CIRCODU has, since its inception, been engaged in monitoring for clean indoor air pollution and promoting greener technologies, particularly, improved household and institutional wood/charcoal cook stoves which are aimed at reducing indoor air pollution and fuel consumption.
Cook Stove and Fuel Testing
CIRCODU is now a regional Knowledge and testing center for East Africa supported by the Global Alliance for clean cook stoves. Under this grant, CIRCODU has been provided with equipment and training to enhance its capacity to do field testing for cook stoves. In addition to these CIRCODU is heavily involved in emission tests, durability tests, water consumption tests and lots of research.
Research and Consultancy
Working with the local and international partners, CIRCODU has been engaged in performing several studies like Kitchen Performance Tests (KPTs) and Kitchen Surveys on fuel saving stoves
We also provide expertise in reviewing standards and quality guidelines for products and services in the renewable energy sector.
Besides the energy component, CIRCODU has continuously expanded the scope of its work by engaging into research in sustainable agriculture. In this department we have focused more on the technologies used for the conversion of animal waste to biogas, by increasing knowledge about domestic biogas to maximize effectiveness, quality and service delivery of the biogas programs. We have helped development agencies who promote biogas use to build business cases for household biogas users/biogas construction companies considering the benefits of bio-slurry as a fertilizer which boosts agricultural yield and also energy savings through use of biogas.
With partners, CIRCODU has also been engaged carrying out studies in wetland restoration in Uganda; coming up with a detailed design of the small-scale water storage and detention facilities, detailed plan for silt traps drainage, flood control and maximum water recuperation.
Alongside other projects, the organization has also strengthened its capacity to provide trainings. Much focus has been in facilitating community trainings in production of alternative clean energy sources for cooking and income generation like bio-briquettes.