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Association pour le Développement de l'Energie Solaire (ADES) is a Swiss NGO that produces solar cookers in Madagascar and supports the use of renewable energy sources. It started in Tuléar in the south of Madagascar in 2001. Local production by local people with local material is part of the ADES philosophy. Cookers built and solar at subsidized prices now number in the thousands.

ADES has three center in Madagascar (Tulear, Morondava, Ejeda) and an offshoot in Andavadoka (near Morombeé) where they construct and do outreach in solar cooking. In 2008, they sold 1,500 solar ovens. Manufacturing is well organized, but promotion is tougher as it takes a lot of training to get the women to give up their traditional fire for cooking. ADES is in the process of developing various programs such as "women teaching women" and environmental education in the schools.

News and recent developments

ADES box cooker (with PV) 6-29-11

The ADES team introduces a new solar box cooker with photovoltaic panels to the public in Madagascar.

  • June 2011 The team of the Association pour le Développement de l'Energie Solaire (ADES) in Madagascar gathered last Saturday in Baar to unpack a novel solar cooker at the anniversary celebration of ADES. The solar box cooker comes with built-in photo cells. "This will make a sensation," says Regula Ochsner, founder of ADES. Especially valuable, is that the know-how transfer has gone the other way around for once: Madagascar supplies to Europe. Regula was enthusiastic but also a bit scared before the expected rush to the newest generation of solar cookers: "Can we handle the logistics as well?" This is the first time the latest prototype solar cooker has been presented to the general public, and it has happened in Madagascar. The work of ADES and its founder, Regula Ochsner from Ottenbach have received numerous awards, including the Swiss Solar Prize (2007), the Doron Prize (2008) or the price of the Brandenberger Foundation. The 10-year anniversary provides an opportunity to look back. Renewable energies point to the future. The event is even more poignant this year, in light of the tragedy in Fukushima. The non-profit organization has been committed to ADES in Madagascar for the past ten years to preserve the unique flora and fauna and promote sustainable cooking methods. In 2001, under the scorching sun in Madagascar, and under a party tent, the first solar cooker assembled. Today ADES employs around a staff of sixty. Countries with the use of solar and energy-saving stoves have already saved around 30,000 hectares of dry forest from logging. ADES first introduced solar cookers in order to reduce the deforestation of the dry forests, but now, in conjunction with solar cookers use, energy-efficient stoves have helped reduce wood consumption by up to 65%. See photos of the celebration at: ADES 10-year anniversary celebration, 25th June 2011
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ADES employs over 30 local trainers and carpenters in three communities, including carpenters hand-crafting wooden solar box cookers in Tulear (photo: ADES)

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Parabolic cookers and solar box cookers can work in a complementary fashion to meet a variety of cooking needs (photo: ADES)

  • January 2011: ADES 2010 annual report (German version)
  • April 2010: Since 2001, ADES has been making and selling solar cookers in the southwestern part of Madagascar, providing much-needed cooking alternatives as well as employment for over 30 local carpenters and trainers. In 2003, ADES built its first permanent solar cooker construction workshop in Tulear. A second construction workshop was established in Ejeda in 2006, followed in 2008 by a workshop in Morondava. Each of these regional centers also has sales and demonstration offices. Future plans include development of a fourth regional center in Anosy or Antandroy, and the creation of two or three local branches within each region to reduce transportation distances and increase outreach capacity. According to ADES, southwestern Madagascar experiences about 330 sunny days per year and is a nearly ideal region for solar cooking. However, per capita income in Madagascar is only about $400 per year, making it difficult for families to afford solar cookers and spend their meager income on a technology they are not familiar with. Rising firewood and charcoal costs over the past few years are making solar cookers comparatively more affordable, but still out of reach for many. Subsidies have mostly come from donors in Switzerland and a handful of awards. The Madagascar government has provided some additional support, partnering with ADES to promote renewable energy in Tulear. Hand-crafted wooden solar box cookers, produced locally for upwards of $200 each, are sold at a subsidized price of just over $20. These cookers reach temperatures of up to 150°C, and are commonly used to cook rice, various root vegetables, meat, fish, bread, and cakes. Metal parabolic solar cookers are assembled locally for about $160 each, from aluminum and steel parts made by another local organization at an already subsidized price. The parabolic cookers are then sold at a subsidized price of about $50. These cookers reach even higher temperatures, but require stirring of food and more frequent adjustments to track the sun. They are particularly useful for frying, and can work in a complementary fashion with solar box cookers. Both cookers come with 7-year warranties. By the end of 2009, ADES had sold 4,640 solar cookers. It hopes to ramp up its outreach and sales capacity with funding from carbon credit offsets.
ADES - Solar cookers built in local workshops - March 2008

Solar cookers are built in local workshops...

ADES - Solar cookers solar at market - March 2008

...sold in local markets...

ADES - Solar cookers carried home - March 2008

...and carried home by happy customers.

  • October 2007: Swiss Solar Award 2007 goes to ADES. In recognition of the achieved results, ADES is being awarded the Swiss Solar Award 2007 in the category Persons/Institutions. Furthermore, ADES is nominated for the European Solar Award. This is a great honor and recognition for us. For further information see Press Releases in German and in French.
  • March 2007: Regula Ochsner, president of ADES, has been aewarded the international "Women of the Earth Award" by the Yves Rocher Foundation. The award ceremony took place on March 8 2007 at the Institute of France in Paris and was attended by French Minister for the Environment, Nelly Olin, Jacques Rocher, Director of the Yves Rocher Foundation for the environment and Gabriel de Broglie, Chancellor of the Institute of France. Ochsner plans to invest the prize money of €10,000 in a further solar cooker pilot project in the south of Madagascar.

See also


Audio and video

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Solar Cookers - Saving Madagascar's Forests Global 3000

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External links

Contact

Regula Ochsner
Co-President ADES
Lanzenstr. 18
8913 Ottenbach
Switzerland

Tel. +41 (0)44 761 20 61

patchankaa@yahoo.fr
http://www.adesolaire.org

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