Indoor Environmental Quality in Developing Countries

Mission: Gadgil Lab – Stoves (GLS), a part of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the University of California Berkeley, designs and develops low emission, fuel efficient and culturally viable cookstoves in support of reducing the environmental, monetary, and health burden on relevant populations in poorer countries. GLS also strives to provide rigorous scientific testing of these and other improved stoves to validate claims of improved cooking.

Focus: GLS continues to test and refine the design of the Berkeley-Darfur Stove (BDS), a clean cookstove made for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Darfur region of Sudan which is tailored to their cooking style and climate. Through a partnership with the nonprofit organization, Potential Energy, thousands of BDS have been distributed, primarily in North Darfur, with plans to greatly expand efforts throughout the region. GLS is also working on modified versions of the stove for use in other developing countries and has conducted third party testing of charcoal stoves for distribution in Haiti.

GLS strives to publish both the successes and failures of its research in order to increase the knowledge base in the stove community. We are happy to share our knowledge and expertise with our partners. All relevant publications can be found here: Cookstove Projects.