivia and South America as a poverty reduction and environmental strategy. Secondary Institutional Goals Foment community based micro enterprises especially related to gender and children, to improve the economic conditions of people in specific areas of interest. Provide social and technical assistance to other organizations to help them achieve solid management, while preserving the ecology. Promote the micro businessman, farmer and or craftsman, their families and rural communities to help them better their lives, homes and communities through holistic sustainable activities. Provide advice and training to empower women and children in sustainability.

Organization Type Non-Governmental Organization

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Dr. David Whitfield V.
Secondary Contact

Address Ave America Este # 1675

Website http://cedesol.org
Phone 591-4-4483130
Fax 591-4-4483134
Calling/Fax Instructions

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

Applying methodology developed by David and Ruth Whitfield, 3,000 solar cookers have been incorporated into the Bolivian and southern Peruvian cultures in diverse climate zones and social levels since 2000. Solid scientific data validates the effectiveness of the approach and methodology utilized. Increased health, better nutrition and an overall higher quality of life are measurable major benefits from their usage, which also affect sustainable development. Our vision of improved stoves is integrated use of efficient biomass, retained heat and solar cooking. More emphasis is placed on retained heat and solar cooking as they present primary cultural barriers, but provide the most economical, energetic and health improvements, since cooking in those systems require no energy inputs from contaminating sources.

Fuels/Technologies: Biogas
Solar Cooking
Sectors of Experience: Agriculture
Behavior Change
Renewable Energy
Rural Development
Small Business
Technology Transfer

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

Generate community awareness of techniques and technologies available for immediate application related to household energy use, their energy costs/benefits, implementation approaches, impacts on health and quality of life, utilizing popular radio programs, television programs, community based participative workshops to involve and train community leaders and participatory alternative educational interventions to stimulate the implementation of improved household energy strategies.

Market development for improved cooking technologies:

CEDESOL's principals participated in developing an initial market demand and established that improved cook stove programs can be implemented if micro credit is available. CEDESOL has identified that it is now necessary to set up industry standards of good practice, reinforce and formalize the emerging cottage industry participants, experiment with mass produced stove models and educate existing micro finance organizations so that they favor the acquisition of these alternative household energy delivery systems. We expect to help document the ability of improved cookers, highly efficient in terms of reduced greenhouse gas emissions to participate within the framework of clean development, demonstrating their effectiveness in measurable terms. CEDESOL recently established a relationship with Energy House Group to provide micro credit programs to small enterprises and consumers of alternative energy products.

Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

CEDESOL is already participating in state of the art technology exchange on a global level related to improved and appropriate design of household energy devices. By establishing good practice standards, educating and interacting with government, civic, community leaders, small businesses and financers we expect to provide industry guidelines as well as needs responsive variations of proven technologies, to be implemented through the business models we are developing. Additionally we work through and with organizations such as Aprovecho Institute, Stoves list, Solar Cookers International and Solar Household Energy to take advantage of technology developments and testing done by others in addition to our in house empirical testing. Recently Dr. Paul Anderson committed to our team along with his Juntos gasifier technology to add to the Rocket type wood stoves, Ulog type box cookers, Cookit type panel cookers with or without the HotPot device, and several variations of retained heat cookers. We are willing to participate in the development of standardized testing and certification procedures.

Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

No input

Relevant Publications or Studies

http://www.she-inc.org/art.php?id=51 http://www.bioenergylists.org/en/cedrocketvideoaug27 http://www.bioenergylists.org/en/cedcookingvideoaug28 http://www.bioenergylists.org/en/proof http://www.bioenergylists.org/en/boliviaecostoves http://www.bioenergylists.org/en/cedintegrhc Also in Spanish: http://www.bioenergylists.org/es/node/574

Our Contribution to the Partnership

We would like to share experiences with other and help spread successes in order to put into practice interventions to reduce indoor air pollution and dependence on traditional fuels.