Mobile App SootSwap Helps You Measure Reduction of Carbon Emission While Cooking

An app that can help Indians with adoption of clean cooking technologies, that is what SootSwap is. The mobile application, a project funded and supported by Qualcomm wireless reach program, will help to monitor use and incentivize the adoption of clean cooking technologies of individuals and communities.

SootSwap will provide a mobile based monitoring device to facilitate individuals and communities to use clean cook stoves instead of the traditional biomass or firewood burning cook stoves. The idea is to measure reduction of carbon emission using SootSwap and exchange it for carbon credits.

The SootSwap app being tested with a Cook Stove
The SootSwap app being tested with a Cook Stove

Cleaner cooking technologies like better cook stoves can reduce the exposure to harmful smoke usually found while using firewood for cooking. This thereby improves the health of women and children especially in rural areas where using firewood for cooking is a very commonplace.

How SootSwap app works

The application was developed to address these challenge of efficiently adopting cleaner cooking technologies.The mobile app works based on temperature sensing. A thermal sensor that connects to a Brew CDMA or an Android phone is activated every time a cook stove connected to the sensor is fired up. The temperature data is uploaded from the cell phone to a server via a mobile data network for analysing the temperature data & remote verification of stove usage.

This analysed data is then made available to carbon market investors to verify the reduction in carbon emissions. Based on this they can purchase the validated credits and transfer money, the incentive for using clean cook stoves, to the families.

Over the past 3 years the app was being tested through labs and a pilot project involving more than 100 rural Indian homes in villages around Jagdishpur in Uttar Pradesh. The app was developed in partnership with Nexleaf, The Energy and Resources Institute New Delhi (TERI), Project Surya and the UK Department for International Development (DFID)

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