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Quantifying the Potential Impact of Improved Stoves in Nyeri County, Kenya
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy Systems Analysis. Ecole Centrale de Lille.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Energy poverty is defined as the lack of access of households in developing countries to modern energy sources, and their consequent reliance on solid biomass fuels for cooking. So-called “Improved stoves” have been promoted by various public and private actors since the 1970s to tackle various environmental and health challenges associated with biomass use.

Impact studies of such projects are usually based on on-site surveys about the stoves’ use, and thus are extremely site-specific, and difficultly generalizable. This thesis project aims to introduce a novel approach to impact assessment of improved cooking stoves on both local energy needs and deforestation in the area.

This approach will base most of its figures and assumptions on calculated energy needs rather than survey reports. This will result in a highly flexible energy model, which can be used and adapted to help decision and policy makers in their function.

The area of Nyeri County, Kenya, where the author completed a one-month field study, is used throughout the thesis as a case study in order to validate the model.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
Kenya, Improved Cooking Stoves, ICS, Energy Systems Analysis, Energy Poverty, Deforestation, Cookstoves
National Category
Energy Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-159297OAI: diva2:784198
Subject / course
Energy and Climate Studies
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering - Energy and Environment
2014-11-27, Meeting Room, ITM, Brinellvagen 68, Stockholm, 16:07 (English)
Available from: 2015-01-29 Created: 2015-01-28 Last updated: 2015-01-29Bibliographically approved

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