Frolich Institute for Research in Sustainable Tech
Support targeted research projects supporting sustainability goals. These are long-term research projects, sponsored by individuals or organizations who support our vision of making the world a better place. These projects are custom designed and planned in collaboration with the project sponsor with the intent to share the results with the world. These projects have ranged from designing land use options to help feed university students in Ethiopia to building biomass heating and cooking devices to planting urban greenspaces.
Adoption / Behavior Change, Lab or Field Testing, Research, Technology and Fuel R&D
Technologies & Fuels
Biomass (Ag. Residue, Processed Biomass, etc.), Crop residues, Pellets / Briquettes, Wood
Clean Cooking Activities
Approximately half of China's population lives in rural areas and use biomass fuels (such as wood and straw) as the domestic fuel for cooking/heating. Biomass fuels burnt in low-efficient stoves would produce substantial air pollutants and increase fine particulate matter exposure in the indoor environment, which is associated with adverse health impacts such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In China, household combustion of wood and straw, is the dominant source of indoor air pollution in rural areas and contributes significantly to the human health burden. Household combustion methods of both wood and straw in rural China are of low energy conversion efficiency and result in high pollutant emissions.
Similar conditions exist in Africa and many other parts of the world. We can make a difference in the health and lives of others through the use of a bioenergy solution.
We are in the prototype phase of a solar assisted biomass pellet stove designed for heating and cooking. Using readily available biomass, from rice husks to inedible grain, this device provides clean heat.
Our vision is to become a source of scientific discovery for methods, devices and concepts that can be implemented where they are most needed. We do this by performing project-specific work, funded by organizations and individuals, with the expectation of sharing the results with everyone.
The Frölich Institute was founded on the principle that many discoveries are better shared than secreted away. We secure grants and donations to perform scientific research with the primary purpose of then sharing the results with the world through education and implementation.
We are building an affiliate network of sustainability professionals and service organizations to assist in this mission. Our initial focus is on sustainable technologies. Although originally targeting the needs of East Africa, the applicability of the solutions we were working on were shown to be needed worldwide.
Regions Operating In
Europe and Central Asia, Northern America, Sub-Saharan Africa
Country Based In
3545 Grandview Club Rd
Pfafftown, NC 27040
Primary Point of Contact
Name: Norman Fraley
Title: Executive Director
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