Training Course on Improved Biomass Cookstoves

A majority of the world’s rural poor depend on traditional biomass cookstoves and open fires, which are inefficient and smoky. It is now well known that these stoves lead to ill health, forest degradation, and associated environmental damage. Modern fuels that offer clean burning are either not readily available in the rural areas or are prohibitively expensive for the poor. The technical, social, and economic complexity of this problem forces the rural poor into a ‘fuel-wood trap’. Improved biomass cookstoves offer an affordable and practical solution to this problem, by burning solid biomass with much less smoke and at a much higher efficiency. Successful initiatives for disseminating improved cookstoves involve diverse stakeholders from the public and private sectors placed at various steps of the value chain. One of the key factors of success is the information symmetry among the stakeholders involved in the dissemination of improved cookstoves.

Given the backdrop, this training module hopes to acquaint cookstove value chain actors and interested learners with the basics of improved cookstove technology, business models, and the impact of improved cookstove programs on the human development. The module has been designed by the subject matter specialists of TERI. It is self-paced, interactive, and immersive.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Get introduced to the training course on improved biomass cookstoves.
  • Know about the history of solid biomass cookstoves.
  • Learn about the improved biomass cookstove technology.
  • Compare different types of improved biomass cookstoves based on application, cost and features.

Recommended for:

Project Developers, Technology Providers, NGOs, Development Practitioners, Academic/Researcher, Manufacturer, Supplier, Technicians, Energy Enterprises, Financial Institutions, Policy Makers, Independent Entities




  • Mr S Arun

    Course Coordinator
    Social Transformation
    The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)