The Stoves Research Center (CPC) develops his activities under the support of the Project EnDev Bolivia (executed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH with financing of the Netherlands Kingdom), in alliance with the Research and Development Institute of Chemical Processes – IIDEPROQ (Engineering Department) and the Center of Appropriate Technologies – CETA (Architecture Department) both of Mayor de San Andrés University – UMSA in La Paz, Bolivia.
The CPC was created due to the need for a reference source and a neutral and reliable institution that would guide decision-making about the choice of stoves providers, prices selection and the improvement of energy efficiency offered by the different models.
Considering the need for scientific research, in 2007, the CPC began activities as part of the Science and Technology Faculty of the Mayor de San Simon University in Cochabamba, where the project implemented a laboratory and test models of stoves. In this way, the first steps took place in gathering information and testing protocols for improved stoves internationally available.
In that same year, we counted on the counsel of the APROVECHO Research Center whose contribution enabled the revision and the adjustment of protocols as well as of the tests being carried out in field and laboratory. In the 2009, with the objective to strengthen activities, installations were relocated to La Paz city, where was implemented the current infrastructure of the CPC.
The CPC is an active member of the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA) – http://www.pciaonline.org/, with more than 550 public-private institutions worldwide, with the main objective to improve health and quality of life through the reduction of indoor contamination caused for the use of energy to cook in homes.
In the same way, the CPC takes part in an information network with international institutions such as the Aprovecho Research Center (ARC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Berkeley Air Monitoring Group, the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory (EECL) of the Colorado State University, the Illinois’ University and other ones, all of them related with the generation of protocols testing, development of equipments of indoor contamination measurement and the design of new improved stoves models.
Today, the CPC has allowed to developing, modifying and models building of improved stoves that adjust to the diverse needs that exist in Bolivia because of its geographic and climatic conditions. In the same way, it has been possible to optimize the existing designs of improved stoves in Bolivia and monitoring their installations in field and to counsel projects that work on the improved stoves installation in rural communities in the country.