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close this bookBoiling Point No. 43 - Fuel Options for Household Energy (ITDG - ITDG, 1999, 44 p.)
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What's happening in household energy?

Invitation to join the HEDON network

HEDON is an informal consultative forum dedicated to improving social, economic, and environmental conditions in the South, through promotion of local, national, regional and international initiatives in the household energy sector.

In order to join you should be:

· working in the field of household energy (with interest in environment, health, technical development, dissemination, etc.)

· involved with less developed countries, urban and rural; and,

· involved in research, policy, or development work.

To join send an email to or visit the HEDON web site at

December 6-7 1999
University of Twente, the Netherlands

The 10th meeting of the Household Energy Network (HEDON) will be hosted by the Technology and Development Group, University of Twente and the Biomass Technology Group bv. The theme will be:

Strategies for raising the profile of household energy issues among decision makers: The role of HEDON

Contact: Joy Clancy, Technology and Development Group, University of Twente, PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands tel: +31-53-4893537 (direct)/ 3545 (sec); fax: +31-53-4893087 TDG Web Site: HEDON Web Site:

Information on ITDG programmes can be found on the inside back cover, and GTZ programmes are described on the centre pages

Request for information: monitoring exposure to smoke

The exposure of very large numbers of women and children to smoke from stoves in the home is now recognised as a major cause of ill-health in many countries. The World Health Organisation is looking at ways to reduce the health problems caused by this exposure. As part of this work, we wish to support the development of simple, low-cost, yet reasonably accurate methods of measuring exposure that can be used routinely in development work; it is not about laboratory-type research.

If this is at all relevant to your work, I would be grateful if you could get in contact, giving a contact name, address, and if possible, phone, fax, e-mail. Thank you.

Contact: Dr Nigel Bruce, Department of Public Health, University of Liverpool, Whelan Building, Quadrangle, Liverpool, L69 3GB, UK Tel: +44-(0)151-794-5576 Fax: +44-(0)151-794-5588 E-mail:

Solar Home Systems for developing countries

Free Energy Europe has succeeded in developing a new Solar Home System concept that costs around $US100 and brings solar electricity within reach of a large number of households in developing countries.

The breakthrough originates from the development of a fourth generation amorphous silicon solar cell technology which allows a 12 Watt-peak solar home system to be composed, consisting of one 12 Watt panel, a charge regulator, three lights (2 x 6W, 1 x 1W) and cables. Without the battery, this system costs $US100. The system can also power a radio, and with an additional $US36 panel, a 14-inch black and white television can be powered.

The main problem with earlier generations of amorphous silicon technology was that, after several years of use, moisture could penetrate the panel and degrade its functioning. Free Energy Europe has developed polymer injection framing which gives an expected lifetime of over 20 years.

For more information: Frank van der Veuten, Free Energy Europe, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, tel: +31 40 290 1245; fax: +31 40 290 1249; e-mail: <>

May 21-25, 2000
Third SETAC World Congress, Brighton UK Global Environmental Issues in the 21st Century: problems, causes and solutions

Scientific programme is divided into three main topics: Science and policies needed to achieve sustainable ecosystems.

Extrapolation of environmental processes across temporal, spatial and biological scales.

Linkages between ecosystem conditions and human health.

Details: SETAC-Europe, Av. E. Mounier 83, Box 3, B-1200, Brussels, Belgium; Phone: +32-2-7727281 Fax: +32-2 7705386 E-mail Website:

July 1-7, 2000
World Renewable Energy Congress VI - WREC 2000

Brighton Metropole Hotel, UK Topics will include: policy issues; low energy architecture, photovoltaic technology, solar thermal applications, wind energy generation, biomass conservation, related topics (water & hydrogen technologies, wave, tidal and ocean thermal energy, fuel cells), solar energy material, geothermal applications.

Further information: Professor Ali Sayigh, 147 Hilmanton, Lower Earley, Reading, RG6 4HN, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 118961 1364; Fax: +44 (0) 118961 1365; E-mail: Website: www.WRENUK.CO.UK

January 24-29, 2000
World Conference & Exhibition Geneva, Switzerland

Contact: G.R. Grob, A. Metghalchi, CLEAN ENERGY 2000 Conference Secretariat, Rue de Varembe 3, CH-1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland. Tel: +41-22-910-3006; Fax: +41-22-910-3014; EMail: Web:

September 17-22, 2000
Millennium Solar Forum 2000; Mexico City, Mexico

Contact: Millennium Solar Forum 2000, c/o Centro de Investigacin Energ UNAM, Apartado Postal #34, Temixco 62580, Morelos, Mexico. Tel: +52 73 250-052; Fax: +52 73 250-018; EMail: Web: