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The world needs clean-burning stoves for use in countryside households in third world, the Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting (UREM) 2016 heard today. Many such households, for instance in Sub-Saharan Africa, rely on burning of untreated wood or agricultural residues inside the home and in simple appliances with few or no checks on polluting emissions.

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Although international initiatives such as the Global Cookstove Alliance have made great strides in the right direction, the effect of emissions on human health of particulate matter and soot are still not well understood, Bio4Energy researcher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. told the UREM conference. Boman leads a cross-disciplinary project in which Bio4Energy researchers from Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences collaborate with the Stockholm Environment Institute and African non-governmental organisations, of which the World Agroforestry Centre in Kenya, to evaluate current so-called clean-burning cookstoves and develop medium-sized facilities for electricity production in the Kenyan countryside.

Several similar projects, carried out by others, had failed to have their solutions implemented as they had not won acceptance by local stakeholders, people in the audience pointed out.

"This is an aspect that we [the project partners] have thought very carefully about. We will be holding workshops with local actors and are going to put a lot of effort into cooperating with them and building acceptance for the technical solutions that we [will be proposing]", according to Boman, who is an associate professor at Umeå University and a PI on the research platform Bio4Enegy Environment and Nutrient Recycling.

"We expect [these solutions] to be implemented by local actors", Boman said.

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