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Title: Establishing First Solar Kitchen in Madhya Pradesh and Centre for the Awareness Generation and Dissemination of Solar Cooking Technology Among Rural Women of Central India

Author: Jimmy McGilligan

Date: July 2006 (presented at the Granada solar cooking conference)

Abstract: The Barli Development Institute for Rural Women had been using solar box cookers since 1985, and encouraging their use in the rural areas with limited success.

In 1998 when the Ministry of Non Convention Energy Sources New Delhi decided to test Scheffler solar cookers in different regions of India, their Regional Testing Centre in Indore selected Barli Development Institute for Rural Women as an ideal place to test this solar cooker, as it had a kitchen cooking simple meals for 40-50 persons daily, and committed staff who could monitor the use of this cooker.

The solar cooker was finally installed in an area near the main building where it could receive maximum sunshine throughout the day and a small shed built for cooking in. Initially there were many problems, e.g. cooks unwilling to cook as they had to be on duty during the day while the sun was shining, drifting focal area because of misalignment, resulting in burning secondary reflector, as well as problems with tracking. Despite these problems it was decided to make this cooker a success.

Work included evaluation of the solar cooker, exploring how to collect data and what data to collect, cooking the same amounts of food using other fuels, and evaluating this data. It was found to save up to 25 kilos of wood per day, more than 8 gas cylinders in a month.

The author met Wolfgang Scheffler and Deepak Gadhia and a strong bond was established.

One year later a second Scheffler dish and a solar storage cooker was installed, another invention of Wolfgang Scheffler and manufactured by Gadhia Solar systems Valsad.

We built a specially designed solar kitchen, first of its kind in central India, and are now cooking for approximately 100 persons daily.

Rural women trainees at Barli started asking how they could get those sorts of solar cookers in their villages. We start manufacturing SK14 concentrating cookers and established a system where the trainees at Barli can get a solar cooker on a subsidised price to take back to their villages. Solar cooking is firmly established in remote villages of Madhya Pradesh and interesting data was collected from users, e.g. women feel safer, because when collecting wood from remote forests they face abuse from forest officials and others.

Solare Bruecke of Germany trained Barli’s workers how to build large Scheffler solar cookers. Dieter Seifert and Imma Seifert came to Barli and trained village women how to build SK14 solar cookers. Barli Development Institute for Rural Women has become a source of

  1. Awareness regarding solar cooking, people from

all walks of life constantly visit the institute to see this live demonstration.

  1. For training, students come from India, UK and

other countries to volunteer and work on the manufacture of these solar cookers. Barli Developed a curriculum for trainees to learn how to build and use solar cookers that they take home, and how to use them as an incomegenerating tool

  1. Transfer of this technology to another NGO to

establish a large solar kitchen in a school for 500 tribal children, and other systems are on track.

  1. Research and empowerment: the authors give

regular presentations to government officials, (Jimmy McGilligan) Manager Barli Development Institute for Rural Women 180 Bhamori New Dewas Road Indore MP 452010 police, army and others, on the use of solar cookers

Keywords: Scheffler solar cookers rural\ tribal women


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