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.
- 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.
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.
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.
The IRECA workshop performs the following activities:
- Research and development on efficient woodstoves technologies;
- Design and construction of efficient household and institutional woodstoves;
- Capacity building for SMEs on stove design, construction and maintenance; and
- Assists stove developers in design and production of stoves.
The IRECA workshop has the following equipments and tools:
- Custom jigs for production of efficient 60 litre institutional woodstoves;
- Welding, grinding, drilling, rolling and bending machines,
- Cutting tools and accessories for design and production of efficient household woodstoves,
- Tools and accessories for design and production of clay and ceramics based household and institutional woodstoves;
- Various types of stove insulating material including vermiculite and fibre glass.
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.