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EmeraldPlanet - Paving the Way to 2,050 (Future Earth #4): Technologies; Services; & Products
October 22, 2012
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Patricia McArdle, Consultant, Solar Cookers International
Albert M. Zaccor, CEO, Solar Stik™
Andrew Castro, President, World Water Solutions
Eric Lipson, President, NewHouse Research and Design (DecaDome)
Solar Cookers International (SCI) shares solar cooking awareness and skills worldwide. The organization operates especially in regions with plentiful sunshine and diminishing or lack of cooking fuel sources. Since its founding in 1,987, Sacramento, California-based SCI has enabled tens of thousands of families in Africa to cook with the sun's energy, significantly reducing the need for women and children to gather firewood and carry it for miles back to their village or refugee camp. Millions of individuals in other countries have also learned about solar cooking through SCI's information exchanges, networking, international conferences, publications, and especially through its globally recognized Solar Cookers World Network wiki-based websites. The Solar Cookers World Network is a SCI-sponsored alliance of nearly 500 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), manufacturers, and individuals actively promoting solar cooking around the world.
SCI also educates governmental and nongovernmental organizations and members of the United Nations through its UN consultative status. Volunteer members of Solar Cookers International partner frequently with SCI's East Coast counterpart, the DC-based non-profit Solar Household Energy (SHE). Both of these organizations have been active participants in the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves (GACC) since its inauguration by the United States Department of State in September 2,010.
SCI and SHE promote the concept of integrated cooking, which involves introducing the combined use of solar thermal, biomass burning, and retained heat cooking devices. These two organizations have encouraged the GACC to fund research and development for solar thermal and retained heat cooking devices to the same degree that it is currently funding such research and development for biomass stoves. The United States Department of Defense STAR (Sharing To Accelerate Research) and TIDES (Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support) programs have fully embraced the concept of integrated cooking using solar cookers and retained heat cooking devices along with biomass fueled combustion stoves.