Last updated: 29 December 2017      
Elmo Dutra March 2017

Elmo Dutra

Elmo Dutra Eng, MSc has been a professor and researcher in solar energy since 2000 with particular interest in solar cooking working in southern Brazil in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. He is the founder of Fogão Solar, and has developed the Fogão Parabólico parabolic solar cooker. He works with his students to create new projects, and also offers solar cookers from other manufacturers for sale through his website.

Fogao retenion box 1

Heat retention box construction

Fogao Solar heat retention box 2

Heat retention box completed

He also has been experimenting with his own heat-retention cooking device. A cardboard box lined with polystyrene insulation and surfaced with reflective film. And using a standard pressure cooker preheated, and placed inside.


  • June 2017: New solar cooks in Morro da Cruz - Long time thermal solar advocate, Professor Elmo Dutra, conducted a solar cooking workshop in Morro da Cruz on the basics of how to construct and use solar panel cookers. The simple cookers were able to reach 180 °C (356 °F). Happy with the results, the new solar cooks are enthusiastic to show others what they have learned.
  • April 2016: Elmo Dutra presented solar cookers at Ensus 2016 (Encontro de Sustentabilidade de Projetos) at the Federal University of Santa Catarina.
Elmo Dutra April 2016
Elmo Dutra March 2016

March 2016 training


  • January 2016: Solar cooking in south Brazil: dissemination and barriers - Elmo Dutra (CONSOLFOOD 2016)

Audio and video

  • September 2015:
USP - Encontro de Cozinha Solar

USP - Encontro de Cozinha Solar



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Elmo Dutra
276/902 Padre Carmine Fasulo St
Caxias do Sul

Tel: +55 (54) 32091251
Mobile: +55 (54) 99849277