I have gotten used to new innovations being complicated technological and often quite futuristic… eh, things, that few of us can fully understand. This innovation, however is in many ways the total opposite.
The stove Ezystove, developed by the industrial designers at Swedish Ergonomidesign can be locally produced, comes in a flat package and can be assembled with the help of a simple screwdriver. The price of the stove will also be so cheap that almost anyone should be able to afford it.
Ezystove was invented as an answer to the fact that about half of the world’s population cook their food over an open fire. This doesn’t only take a lot of time, it’s also a very fuel intensive process, since not all the heat can be directed to the cooking and a lot of it just goes up in the air. Looking for fuel wood is also a time-consuming activity, mainly performed by women in the poor countries of the world.
It is also the women who are most affected by substances emitted when the fuel wood isn’t burnt up properly, which can be highly bad for the health.
By having a stove, both fuel consumption (and the carbon emissions coming from burning the wood) can be reduced by 40 percent. Emissions of toxic gases can go down to as much as 30 percent of today.
The stove is right now long-term tested by 200 households in Namibia and Kenya.
In an article about the stove in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (autotranslated here), August Michael who is leading the project at Ergonomidesign, explains that this design is quite different from what he normally does at work.
– But this is probably the most fun thing I have ever done, he says.