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Title: Solar Cooking in Senegalese Villages: an Application of Best-Worst Scaling
Authors: Vanschoenwinkel, Janka
Sebastien, Lizin
Swinnen, Gilbert
AZADI, Hossein
Van Passel, Steven
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: ENERGY POLICY, 67, p. 447-458
Abstract: Dissemination programs of nontraditional cookstoves often fail. Nontraditional cookstoves aim to solve problems associated with biomass fuel usage in developing countries. Recent studies do not explain what drives user's cookstove choice. This study therefore builds a holistic framework that centralizes product-specific preferences or needs. The case study identifies product-specific factors that influence rural Senegalese inhabitants to switch to solar cooking, using best–worst scaling. Looking at the preferences, the case study classified 126 respondents, in three distinct market segments with different solar cooking expectations. The paper identifies socio-demographic characteristics that explain these differences in the respondents' preferences. Finally, the respondent sample is divided in two groups: solar cooker owners and non-owners. When studied with regard to the same issue, solar cooker owners appear to value benefits of the solar cooker lower than non-owners. This is due to program factors (such as formations, after-sales network) and miscommunication (such as a wrong image of the solar cooker) that highly influenced the respondents' cookstove choice. As a conclusion, solar cookers and solar cooking programs are not always adapted to the needs and requirements of the end-users. Needs-oriented and end-user adopted strategies are necessary in order to successfully implement nontraditional cookstoves programs.
Notes: Vanschoenwinkel, J (reprint author), Hasselt Univ, Ctr Environm Sci, Agoralaan Bldg D, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium, janka.vanschoenwinkel@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/16136
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.12.038
ISI #: 000332815300043
ISSN: 0301-4215
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2015
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