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Dean Still is a world renowned cook stove designer and tester has spent decades making stoves that cost less that US$20. When we asked Dean if he could design a really clean, automated heat stove that cost between $500 and $1,000, he laughed and said "you would think that should easy."

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Fred Leavitt and Jill Elsner took the Wiseway gravity fed pellet stove and made it into a electricity producing powerhouse for off-grid or back-up electricity uses. Pellet stoves provide a more even heat source for thermoelectric and they are shooting for a up to 100 watts.

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There is a huge need for automated, “idiot proof” stoves all over the world. A New Zealand man discovered an innovative valve and in 2008, he hired Ben Myren to help integrate the valve into a stove. So began one of the most innovative and promising new stove technologies on the US market.

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Guillaume Thibodeau-Fortin, an SBI mechanical engineer, believes that automation of the wood stove is likely to be a main trend in stove manufacturing in the future. "We designed this for multiple reasons - not just to build a stove that operates cleanly in our customers' home. Automation also serves to improve safety, efficiency and ease of use,” Guillaume said.

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Its not often that a new breed to wood stoves is introduced. This has some of the best properties of a wood stove and a pellet stove. Its consistently clean and high efficiency and gravity feeds one log after another into the fire chamber. And its already on the market.

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Getting electricity from a wood stove is easy. Getting a steady, reliable supply that can do more than charge your phone and power a few light bulbs is not. These guys may make some breakthroughs.

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This electricity producing pellet boiler can be paired with solar and thermal panels and is so smart that it turns itself off and on depending what source of heat and electricity is cheapest that day. Dutch Dresser at Maine Energy Systems is a true visionary when it comes to decarbonizing household energy.

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Roger Lehet and his family lost almost everything they had in the 2008 recession. From this painful time, Roger was inspired to create an off-grid energy source that can help those in the most difficult of circumstances. Learn how Roger took an idea to a competition ready thermoelectric stove that may redefine what we see as viable off-grid living.

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The SUNY Stony Brook team’s main focus is to show that clean, efficient, wood combustion is possible without sacrificing commercial viability. They use an innovative drying chamber, sensors and a Venturi draft inducer.

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This German downdraft stove strives to "produce 100 watts of electricity as a mean value a day." The stove heats water to distribute heat to other rooms and also comes with a large battery that is designed as a backup electrcity for the home, or to augment a solar photovoltaic system.

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