Students Design Stove to Combat Carbon Monoxide


Nearly two million people worldwide die each year from using “cook-stoves” that incompletely burn fuels, resulting in soot and carbon monoxide poisoning for those living in the home. But a group of NAU students has developed a viable solution to this unfortunate reality

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 Mechanical engineering majors Jonathan Neal, Greg Scott, Jennifer Baca, and Chris Thompson a dual mechanical/civil engineering major, set the goal of building an inexpensive clean-burning stove as a part of their Mechanical Engineering 486C capstone class project.

"We are all collectively interested in renewable energies and humanitarian endeavors," Neal said. "As engineers, we have developed the skills necessary to approach most any problem. As such, we feel a natural obligation to contribute toward world issues.”

The team has been working hard to build a stove that will eliminate pollution issues specifically within the country of India. "Theoretically, this stove will be more efficient than the current three-stove fires used in India," Neal said, noting that if all the approximate 770 million people using primitive cook-stoves would switch to their stove, there would be immediate benefits. "Benefits include a decrease in indoor and outdoor air pollution, which directly correlates to 550,000 deaths a year in India alone.”


--Adapted from “Inside NAU”