Biomass-fired cooking stove

Over two billion people in the world depend on stoves to cook their meals every day. The vast majority are based in developing countries.

18-year-old Richie O’Shea from Blarney, Co. Cork mixed engineering and scientific knowledge when he invented a biomass-fired cooking stove for use in developing countries, an efficient and near smoke-free cooking stove made from waste materials.

Innovations in applied learning in have grown, and one of the hallmarks of creative spaces in the ‘science’ calendar has been the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, featuring over 400 projects by over 1,500 students annually.

As part of a special category Science for Development award, led by Self Help Africa’s development education unit and supported by Irish Aid, the prize encourages students across a broad range of science subjects to consider the challenges affecting people in the developing world, and present potential scientific solutions to these issues.

Richie O’Shea’s Biomass-fired cooking stove won the Science for Development Award, the overall winner of the BT Young Scientists which went on to win the Adene Special Prize at  the EU Contest for Scientists.

Produced by: Richie O’Shea


Courtesy of Dorothy Jacob and Self Help Africa