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Doing Business As Name:Oregon State University
  • Nordica A MacCarty
  • (541) 737-4933
Award Date:11/01/2017
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 50,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 9,032
  • FY 2018=$9,032
Start Date:11/01/2017
End Date:04/30/2018
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:I-Corps: Monitoring and Evaluation of Humanitarian Development Projects
Federal Award ID Number:1755524
DUNS ID:053599908
Parent DUNS ID:053599908
Program Officer:
  • Cindy WalkerPeach
  • (703) 292-8437

Awardee Location

Awardee Cong. District:04

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Oregon State University
Street:204 Rogers Hall
Cong. District:04

Abstract at Time of Award

The broader impact/commercial potential of this I-Corps project lies in its ability to identify potential customers for IoT connected sensor technology and monitoring services that provide timely and accurate data regarding the adoption rates and impacts of technologies engineered for humanitarian aid settings. Initially, the focus is toward non-government organizations who fund, manufacture or distribute clean, energy efficient, biomass cookstoves to rural communities who still cook over open fires. The project will then explore potential customer segments with technologies engineered to improve energy efficient water purification, and food production. The broader impact of providing accurate and timely data will guide and promote aid organizations to improve the design, energy efficiency, and culturally directed marketing efforts thereby improving public health and livelihoods. This I-Corps project will enable customer discovery of a Fuel, Usage, and Emissions Logger (FUEL) system. Conceived via a design thinking approach informed by first hand observations of the significant challenges of monitoring development projects, FUEL is one of the first Internet of Things (IoT) connectable sensor specifically engineered to provide accurate time-correlated technology usage and emissions reduction data. Continuing efforts will develop the transmission hardware and software architecture needed to enable the sensor to become an autonomous IoT and data storage/transfer/analysis device, designed with the users in mind. Detailed customer discovery is essential to informing the objectives, constraints, packaging, and pricing for this technology to be attractive to potential customers as well as identifying potential commercialization partners and competitors.

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Ventrella, J and MacCarty, N "DEVELOPMENT AND PILOT STUDY OF AN INTEGRATED SENSOR SYSTEM TO MEASURE FUEL CONSUMPTION AND COOKSTOVE USE" Proceedings of the ... ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences, v., 2018, p.. Citation details  

Project Outcomes Report


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The ongoing research, development, and commercialization of the FUEL sensor is expected to make an impact on the efficacy of the global cookstove sector, which works to provide clean and efficent fuels for the 2.7 billion people currently relying on open biomass combustion to meet upwards of 97% of their energy needs. Using FUEL to monitor the adoption and impact of clean stoves and fuels will provide projects with actionable data on their program performance to refine designs, validate performance, and secure carbon- or results-based financing. This will help to support more effective projects to provide clean cooking technologies to households around the world.

Through the I-corps program, we determied that the market for this system is limited to the clean cooking sector, a small humanitarian effort with limited opportunities for signfiicant profit. Therefore we did not complete the entire traditional I-corps program as the instructors deemed the primary customer segments of NGOs and researchers as not viable. Despite this, development and validation of the sensor has been ongoing, with technology refinement and incorporation with a suite of other air quality and usage sensors to provide a complete picture of cookstove impact in homes. A successful pilot of 100 sensors was just completed in Uganda, and an extensive validation study is underway in Burkina Faso. Commercialization with partner Climate Solutions Consulting is planned in late 2018.

Last Modified: 08/18/2018
Modified by: Nordica A Maccarty

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