Prakti Design - Special Achievement Award

Interview with Mouhsine Serrar
Prakti Design

Prakti Design’s plaque reads: In appreciation and recognition of your dedication to rigorous field testing resulting in improved stove design and clean, efficient cooking technologies

Prakti Design Lab’s international team of engineers and designers develop ecological products to serve the basic water, energy, and health needs of poor communities worldwide. Prakti sends a team of two designers to ‘live’ with the local community for at least a week, during which time potential stove designs are tested by the local woman, cooking their own food, and approximately 20 households are involved in continuous field testing of products. This feedback shapes the next iterations of design, focusing always on maximum product effectiveness and durability at the lowest possible cost.

Prakti special achievement award for improved stove research and design

What is the most exciting aspect of your work?
In what other field do engineers have opportunities to improve performance by 50% and reduce pollution by 80%? Improved biomass stove engineering offers practitioners amazing opportunities to design and engineer products. It even more exciting to see your products having a positive impact on people and the environment.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?
We developed "Leo" a series of factory-made portable double-pot stoves with a current capacity of 2000 units/month. Our stoves, with or without chimney, meet the Aprovecho-Shell Foundation fuel and IAP benchmark, and most important, cooks in South India love them! We also developed "Giza" a cottage all-masonry stove, along with corresponding training material and software tools to customize design and manufacturing specifications.

How has PCIA helped you in your work?
PCIA is a unique platform connecting all different players of the stove world. PCIA is making an excellent contribution to technology dissemination, training, building awareness about IAP, sharing experiences in marketing, and monitoring. PCIA helped us connect with funders and customers already involved in stoves and IAP work.

What did you find most useful about the 2009 PCIA Forum?
The PCIA Forum is a unique opportunity to have face to face meetings with so many people and organization totally committed to the stoves and IAP. That alone makes attending the Forum worthwhile!

What are your goals for the coming 1-2 years?
We plan to develop a mud stove that can consistently reduce fuel consumption by 50%, and which can be built by artisans accurately and efficiently. We will also develop an IAP-certified portable factory single-pot stove that retails for $10, and a chimney double-pot stove that retails for $20.