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World Journal of Mechanical Engineering

Improved Institutional Cookstoves: An Assessment of the Efficiency in its Application in the agro and food processing industry in Ghana

MK Commeh, A. Agyei-Agyemang, E. Kwarteng, RN Tabi, E. Heijndermans, and F. Einzinger

Technology Consultancy Centre, College of Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

SNV (Netherlands Development Organization), Ghana.

Accepted 01 April, 2017.

Citation: MK Commeh, A. Agyei-Agyemang, E. Kwarteng, RN Tabi, E. Heijndermans, and F. Eiwinger (2017). Improved Institutional Cookstoves: An Assessment of the Efficiency in its Application in the agro and food processing industry in Ghana. World Journal of Mechanical Engineering. 3(1): 020-026.

Copyright: © 2017 Commeh et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.

Abstract

For nearly a century research institutions and development organisations across the world have been engaged in the development, testing and publishing of improved cookstoves for cooking. Three institutional cookstoves developed by the Technology Consultancy Centre of the College of Engineering, at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, and SNV Ghana, a Netherlands Development Organization, were constructed and studied to determine their power and efficiency using the water boiling test. The round bottom pot cookstove had the highest efficiency of 59.70% (tier 4) and a power of 8.8 kW, followed by the flat bottom pot cookstove with an efficiency of 47.40% (tier 4) and a power of 11.5 kW, and then the mobile cookstove that had an efficiency of 33.40% (tier 2.7) and a power of 11.3 kW. These institutional cookstoves which have been introduced into the agro and food processing industry in Ghana shows an improvement of about two to four times the efficiencies of the traditional ones generally used.

Keywords: Institutional cookstoves, energy audit, water boiling test, efficiency, power.