CIRCODU Cookstoves testing laboratory came into existence in 2010. From 2012 to 2014, the laboratory was one of the regional knowledge and testing centers recognized and supported by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (now Clean Cooking Alliance).
The laboratory provides a variety of activities that include:
Water Boiling Tests, This is a rough simulation of the cooking process that is intended to help stove designers understand how well energy is transferred from the fuel to the cooking pot.
Emissions Testing, This is a measure of air pollutants emitted from solid fuel use.
Durability Tests, These are tests aimed at measuring the aspects of cookstove designs that may affect the usable life and cookstove quality.
Safety Tests, These are tests which aim at measuring the difference between the maximum surface temperature and the ambient air temperature.