The first 6,200 gallons of POET ethanol cleared Haitian customs on December 31, 2014. The arrival of fuel is a milestone for the project, which is a partnership between Project Gaia, Novogaz and POET several years in the making. The partnership aims to create affordable, truly clean stove and fuel options for Haitian households, mitigating emissions and deforestation and improving household health.
â€œPOET is leading the way in catalyzing a new market in Haiti for household energy. Ethanol offers perhaps the greatest opportunity to revitalize the agriculture sector and offer families a clean and affordable alternative to charcoal. By working with a strong local partner like Novogaz, the first shipment of donated ethanol will lay the foundation for a viable and socially responsible Haitian business to grow.â€
- Brady Luceno, Assistant Director of Project Gaia.
Read the POET press release here
Novogaz Awarded the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Pilot Innovation Fund to Ramp Up Cookstove and Ethanol Distribution in Haiti
Novogaz, a Haitian company established to distribute and retail clean cookstoves and ethanol fuel, has won the Pilot Innovation Fund (PIF) award for its work with POET LLC, and PGI to supply ethanol fuel for cooking to low income households in Haiti. The project aims to make the cost of clean, modern ethanol stoves comparable to the cost of traditional Haitian stoves and retail ethanol fuel at 15% below the price of charcoal. The business model creates potential for smaller social enterprises to import and distribute clean alcohol fuels at lower volumes and price points.
The partnership was forged through Project Gaiaâ€™s efforts in Haiti beginning in early 2010. Novogaz partners with Dometic, POET, and Project Gaia
Novogaz joined Colorado State University, Ecosur Afrique and Ecozoom as the four winning enterprizes of the third round of the award.
Refugee Stove and Fuel Program to Scale Up in 2015
Gaia Association Ethiopia and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have signed a contract to continue ethanol stove and fuel distribution in the Somali refugee camps in Jijiga, Ethiopia in the years ahead. Gaia has coordinated UNHCRâ€™s purchase of additional ethanol CleanCook stoves to serve more refugee families. The UNHCR aims to scale up to provide ethanol cookstoves and fuel to up to 27,678 households by 2017 (200,000+ individuals). Gaia and UNHCR work closely with the Ethiopian Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) each year in the implementation of the regionâ€™s clean energy programs.
Photo credit: Nathaniel Atwater
Read our blog post, Ten Years in Ethiopia: A Look a the Past Decade for a synthesis of both our humanitarian and private sector work with clean cookstoves and ethanol fuel since 2005.
Gaia and Sherkole Refugee Households Test New Flatpack Stove Model
Gaia Association has mobilized staff to Sherkole Refugee Camp for a 30-household pilot of ethanol â€œflatpackâ€ stoves to assess stove performance, acceptance, ethanol fuel consumption and its impact on household socioeconomic status, and determine the scale of skilled labor for local stove assembly. Sherkole Camp is located in Western Ethiopia and hosts primary South Sudanese refugees as well as other refugee and displaced populations. The study also aims to identify income generation opportunities for Sherkole Youth Association members.
Gaia Association has carried out the study under the auspices of UNHCR and ARRA. Gaia staff completed a stove assembly seminar, community worker and end user trainings, pre and post surveys and indoor air pollution monitoring.
Top: Beneficiary receiving flatpack stove and fuel
Bottom: Assembly demonstration at Sherkole ARRA
Laboratory test results show that the new designed flat pack stoves have the same high performance as the ethanol stove models currently in use in more than 50,000 households around the world, are equally as safe, reliable and efficient. The flatpack stoves are all-stainless-steel but feature a more affordable design.