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Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm (KTH) 2011

Implementation Assessment of a Solar Oven and an Energy Efficient Barbecue : A Minor Field Study in Namibia

Edlund Sofia – Linden Anders

Titre : Implementation Assessment of a Solar Oven and an Energy Efficient Barbecue : A Minor Field Study in Namibia

Auteur : Edlund Sofia – Linden Anders

Université de soutenance : Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm (KTH)

Grade : Master of Science (MS) 2011

Résumé
This project was carried out for the Department of Machine Design at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) as a continuance of earlier master theses where a solar oven and an energy efficient barbecue were developed. The aim was to investigate the possibilities of implementing these products in Namibia. A main objective was to design a system that would create job opportunities for local people in northern Namibia.As a part of the research for this project, two months of field studies was performed in Namibia. These field studies were financed by MFS (SIDA), Fonden för exportutveckling, PIEp and e-man. Namibia is a country in southern Africa. It is a dry country with mostly desert and suffers from deforestation and poverty. Almost 56% of the population lives on below US$2 a day and would belong to the segment that is called the bottom or the base of the pyramid and is the target group in this project.The field studies were performed in and around Ondangwa in northern Namibia. Observations, interviews and tests were conducted in order to get an understanding about the society and culture and to identify interesting markets and financing solutions.It was found that the primary market segment for the solar oven should be expanded to include more provisions than just the traditional bread. It was also found that in order to sell these ovens, credit worthy customers had to be created. This is here recommended to be done with self help groups in collaboration with the local organization Creative Entrepreneurs Solutions and Hand in Hand.The barbecue is still in the concept stage and the prototype needs further testing to validate the energy efficiency. Assuming this is true, two possible markets for the barbecue would be the open markets and catering businesses.

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