The characterization of emissions from the combustion of solid fuels is important for the viability of cookstove and heating furnace interventions in developing areas. Furthermore, the acceptability of technologies, which would reduce the need for solid fuel consumption, such as passive solar heating, varies between cultures and locations. It is important to study both the outcomes of current technologies, as well as the plausibility of future interventions.

With a focus on the Navajo Nation, our research concerns both the emissions from solid fuel combustion, as well as the cultural acceptance and economic limitations to alternative forms of heating. Read more...

Research by:  Assistant Professor Lupita Montoya and PhD student Wyatt Champion

Typical stove for home in Navajo Nation    bituminous coal