Rocketstove.org have a number of opportunities for engineering students/ graduates who would like to make a profound difference in reducing deforestation & poverty in the developing world. They have a total of 5 internship openings for improved biomass cookstove projects in Haiti, Kenya, and Congo. There are also possibilities for paid employment at the end of the internship.

Rocketstove.org has 3 goals:
  1. Deliver customized rocket stove plans to the global community. These plans can be used by commercial producers who wish to build 1000 stoves or by individuals who only want a single stove.
  2. Connect institutions and individuals with local rocket stove producers.
  3. Create a community for rocket stove users to share best practices.

Requirements

The ideal intern for this task would have a background or strong interest in at least one of the following:
  • manufacturing
  • industrial design
  • AutoCAD or similar program
  • ceramic production
  • process engineering
  • kiln construction
  • experience with augurs and extruders

More importantly than the specific qualifications however, Rocketstove.org are looking for an intern that is flexible and creative as well as a good problem solver. Their last intern was a chemical engineer but he was more than capable in handling the manufacturing tasks that he was given. In other words, they would be interested in hearing from any engineering student.

Terms

Duration: 2.5 — 4 months (extensions are possible)
Terms: we provide air ticket, room and board in country
Qualifications: any engineering student apply
Starting date: The starting dates for the positions are flexible but ideally the applicant would be available to start May 15th 2010 and continue through the summer until the start of the fall semester (or perhaps longer if they are available). A later starting date (such as June 15) is also acceptable.

Haiti

World Vision has set the goal of 100,000 stoves on the ground by December 2010. Working with Lifeline Fund, Paradigm Project, Trees Water and People, Ohio State University and the people of Haiti our goal is to introduce and scale up 4 different technologies.
  • Improved charcoal stove (improved pulumusa stove, shown right)
  • improved wood burning rocket stove (Kenyan Jiko Poa)
  • ag waste gasifier
  • develop high-volume (4 ton per day) bagasse (ag waste) briquette supply chain

Kenya

Working with World Vision and Paradigm Project, Rocketstove.org are scaling up to build 500,000 rocket stoves in Kenya over the next 10 years. 8 out of 10 women, in their focus group testing, chose the locally produced rocket stove (the Jiko Poa) over all other available models (including the Envirofit or stovetec models).

The second component is the development and expansion of an existing ceramic production facility. The local ceramic factory is able to produce a high-quality ceramic liner that is both durable and thermal shock resistant (shown right). Their goal is to expand their capacity and output by constructing an extruder for mass producing the raw liner and a large capacity sawdust powered kiln to replace their existing wood powered kiln.

DRC (Congo)

Working with UNHCR and Mercy Corps, they intend to scale uptheir delivery of improved cookstove technology in refugee camps around Goma and Virunga National Forest (a mountain gorilla preserve). In the last year they have constructed 15,000 refugee stoves (the Earth stove). In the next year they will be scaling up the delivery of institutional rocket stoves, refugee stoves and the improved household rocket stove.

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Contact

Peter Scott/Rocket Science Consulting
apropeter at hotmail.com
USA ++ 1 435 513 2408
skype: rocketmanpeter

7327 35th Ave. SW.
Seattle, WA
98126
www.rocketstove.org
http://rocketmanpeter.wordpress.com