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'''Solar panel cookers''', due to their ease of construction and low-cost materials, are the simplest solar cookers to build and the most common. Tens of thousands of these are in use in [[Refugee camps]] around the world.
In the year 1999, a very simple, low-cost solar cooker was presented by Prof. [[Roger Bernard]] (1995) of France. The original model was modified by [[Solar Cookers International]] and named the [[CooKit]]. There are simpler panel cookers and some that cook better than the CooKit, but the CooKit folds down to be the size of a large notebook. This makes it one of the most popular solar cookers on the planet. The main [[CooKit]] article shows many [ different variations].
[[Image:Suncatcher.jpg|thumb|[[Suncatcher]] Cooker|250px]]
[[Richard Pocock]] of [[South Africa]] has been working on solar cookers for over 17 years, and has developed two interesting designs, the [[Pentagon Star]] and [[Suncatcher]]. Pocock claims, though the Suncatcher design looks like a variant of [[Cookit]], it was developed independently, starting with a parabolic cooker design approach. He wanted to make the parabolic cooker simpler, and landed on Suncatcher design. As the photo illustrates, the design does convey more sunlight to the cooking pot, though most of it is from above, as in the [[Cookit]] type of designs.
==Panel cookers made from windshield shades==
[[Image:Windshield_shade.jpg|thumb|250px|A great solar panel cooker can be built from a [[Windshield Shade Solar Cooker|windshield shade]]]]
[[Kathy Dahl-Bredine]] developed the [[Windshield Shade Solar Cooker]] while experimenting with various designs of cookers to introduce in the indigenous communities where Kathy lives and works in southern [[Mexico]]. She hit upon an utterly simple way to make an instant portable solar oven by taking an automobile windshield shade and turning it into a [[solar funnel]].
==The [[HotPot]]==
[[Image:Solar-cooker-design-_Dars_diamond.jpg|thumb|250px|The [[HotPot]] panel cooker]]
[[Darwin Curtis]] and [[Louise Meyer]] of [[Solar Household Energy]] have a proven panel cooker with the specially designed [[HotPot]]. It uses a glass pot enclosure with a custom black metal cooking pot inside. The reflector is constructed from folding polished metal panels. They won a grant from the World Bank to distribute this type of cooker.
== The [[Copenhagen Solar Cooker Light]] ==
A very simple but efficient Solar Panel Cooker has been designed by [[Sharon Clausson]] of USA. Using durable, reflective vinyl covered panels (available from Ikea - article number 701.517.12) she has presented a very simple design. The reflector panels, which can be bent are attached to a firm piece of hard board, on which cooking pot is kept in a transparent plastic bag. Beauty of this cooker is the panels can be folded and held in position with a cloth hanger clips. {{clr}}
==Solar funnel cookers==
[[Image:Funnel cooker.jpg|thumb|Jones Funnel Cooker|250px]]
[[Steven Jones]] has another interesting variation, which he calls the [[Funnel Cooker]]. The Funnel Cooker has several advantages. It is simple to construct and store, and there is little waste of unused construction materials. Supporting the funnel may pose problem, but this can easily solved with placing the funnel in an open box, as shown in the photo. Two small sticks or stones can also be propped up at the back to hold the funnel in the right position.
[ Funnel Cooker construction plans]
[[Image:Molly Baker Solar Oven.jpg|right|thumb|250px|[[Molly Baker Solar Oven]]]]
[[Molly Baker]] has presented another interesting variation of the Funnel cooker called the [[Molly Baker Solar Oven]]. The cooker is made from stiff cloth and the inner lining is a reflective material, perhaps like the one produced by Clear dome Solar. When the fold is opened and plastic tubes are inserted at the top and bottom, the cooker forms a stiff cone ready to cook. The innovator has not shown a greenhouse enclosure, but the cooker will perform better with one. [ Molly Baker solar oven construction plans]
These funnel cookers should work well, but some appear to have a limited reflective surface area. Bigger reflectors should work better.
[[Image:Funpanel1.jpg|thumb|250px|The [[Fun-Panel]] solar cooker]]
Another interesting design has been created by [[Teong Tan]] from [[Singapore]]. He realized that a cooker with an aperture at 60 degrees captures most of the sunshine, similar to the [[Funnel Cooker]]. But the Funnel cooker is unstable without additional support, and hence Teong designed a new cooker called [[Fun-Panel]]. It combines the best features of Funnel cooker as well as cookit. Preliminary studies indicate that it performs well.
Teong is a devoted solar cooker designer and enthusiast, and some of his other designs include the [[DATS]] cooker, [[Suntastic]], and the [[Sunny Cooker]].
Teong has conducted a comparative study on greenhouse enclosures as well, and finds that the [[HotPot]] works well.
==Double Angle Cookers==
There seems to be renewed interest in this type of solar cooker that shares some of the properties of panel cookers like the CooKit and of parabolic cookers.
===[[DATS]] Solar Cooker===
[[Image:DATS_solar_cooker.jpg|thumb|right|250px|[[DATS]] solar cooker]]
[[Teong Tan]] fabricated what he calls the [[DATS]] cooker, meaning a Double Angled Twelve Sided Solar cooker. The motivation for this design was mainly to avoid the transparent plastic enclosure/guard around the cooking pots that is used to reduce heat loss.
===[[Parvati Solar Cooker]]===
[[Image:Solar-cooker-design-parvati4.jpg|thumb|right|Parvati Solar Cooker|250px]]
In [[India]], [[Ravindra Pardeshi]] and his wife Shobha, developed a similar cooker, the [[Parvati Solar Cooker]], named after the inventor's grandmother. They took inspiration from Professor Mannan’s improvement of a [[VITA]] Design. They initially fabricated Professor Jone's [[Funnel cooker]], but then developed the Parvati design. They have conducted a number of experiments and suggest that stacking the vessels one above the other gives better results than placing them side by side.
This is an important detail that all panel cooker users should consider. Rather that making the cooker base wider to place pots side by side, consider making a panel cooker with taller sides to stack pots for more efficient cooking. However, this does make checking the cooking food less convenient.[ Parvati website]
[[Image:Solar-cooker-design-rgp2.gif|thumb|right|250px|[[Parvati Solar Cooker]]]]
They have have a [[Wikipedia:ray trace|ray trace]] diagram showing the sun's movement as it passes over the cooker, which should be useful for other solar cooker designer to review. Click on the adjacent illustration to activate.
==See also==
* [[:Category:Solar panel cooker plans|Construction plans for many different solar panel cookers]]
==External links==
*[ Evaluation of Several Original and Commonly Used Solar Cooker Designs] - ''[[Dane Dormio]] and Dr. [[Steven Jones]]''
*[ Use of the solar panel cooker for medical pressure steam sterilization] - ''Ms. [[Barbara Kerr]] and Mr. [[James Scott]]''
==All solar panel cooker designs==
Scroll down below the list to see photos of each of the solar panel cooker designs on the Network.
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