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Revolutionising Cooking with Clean and Improved Cookstoves


Cooking is a fundamental part of daily life, but in many parts of the world, traditional cooking methods can have severe consequences for health, the environment, and overall well-being. The SPITFIRE project, led by European Thermodynamics LTD (ETL), is at the forefront of innovation, aiming to address these challenges with its clean and improved cookstove technology.

The Challenge

In many regions, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, the majority of households rely on traditional cooking methods, such as open fires and rudimentary stoves that burn wood or charcoal. These methods not only contribute to indoor air pollution but also result in deforestation and increased carbon emissions.

The Impact

Traditional cooking methods have far-reaching implications, particularly for women and children who are often responsible for collecting firewood and are disproportionately affected by indoor air pollution. According to the World Health Organisation, exposure to indoor air pollution from cooking with solid fuels leads to approximately 4 million premature deaths each year.

Moreover, the environmental impact is significant. Deforestation, driven by the demand for firewood and charcoal, is contributing to habitat loss and climate change. It's clear that addressing this issue is vital for both human health and environmental sustainability.

The SPITFIRE Solution

The SPITFIRE project offers a ray of hope with its innovative approach to cooking technology. Here's how it plans to revolutionise cooking:

The Consortium

The success of SPITFIRE relies on a strong consortium of partners. European Thermodynamics LTD (ETL) leads the project and brings its expertise in thermal management and thermoelectric solutions. Partners like Emerging Cooking Solutions and Zemission contribute to biomass pellet production and catalytic burner technology, respectively.

The Market Opportunity

SPITFIRE's primary target market is the Sub-Saharan African institutional clean-cooking sector, encompassing schools, restaurants, and community centres. The project aims to provide clean, affordable cooking stoves and reduce emissions. With an estimated ROI of 38:1 in five years and the potential to sell 80,000 units by year five, SPITFIRE offers a compelling commercial opportunity.

The Impact

The SPITFIRE project goes beyond providing a technological solution. It has the potential to transform lives and communities. Benefits include:


The SPITFIRE project exemplifies the power of innovation in addressing pressing global issues. By developing clean and improved cookstove technology, this initiative not only enhances cooking efficiency but also prioritises the health of communities, the vitality of the environment, and the well-being of future generations. As SPITFIRE takes its strides towards revolutionising cooking, it brings with it the promise of a cleaner and brighter future for us all.

About European Thermodynamics Limited

European Thermodynamics Limited is a renowned expert in thermal management solutions, contributing its expertise to a wide range of industries. Through innovative solutions and collaborative partnerships, European Thermodynamics continues to drive progress in the field of thermal management and sustainable technology.

European Thermodynamics investment into research and development will enable the company to take advantage of novel developments in thermoelectric, improvements in thermal energy harvesting, and the latest manufacturing methods.

The SPITFIRE project, led by European Thermodynamics Limited (ETL), aims to develop an innovative 15kW biomass cookstove for institutional use in Sub-Saharan Africa. This cookstove utilizes advanced technology for clean combustion and surplus electricity generation. Key aspects include a consortium of partners, market opportunities in Africa, and a strong focus on economic, environmental, and social impact. Dissemination activities include data sharing and participation in technical conferences to promote the project's findings and benefits.