About FoST

About FoST

Foundation for Sustainable Technology is a non-profit organization established in 2002 with a goal of promoting sustainable solutions of ever-growing energy and environmental crises in Nepal. We are dedicated to developing efficient and cost effective renewable and alternative energy technologies as well as providing skill training in various areas to the rural and urban communities to meet their household energy needs.  We have produced numerous designs and models of solar cookers, solar dryers, solar water pasteurizers, fire wood efficient stoves, fuel briquettes, heat retaining devices and many more.

Since 2012, we have introduced biochar making technology using green wastes by designing and developing biochar stoves for multiple applications while cooking efficiently.

Over the past decade, we have trained hundreds of farmers and students on the theory and practice of solar cooking, solar drying, using efficient cooking stoves, making non-charred compact fuel briquettes as well as biochar making from farm and forest wastes for soil improvement and carbon sequestrations into the soil.

In addition to above, we have also initiated weaving mattresses with biomass and plastic-based wastes including video tapes for making variety of designs in order to reduce environmental impacts from these non-degradable things.

Our programs were proposed in 16 different countries such as USA, Kenya, Spain, Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines, India, Afghanistan, Uganda, Peru, China, Bangladesh, and Cyprus.

FoST’s actions include:

  • Research & Development
  • Education & Awareness
  • Promotion & Dissemination
  • Fostering Micro-Enterprises

FoST programs

FoST activities are:

  • Solar cooking
  • Solar cooker building
  • Solar water pasteurizing
  • Solar drying
  • Fuel efficient stoves
  • Heat retaining
  • Briquette making
  • Biochar making
  • Waste management

FoST history:

FoST was founded by Sanu Kaji Shrestha, a retired official at the World Bank. One day, he found himself forced to take three days off from work to stand in long queues for fuel, and he realized the extent of Nepal’s dependence and started seriously researching ways to bring sustainable domestic sources of energy to his country. In 2001, Sanu Kaji and seven other people started building all together the first stones of Fost organization, and extensively traveled different parts of Europe and America accomplishing internships in renowned institutes involved in sustainable technologies.

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