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Caption: “Boiling Point” team member David Emmons measures Prakti’s LeoTwin stove in Columbus, Ind. to gather baseline data for his team’s stove design.

 

Cummins Emission Solutions’ partnership with Prakti Design to build a better cook stove has reached a new milestone with the end of the global design competition.

Twenty-seven teams consisting of 163 employees from multiple Cummins locations submitted their concepts for a new or improved, clean-burning cook stove in hopes of being judged the top design. Teams also submitted a marketing plan that included details on stove performance, intended markets and the unique qualities of their stoves.

A group of Cummins employees who did not participate in the competition will meet in Columbus, Ind. (USA) on March 5 to review the stove designs. The team of judges will then provide its list of the top designs to Prakti, a leading cook stove design firm based in India.

Prakti CEO Mouhsine Serrar and his team will also review the 27 stove designs using the same criteria. Once the two groups have completed their separate reviews, select representatives from each company will meet to determine which designs will become prototypes to be built and tested. After the testing is complete, a competition winner or winners will be chosen.

Cummins Emission Solutions has also made an impact using its IT (information technology) skills. Vasu Iyer, Cummins Emission Solutions Global IT leader, formed a Project STEAM (Standards, Testing, Education, Application and Monitoring) IT team to offer functional capabilities and skills to help partners with their IT needs. This team has provided functional support and an IT workshop to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

To build on the impact and employee interest generated from Project STEAM, Corporate Responsibility Environmental Program Manager Elliot Hayden is launching a Community Impact Six Sigma project to determine the future of the project and define how employees will stay engaged in all areas of the project.

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“Brastove” team members in Guarulhos, Brazil: (left to right) Alexandre Pizzolatto, Vinicius Cabrera, Ana Perdigão, Ramiro Batista and José Guilherme.

Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor air pollution generated largely by inefficient and poorly ventilated cook stoves is responsible for the deaths of about 1.6 million people around the globe annually, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The health organization says more than half of these deaths occur among children five or younger. In developing countries with high mortality rates, indoor air pollution ranks fourth among the risk factors that contribute to death and disease.

The STEAM competition was launched after Cummins Emission Solutions leaders decided they wanted to pursue a corporate responsibility project that would be global in nature and comprehensive in scope.

“Being a division that produces products that reduce harmful emissions around the globe, we felt that it was appropriate that we should focus on the environment,” said Cummins Emission Solutions Vice President and General Manager Srikanth Padmanabhan.

After an in-depth effort to gather input from Cummins Emission Solutions’ 1,400 employees, as well as others, leaders decided to focus on indoor air pollution/clean air and more specifically cook stoves.

The topic also aligns well with the skills and talent of Cummins Emission Solutions employees. The business designs, manufactures and integrates exhaust aftertreatment technology and solutions for the commercial on and off highway light duty, medium duty, heavy duty and high horsepower engine markets to meet global emissions regulations.

Since its conception in 2002, Cummins Emission Solutions grew into a billion dollar business by 2012.

To learn more about clean cooking stoves, and the environmental and health impacts of inefficient stoves, visit the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves website.

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