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==Events==
 
*'''April 19 - 29, 2012: (Havana)''' Eco Cuba Exchange and [[Solar Energy International]] are offering you an opportunity to study renewable energy/energy efficiency policy and programs in Cuba. This year you may choose to participate in the entire program involving policy meetings and installation site visits in Havana City, Pinar del Rio and Santiago de Cuba, as well as the Tenth International CUBA SOLAR Conference in Santiago de Cuba. Or you may choose to participate only in the research tour of Havana and Pinar del Rio. [http://www.globalexchange.org/tours/cuba-renewable-energy-energy-efficiency-cubacuba-solar-conference More Information...]
 
   
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==News and Recent Developments==
 
==News and Recent Developments==
[[File:El_Romero_restaurant,_Cuba.jpg_.jpg|thumb|300px|Chef Inti Langaney cooks vegetables with a [[parabolic solar cooker]] at the El Romero eco-restaurant in Pinar del Rio, [[Cuba]].]]
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[[File:GERA_student_project_in_Cuba,_1-10-13.jpg|thumb|250px|[[GERA]] project in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba]]
*'''February 2011:''' The eco-friendly vegetarian restaurant, El Romero, in Pinar del Rio, has begun to offer dishes prepared with solar cookers.
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*'''January 2013: Utilization of solar cookers in the Basic Secondary School in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba''' - The Applied Renewable Energies Group ([[GERA]]) have successfully been using their versatile solar cookers to introduce solar cooking to seventh grade students at the Basic Secondary School in [[Cuba]]. The group feels it is an excellent time to introduce alternative energy strategies to these younger students. At the end of the school year, parents are invited to attend a solar festival at the school to see how the students have put their training into practice. Read more about the project at: [[Media:Report_to_the_Solar_Cooker_International_basic_secondary_school.pdf|GERA student project in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba]]
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*'''February 2011:''' The eco-friendly vegetarian restaurant, El Romero, in Pinar del Rio, has begun to offer dishes prepared with solar cookers. [[File:El_Romero_restaurant,_Cuba.jpg_.jpg|thumb|300px|Chef Inti Langaney cooks vegetables with a [[parabolic solar cooker]] at the El Romero eco-restaurant in Pinar del Rio, [[Cuba]].]]
 
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===Reports===
 
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*'''December 2012:''' [http://www.solarthermalworld.org/content/cuba-15-years-gera-solar-thermal-rd-and-testing Cuba: 15 Years GERA Solar Thermal R&D and Testing] - ''Solarthermalworld.org''
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* [http://solarcooking.org/espanol/solarcooking-faq-span.htm Preguntas Frecuentes de la Cocción Solar]
 
* [http://solarcooking.org/espanol/solarcooking-faq-span.htm Preguntas Frecuentes de la Cocción Solar]
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* [http://www.facebook.com/groups/251858061602590/ Cocinillas Solares sin Fronteras]
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===Audio and video===
 
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* [http://www.tubeoli.com//list.php?q=COCINA+solar&filter=on Dozens of Spanish-language videos showing solar cooking activities] - ''TubeOli''
 
* [http://www.tubeoli.com//list.php?q=COCINA+solar&filter=on Dozens of Spanish-language videos showing solar cooking activities] - ''TubeOli''
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Last updated: February 20, 2013      

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GERA student project in Cuba, 1-10-13

GERA project in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

  • January 2013: Utilization of solar cookers in the Basic Secondary School in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba - The Applied Renewable Energies Group (GERA) have successfully been using their versatile solar cookers to introduce solar cooking to seventh grade students at the Basic Secondary School in Cuba. The group feels it is an excellent time to introduce alternative energy strategies to these younger students. At the end of the school year, parents are invited to attend a solar festival at the school to see how the students have put their training into practice. Read more about the project at: GERA student project in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • February 2011: The eco-friendly vegetarian restaurant, El Romero, in Pinar del Rio, has begun to offer dishes prepared with solar cookers.
    El Romero restaurant, Cuba.jpg

    Chef Inti Langaney cooks vegetables with a parabolic solar cooker at the El Romero eco-restaurant in Pinar del Rio, Cuba.


The History of Solar Cooking in CubaEdit

When planning was underway for the Second World Conference on Solar Cooking, to be held in Costa Rica, in July of 1994, an abstract for a presentation to be made was received from a Cuban staff member of the Solar Energy Research Center in that nation. The letter told of their work, particularly with solar drying of food and even construction materials, as well as the use of solar energy for purifying and distilling water. What happened is unclear, as the paper does not appear in the program. However, it is evident that some action regarding the use of solar energy for household was taking place at that time.

Two years later, in 1996, an SCI volunteer and trainer of many, Don Coan of Sacramento, California, attended a conference on sustainable energy use in Cuba. He recounted some of the uses of solar energy he was shown during his visit. Sun Oven box cookers, gifts from a visitor, were in use at an Eco-restaurant at the National Botanical Garden. One secondary school had a large parabolic solar reflector that directed sunrays to pots inside the building - it was however not in use at the time of Coan's visit.

Considerable use of photo-voltaics was evident, and small streams were used to generate hydroelectric power. Waste from the production of sugar is burned as a major source of energy, producing a good bit of pollution, and use of renewable energy would obviously be useful. However, the embargo on goods has made any and all importation difficult and costly.

The Renewable Energy Group at Eastern University, Santiago de Cuba, indicated in 1998 that they had been working on solar cookers for over ten years and had at that time disseminated 200 cookers to families and 50 to schools of the area. It is evident that substantial interest and experimentation has been present in Cuba. Cuba has excellent sunshine and few other fuel resources; hence it could almost certainly utilize solar cooking. Cuba may well be doing more than is known without communicating that information to the international community.

[Information for this section was taken originally from State of the Art of Solar Cooking by Dr. Barbara Knudson]

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