Last updated: February 6, 2016
The French organization Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil credits three “Ps” for their successes in spreading solar cookers: Passion, Perseverance, and Positive attitude. In 2008, they trained around 1,800 new solar cooks. As of the end of 2011, Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil had distributed more than 16,000 cookers in the Andean countries of Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Argentina, benefiting 80,000 people in communities there. Thirty of their solar cooking trainers are present in these Andean countries. Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil also distributes Rocket Stoves in Chile and Argentina and has several initiatives in Africa, where an emphasis is placed on the wood saving aspect of solar cookers and the Rocket Stove. These initiatives have met with considerable success.
In their home country of France, Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil has programs for school age children centered around solar cooking.
Most significant solar cooking projects
- Bolivia and Peru have benefitted from successful solar cooking programs - The French NGO, Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil and Bolivian NGO CEDESOL (working with Bolivian company Sobre la Roca, which produces solar cookers and high efficiency biomass stoves) have together trained thousands of Bolivians and Peruvians to build and use sturdy solar box cookers and fuel-efficient woodstoves. Bolivia Inti-Sud reports they have distributed more than 20,000 ecological appliances since 2000. See Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil projects
- See other Most significant solar cooking projects worldwide.
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News and recent developments
- September 2015: Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil (BISS), in association with Engineers without Borders, has started a new project called Plug in Peru (PIP), implemented by three engineering students from École Centrale de Nantes. Photovoltaic (PV) panels were added to the solar stoves, which were distributed in the Andes. While the solar cooker is in position for cooking, these PV panels will store energy to charge cell phones, radios, and batteries – a need that was identified in the local villages. The students’ project was based in La Paz, on the premises of Inti Illimani (BISS’ partner in Bolivia), which enabled the team to obtain the necessary materials and build the kits before the workshop which was organized in the community of Ch'uxña Quta, 250 km north of La Paz. Despite some initial technical difficulties, this project raised interest from the local population, and the team left one of the kits behind so that the villagers could use it as needed. Follow-up visits will be made by local teams to evaluate the use of the kits.
- August 2015: Des jeunes d’un centre de loisirs sensibilisés à la cuisson solaire - (English version)
- August 2015: BISS is starting a new project to add photovoltaic panels to its solar stoves to allow electricity to also be produced. Read more: French - (English version)
- July 2015: Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil published a July 2015 newsletter which offers updates on its latest activities. Read the newsletter on their website - (English version).
- April 2015: Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil announces the sad passing of its founder, Robert Chiron - Read more about professor Chiron's significant contribution to the spread of integrated cooking. (English translation.)
- March 2015: Students at Lcycée Jaques de Vaucanson are studying the effectiveness of the BISS solar cooker, designed by Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil. They are reporting their progress on this blog.
- February 2015: Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil, Newsletter, February 2015
- September 2014: Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil reported the following data on their distribution of solar cookers, water heaters, heat retainer cookers, rocket stoves, and solar food dryers:
- Bolvia: 6,378 solar cookers since 2000 and 30 water heaters since 2013.
- Puno, Peru: 3,835 solar cookers since 2001.
- Arequipa, Peru: 3,533 solar cookers since 2005.
- Chile: 2,193 solar cookers since 2003, 883 heat retainer cookers since 2006, 1,007 rocket stoves since 2009, and 28 solar dryers in 2011.
- Argentina: 473 solar cookers, 1,241 rocket stoves, and 62 heat retainer cookers between 2008 and 2012.
- January 2014: Volunteers for Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil, Michel Perrin and Jacques Prévost, have recently finished a comparative test of ten various biomass stoves. It can be reviewed here: Tests D'E'Bullition D'eau
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