René Nuñez Suárez

The Turbococina is a biomass-burning steel cookstove that integrates an electric fan to regulate air and fuel gas flow.

Product description Brand name and product description

The Turbococina is a forced-draft wood-burning cookstove and it is the first practical application of the “Pressurized Combustion and Heat Transfer Process and Apparatus” designed and patented by Salvadoran inventor René Núñez Suárez. The license holder for the technology is the Swiss-based company Soter AG.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Latin America and the Caribbean

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Tecnologías Ecologicas Centroamericanas (TECSA) is the entity responsible for the stove’s final assembly and distribution. However, the Salvadoran Ministry of Education, the Fondo de Inversión Social para el Desarrollo Local (FISDL), the Fundación Salvadoreña para el Desarrollo Económico y Social (FUSADES), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are implementing organizations of the Turbococina in El Salvador.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

The Turbococina has not yet been marketed to final users for which no retail price is available. However, its mass production cost is estimated at 140 USD. The stove was registered with the Clean Development Mechanism in 2011 with the objective of providing the stoves for free using the income generated from the sale of the carbon credits.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Plancha-type cookstoves disseminated in Central America, more than 20 stove models are available in the region.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

Goal 13: Climate action

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Low-income households and public schools.

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