Cookstove Durability Testing Webinar


Are you interested in increasing the lifespan of the stove you promote? Would you like to provide more assurance to your customer that your stove can stand the test of time? Have you heard about organizations that are testing for durability, but aren’t sure how they do it or what equipment they use?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then register today for the upcoming EPA and Winrock webinar on Cookstove Durability Testing taking place on Thursday, January 17th at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Join the webinar to:

  • Learn about the goals and benefits of conducting cookstove durability testing;
  • Hear the results of durability testing and how they are being used;
  • Discover how to test the durability of different materials and stove components to improve the design of your stove; and
  • Interact with experienced speakers through instant polling and Q&A.

Webinar participation is free. For the web portion, a high-speed internet connection is required. A unique webinar link will be provided upon registration. A dedicated phone line is required to listen to the audio. The webinar audio will not play through your computer. A phone number and instructions for joining the audio portion will be emailed to you prior to the webinar.

Durability testing helps the designer, manufacturer, retailer, and user understand how reliably a stove will perform over time. It is an important step in designing and selecting materials for a cookstove. In the field, cookstoves can undergo a substantial amount of stress due to high and frequent heat cycles. If inadequate materials are selected in the design stage, the cookstove will have trouble meeting the needs of the customer. Christian L’Orange from Colorado State University Engines and Energy Conversion Lab (CSU-EECL), Laura Clough from the Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) International, Joseph Ndemere Arineitwe from the Center for Integrated Research and Development Uganda (CIRCODU), and Paul Means from Burn Design Lab will each present on the importance of durability testing to their organizations and the process by which they test cookstove durability, including equipment used and metrics tracked.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity. Register today!
For more information on this webinar, please contact: moderator@cookstovesandindoorair.org.

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Time: 15:00 – 16:30 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

About the speakers:

Christian L’Orange has worked in biomass cookstove design and testing for the past 7 years. His worked has focused on the development and evaluation of robust testing methods for biomass cookstoves. Christian has worked in a number of roles including laboratory design and commissioning, testing protocol development, product design, and both laboratory and field evaluation of cookstove performance.

Laura Clough has been with GVEP International for 2 years providing technical support to the Developing Energy Enterprise Programme through activities including product testing, research reports, brand development and documentation. More recently, Laura has been leading the support GVEP offers to biomass related businesses including those making improved cookstove and biomass briquettes. Laura graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Masters degree in Mathematical Engineering.

Joseph Ndemere Arineitwe is the Director General of the Centre for Integrated Research and Community Development Uganda (CIRCODU).  He has managed CIRCODU’s monitoring and evaluation activities for cookstove projects in Uganda since 2007. Joseph graduated from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Sustainable Energy Engineering. He is currently a doctoral student focusing on gasification of agricultural residues for small scale industrial thermal applications in Uganda.

Paul Means is the Research and Testing Manager at Burn Design Lab, where he is responsible for performance, emissions, and durability testing of improved cook stoves.  Previously, Paul worked for Weyerhaeuser Company in a variety of roles including Research and Development, Power and Recovery Manager, and manufacturing project and process engineering. Paul graduated with an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Washington State.

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