IRECA

Improving quality and depth, standards, testing and education programs to promote clean energy at national and regional level

The ICEED Resource Centre Afikpo (IRECA) was established in 2012 with the aim of enhancing the technical quality, standardization, research and training services that support national and regional clean energy technologies in Nigeria and the West Africa Sub Region.

IRECA LABORATORY

Cookstove

IRECA is comprised of a laboratory – the Clean Cookstoves Testing and Development Laboratory and a clean cook stove workshop.

Solar

A solar laboratory and training facility is also available to training, development and for workshops

The IRECA laboratory performs the following services:

  • Develop technical standards for stoves manufactured or imported into Nigeria;
  • Provide testing and certification services related to stove technical quality, indoor air pollution, and energy efficiency;
  • Assist stove developers in improving stove design and construction methods;
  • Conduct research and development in collaboration with Nigerian and international research institutes and laboratories;
  • Serve as a national demonstration center for clean cooking technologies; and
  • Carry out public awareness campaigns.
Emissions Monitoring System

This is a senor box that is comprised of CO2, CO and Particulate Matter sensors and computer connected output.

Laboratory Emissions Monitoring Hood

Stoves for testing are placed inside the hood and emissions pass through the ducting.

Gravimetric system

This comprises of black carbon filter box and a suction pump. Sample emissions are sucked through this system and black carbon is trapped in a filter placed in the box.

All these equipments are used to carry out Water Boiling Test. The test essentially measures and analyses thermal efficiencies of stoves, fuel efficiency when compared to traditional stoves, and emissions (CO2, CO and PM).

The Laboratory also has two Indoor Air Pollution Meters. These meters are miniaturized versions of the LEMS and are used to carry out field tests of stoves. The meters have CO2, CO and PM sensor and worn as a back pack by cooks. A hose connected to the meter is placed close to the nose of the cook so that the air sample it collects is roughly the same as what the cooks breathe in. A memory card in the meter records the emissions which are analyzed in a computer after a test.

Laboratory Achievement

Constitution of a Mirror Committee on Clean Cookstoves and Clean Energy Standards for Nigeria, The National Technical Committee on Clean Cookstoves and Clean Cooking Solutions Standards has been launched with a Terms of Reference in line with SON standards

Standard for use of cook stoves and fuels

Capacity building on clean cook stoves testing and analysis, Assisting stove developers in improving stove designs, and provides stove testing services to both government and private sector organizations.

IRECA Workshop

The IRECA workshop performs the following activities:

  1. Research and development on efficient woodstoves technologies;
  2. Design and construction of efficient household and institutional woodstoves;
  3. Capacity building for SMEs on stove design, construction and maintenance; and
  4. Assists stove developers in design and production of stoves.

 

The IRECA workshop has the following equipments and tools:

  1. Custom jigs for production of efficient 60 litre institutional woodstoves;
  2. Welding, grinding, drilling, rolling and bending machines,
  3. Cutting tools and accessories for design and production of efficient household woodstoves,
  4. Tools and accessories for design and production of clay and ceramics based household and institutional woodstoves;
  5. Various types of stove insulating material including vermiculite and fibre glass.
Workshop Achievements

Since establishment, the workshop has achieved the following:

  • 2013. Trained 12 entrepreneurs on efficient 60 litre institutional woodstoves design, construction and maintenance in 2013. Some of the entrepreneurs have since established thriving clean cookstoves businesses;
  • 2013. Produced and disseminated over 200 efficient 60 litre institutional woodstoves in boarding schools across Niger, Ebonyi, Jigawa, Nasarawa and Akwa Ibom States; and
  • Conducted capacity building programmes for over 20 stove distributors and retailers on effective business development approaches for clean cookstoves.