Last updated: 3 March 2016
EG-Solar, a prominent worldwide solar cooking program, has its headquarters in the small southern German town of Altötting. Centered in a national industrial school, founders Dieter Seifert and his wife Imma Seifert, with the assistance of other family members and friends, registered EG-Solar as a charitable organization in 1993, though their activities date back to the early 1980s.
The organization has been very active in promoting parabolic cookers of varying size and characteristics, literally around the world. Their strategy is based on the underlying assumption that people can assist themselves by constructing the cookers. The cookers' components are manufactured in Germany and shipped with instructions that are "word free" - entirely pictorial - and thus relatively easy (though time-consuming) to assemble into the finished product. The Seiferts also make available, as needed, the equipment to produce most of the parabolic cooker's components, even in places without electricity. Because of difficulty of obtaining appropriate materials and the need for quality control, the shiny aluminum panels that constitute the parabolic reflector itself are made in Germany and shipped around the world.
The Seiferts conduct workshops in Germany on the construction and use of the devices, as well as in many other countries of the world. This Germany-based operation is among the larger, if not the largest, such program in the world. They report that 15,000 cookers have been sold in over 80 countries of the world. (Printed brochure, EG Solar.) Among the nations where they have substantial sales programs are: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Mauritania, Namibia, Nepal, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Uganda and many others.
Dieter Seifert has been active in promoting solar cooking as one way to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, contributing to the greenhouse effect and global warming. He has urged the consideration of solar cooking programs as eligible for carbon credits as envisioned in the United Nations Joint Implementation/Clean Development Mechanism, that permits the exchange of "carbon credits" between developed and developing nations. One such exchange is in place between the area where Dr. Seifert lives and an organization in Nepal, where solar cooking promotion is supported in this manner. Almost alone in the solar community to explore this potential, Dr. Seifert offers to provide assistance to others in calculating carbon emissions as a prelude to applying for assistance in this carbon credit scheme.
- May 2013: EG-Solar recently released a photo of cooking with a parabolic solar cooker.
- April 20-21, 2013: (Altötting) International solar cooker conference. Organizer is EG Solar e.V.
- December 2011: EG-Solar reports that it is working on a carbon-credit solar cooking project in Zambia.
- July 2009: FEDEX Delivers Solar Cookers to Myanmar Civil War Refugees in N. Thailand - Freight-Net
Audio and video
- November 2014: EG Solar has created a clever animated video short explaining the benefits of solar cooking.
Neuöttinger Str. 64c
Tel: +49 (0) 86 71 / 96 99 37
Fax: +49 (0) 86 71 / 96 99 38
EG-Solar is a registered charitable organization created by the Altötting Public Community College.
Kreissparkasse Altötting, BLZ 71051010, Konto-Nr. 49338