Carbon Offset Glossary
ENERGIA News (featured in Forest Energy Forum No. 2)
Glossary: Carbon Dioxide and Climate
Regional Wood Energy Development Programme
FAO's Regional Wood Energy Development Programme in Asia has a site packed with information.
Stoves Web site
The first image of an improved stove, from Priyadarshini Karve, can be viewed at this Web address. Check the link under the NEW heading.
Wood energy (in German)
The German home page of wood has a special Web site for wood energy.
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A RECENT EXCHANGE ON THE STOVES WEB PAGE CONCERNING NON-EDIBLE OILS AS FUEL
I am helping a small rainforest area in
southwestern Ethiopia called Kafa
(the original home of coffee). I imagine that all your species will grow extremely well there (I've never seen a better climate - with 2 m of rainfall annually and some rain every month). I will look into ways to get them transferred into Kafa for tests. Could you say a bit more about the economics of growing these non-edible seed-oils? What are the preferred uses in India? Stoves? Lamps? (Ronald Larson)
We would certainly like to try for these plants in other regions. As for the economics and other details, I will first get my information confirmed from my agricultural scientist colleagues before passing it on to you. Right now these oils have not found as much use as they should in India. In some regions the tribal people make a garland of the seeds of jatropha to use as an improvised candle. As a child, I tried this out myself. I took a few fully ripened seeds and skewered them on a nail. I then lit one seed at the end of the row and it burnt quite well giving a slightly smoky bright yellow flame. I still remember that the seeds burnt one after the other and the string lasted much longer than I had expected.
In our Institute, we have so far not worked on ways of using the non-edible oils as fuel, but the discussion in this group on jatropha oil has certainly started us in that direction. So I will definitely have something to report in this context in a few months' time.
I will come back with more information on the oilseed species sometime next week. (Priyadarshini Karve)