Nova & IBO introduce new wood stove


Nova Institute in South Africa and a team from the IBO Business School in the Netherlands joint forces. With the introduction of a new type of stove (Improved Cooking Stove) Nova and IBO improve the environment in South Africa and they contribute to the reduction of CO2 and NOx emissions. The first goal is to enable between 500 and 700 households to use the new stoves through a pilot project and to even raise this number in the near future.


Many South Africans that live in rural areas do not have access to electricity. Very often, firewood is used in low-income households for the preparation and heating of food. The developed Improved Cooking Stove improves the energy efficiency (wood used) and reduces the CO2 emissions. Furthermore, the stove contributes to improving household and environmental sustainability.


Near Tzaneen people traditionally use open fires or three-stone fires. On these fires, the heat is directed in all directions and not only to the pot. Hence, the fire burns inefficiently. The Nova Institute, a local NGO, together with the local population developed two types of stove models, which are becoming popular among the population. Nova first looks at the local situation and, together with the local community identifies problems to be addressed. In this case the inefficient stove practices in the households were identified. Together with the local people, Nova developed the two stove models (solutions). Nova’s close relation is highly valued in order to ensure that the solutions are adapted to local uses and habits. For many people this stove is “their first real stove”.


The stove consists of a locally produced clay-parts (i.e. the combustion chamber), which is held in place by a number of locally produced bricks.


A project team consisting of members of the IBO Business School and the Nova Institute now focus on the creation and implementation of a viable business case. Local residents and village leaders are regarded as key role-players. Some of the local, poor village members will now also get the opportunity to become entrepreneurs! The project focuses on developing a business plan for the new stove and the distribution thereof in South Africa. For this collaboration, the students of IBO are still looking for sponsors who want to contribute.


This area is vulnerable to climate change, because there are intermittent periods of drought and periods of heavy rain. This vulnerability makes them open to improvements like improved cooking stoves. Nova Institute has developed two new stove models that reduce emissions by up to 80%. The project team of the IBO Business School has offered support. The team members involved all have a different business background and together form a group that includes all necessary expertise. Two members of the project have visited the region during the second week of May 2012 to conduct further field research. [Translated and edited from: “Alphen Courant”, 11 May 2012, the Netherlands]


For more information on the project team of the IBO Business School, please contact Joost Möhlmann, IBO business school student and member of the project:


For more information on the Nova Improved Cooking Stoves (ICS) Project, please contact Juan-Pierre (JP) Boshoff, ICS Project Manager at Nova:


Posted on 08 May 2012




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