Appropriate Technology

Maintaining sustainable livlihoods and lifestyles means supporting community led development and research on technologies appropriate for a specific local environment and people. This section will present examples of appropriate cooking, pumping, energy, etc. related technology that might be appropriate for communities and individuals in Burma. As Burma comprises a wide diversity of geography, ecosystems, cuisines, economies, cultures and peoples, it should be recognized that no one technology will match every situation in Burma.

Where possible, examples will be taken from local communities in Burma that are have already developed or are working to develop such appropriate technology solutions. In many cases appropriate technology may already exist and have been developed for that area and people over hundreds of years of experimentation. Before introduing or developing new technologies, it is important to recognize the value and strengths of indigenous technology and knowledge already in use. In other cases, changes (due to varying climates, natural disasters, conflict, unsustainable resource extraction, etc) in a community's or individual's environment may require the adaptation of traditional technology or the introduction of an entirely new technology to meet the challenges introduced by change.

Serpentine Solar Water Heating (aidg) Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 January 2012 15:01

aidg-2The serpentine solar water heater was part of the original repertoire of technologies that AIDG established with XelaTeco in 2005.  It is a heating system for domestic hot water, in Guatemala the main application is for showers or baths.  There are two main parts that make up the heater: the collectors, where the water is heated by solar radiation, and the tank, where the hot water is stored.  The collectors are galvanized iron pipe bent into a serpentine shape, mounted on a sheet metal backing to absorb radiation, all beneath a glass cover to keep the radiation that enters from bouncing back into the atmosphere.

Rocket Box Stove (aidg) Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:07


AIDG’s development of the Rocket Box stove was undertaken to alleviate the problems created by open fire cooking in rural Guatemala. The health, environmental, and economic costs of the traditional open-fire method of cooking have been widely documented. They include respiratory illnesses and accidental burns; the financial burden and time to buy or gather fuel; and de-forestation. AIDG’s work to design the Rocket Box has a context in the widespread initiatives by NGOs to promote efficient cook-stoves in Guatemala.