Lilongwe, Malawi

Malawi, nicknamed the Warm Heart of Africa, is a small landlocked country in southeast Africa. Two of our new partners, Charles Stewart Day Old Chicks (CSDOC) and MAEVE are located in the capital of Lilongwe and funded projects for our ETHOS students this past summer.  


Indoor air pollution from inefficient indoor cookstoves results in 4.3 million premature deaths each year [1]. On top of that, 52% of deforestation in Africa occurs due to families gathering wood for cooking. Clean burning, efficient stoves have the ability to create safer environments for the 3 billion people around the world that use biomass fuel for cooking [2].

This past summer in Lilongwe, Malawi, ETHOS students researched the effectiveness of a specific type of stove called the TChar gasifier. This type of stove uses biomass such as wood or rice husks to burn efficiently and cleanly. When lit, the biomass in the gasifier stove is converted into volatile vapors and carbonized biomass (char). The vapors are burnt apart from the char, creating a clean and efficient burn. During this summer in Malawi, ETHOS students built two different models of TChar stoves and evaluated the efficiencies of several locally available fuels in the form of pellets and briquettes.

Project Poster: Gasifier Stove and Renewable Biomass Fuel


“Malawi, the Warm Heart of Africa, never failed to impress me with its beautiful scenery, the multitude of projects to work on, and its welcoming people.  I was able to make some amazing new friends and gain some once in a lifetime experiences that I will never forget.”

- Jasmine Whitaker, 2014 ETHOS participant, Malawi




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