The inflatable Balloon Solar Cooker was designed by Mr. Toshi Omhura, one of the founders of Solar Cooker Japan (SCJ). SCJ's current goals are to promote the planting of the Jatropha trees while also promoting solar cooking using this cooker. Mr. Kazimito was in Nairobi, Kenya recently, holding preliminary discussions with Solar Cookers International East Africa Office Director Margaret Owino about a partnership. A team from SCJ later followed with the prototype cookers for field tests in Kenya.
Solar Cookers International East Africa Office (SCI-EA) conducted field tests on this cooker on behalf of SCJ. The goal was to enable in-country production of the same cookers, should they pass the field test. SCI-EA undertook a study for them both in Kisumu and Kajiado and found it to not to be user friendly and also very huge and cumbersome. There were also issues of durability, pot holder, storage and even use of pumps, we could not even get local glue to mend any thorn pricks on the balloon, and not local pumps that could inflate it easily, etc. A report will be forthcoming.