WAFFCO

WAFFCO is a universal solid biogenic fuel-fired furnace with a closed combustion chamber.

Winner 2016
Clean Energy Ghana, Mexico, Uganda
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Key Facts

  • WAFFCO is made of fire-proof clay bricks with metal cladding on the outer sidewalls and a metal front door.
  • WAFFCO can be integrated with a boiler for hot and sterilized water.
  • The stove is well-designed and environmentally-friendly using biogenic-fuel.
  • WAFFCO reduces devastating indoor smoke that is created while cooking.
  • The stove helps to reduce biomass and agriculture waste.
WAFFCO is a biogenic fuel-fired furnance with closed combustion chamber.

Key Features

WAFFCO is a universal solid biogenic fuel-fired furnace with a closed combustion chamber. It is made of fire-proof clay bricks with metal cladding on the outer sidewalls and a metal front door. The upper part is the cooking plate connected to a small chimney. The fireplace consists of two rooms: the main combustion room (39x31x22 cm) and the chicane-corridor which is a combustion gas path above the main combustion chamber. WAFFCO can be integrated with a boiler for hot and sterilized water. It is a well-designed, environmentally-friendly biogenic-fuel stove, aimed at meeting the traditional cooking habits in Africa while significantly reducing the devastating indoor smoke that is created while cooking. The ability to burn biogenic waste in WAFFCO stoves adds to its speciality as a solution to reduce the increasing waste problem.

Social Impact

The WAFFCO solution adapts to health and traditional cooking demands with a biogenic solid fuel-fired stove. The main aim of WAFFCO is to help people cook their food with low indoor pollution. Additionally, it helps to reduce biomass and agriculture waste (e.g. peels of potatoes and bananas, coconut shell, etc.) and the biogenic-based waste (such as packaging material and bio-based plastic). Pilot-stoves were built in Ghana in small villages and at schools in cooperation with HIBEKI e.V. (Hope of Life International School Nayorku) to replace open fired stoves, providing them with warm water. Another implementation has been in Mexico. A Mexican entrepreneur has started to manufacture WAFFCO with non-profit and technical expertise from our side.

Future Plans

WAFFCO is planned to be built in many African and South American countries.

Main Target Group

Charity organizations, manufacturers and tradesmen, logistic companies, and small enterprises.

Main User

Households, schools, kindergartens, and camps.

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© Fraunhofer IBP
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Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP
Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP

Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP Mohammad Aleysa, Head Manager ibp.fraunhofer.de
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