Increasing Production and Use of Ahibenso Improved Coalpot
Increasing Production and Use of Ahibenso Improved Coalpot
Fuelwood and charcoal together constitute over 80 % of the country’s energy consumption. Charcoal consumption is more prevalent in the urban areas with more than 70 % of urban households depending on this source for cooking. In 1996, it was estimated that the annual consumption was about 800,000 tonnes. The traditional coalpot is the main cooking device that is used by households and this device is only about 18 % efficient. The Ahibenso, however is reported by the Ministry of Energy to be 39 % efficient and save between 35 40 % of charcoal compared to the traditional coalpot. Baseline studies of this project showed that of a total of 200 households surveyed, 78.5 % used charcoal, 10 % used firewood, 5 % use LPG, 4 % used kerosene and 2 % used electricity. Even though the Ministry introduced Ahibenso in 1992, only 44 % (88) respondents were using it. The reason for the high adoption of the rather inefficient traditional coalpot against the Ahibenso were the following: the traditional coalpot was cheaper ($ 1- 1.5), readily available and in all markets whereas the Ahibenso was considered expensive ($ 4-6) and not commonly known. The project has assisted 20 artisans through micro-credit to access raw materials for fabrication and trained them to use standard templates so that stove user can easily replace parts. The project has also advertised the Ahibenso through TV adverts, posters and by drama in the market place. Sales of Ahibenso have picked up but the penetration rate is still low.
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Project Snapshot

Ghana Solar Energy Society
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 36,553.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 26,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 20,000.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
Aritsans were trained in the constrcution of improved Ahibenso cook stoves
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Artisans will make the production of the improved stoves thier business.
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