Sengdao Phonemany

Sengdao Phonemany

The Improved Cook Stove programme provides consumers with more durable and efficient stoves that are not only better for users’ health, but also save households up to 30 USD per year and cooks save more than 30 minutes per day.

The programme has been implemented since 2010 by local Non-Profit Association, the Association for Resource Mobilization and Improvement (ARMI), with technical assistance from SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and support from the European Commission, Oxfam and the Blue Moon Fund

The Renewable Energy and New Materials Institute (RENMI) recently conducted the first Controlled Cooking Test (CCT) at its laboratory facilities.  Lao cooks prepared predetermined dishes in a controlled environment using various types of cook stoves. This method of testing allowed cooking time and fuel consumption to be calculated and attributed by stove.

Mr. Bounchan Douangvilay, Deputy Director of RENMI supports the use of CCTs, “The CCT allows us to assess the performance of stoves during a cooking session. This will assist in the development of higher quality stoves that have been produced for the local market and the test will confirm whether they are indeed improved or not.”

The CCT can also be used to measure the amount of air pollution a stove produces in comparison to another. The programme looks at the development of improved stoves to increase efficiency and durability, but also to reduce indoor air pollution and mitigate the negative health impacts on women and children from smoke exposure during cooking.

On plans going forward, Mr. Bounthavy Sengtakoun, a Renewable Energy advisor from SNV commented, “We plan to complete more CCTs in the future as we find it adds much value to the current research and development process.”  RENMI, ARMI and SNV will continue to use this method of testing in the future, not only to assess stove performance but also to provide a platform to obtain insightful feedback from cooks taking part in the test.


This programme is funded by European Union