Testing Agencies

Testing Agencies (7)

The Improved Cook Stove programme provides consumers with more durable and efficient stoves that are not only better for users’ health, but also save households up to 30 USD per year and cooks save more than 30 minutes per day.

The programme has been implemented since 2010 by local Non-Profit Association, the Association for Resource Mobilization and Improvement (ARMI), with technical assistance from SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and support from the European Commission, Oxfam and the Blue Moon Fund

The Renewable Energy and New Materials Institute (RENMI) recently conducted the first Controlled Cooking Test (CCT) at its laboratory facilities.  Lao cooks prepared predetermined dishes in a controlled environment using various types of cook stoves. This method of testing allowed cooking time and fuel consumption to be calculated and attributed by stove.

Mr. Bounchan Douangvilay, Deputy Director of RENMI supports the use of CCTs, “The CCT allows us to assess the performance of stoves during a cooking session. This will assist in the development of higher quality stoves that have been produced for the local market and the test will confirm whether they are indeed improved or not.”

The CCT can also be used to measure the amount of air pollution a stove produces in comparison to another. The programme looks at the development of improved stoves to increase efficiency and durability, but also to reduce indoor air pollution and mitigate the negative health impacts on women and children from smoke exposure during cooking.

On plans going forward, Mr. Bounthavy Sengtakoun, a Renewable Energy advisor from SNV commented, “We plan to complete more CCTs in the future as we find it adds much value to the current research and development process.”  RENMI, ARMI and SNV will continue to use this method of testing in the future, not only to assess stove performance but also to provide a platform to obtain insightful feedback from cooks taking part in the test.


From 24- 28 June, the expert from GERES consulted with ICS programme resulting in a useful comments which is available on demand, the objective of this visiting are Assessment of our staff+hard ware and the operations of labs in SVK and Champasak, Assessment of the PEMS and see to what extend we are capable handling the PEMS or not, verify the testing reports done so far and advise on the process of filing and recording..

21 June 13 The Laboratory Set up at RENMI office had been completed; most necessary tools for the lab test were purchased and well-equipped. With active support from ICS staffs, SNV advisers and RENMI officers made the works went well and as plan. On 25th of June, there was a visit from GERES, Mr. David, to the new lab and he also gave some useful advice to the team for the appropriate testing protocol. Up to now, there were some numbers of stove testing have been implemented by our Testing Officers team up with RENMI staffs.

From Jan - June, Programme gave producers more than 800 serial and sticker numbers  attached in to ICS, these labels certificated by department of science and technology-SVK (DST-SVK). This was registered the designed logo, stove dimension PTT3, promotional tools and medias under DST-SVK to MST for consider and approval into publication ICS logo; the progress is on going of approval process at MST. Next step of label registration for CPS and VTE can proceed direct to DST and request for agreement to put their name into sticker.

During April 23-25, 2013. ICS Programme conducted a workshop for three testing agencies from DST-CPS, DST-SVK and RENMI, total 14 participants and 3 women. The workshop was organized at Savannakhet Department of science and technology office.

Purpose of this event to increase capacity of the testing agencies on stove testing Adapt water boiling test (AWBT) method and protocol, the workshop has applied two methodologies on testing theory of AWBT and demonstrate on video of stove testing process. Ms. Khounmy is a tester how again long experiences on stove testing was shared the PowerPoint of expected result of the tests and reason why we are applying for AWBT protocol, and Ms. Anousone explained the detail method of data entry.

In the afternoon session the participant were started practice and demonstrate by two testers from DST-SVK apply AWBT with stove PTT3 and Taopayat from Vientiane and from Pakse, after test they fill data in to form. After complete testing session the team and participant were share reflection and learn on data analysis. 

Observation, most of the participants is interest and pay attention to learn and question on testing’s protocol, result analysis and planning for conduct testing in their lab.

In Q1/2013, two testers from Department of science and technology and ICS technical performed stove testing at ARMI, and results fuel saving are between 42-45%.

Currently, new stove testing lab is running the stove testing and well-functioning for the testing equipment.

The stove testing lab had been established and operated as a temporally lab within ARMI the purpose just for learning and practicing as well as stove development and improvement of the design, therefore after ICS and together with DST-SVK running so many stove testing and become experiences and confidence to independent conduct stove test by themselves, therefore the ICS programme together with grate contribution from DST-SVK to construction and establishment the first official stove testing lab in SVK and as in Lao PDR.

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