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==Events==
 
==Events==
*'''January 18-20, 2013: (Mumbai)''' The GreenKarbon 2013 festival, sponsored by Deutsche Bank India and Sanctuary Asia, will take place at Bhavan's College. While this is a general green energy event, solar cooking will be supported by [[Deepak Gadhia]] and the M.S.A. team. [http://www.greenkarbon.com/the-greenkarbon-festival More information...]
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==News and Recent Developments==
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[[File:Worlds Largest Solar Cooking Class|thumb|right|300px|2,044 middle school students learn to prepare lunch with solar cooking.]]
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*'''January 2013: World's largest solar cooking class takes place in India''' - On January 19, 2013, middle school students gathered on the grounds of JES College in Jalna, [[India]] to be trained in the use of a simple [[solar panel cooker]]. After a quick breakfast, and guidance from 205 trainers, a record-breaking 2,044 students assembled their own solar cooker and placed prepared ingredients inside to cook. After speaker presentations, they were able to enjoy the lunch they had cooked themselves. This event, sponsored by Simplified Technology for Life, demonstrates that India is quite serious about introducing solar cooking to young students. [[Ajay Chandak]] reports that included in the Indian government's five-year plan for 2012 through 2016, 30,000 million INR (approx. $600,000,000USD) is budgeted for solar cooking instruction in 500,000 schools.
   
*'''November 2012: Regional Solar Food Processing Network to be established in India''' - [[Rolf Behringer]] reports that the German NGO [[WISIONS]] has agreed to support the establishment in [[India]] of the first regional [[Solar Food Processing Network]]. A workshop to inaugurate this effort will take place in early 2013 ([[Events|date and location to be announced]]). The aim of the Solar Food Processing Network (SFPN) is to establish a global network of interested parties (NGOs, governments, farmers, and manufacturers) to develop and promote efficient methods of solar food processing and conservation. These are intended to help reduce poverty, improve local economic opportunities and health, and decrease environmental damage. In countries with high solar insolation, effective solar thermal production technologies will contribute to the sustainable development of small rural communities. SFPN is managed by the German NGO [[Solare Zukunft]] (Solar Future in English). It is financially supported by WISIONS, an initiative of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy to foster practical sustainable energy projects.
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[[File:Shirdi_roof_collector_array.jpg|thumb|250px|Shirdi roof collector array]][[File:Shirdi_collector_diagram.jpg|thumb|250px|Shirdi collector array diagram]][[File:Shirdi_cooking_photo.jpg|thumb|250px|Cooking in the kitchen at Shirdi]]
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*'''April 2010:''' [[Gadhia Solar Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd.]] recently completed installation of an enormous solar steam cooking system, capable of cooking 40,000-50,000 meals per day. It is located at Shirdi Saibaba temple in Shirdi, Maharashtra, India. With nearly 30,000 visitors each day, the temple’s dining halls are some of the largest in India. The solar steam cooking system is comprised of seventy-three rooftop-mounted [[Scheffler Community Kitchen|Scheffler reflectors]] of sixteen square meters each. The dishes concentrate sunlight on receivers that contain water, generating steam that is piped down to the kitchen for cooking purposes. To maintain constant focus with the sun, the dishes automatically rotate throughout the day after being manually aligned once each morning. The solar steam cooking system is retrofitted to existing liquid petroleum gas-powered steam boilers that are still used in the evening and during prolonged periods of inclement weather. Though the solar steam cooking system cost nearly $300,000, government subsidies reduced the temple’s portion to about $170,000. Liquid petroleum gas use has been cut by roughly 100,000 kilograms each year, for an annual savings of approximately $45,000. The temple should recoup its investment in three to four years. According to company founder [[Deepak Gadhia]], the solar steam cooking technology was originally developed in Germany. However, the equipment does not contain imported components and is manufactured with local machinery and labor, creating much-needed jobs. Gadhia has adapted the system for use in India, and has installed 50 such systems of varying sizes over the past two decades. The March edition of CNN’s Eco Solutions program highlights the Shirdi Saibaba temple solar steam cooking system.
   
*'''November 2012:''' ''The Times of India'' reports that the Akshardham temple in the capital has switched from piped natural gas to solar technology for cooking its daily quota of close to 4,000 meals every day. The solar concentrator, named ARUN®100, produces steam which powers the cooking process. [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Sun-fuels-hearth-at-Akshardham/articleshow/17273109.cms Read more...]
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[[File:Golden_Temple,_Punjab,_India_3-19-12.jpg|250px|thumb|Golden Temple, Punjab, [[India]]]]
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==News and Recent Developments==
*'''May 2012: '''[http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120529/jsp/bihar/story_15541694.jsp#.UBb9GkJvK7F The Telegraph of Calcutta] reports that State Animal and Fish Resources Minister Giriraj Singh will not be affected if the government of India cuts subsidies for LPG cooking gas and kerosene. He has started using solar cookers to prepare meals at home. Fearing a rise in cooking gas prices, he has already started using solar cookers. He has also urged the state energy minister, Vijendra Prasad Yadav, to come up with a plan to reduce the dependence of government buildings on traditional sources of power. Solar energy, the minister suggested, would be a suitable alternative.
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*'''September 2014:''' Bhubaneswar: The state government will provide solar chullahs to 500 households inside Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary. This was done to reduce load on firewood, which the villagers collect from the sanctuary. There are around 5,000 households in the reserve, but initially 10% will be provided with the solar cooking device. The panchayati raj and forest departments will jointly conduct survey to identify the families to be given the chullah. A private party will donate the chullahs to the forest department. - [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Bhubaneswar/Solar-chullahs-for-Satkosia-Wildlife-Sanctuary/articleshow/42446785.cms Read more...] - ''Times of India''
   
*'''March 2012:''' To save the Golden Temple from the ill-effects of pollution the Punjab Energy Development Agency(PEDA) is developing a plan to prepare a daily meal of Langar dal with the help of a solar steam cooking system. PEDA is the governmental agency promoting renewable energy within {{state|Punjab}}, [[India]]. To prepare Langar dal for 50,000 to 60,000 devotees daily at the Golden Temple, requires one ton (909 kg) of dal to be cooked each day. A recent study has shown cooking dal with the help of steam will save at least 25 LPG cylinders and also keep the environment pollution-free. PEDA chairman Manjeet Singh said they would bear the entire project cost.
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[[File:ARUN_100_at_Akshardham,_8-12-14.jpg|thumb|300px|The [[ARUN 100]] solar cooking array at the Akshardham Temple, New Delhi, [[India]].]]
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*'''August 2014:''' International solar cooking expert, [[Ajay Chandak]], has written about the recent installation of steam generating solar cooking systems at The Akshardham Temple located in New Delhi and at the Ram Krishna Mission Student’s Home, Mylapore, Chennai. The Akshardham Temple system is now able to serve 2,000 - 3,000 meals on a clear sunny day, saving approximately 30 to 50 scm of PNG each day in operation. MNRE has partly funded this installation and [http://www.cliquesolar.com Clique Solar] has manufactured and installed the system. The system at the Ram Krishna Mission Student’s Home as been adapted with the ability to store the excess heat generated mid-day to be able to cook very early in the day and after sunset. Read his reports: [[Media:SCI_news_1.pdf|ARUN®100 Installation at Akshardham Temple, New Delhi]] and [[Media:SCI_news_2.pdf|ARUN®100 with Thermal Storage at Ramkrishna Mission, Chennai]] - ''[[Ajay Chandak]]''
   
*'''March 2012:''' China and India lead the world in large scale solar cooking projects. [[Dar Curtis]] of [[Solar Household Energy]] recently researched where large scale solar cooking projects are happening around the world. The projects in African [[refugee camps]] are fairly well known, but institutional projects and the high-use of solar cookers is happening primarily in Asia. The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has registered eight solar cooker projects in [[China]] since 2009. A total of 207,000 [[parabolic solar cooker]]s have been distributed, serving 848,000 people. In [[India]], CDM registered a Gold Standard project in 2006. The [[Gadhia Solar]] company has created [[Institutional solar cooking|institutional kitchens]] with arrays of large [[Parabolic solar reflectors|parabolic solar concentrators]] to generate steam. Such an installation at Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, can produce meals for 38,500 pilgrims per day. Read more from his well-documented report. [[Media:Solar_In_Asia_Curtis_2012.pdf|Some Big Solar Cooking Project in Asia, December 2011]]
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*'''August 2014:''' A Bhayander based NGO, [[Keshav Srushti]], in a bid to spread awareness on solar cooking, will be gathering students from 500 schools across Mumbai to cook solar-powered dishes. Keshav Srushti has been accredited by the Guinness Book of World Records for having conducted the largest solar oven cooking class in January 2014 with 3639 participants from 62 schools. Invigorated by the success, the NGO has announced an annual Maha Suryakumbh on January 15, 2015, is aiming to reach 25,000 schools students. [http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-mumbai-ngo-to-hold-maha-suryakumbh-with-25000-students-2009258 More information...]
   
[[File:Solar Fire TinyTech Concentrator, 2-21-12.jpg|thumb|250px|[[Solar Fire TinyTech Concentrator]]]]
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*'''February 2012:''' The [[Solar Fire TinyTech Concentrator]] has been developed by the [[TinyTech]] company for use as either a village power source, or to generate steam for [[Institutional solar cooking|institutional cooking]]. It measures 90 sq. meters and is a fixed focus completely folding concentrator, not requiring any foundation in the ground.
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*'''March 2014: Rural schools receive solar cooking sysytems''' - [[Ajay Chandak]] wants to update the solar cooking community that a [[Scheffler Community Kitchen]] has been installed and tested at the Aapla Ghar school for homeless rural children located in Naldurg, [[India]]. After cooking their first meal on this solar system the students and management were more than happy. He brings particular attention and notice of appreciation to the local M.P. Dr. Ashok Ganguly, who arranged financing of the project through their M.P fund, contributing $23,000 USD to the project. Also, another Scheffler system is to be opened soon at an orphanage located in Dhule.
*'''February 2012:''' Medical colleges including those owned by the State Governments across the country are gearing up to do their bit to tackle climate change by adopting environment-friendly measures. the Medical Council of India (MCI) has proposed that colleges give emphasis to promotion of national bio-gas and manure management programs (NBMMP), national biomass cook-stove programs (NBCP), and solar cooking systems according to their suitability to ensure sustainability.” [http://dailypioneer.com/nation/41267-medical-colleges-into-green-mode-for-change.html Read More...] - ''The Pioneer''
 
*'''February 2012:''' Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Farooq Abdullah, noted at a recent seminar in Ambala, [[India]], that the rapid rise in the use of fossil fuels has threatened exhaustion of conventional energy sources in the country. He said most of the energy required in the industry, transportation and agriculture field is generated from fossil fuels like coal, petroleum and natural gas. Farooq said his ministry had chalked out a detailed plan to promote solar cooking. [http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/farooq-for-encouraging-renewable-energy-sources/959733.html - ''IBN Live'']
 
   
*'''January 2012:''' Private equity firm Zephyr Peacock has reportedly invested $11,000,000 USD in Mumbai-based [[Gadhia Solar]] in [[India]].. The solar energy company provides energy solutions by using parabolic concentrated technology and has implemented some of the world’s largest solar thermal systems during the past two decades. [http://www.vccircle.com/500/news/zephyr-peacock-invests-up-to-rs-50cr-in-gadhia-solar Read more...]
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*'''February 2014: The Jawahar Navodiya Vidyalya school is saving $23,000 in annual fuel costs''' - The residential school Jawahar Navodiya Vidyalya located in Ladakh, [[India]] appreciates having their solar cooking system, which is saving them $23,000 USD in annual fuel costs. More than 570 students and staff members are served daily meals. "It is not only very easy to operate, but it provides us [with] hot water for washing the dishes in the cold season," says Tashi, one of the kitchen staff. The arid desert region is known as the "land of high passes". Previously, remote areas like this one have had to rely on kerosene and firewood for heating and cooking, and considerable money was being spent simply getting kerosene delivered. [http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-250214.html Read more...] - ''Asia Times Online''
   
*'''January 2012:''' [[Ajay Chandak]] reports that in the Indian government's <span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 10pt">12th five year plan, 2012-2016, 30000 million INR (approx. 600 million USD) is budgeted for solar cooking in a half a million schools. This will not only help in saving environment, but will expose millions and millions of school children to solar cooking and build the confidence that these systems work. </span>
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*'''January 2014: School in North Coimbatore begins solar cooking mid-day meals''' Two [[PRINCE - 40]] institutional [[parabolic solar cooker]]s will soon be cooking noon meals for students at a school in North Coimbatore. Each PRINCE unit (designed by Professor [[Ajay Chandak]]) costs 68,000 Indian rupees ($1,000 USD) and includes a 35-liter (32 quart) pressure cooker. The first two units will be used on a test basis. If successful, the municipality will order PRINCE cookers for all sixteen schools in the region. The Indian National Ministry of New and Renewable Energy provides a sixty percent subsidy for the solar cookers, which will cut expenses by reducing the consumption of LPG and wood. On December 9, 2013 Professor Ajay Chandak, a global leader in the solar thermal cooking sector, was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). Chandak will represent "Solar Heating and Cooling". ISES is a UN-accredited NGO that is active in over 110 countries.
*'''November 2011:''' The World Intellectual Property Organization commissioned an extensive report on the state of solar cooking, prepared by [[Scope e-Knowledge Center Private Limited]] based in [[India]]. Released in August 2011, the report validates the viability of solar cooking, a technology well-suited for a growing portion of the world's population. It also provides a number of examples of various designs that have applied for patents. Read the report: [http://www.wipo.int/export/sites/www/patentscope/en/programs/patent_landscapes/reports/documents/final_solar_cooking_scope_website_version.pdf Patent landscape report on solar cooking]
 
*'''October 2011:''' The latest [[PRINCE]] newsletter announces a scheduled training for [[Scheffler Reflector Solar Cooker]]s coming January 21 -27, 2012. Next, PRINCE founder [[Ajay Chandak]] has received an Energy Conservation Award from the Government of Maharashtra. Also, PRINCE has organized a networking workshop for all stakeholders in the renewable energy business on January 25 - 26, 2012. PRINCE Biogas Plants now approved by MNRE. Read more about these items: [[Media:PRINCE_newsletter1.pdf|PRINCE newsletter, Fall 2011]]
 
*'''January 2011:''' [http://www.mydigitalfc.com/news/govt-clears-plan-60-solar-cities-208 Government clears plan for sixty solar cities.] The Centre will kick off an ambitious scheme to develop sixty solar cities in two years. It will be done in collaboration with city corporations, municipalities and district councils. The focus will be on renewable energy devices such as kitchen waste-based plants, solar water heating systems, solar cooking systems, solar steam generation, drying and air heating systems, solar air-conditioning, bio-mass gasification based systems and biogas.
 
*'''January 2011: [http://www.rncos.com/Report/IM187.htm RNCOS Report] Predicts Growth of Solar Cookers in India.''' RNCOS, market research and information analysis company, in its recent report titled, “Indian Solar Energy Market Outlook 2012”, studies the latest trends in the industry by utilizing inputs from the state and central regulatory background of the country. According to the report, the solar cookers in India will witness a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6% in 2010-2013. The report details the rapid growth of solar industry in India and predicts that it will grow more in future. There is a growing demand for solar products in rural areas, and the trend will continue in the future too. The report quotes that the [[Solar Cookers International]] has rated India as the foremost country with abundant solar cooking potential. It mentions the various steps taken by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India in popularizing the usage of solar cookers in government organizations, villages, societies, hostels and hotels. The report also discusses various factors that push the growth of solar cooker market in India.
 
*'''December 2010: Institutional solar cooking gains momentum in India.''' A news release from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, reporting on important activities in 2010, states: Solar concentrating systems, comprising automatically tracked of parabolic dishes, have been found to be useful for generating steam to cook food for hundreds and thousands of people in community kitchens especially at religious places such as Shirdi, Mount Abu, Tirupati etc. The world’s largest system is functioning at Shirdi for cooking food for 20,000 people/day. These systems have found good applications for air conditioning and laundry also and a few demonstration plants have recently been installed. A total of around 80 concentrating systems of different capacities covering 25,000 sq.m. of dish area are functioning in the country, largely for cooking purpose. During 2010, 15 such systems were sanctioned covering a dish area of around 3000 sq.m. [http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=68779 More Information...]
 
*'''July 2010:''' The Ahmedabad-based Self Employed Women’s Association has joined forces with the Sierra Club to provide new green jobs and technology for SEWA’s 1.5 million members in India. Ninety-three percent of India’s workforce remains in the informal sector, said Nanavaty, executive director of SEWA. “The Indian economy is growing tremendously, but how do the rural poor also avail of these opportunities?” Sailesh Rao, president and founder of the San Jose, Calif.-based Climate Healers, said his non-profit organization had come up with two solar cook stoves, one that could slow-cook a meal like rice and daal throughout the day, and another that could prepare rotis almost instantly. Women using the solar stoves could also generate an income by selling their carbon credits, Rao told India-West after the talk, envisioning a plan where the credits could be sold for $11 per metric ton, netting rural women about $4. [http://www.indiawest.com/readmore.aspx?id=2389&sid=1 Read more...]
 
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*'''June 2010:''' [[India]]'s richest temple - Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), at Tirumala is relying entirely on clean energy to feed over 70,000 people everyday. The temple has installed solar powered lights, solar cooking system, windmills and a water recycling station. "The basic principle is conversion of water into steam energy. We're converting the solar energy into steam energy. The water flows through the pipes and the solar dishes concentrate the solar energy to the concentrators. In the concentrators the water is converted into steam and that steam is utilised for cooking," says Deputy Executive Engineer (Mechanical) KV Raman Rao. The solar array is similar to to the one recently installed in Shirdi, and also uses the [[Scheffler Community Kitchen|Scheffler parabolic solar oven]] as the basis for their system.
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[[File:Mumbai_largest_solar_cooking_class,_17-14.jpg|thumb|250px|As many as 3,484 children from over 80 schools participated in the world's largest solar cooking class in Mumbai, [[India]].]]
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*'''January 2014: India raises the bar for the world's largest solar cooking class''' - "As many as 3,484 children from over 80 schools participated in the largest solar cooking initiative Suryakumbh on January 4th, which has qualified as an entry to the Guinness Book of World Records. The emergence of renewable sources of energy as an answer to the imminent exhaustion of conventional energy sources pushed a Bhayander NGO, [[Keshav Srushti]], to start with the most influential members of society, children." - ''dna'' The class was held in Mumbai, [[India]]. [http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-mumbai-3484-kids-take-part-in-largest-solar-cooking-session-set-guinness-record-1945468 Read more...]
   
*'''May 2010:''' Installation of solar cooking devices at the Vigyan ashram near Puna, [[India]].. A project proposal for the installation of solar cooking devices(16sqm scheffler concentrator, PRINCE 40 solar parabolic cooker, tunnel drier, 12 sqm solar batch drier, Bakery / oven , biogas generator) at the Vigyan ashram was submitted to INDUSA. The proposal has been accepted for VA campus for the year 2010. The civil and foundation work are currently underway. [http://vigyanashram.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/indusa-installation-of-solar-kitchen-equipments-updates/ More Information...]
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[[File:Scheffler_reflector,_girl's_hostel_in_Jaipur,_12-16-13.jpg|thumb|250px|A [[Scheffler Community Kitchen|Scheffler reflector]] used in the solar cooking systems installed in Jaipur, [[India]].]]
[[File:Shirdi_roof_collector_array.jpg|thumb|Shirdi roof collector array]][[File:Shirdi_collector_diagram.jpg|thumb|Shirdi collector array diagram]][[File:Shirdi_cooking_photo.jpg|thumb|Cooking in the kitchen at Shirdi]]
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*'''December 2013: Government sponsored solar cooking systems installed in Jaipur''' - Two state run hostels for girls in Jaipur, [[India]], have installed [[Scheffler Community Kitchen]] solar cooking systems to meet the cooking needs for 600 students. Each system has four dishes of 16 square meters and will help conserve 4,500 kgs of liquefied cooking gas (LPG) annually assuming about 275 normal sunny days. It is estimated the pay back will be less than 4 years and reduce the financial burden to the state government. [http://www.energynext.in/girls-hostel-and-ripa-in-jaipur-get-solar-cooking-systems Read more...]
   
*'''April 2010:''' [[Gadhia Solar Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd.]] recently completed installation of an enormous solar steam cooking system, capable of cooking 40,000-50,000 meals per day. It is located at Shirdi Saibaba temple in Shirdi, Maharashtra, India. With nearly 30,000 visitors each day, the temple’s dining halls are some of the largest in India. The solar steam cooking system is comprised of 73 rooftop-mounted reflective dishes of 16 square meters each. The dishes concentrate sunlight on receivers that contain water, generating steam that is piped down to the kitchen for cooking purposes. To maintain constant focus with the sun, the dishes automatically rotate throughout the day after being manually aligned once each morning. The solar steam cooking system is retrofitted to existing liquid petroleum gas-powered steam boilers that are still used in the evening and during prolonged periods of inclement weather. Though the solar steam cooking system cost nearly $300,000, government subsidies reduced the temple’s portion to about $170,000. Liquid petroleum gas use has been cut by roughly 100,000 kilograms each year, for an annual savings of approximately $45,000. The temple should recoup its investment in three to four years. According to company founder [[Deepak Gadhia]], the solar steam cooking technology was originally developed in Germany. However, the equipment does not contain imported components and is manufactured with local machinery and labor, creating much-needed jobs. Gadhia has adapted the system for use in India, and has installed 50 such systems of varying sizes over the past two decades. The March edition of CNN’s Eco Solutions program highlights the Shirdi Saibaba temple solar steam cooking system.
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[[File:GlobolSol_solar_food_dryer_India,_11-26-13.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Alec Gagneux]] of [[GloboSol]] worked with local craftspeople to build a solar food dryer in in Madhya Pradesh, [[India]].]]
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*'''November 2013: GloboSol introduces solar cooking technology and bio-mass stoves in Madhya Pradesh, India''' - [[Alec Gagneux]], of [[GloboSol]], spent several months at one of the Ekta Parishad ashrams in the city of Katni in central [[India]] last spring. He demonstrated the value of using the simple technologies of solar cooking, solar food drying and bio-mass stoves. With the help of local craftspeople, the group assembled their own food dryers and solar cookers. During his stay, Alec met local residents who were willing to organize more demonstrations at local schools, intended to help draw the attention of local political leaders. Read more at:[[Media:Report_India_2013.pdf|Report India 2013]]
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*'''December 2009:''' Speaking at the International Conference on Renewable Energy - Agenda for the North in Chandigarh, Punjab's Deputy Chief Minister seeks "area specific incentive policies" in renewable energy sector...[http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/view/21843/38/ For more of the article from Punjab Newsline...]
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*'''November 2013: Solar cooking receives a new platform to speak from''' - The second edition of ''Sun Focus'', a quarterly magazine devoted to concentrated solar heat has just been released. The new publication from [[India]] was founded by Dr Farooq Addullah. He explains that the magazine will focus on off-grid applications of concentrated solar technologies (CSTs) for the purpose of saving fuel oil, firewood, and LPG in industrial and commercial establishments using heat between 80 °C and 250 °C. Solar cooking plays a major role in the content. This latest edition's cover article is devoted to the latest developments of the [[Scheffler Community Kitchen]], written by noted solar cooking designer and advocate for solar cooking education in public schools, [[Ajay Chandak]]. Read his article on page 11. [https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3LcTeALQ3GJNXlDR01EMjRWcEk/edit?pli=1 Scheffler Solar Concentrators in India] - ''Sun Focus''
   
*'''December 2009:''' "Sabarmati Central Jail is upgrading facilities and living and working conditions... the jail authorities are setting up an economical solar cooking system for its large kitchen to replace gas-guzzling conventional burners..." [http://www.ahmedabadmirror.com/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=3&contentid=20091118200911180225041569c610223&sectxslt=&pageno=1 Rs 40-lakh solar cooking system for city jail] from ''Ahmedabad Mirror.com''.
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*'''October 2013:''' The [[Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency]] reports that {{State|Haryana}} is one of the few states in the country where solar cookers are being promoted by providing subsidy on box/dish type solar cooker. The Govt. of India is also promoting dish type solar cookers by providing subsidy@ Rs.2100/- per Sq. meter of the collector area limited to 30 % cost of the cooker and box type solar cookers @ Rs. 3600/- per sq. Meter of the collector area. During the year 2011-12, there was a target of distribution of 1750 solar cookers in the state with state subsidy provision of Rs. 20.0 lacs. During the year 2012-13, there is a target of 500 Dish type solar cookers & 1000 box type solar cookers with a state budget of Rs. 17.50 lac.
   
*'''November 2009:''' Beyond Zero talks to [[Deepak Gadhia]] of Gadhia Solar ([http://beyondzeroemissions.org/media/radio/beyond-zero-speaks-deepak-gadhia-founder-scheffler-dish-manufacturer-gadhia-solar-091107 transcript], or [http://podcast.beyondzeroemissions.org/audio/podcast-2009-01-19-18103.mp3 audio])
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*'''September 2013:''' The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), a public company in Ahmedabad, [[India]], is distributing [[solar box cooker]]s to villagers as part of a conservation program designed to make people aware that by using solar cookers to bake and simmer they can save their LPG for specific cooking needs and save money by reducing their consumption of this expensive fuel without having to give it up entirely. For more information, contact [[Devang Joshi]] at [[Rudra Solar Energy]].
   
*'''November 2009:''' "Every [Indian] individual/household should have a solar cooker," says Arvind Virmani, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of [[India]]. ([http://www.moneycontrol.com/mc10/leadership/article.php?autono=422056 Read interview]) - ''Moneycontrol.com''
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[[File:Mount_Abu_Scheffler_installation,_7-23-13.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Scheffler Community Kitchen]] in Taleti, near Mount Abu]]
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*'''July 2013: Scheffler solar kitchen installed at Mt. Abu spiritual center''' -The [[Scheffler Community Kitchen]] has been installed as a collaboration between the [[Academy for a Better World]] and Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, with technology from [[Solare Brücke]], Germany. With 84 receivers and cooking at 650 degrees, the system can produce up to 38,500 meals a day when the sun is at its peak. [http://inhabitat.com/world’s-largest-solar-kitchen-in-india-can-cook-upto-38500-meals-per-day/solar-kitchen-solar-ovens-worlds-largest-solar-oven-academy-for-a-better-word-brahma-kumaris-india-solar-indian-solar-kitchen-solar-cooking-kitchen-solar-powered-oven-solar-powered-kitchen-5/ Read more...]
   
*'''September 2009:''' [http://fairsnexhibition.wordpress.com/2009/09/12/government-to-back-small-manufacturers-of-off-grid-solar-applications/ Indian Government to back small manufacturers of Off-grid solar applications]
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[[File:Solar_cooker_training_-_Barli_Institute_-_May_2013.jpg|thumb|298px|26 women trainees of the 104th batch along with Mr. Yogesh Jadhav (COO) and Mrs. Tahera Jadhav (Director) of [[Barli Development Institute for Rural Women]], Indore, India.]]
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*'''May 2013''': It was a solar week at [[Barli Development Institute for Rural Women]] in which a week-long solar cooker training of [[SK-14]] solar cookers was organised at the Institute's campus (5-11 May 2013). The training was attended by 26 trainee-women of the outgoing 104th batch of women trainees. The rural and tribal women trainees eagerly learnt the process of assembling the solar cookers, cooking various dishes, and maintaining the cookers. The training was conducted by Mr. Yogesh Jadhav (Chief Operating Officer, Barli Institute) who took over from Mr. [[Jimmy McGilligan]] when he retired from the Institute in April 2011. After the training each of the trainees promised to save the environment and use the solar cookers.
   
*'''July, 30 2009:''' Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah on Thursday inaugurated the world’s largest solar steam system installed at Sri Sai Baba Sansthan, Shirdi. The solar system has been designed for cooking food for devotees visiting the Sansthan. The total cost of the solar steam system is estimated at Rs. 133.00 lakhs for which a subsidy of Rs. 58.40 lakhs has been provided by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy(MNRE). The solar system enables the Sansthan to cook food for 20,000 people a day, resulting in a huge annual savings of one lakh kg of LPG translating to nearly Rs.20,00,000 per year. The system has been installed within a record time of ten months. The Shirdi system generates about 3500 kg of steam every day, which is sufficient to cook food for about 20,000 people. The system has been designed in such a way that it will generate steam for cooking even in the absence of electricity to run the feed water pump for circulating water in the system.
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*'''April 2013: LPG cylinder replacment is slow and unpredictable''' - Gautam Raja reports that is his area gas customers will first receive two cylinders of fuel when they establish their gas service. But when they run out, replacement can take over two weeks. Deliveries arrive unannounced, so the customer may miss it, and have to start the process all over again. Many residents have switched over to electrical induction cook tops, but the power supply can be less than reliable. Concerned about missing his morning chai, Gautam then discovered solar cookers, and was amazed by their capabilities. They help fill the gap, that is until the monsoon season. [http://gulfnews.com/opinions/offthecuff/india-it-s-a-big-headache-to-fuel-our-cooking-fires-1.1170791 Read more...]
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*'''February 2013: Solar cooking and processing workshops in India''' - [[Celestino Ruivo]], of the [[Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Universidade do Algarve|Instituto Superior de Engenharia da Universidade do Algarve]] in [[Portugal]], traveled to [[India]] at the end of January to attend the 1st International [[Solar Food Processing Network]] workshop at the Muni Seva Ashram in Goraj, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. He brought with him 50 kg. of solar cooking bagage: 8 black pots, 16 glasses of windows cloth washing machines, corrugated sheet metal, reflective foil and tools to make low cost and effective portable funnel cookers. Creatively, Celestino used his suitcase as the mold to construct examples of his [[Celestino Solar Funnel Cooker|solar funnel cooker]] in concrete. He also gave a lecture about solar cooking and how to construct a funnel cooker at the CT institute in Punjab for more than 300 students, as well teaching solar cooking for ladies in domestic context at Jalandhar. The eight funnel cookers were donated to friends in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Muni Seva Ashram, Vadodara, Jalandhar and New Delhi.
   
[[File:Solar_Canteen_in_India.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Ajay Chandak]] and volunteers running solar canteen.]]
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[[File:Solar_Food_Processing_Network_group_photo,_2-14-14.jpg|thumb|300px|Participants at the 2013 Solar Food Processing Network conference.]]
*'''March 21, 2009:''' '''Energy Day''' was celebrated in a unique way in city of Dhule, India, by a voluntary organization [[PRINCE]] (Promoters & Researchers In Non Conventional Energy). With the help of around 100 students of mechanical engineering from SSVPS BSD College of Engineering a solar canteen was set up by Prof. [[Ajay Chandak]], Prof. [[Sham Patil]] and Prof. [[Deepak Dubey]]. Three SK-14, solar dish cooker, one square PRINCE design of dish cooker and one Community solar cooker of 2.3 m dia. were used in the canteen. On these gadgets almost 1000 snacks were cooked and sold by the students. Staff and students of the Institute and invited guests from the city enjoyed solar food. Guests had fun watching the food being cooked in front of their eyes in the solar cookers and to taste the same as any other methods of cooking. Snacks cooked and sold on large scale were Idlis and coffee. However other snacks like Khichadi, Cakes etc. were also prepared for demonstration to the visitors. Many students, staff and visitors showed great interest in the solar cooking demonstrations and local manufacturer, M/s Essential Equipments, reported sell of around ten solar cookers in next two days, which is welcome outcome of such event. Many students were thrilled with the experience of this event for the first time in their life and have shown great interest to organize such events at different locations in the city, next year. Principal of the Institute Dr. Jahagirdar has promised to support such events in future. Other programs for energy day celebrations included demonstrations of energy efficient technologies for lighting, fans and domestic appliances. All these equipments were demonstrated to visitors. Many visitors reported having changed their copper and aluminum ballasts with electronic ballasts in next week. After all seeing is believing. One workshop was also organized for local masons, hoteliers and interested people to teach them skills of installation of biogas plants working on food waste. Chairperson of PRINCE, Prof. Ajay Chandak, has given up LPG since last four years and fuel requirement for his family comes up from the solar cookers and biogas plant working on food waste. PRINCE group has come up with a special cost effective design of biogas plant. After the workshop five people have shown interest in installation of the biogas plants.
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*'''February 2013:''' The [[Solar Food Processing Network]] (SFPN) held a regional workshop in January 2013 at the Muni Seva Ashram in Goraj, Vadodara, Gujarat, [[India]]. This gathering was a follow-up to the 2009 AFPN conference held in Indore, India in 2010. Workshop participants heard from food marketing and technology experts. Conference organizers, [[Deepak Gadhia]] and [[Rolf Behringer]] held discussions on local and international marketing, village industries, packaging, policy interventions, R&D, and effective monitoring and evaluation of projects. Attendees discussed the formation of an international solar food standard and shared their own practical experiences using solar technology for food processing. Visit the [http://www.solarfood.org Solar Food Processing Network] to see a muscial video of the event and videos of solar food processing projects in [[Burkina Faso]].
   
*'''March 21, 2009:''' [[Media:energyday09_brochure.pdf|Energy Day in Mumbai]]
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[[File:Worlds Largest Solar Cooking Class|thumb|right|300px|2,044 middle school students learn to prepare lunch with solar cooking.]]
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*'''January 2013: World's largest solar cooking class takes place in India''' - On January 19, 2013, middle school students gathered on the grounds of JES College in Jalna, [[India]] to be trained in the use of a simple [[solar panel cooker]]. After a quick breakfast, and guidance from 205 trainers, a record-breaking 2,044 students assembled their own solar cooker and placed prepared ingredients inside to cook. After speaker presentations, they were able to enjoy the lunch they had cooked themselves. This event, sponsored by Simplified Technology for Life, demonstrates that India is quite serious about introducing solar cooking to young students.
   
*'''March 1-3, 2009:''' Workshop on Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy" with special emphasis on manufacturing parabolic solar cookers in Dhule, India. [[Media:Dhule conference March 2008.pdf|More information]].
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[[File:Parabolic solar cooker (Demo)|thumb|right|300px|The [[PRINCE - 40]] is demonstrated at the rural schools.]]
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[[File:WORT_training_demonstration,_1-5-13.jpg|thumb|300px|A field demonstration of the [[PRINCE - 40]] parabolic cooker.]]
*'''December 2008:''' [http://www.barli.org/News-Archive/Donation-of-solar-cookers.html One hundred solar cookers donated to the Barli Development Institute for Rural Women by the Terra Foundation]
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*'''January 2013: Parabolic community solar cookers used for midday meals in rural schools''' - [http://www.wotr.org WOTR] is a nonprofit organization that has been operating in five Indian states since the early nineties. They have untaken a unique solar cooking project targeting Zilla Parishad primary schools in the Sangamner and Akole taluka of the Ahmadnagar district. The objective was to find ways to help prepare their midday meal. Currently, twenty-three solar cookers are in service. After a careful study of all options, it was decided to deploy the [[PRINCE - 40]] [[parabolic solar cooker]], designed by [[Ajay Chandak]], for the pilot installation in fifty-three villages across three states – {{State|Maharashtra}}, {{State|Andhra Pradesh}}, and {{State|Madhya Pradesh}}. Most of the schools where these cookers are installed are using them as main source of energy for the mid-day meals. Read more about the project at: [[Media:Parabolic-Cookers-for-Mid-day-Meal-Schemes-in-Rural-Schools.pdf|A Report on Deployment of Parabolic Community Solar Cookers for Midday Meals in Rural Schools]]
 
*'''November 2008:''' Priests are urging organizers of community Durga Puja festivals in and around Kolkata to “go green” according to an article in India’s national newspaper The Hindu. They hope to reduce the amount of plastic serving dishes and utensils used during the festivals, and are promoting the use of solar cookers to prepare rice offerings to Devi Durga. The [[West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency]] will give out awards to puja organizers for use of renewable energy and incorporation of energy efficiency techniques.
 
 
*'''January 14–16, 2009:''' [[International Solar Food Processing Conference 2009]] in Indore, India
 
 
[[Image:Jimmy_McGilligan.jpg|thumb|250px|[[Jimmy McGilligan]] awarded OBE by Queen Elizabeth II]]
 
*'''November 2008:''' [[Jimmy McGilligan]], Manager of [[Barli Development Institute for Rural Women]] originally from Northern Ireland received his medal, OBE an honour bestowed by her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom at Windsor Castle during investiture ceremony on November 11. “For his services to social causes and the use of alternative energy in rural communities in India”, is the recognition of his dedicated service to the rural and tribal women in central India. [http://www.mynews.in/fullstory.aspx?storyid=12604 More information...]
 
 
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*'''October 2008:''' To commemorate the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister of India Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, which is celebrated as “Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Day”. On the occasion, members of [[Inner Wheel Club of Pune Middtown]] provided a live demonstration of Solar cooker was demonstrated by roasting peanuts and snacks to the students and dignitaries of the Education department of Pune Municipal Corporation. The students realised the advantages of Solar energy and were delighted They shared their feedback on the occasion.
 
 
*'''August 2008:''' Dr. [[Satyapriya Mukhopadhyay]], author of the book “Solar Cookere Ranna” and an international adviser to [[Solar Cookers International]], conducted a solar cooker demonstration and seminar on solar cooking and its usefulness at Srikrishna College in March. The awareness-generation program was organized by National Service Scheme (NSS) of Srikrishna College unit. In attendance were nearly 250 students, as well as all college staff and a significant number of local community members. Mukhopadhyay, with the help of NSS program officers and volunteers, used a variety of solar cookers to cook several solar dishes: rice, mutton curry, spicy onion fish, tomato sauce, cazu nut, Indian porridge, dal, and boiled eggs. Shri Arun Kanti Saha, ex-principal and head of mathematics, and Dr. Sankar Prasad Dey, post-doctoral fellow and head of chemistry, delivered lectures on solar concentrating systems and their domestic and industrial uses. According to Dey, “The local participants and students became highly encouraged and showed their interest for generating awareness about solar cooking among the local people. After the completion of this program, organizations … are frequently requesting to Dr. Mukhopadhyay for conduction such program so that they can adopt the technique for cooking their daily foods. From discussions with local people, it is obvious that the program will go a long way towards creation of awareness of the villagers.”
 
 
[[Image:India_august_2008_box_cooker.jpg|thumb|250px|Suryakiran box cooker]]
 
*'''August 2008:''' Under the brand name SuryaKiran, [[Universal Engineers Enterprise]] has manufactured approximately 15,000 box-type solar cookers for various governmental nodal agencies and private sector clients in India since 1996, according to the company’s Chief Manager Neeraj Kumar Garg. The box cookers are tested, approved and certified by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and carry the Bureau of Indian Standards ISI mark. They are constructed with fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) or aluminum bodies, and have a solar-electric hybrid option. Universal Engineers Enterprise also sells parabolic-type solar cookers, along with a variety of solar lighting and water heating systems.
 
 
*'''August 2008:''' India’s northern state of Haryana won a nation award for its 2002-2007 solar cooker program. The honor was presented to the Department of Renewable Energy and the [[Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency]] (HAREDA) by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at a ceremony in New Delhi last November. HAREDA promotes solar cookers statewide and provides subsidies to women wishing to purchase solar cookers. [[Parabolic reflector|Concentrator-type]] (or dish-type) solar cookers with a diameter of 1.4 meters retail for approximately 5,100 Rupees (Rs), but are available for 2,100 Rs after combined subsidies from national and state agencies. Solar box cookers sell for approximately 1,800 Rs, and are available for 1,300 Rs after subsidies. According to PunjabNewsline.com, 6,329 dish-type and 1,983 box-type solar cookers were distributed in Haryana during the five year period. Reports by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) show a total of 70,978 solar cookers distributed across India during that time period. For more information about the solar cooker program in Haryana visit www.hareda.gov.in/thermal.htm
 
 
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*'''March 2008:''' A March 2007 white paper — by Dr. [[Veerabhadran Ramanathan]], distinguished professor of climate and atmospheric sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego (USA), and Dr. [[Kalpana Balakrishnan]], head of the Environmental Health Engineering department at [[Sri Ramachandra University]], Chennai, India — outlines a project to reduce air pollution and global warming with community-wide use of solar cookers and improved biofuel cooking devices. The authors provide many referenced details about the negative health and environmental impacts of biomass burning and biofuel cooking, which they say are “the major sources of elemental carbon (EC) in India and other developing nations.” Carbon dioxide and EC, or soot, are the “two largest agents of global warming.” In India, where a reported 90 percent of cooking is done over wood- and dung-fueled fires, several studies have documented that “indoor air pollution leads to 400,000-550,000 premature deaths … from lower respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. … The burden falls disproportionately on women and children, who inhale soot and other particles from smoke released by the burning of biofuels.” This soot combines with outdoor air pollution to form atmospheric brown clouds (ABCs) that “envelope most of India and the Indian Ocean … [leading] to a large reduction of sunlight at the ground and … atmospheric solar heating.” Since EC and other particles in ABCs have relatively short lifetimes compared to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the authors believe global EC reductions can “give us a decade or two to come up with viable and sustainable alternatives for fossil fuel combustion.” In the proposed “Project Surya,” solar cookers will be distributed in 65 villages in the Periyar PURA region in the Thanjavur and Pudukkottai districts of Tamil Nadu, benefiting approximately 6,500 households that currently use about 5 kilograms of firewood per day. Other fuel-efficient cooking devices will be available for use at night or on inclement days. The region has a strong base of local nongovernmental organizations and social networks, including women’s self-help groups, that will be useful for project implementation. Input and feedback from the communities will be gathered and used in a number of ways. Surveys of eating habits and estimated cooking fuel requirements will be conducted. Meetings with local leaders will be used to demonstrate a range of solar cooking technologies and to solicit feedback on their suitability and probability of acceptance in the communities at large. Educational outreach and incentives will be used to maximize use of clean cooking technologies. Installation, operation and maintenance training programs will be offered for those interested. Data collection will begin six months before the project launch, and will continue for at least a year after. Using special instrument towers, researchers will measure concentrations of particulates and soot content, as well as surface solar radiation. If feasible, indoor air pollution will be monitored using special equipment installed in select homes. (Alternatively, a mobile laboratory may be used.) Children will be involved as well, collecting data on cooking fuel use and cooking times, among other things. This data will help quantify the reduction in biofuel use and soot emissions. Though the authors state “it is difficult and costly to [accurately] quantify the disease burden due to indoor air pollution,” they “propose to build the evidence for expected health improvements … through documentation of exposure reduction and subsequently through reduction in incidence and severity of diseases.” The stated goals of the project, in order of importance, are: 1. To eliminate the detrimental health effects of indoor smoke; 2. To reduce the negative effects of EC in ABCs on the summer monsoon rainfall, Himalyan glacier retreat and agriculture; 3. To mitigate the global warming effects of CO2 and elemental carbon. Contact: Vanessa A. Balta Cook, Center for Clouds, Chemistry and Climate at SIO-UCSD. Tel: 858-534-8815, e-mail: [mailto:vbaltacook@ucsd.edu vbaltacook@ucsd.edu], Web: [[Sun Shine Energy|http://www-ramanathan.ucsd.edu/ProjectSurya.html]]
 
 
[[Image:Community_solar_cooker_2007.jpg|right|thumb|200px|The new 2.3 meter parabolic Community cooker ready for operation]]
 
*'''November 2007:''' Professor [[Ajay Chandak]], of Promoters and Researchers in Non-Conventional Energy ([[Prince India]]), reports completion of an ambitious project to manufacture, transport, install and commission over 300 large parabolic solar cookers at tribal schools in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The project was coordinated by Chandak, with manufacturing by PRINCE trainees M/s Essential Equipments and three contractual manufacturers. Twenty-five trained teams carried out installation and testing of the cookers. The entire process took just 45 days, and resulted in 100 schools being equipped. The [[Community solar cooker]]s, as Chandak refers to them, are 2.3 meters in diameter and powerful enough for a 22-liter pressure cooker. Each cooker cost around Rs. 26,000 ($650) and comes with a large pressure cooker and other accessories.
 
 
*'''October 2007:''' Finally the awareness to harness Solar energy and use it to cut costs and save money has arrived in Mumbai. '''[[Cut Cost Technologies]]''' have introduced the [[Fuel-Free Cooker]] in Mumbai, INDIA. Surprisingly its use, in Mumbai, is going to be pioneered by an NGO which is already at the fore-front of adopting renewable energy Sources. The Fuel Free Cooker is an addition to their other renewable energy exploitation. They already have in place solar water heaters and a bio gas plant. Surely more will follow the example of this NGO and save money by cutting costs....because the money saved will be used for the larger good of the society.
 
 
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*'''April 2007:''' [[Fair Fabricators]] has been honored for its "outstanding performance" in India’s solar cooker program. The award was sponsored by the governmental Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (MNES). Fair Fabricators reports that it has manufactured and sold more than 100,000 solar cookers in the last two decades. The company is a leading manufacturer of aluminum-bodied solar box cookers, but also manufactures parabolic-type solar cookers and expects to begin production of solar box cookers made of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP). '''''Contact:''''' ''[[Fair Fabricators]]''
 
 
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*'''April 2007:''' [[Sankha Subhra Datta]] has designed a solar box cooker that is suspended at two points within a support frame, allowing for rotation of the entire cooker around a horizontal axis from 5 to 70 degrees with respect to the ground. The cooker can therefore maintain a nearly 90-degree angle to the light as the sun's position in the sky changes. The cooker is rotated around a horizontal axis by repositioning a bar that is attached to the lower front corners of the box between any of 14 slots spread across the base of the frame. Datta says this system has advantages over solar box cookers with tilt-adjusting rear legs — a greater range of rotation can be achieved, and the cook can rotate the unit smoothly without having to lift its entire weight and risk food spillage. Another design feature that helps to prevent food spills is the weighted, rotating cooking tray that keeps the pot horizontal at all times. Regardless of cooker rotation, the pot is always at the center of the cooker because the tray rotates on the horizontal axis of the pot. "This tray holding arrangement is designed for proper utilization of top and bottom reflectors at every inclination … which is not possible in simply suspended tray arrangements [because] shifting of pot location from the central position of the inner box due to the rotation of pot around pivots," Datta says. The cooker frame sits on casters for easy rotation around the vertical axis. The outer box is constructed of galvanized iron and the inner box is aluminum, with glass wool insulation in between. The glazing is double-paned glass with a two-centimeter air gap.
 
 
*'''February 2007:''' New Delhi, IPS article ''[http://solarcooking.org/indoor_air_pollution.htm Indoor Air Pollution - Silent Killer of Women]'' Over 1.5 million females die prematurely every year by inhaling poisonous fumes as they cook or heat their homes...
 
*'''November 2006:''' [[Rural Development Trust]], a nonprofit organization near Chennai, has assembled 30 solar box cookers and distributed them to villages in the area for demonstrations and awareness creation. The Trust has prepared simple Tamil-language instructions on how to build a solar cooker and use it to cook common dishes like rice and lentils.
 
 
[[Image:Giant_solar_cooking_system_in_India.jpg|right|thumb|Snow-capped mountains can be seen in the background of the solar cooking system]]
 
*'''November 2006:''' An article by M.A. Siraj, appearing in the November/December 2005 issue of Refocus magazine, highlights a solar cooking system installed by [[Gadhia Solar Energy Systems]] for the Indian Army. Here is an excerpt: "The Indian Army has commissioned a giant solar cooking system at Leh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Located in the Ladakh region at 4,000 meters, it is said to be the world’s highest altitude solar cooking system with the capacity to prepare food for 500 army personnel. Mr. [[Deepak Gadhia]] of [[Gadhia Solar Energy Systems]] … [said] this was one of the most challenging projects undertaken by his company as the team had to work in extremely adverse climate conditions such as snow, cold winds and sub-zero temperatures. … Prior to solar cooking being introduced, the army kitchen at this base was using nearly 50 kilograms of liquefied petroleum gas and 70 liters of diesel each day to cook food. Described as an icy desert, the region has no vegetation and hence no firewood. Diesel and gas cylinders are transported by air for the Army and the tribal population. The solar cooking system has halved the consumption of these fuels. Gadhia says the heat is generated by five pairs of 9.5 square meter parabolic reflectors which produce steam that is piped down to the kitchen for cooking purpose." Due to the cold climate, the system requires thick pipe insulation, and must be regularly drained of water when not in use.
 
 
[[Image:Ajay_Chandak_receives_award.jpg|right|thumb|Professor Ajay Chandak accepts a renewable energy award from Mr. Vinay Kore, the Maharasthra state minister for non-conventional energy, as other dignitaries look on]]
 
*'''November 2006:''' Professor [[Ajay Chandak]] of [[Prince India |Promoters and Researchers In Non-Conventional Energy (PRINCE)]] won a "Renewable Energy Award 2005" from the [[Maharashtra Energy Development Agency]]. Of the state-level award for excellence in renewable energy, Prof. Chandak says, "Such awards are small milestones on our way and keep us pushing forward." He thanks friends from around the world for their contributions, adding, "They are equal partners in the award." '''''Contact:''''' ''Professor [[Ajay Chandak]], [[Prince India]]''
 
 
[[Image:Deepak_and_Shirin_Gadhia.jpg|left|thumb|Deepak (left) and Shirin Gadhia]]
 
*'''August 2006:''' [[Deepak Gadhia|Deepak]] and [[Shirin Gadhia]], of [[Gadhia Solar Energy Systems]], were awarded the "[[Business Leadership Award 2005 for Solar Thermal]]" at the annual [[International Congress on Renewable Energy]] (ICORE) in Hyderabad last February. The award was received from the [[Solar Energy Society of India]] (SESI), a member of the [[International Solar Energy Society]] (ISES). "Like all pioneering work, initially the path had been a slow, up-hill process," said the Gadhias. "But now, due to ever increasing energy costs and environmental catastrophes like global warming, it makes mankind realize that clean, renewable, sustainable technologies are the best possible option." Upon winning the award, the Gadhias acknowledged Dr. [[Dieter Seifert]] and [[Wolfgang Scheffler]], whose solar concentrator cooking technologies are promoted by Gadhia Solar.
 
 
*'''August 2006:''' [[Solar Alternatives and Associated Programmes]] (SAAP) is a nonprofit, charitable society committed to environmental protection and empowerment of the downtrodden through solar energy applications, particularly solar thermal technologies. Run by the Jesuits, and led by [[Fr. M.M. Mathew]], SAAP conducts research, development, fabrication and installation of a variety of solar devices, including household solar cookers, [[community solar cookers]], [[solar steam cooking systems]], and [[solar food dryers]]. They have even developed a solar [[chapatti]] cooker. Many of SAAP's devices rely on solar concentrator technologies developed by Dr. [[Dieter Seifert]] and [[Wolfgang Scheffler]], and the [[Solar Bruecke]] organization. SAAP empowers socially and economically depressed groups through employment opportunities as fabricators, as well as vocational training programs affiliated with the [[National Institute of Open Schools]]. '''''Contact:''''' ''[[Solar Alternatives and Associated Programmes]]''
 
 
[[Image:Steam_generators.jpg|right|thumb|Solar steam cooking system mounted atop Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam]]
 
*'''March 2006:''' Representatives from hotels and educational institutions gathered recently in [[Wikipedia:Tirupati|Tirupati]], Andhra Pradesh, to learn about solar concentrating systems for steam generation that can cook thousands of meals daily. Representatives from other industries that could benefit from solar steam generation also attended. The meeting was organized by the [[Non-Conventional Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh]] (NEDCAP) and sponsored by the [[Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources]] (MNES). Mr. [[Deepak Gadhia]], Managing Director of [[Gadhia Solar]], detailed how solar concentrating systems work and mentioned several industrial uses in addition to cooking: incineration, waste water evaporation, solar desalination, solar air conditioning and solar space heating, to name a few. Two testimonials were provided. First, Mr. Malliah, Vice President of [[Sanghi Employee Welfare Association]], told of how he attended a lecture by Mr. Gadhia a few years earlier and was convinced that his organization needed to install such a system, given that they are always looking at ways to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and protect the environment. Their system, which cost about $12,500 after a 50% government subsidy, is working well. Costs were recouped within two years. Next, Mr. Kachwaha told of a system that was installed in a silk processing plant. Not only did this system reduce energy costs, but it also reduced noise and air pollution within the plant, resulting in a better work environment and greater productivity. The system has since been repurposed from solar steam generation to solar water heating, with a daily capacity of 1600 liters. After the gathering, participants toured the world’s largest solar steam cooking system at [[Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam]]. The system is comprised of 106 rooftop-mounted parabolic concentrators that generate steam for cooking up to 30,000 meals daily. The gathering was covered in a number of newspapers and appeared on television news stations. '''''Contact:''''' ''[[Jagadeeswara Reddy]]''
 
 
*'''January 2006:''' Professor [[Ajay Chandak]] of [[Prince India|Promoters &amp; Researchers In Non-Conventional Energy (PRINCE)]] led a workshop titled “Manufacturing Parabolic Solar Cookers and an introduction to renewable energy technologies.” Twenty people from eight states participated in the workshop, mostly renewable energy professionals. Mr. Chandak hopes that several of them will consider manufacturing parabolic solar cookers in their own states. Large community-size cookers, two meters or more in diameter, proved quite popular. These cookers can cook meals for 30-50 people. Smaller, family-side cookers were also shown, as were related technologies like solar food dryers. '''''Contact:''''' ''[[Ajay Chandak]], [[Prince India]]''
 
   
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The Press Bureau of the Government of India reported in 2007 that there are 525,000 solar cookers installed in India.[http://pib.nic.in/archieve/lreleng/lyr2003/rapr2003/30042003/r3004200332.html] The Press Bureau also reported in 2003 that, "The solar cooker programme has been expanded by introducing new designs for community use. Three solar steam cooking systems based on automatic tracking concentrating collective technology for cooking food for 600-3,000 people per day, and one system based on ‘Solar Bowl’ technology, have been installed. World's largest solar steam cooking system has been installed at Tirumala Tirupati. The system is designed to cook two meals for 15,000 persons in one day. Another system for 2,000 people was erected at Brahmakumaris Ashram in Gurgaon in July, 2002. Three community cookers for indoor cooking have been installed at a training hostel and an NGO’s establishment in Leh. In all, six such systems have been installed under the MNES demonstration scheme. A total of 500 dish solar cookers and 60 community solar cookers have been installed so far."[http://pib.nic.in/archieve/ppinti/achieve2003/english/26.html]
 
The Press Bureau of the Government of India reported in 2007 that there are 525,000 solar cookers installed in India.[http://pib.nic.in/archieve/lreleng/lyr2003/rapr2003/30042003/r3004200332.html] The Press Bureau also reported in 2003 that, "The solar cooker programme has been expanded by introducing new designs for community use. Three solar steam cooking systems based on automatic tracking concentrating collective technology for cooking food for 600-3,000 people per day, and one system based on ‘Solar Bowl’ technology, have been installed. World's largest solar steam cooking system has been installed at Tirumala Tirupati. The system is designed to cook two meals for 15,000 persons in one day. Another system for 2,000 people was erected at Brahmakumaris Ashram in Gurgaon in July, 2002. Three community cookers for indoor cooking have been installed at a training hostel and an NGO’s establishment in Leh. In all, six such systems have been installed under the MNES demonstration scheme. A total of 500 dish solar cookers and 60 community solar cookers have been installed so far."[http://pib.nic.in/archieve/ppinti/achieve2003/english/26.html]
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==Climate, Culture, and Special Considerations==
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[[Solar Cookers International]] has rated India as the #1 country worldwide for solar cooking potential. In the year 2020, the estimated number of people in India who will suffer from fuel scarcity is 157,400,000, but these people will continue to have ample access to the sun. In December 2007, the Indian Government instituted [http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=33609 a program of rebates on various renewable energy devices] including solar cookers. Solar cooking has even been recommended in the Rig Veda, a sacred Hindu text, stating: "All edibles ripened or cooked in the sun’s rays change into super medicine, the amrita."
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*Other fuels(10.14)
   
[[Solar Cookers International]] has rated India as the #1 country in the world in terms of solar cooking potential (See: [[Media:25_countries_with_most_solar_cooking_potential.pdf|The 25 countries with the most solar cooking potential]]). The estimated number of people in India
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suffering from fuel scarcity but with ample sunshine in 2020 is 157,400,000. In December 2007 the Indian Government instituted [http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=33609 a program of rebates on various renewable energy devices] including solar cookers. Solar cooking has been recommended even in the Rig Veda which says: "All edibles ripened or cooked in the sun’s rays change into super medicine, the amrita."
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*Firewood (64.10%)
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*Other sources of biomass – crop residue (13.10%)
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*Cow‐dung (12.80%), and
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*LPG (5.67%) is now increasing in importance. <ref>http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090624234723/solarcooking/images/8/8f/Performance_analysis_Solar_Parabolic_concentrator_for_cooking_applications_P._Rajamohan%2C_S._Shanmugan%2C_K._Ramanathan%2C_D._Mutharasu_%28January_2009%29.pdf</ref>
   
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===Fuel subsidies===
 
The Economic Times of India reports:
 
The Economic Times of India reports:
   
:While 300 million people live below poverty line, making do with energy inefficient dung cakes, twigs and branches and occasional bits of coal, the urban middle class and the rural rich are splurging on cheap petrol, cheaper diesel, even cheaper kerosene, and absurdly cheap LPG.
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:While 300 million people live below poverty line, making do with energy inefficient dung cakes, twigs and branches, and occasional bits of coal, the urban middle class and the rural rich are splurging on cheap petrol and diesel and even cheaper kerosene and liquified petroleum gas.
   
 
:The subsidy is massive - hidden by a disingenuous device called oil bonds. Here are some rock solid facts. IOC, HPCL and BPCL are currently losing $137 million a day (i.e., Rs 582 crore per day at Rs 42.50 = $1). They lose Rs 16.34 for each litre of petrol, and Rs 23.49 for each litre of diesel sold in Delhi.
 
:The subsidy is massive - hidden by a disingenuous device called oil bonds. Here are some rock solid facts. IOC, HPCL and BPCL are currently losing $137 million a day (i.e., Rs 582 crore per day at Rs 42.50 = $1). They lose Rs 16.34 for each litre of petrol, and Rs 23.49 for each litre of diesel sold in Delhi.
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:The subsidy on kerosene at Rs 28.72 per litre is over three times the current retail price; and the subsidy on a cylinder of cooking gas at Rs 306 per cylinder exceeds the retail price. The total under-recovery for the oil marketing companies for 2006-07 was over $19 billion. With oil prices touching $135, under-recoveries can be $50 billion this year, unless retail prices are substantially increased.[http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Debate/How_to_deal_with_ever-rising_crude_prices/articleshow/3094985.cms]
 
:The subsidy on kerosene at Rs 28.72 per litre is over three times the current retail price; and the subsidy on a cylinder of cooking gas at Rs 306 per cylinder exceeds the retail price. The total under-recovery for the oil marketing companies for 2006-07 was over $19 billion. With oil prices touching $135, under-recoveries can be $50 billion this year, unless retail prices are substantially increased.[http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Debate/How_to_deal_with_ever-rising_crude_prices/articleshow/3094985.cms]
   
In a report presented during the Asian Clean Energy Forum in June 2008, Soma Dutta, Asia regional network coordinator for the Amsterdam-based [[ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy]], says that only 45 percent of India’s 70 percent rural population have access to electricity, and over 80 percent still rely on firewood as their main cooking fuel. The long hours and big effort spent just gathering firewood give these women little time for education or employment, she adds.[http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=42725]
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The Telegraph (UK) reported in September 2013 that, "Food and fuel subsidies are gobbling up much of the budget, while investment atrophies."[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/currency/10277392/India-pushes-shock-and-awe-currency-plan-to-save-BRICS.html]
   
Another take on the social acceptance of solar cooking in India:
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Solar cooking already has a significant presense in India, especially with large scale projects, but the potential remains for its use to still significantly replace the use of conventioal fuels. 
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===Cultural acceptance===
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In a report presented during the Asian Clean Energy Forum in June 2008, Soma Dutta, Asia Regional Network Coordinator for the Amsterdam-based [http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/ENERGIA_International_Network_on_Gender_and_Sustainable_Energy?action=edit&redlink=1 ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy], states that only 45% of India’s 70% rural population have access to electricity, and over 80 percent still rely on firewood as their primary cooking fuel, the gathering of which is a responsibility that almost always falls to the women and girls in a society. The long hours and significant effort spent simply gathering firewood leaves them little time for education or employment. [http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=42725]
   
Technologies have been failing in the villages for many reasons, but most commonly for lack of market knowledge on the part of the innovator. One example is the solar cooker, which was first developed about 20 years ago. This technology never caught on despite the purported cost savings because it was not created in a way that suited the lifestyles of the individuals using it. The solar stove was most powerful at the times of the strongest sunlight, which was mid-day and early afternoon. The population it was made for were largely village farmers who consumed their big meals by early to mid-morning and then again late at night, after the sun had gone down. In addition to this the stoves were not made in a way that was conducive to Indian-style cooking. The stove had four separate chambers which could boil or slow cook food. Indian cooking is mostly with oil (with the exception of rice) and requires frequent temperature manipulation and flipping and turning which was not possible with the solar stove.[http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/India/Andhra-Pradesh/Hyderabad/blog-449965.html]
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Introductions of new technologies fail in villages for many reasons, but most commonly due to a lack of knowledge and understanding of local cultural customs. Solar cooking has often suffered this fate despite the purported cost savings because it is not introduced in a way that suited the lifestyles of the individuals using it.
   
There does however, appear to be references of solar cooking written in ancient Vedic texts:
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A solar stove is most powerful at the times of the strongest sunlight, which is mid-day and early afternoon. As in many agricultural populations, village farmers in India consume their biggest meals by early to mid-morning and then again late at night, after the sun has set. In addition, certain solar stoves are not conducive to Indian-style cooking which is done mostly with oil (with the exception of rice) and requires frequent temperature manipulation as well as stirring and flipping which was is difficult with many solar cookers.[http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/India/Andhra-Pradesh/Hyderabad/blog-449965.html4]
   
''Sun cooked food improves cellular health and longevity of life. It strengthens health and mind removes three major physical disorders to do with digestion, blood and respiratory system, balances inner body temperatures, life, glows aura and keeps various obstacles away. Sun cooked food has great medicinal value. It enhances intellect, genius. : ' Rig Veda'.'' - Reference from the [http://www.princeindia.org/solarfood.htm princeindia.org] website. See: [[PRINCE]]
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While technical constraints limit the types of solar cookers likely to be widely adopted in India, there is historic precedent for solar cooking in Indian culture. A passage in ancient Vedic texts state, "
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''Sun cooked food improves cellular health and longevity of life. It strengthens health and mind removes three major physical disorders to do with digestion, blood and respiratory system, balances inner body temperatures, life, glows aura and keeps various obstacles away. Sun cooked food has great medicinal value. It enhances intellect, genius." ' Rig Veda'.'' - Reference from the [http://www.princeindia.org/solarfood.htm princeindia.org] website. See: [[PRINCE]]
   
 
===See also===
 
===See also===
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*[[Media:Explaining_Low_Use_Gujarat-November_2012.pdf|Explaining the Unexpectedly Low Use of Solar Cookers in Gujarat, India]] - ''[[Girja Sharan]] and [[Raju Pandya]]''
 
* [[Enhancing the acceptance of solar cooking in India]]
 
* [[Enhancing the acceptance of solar cooking in India]]
 
 
*'''July 2006:''' [[Media:Granada06_Sathyavathi_Muthu.pdf|Integrated Approach for Promoting Solar Cookers in Rural Areas of Tamil Nadu]] - ''Dr. [[Sathyavathi Muthu]] and Ms. [[G. Anuradha]]''
 
*'''July 2006:''' [[Media:Granada06_Sathyavathi_Muthu.pdf|Integrated Approach for Promoting Solar Cookers in Rural Areas of Tamil Nadu]] - ''Dr. [[Sathyavathi Muthu]] and Ms. [[G. Anuradha]]''
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*'''July 2006:''' [[Media:Granada06_mamata_dutta.pdf|Dissemination of Solar Cooker Information]] - ''[[Mamata Dutta]]''
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*[[Media:An_Analysis_of_Solar_Cooker_Usage,_Bashir_Ahmad,_11-12.pdf|An Analysis of Solar Cooker Usage - ''Bashir Ahmad'']]
 
* [[Solar cooker dissemination and cultural variables]]
 
* [[Solar cooker dissemination and cultural variables]]
   
 
==Resources==
 
==Resources==
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===Blogs===
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* http://rudrasolarcooker.blogspot.com
   
 
===Possible funders of solar cooking projects in {{PAGENAME}}===
 
===Possible funders of solar cooking projects in {{PAGENAME}}===
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===Reports===
 
===Reports===
*'''November 2012:''' [[Bashir Ahmad]], a Research Fellow at the Technical University of Denmark, provides an analysis of solar cooker usage compared to conventional cooking methods. Data was collected for the study in [[India]] and [[Burkina Faso]] in the 80's and 90's. [[Media:An_Analysis_of_Solar_Cooker_Usage,_Bashir_Ahmad,_11-12.pdf|An Analysis of Solar Cooker Usage - ''Bashir Ahmad'']]
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*'''August 2014:''' [[Media:SCI_news_1.pdf|ARUN®100 Installation at Akshardham Temple, New Delhi]] - ''[[Ajay Chandak]]''
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*'''August 2014:''' [[Media:SCI_news_2.pdf|ARUN®100 with Thermal Storage at Ramkrishna Mission, Chennai]] - ''[[Ajay Chandak]]''
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*'''June 2014:''' [[Media:A_new_turn_toward_solar_cooking.pdf| A (new) cultural turn toward solar cooking—Evidence from six case studies across India and Burkina Faso]] - ''[[Pia Otte]]''
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*[http://www.pen.net.in/website/SOLAR%20TEA%20%20ARTICLE.pdf Aspects of Solar Air Pre-heating in South Indian Tea Factories] - [http://www.pen.net.in/index.php ''Planters Energy Network'']
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*'''November 2012:''' [[Media:Explaining_Low_Use_Gujarat-November_2012.pdf|Explaining the Unexpectedly Low Use of Solar Cookers in Gujarat, India]] - ''[[Girja Sharan]] and [[Raju Pandya]]''
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*'''November 2012:''' [[Bashir Ahmad]], a Research Fellow at the Technical University of Denmark, provides an analysis of solar cooker usage compared to conventional cooking methods. Data was collected for the study in [[India]] and [[Burkina Faso]] in the 80's and 90's. [[Media:An_Analysis_of_Solar_Cooker_Usage,_Bashir_Ahmad,_11-12.pdf|An Analysis of Solar Cooker Usage - ''Bashir Ahmad'']]
   
 
*'''February 2012:''' [[Patricia McArdle]] attended a workshop dealing with the construction and proper alignment techniques for [[Scheffler Community Kitchen]]s in Dhule, India: [[Media:Solar Cooking Workshop Dhule 2012 .pdf|Read her report]].
 
*'''February 2012:''' [[Patricia McArdle]] attended a workshop dealing with the construction and proper alignment techniques for [[Scheffler Community Kitchen]]s in Dhule, India: [[Media:Solar Cooking Workshop Dhule 2012 .pdf|Read her report]].
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===Articles in the media===
 
===Articles in the media===
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*'''August 2014:''' [http://freepressjournal.in/keshav-srushti-opens-maha-suryakumbh Keshav Srushti opens ‘Maha Suryakumbh’] - '' The FREE PRESS Journal''
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*'''February 2014:''' [http://www.iede.co.uk/news/2014_4033/sun-smiles-cold-desert Sun Smiles on a Cold Desert] - ''Independent European Daily Express''
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*'''November 2013:''' [http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/more-schools-in-coimbatore-to-get-solar-cookers/article5367329.ece More Indian schools to get solar cookers] - ''The Hindu''
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*'''August 2013:''' [http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/solar-cooking-technology/article5025347.ece Solar cooking technology] - ''The Hindu''
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*'''June 2013:''' [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Go-solar-for-healthier-food/articleshow/20451145.cms Go solar for healthier food'] - ''The Times of India''
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*'''April 2013:''' Vintage Visakha organized a demonstration of solar cooking at its office at Abidnagar. [http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/solar-cooking-demo-held/article4576802.ece Solar cooking demo held] - ''The Hindu''
  +
*'''March 2013:''' [http://newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/article1509808.ece Solar City on the beam] - ''The New Indian Express''
 
*'''November 2012:''' [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Sun-fuels-hearth-at-Akshardham/articleshow/17273109.cms Sun fuels hearth at Akshardham] - ''The Times of India''
 
*'''November 2012:''' [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Sun-fuels-hearth-at-Akshardham/articleshow/17273109.cms Sun fuels hearth at Akshardham] - ''The Times of India''
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*'''August 2012:''' [http://urvishdave.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/indias-first-unique-green-ashram-at-the-solar-capital-of-india-gujarat-a-model-multiplier-for-renewable-energy-and-sustainable-community INDIA’s FIRST & UNIQUE “GREEN ASHRAM” at the Solar Capital of India GUJARAT – A model & multiplier for Renewable energy and Sustainable Community] - ''urvishdave''
 
*'''October 2012:''' [http://www.aajkikhabar.com/en/News/Human-Interest/Major-Indian-pilgrimage-centres-going-green/705458.html Major Indian pilgrimage centres going green] - ''AAJKI KABAR''
 
*'''October 2012:''' [http://www.aajkikhabar.com/en/News/Human-Interest/Major-Indian-pilgrimage-centres-going-green/705458.html Major Indian pilgrimage centres going green] - ''AAJKI KABAR''
*'''July 2012:''' [http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/homes-and-gardens/article3662105.ece Making the most of the sun] - ''The Hindu''
 
 
*'''June 2012:''' [http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_gujarat-septuagenarian-taps-solar-power_1698393 Gujarat septuagenarian taps solar power] - ''Daily News and Analysis''
 
*'''June 2012:''' [http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_gujarat-septuagenarian-taps-solar-power_1698393 Gujarat septuagenarian taps solar power] - ''Daily News and Analysis''
 
*'''June 2012:''' [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/Ambaji-temple-goes-green/articleshow/13833182.cms Ambaji temple goes green] - ''The Times of India''
 
*'''June 2012:''' [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/Ambaji-temple-goes-green/articleshow/13833182.cms Ambaji temple goes green] - ''The Times of India''
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*'''July 2010:''' [http://www.azocleantech.com/details.asp?newsID=11223 Renewal Energy Park in India Set to Open During October 2010] - ''A to Z Cleantech''
 
*'''July 2010:''' [http://www.azocleantech.com/details.asp?newsID=11223 Renewal Energy Park in India Set to Open During October 2010] - ''A to Z Cleantech''
 
*'''June 2010:''' [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Mumbai/Smoke-free-solar-cooker-cooks-up-interest-in-this-tiny-hamlet/articleshow/4633356.cms Smoke-free solar cooker cooks up interest in this tiny hamlet] - ''The Times of India''
 
*'''June 2010:''' [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Mumbai/Smoke-free-solar-cooker-cooks-up-interest-in-this-tiny-hamlet/articleshow/4633356.cms Smoke-free solar cooker cooks up interest in this tiny hamlet] - ''The Times of India''
*'''April 2010:''' [http://www.ostina.org/content/view/4892/1305/ A Bright Alternative: Austro-Indian Solar Cooking Initiatives] -''Office of Science and Technology''
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*'''November 2009:''' "Every [Indian] individual/household should have a solar cooker," says Arvind Virmani, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of [[India]].
*'''November 2009:''' "Every [Indian] individual/household should have a solar cooker," says Arvind Virmani, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of [[India]]. ([http://www.moneycontrol.com/mc10/leadership/article.php?autono=422056 Read interview]) - ''Moneycontrol.com''
 
 
*'''October 2009:''' [http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSTRE59T0WC20091030 Mass-market U.N. carbon scheme finds favor in India] - ''Reuters''
 
*'''October 2009:''' [http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSTRE59T0WC20091030 Mass-market U.N. carbon scheme finds favor in India] - ''Reuters''
*'''July 2009:''' [http://www.sindhtoday.net/news/1/35962.htm Farooq Abdullah inaugurates world’s largest solar steam system in Shirdi] - ''Sindh Today: Online News''
 
 
*'''July 2009:''' [http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2009/07/03/stories/2009070350141000.htm Economic Survey urges Indian Government to eliminate cooking fuel/kerosene subsidies and ensure rural households have a solar cooker and a solar lantern] - ''The Hindu, Business Times''
 
*'''July 2009:''' [http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2009/07/03/stories/2009070350141000.htm Economic Survey urges Indian Government to eliminate cooking fuel/kerosene subsidies and ensure rural households have a solar cooker and a solar lantern] - ''The Hindu, Business Times''
 
*'''July 2009:''' [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Chennai/Solar-energy-to-cook-30k-meals-at-university/articleshow/4726290.cms Solar energy to cook 30k meals at university] - ''The Times of India''
 
*'''July 2009:''' [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Chennai/Solar-energy-to-cook-30k-meals-at-university/articleshow/4726290.cms Solar energy to cook 30k meals at university] - ''The Times of India''
*'''April 2009:''' [http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/17/world%e2%80%99s-largest-solar-kitchen-in-india-can-cook-upto-38500-meals-per-day/ World’s Largest 38500-meal Solar Kitchen in India] - ''Inhabit''
 
 
* '''February 2008:''' [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Business/India-Business/Bharat-hot-on-solar-cookers-new-energy/articleshow/4139388.cms Bharat hot on solar cookers, new energy] - ''The Times of India''
 
* '''February 2008:''' [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Business/India-Business/Bharat-hot-on-solar-cookers-new-energy/articleshow/4139388.cms Bharat hot on solar cookers, new energy] - ''The Times of India''
 
* '''February 2008:''' [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/opinion/15friedman.html?_r=1 Yes They Could, So They Did] - ''New York Times''
 
* '''February 2008:''' [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/opinion/15friedman.html?_r=1 Yes They Could, So They Did] - ''New York Times''
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*'''June 2008:''' [http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Kitchen-for-poor-kids-go-hightech-in-state-homes/320116/ Kitchen for poor kids go high-tech (solar) in state homes] - ''Express India''
 
*'''June 2008:''' [http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Kitchen-for-poor-kids-go-hightech-in-state-homes/320116/ Kitchen for poor kids go high-tech (solar) in state homes] - ''Express India''
 
*'''June 2008:''' [http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/gujarat-industry-opposes-fuel-price-hikes_10056806.html Gujarat industry opposed fuel price hikes] - ''Thaindian News''
 
*'''June 2008:''' [http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/gujarat-industry-opposes-fuel-price-hikes_10056806.html Gujarat industry opposed fuel price hikes] - ''Thaindian News''
*'''May 2008:''' [http://www.downtoearth.org.in/full6.asp?foldername=20080515&filename=news&sec_id=4&sid=10 New stick to beat developing countries on GHGs] - ''Down To Earth''
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*'''March 2008:''' [https://archive.is/20121210052544/saicampustimes.blogspot.com/2008/03/rewriting-books-in-ladakh.html Rewriting the Books in Ladakh] - ''Cultural Survival Quarterly''
*'''April 2008:''' [http://www.business-standard.com/common/news_article.php?autono=320081&leftnm=3&subLeft=0&chkFlg= A new solar cooker that can even cook dinner] - ''Business Standard''
 
*'''March 2008:''' [http://saicampustimes.blogspot.com/2008/03/rewriting-books-in-ladakh.html Rewriting the Books in Ladakh] - ''Cultural Survival Quarterly''
 
 
*'''March 2008:''' [http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-03/uoc--bcp032008.php Black carbon pollution emerges as major player in global warming] - ''Scripps Institution of Oceanography''
 
*'''March 2008:''' [http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-03/uoc--bcp032008.php Black carbon pollution emerges as major player in global warming] - ''Scripps Institution of Oceanography''
 
*'''February 2008:''' [http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Columnists/Jaideep_Mishra_Tax_and_Petroleum/articleshow/2778183.cms Fiscal policy to act as a tool to lighten the oil shock] - ''The Economic Times''
 
*'''February 2008:''' [http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Columnists/Jaideep_Mishra_Tax_and_Petroleum/articleshow/2778183.cms Fiscal policy to act as a tool to lighten the oil shock] - ''The Economic Times''
*'''February 2008:''' [http://southasia.oneworld.net/article/view/157497/1/1893 A house that blends well with nature] - ''OneWorld.net''
 
 
*'''February 2008:''' [http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/News_By_Industry/Services/Govt_looking_for_consultants_to_tap_CDM_benefits/articleshow/2752533.cms Govt looking for consultants to tap CDM benefits] - ''The Economic Times''
 
*'''February 2008:''' [http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/News_By_Industry/Services/Govt_looking_for_consultants_to_tap_CDM_benefits/articleshow/2752533.cms Govt looking for consultants to tap CDM benefits] - ''The Economic Times''
 
*'''January 2008:''' [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Everything_under_the_sun/articleshow/2677630.cms Everything under the sun] - ''The Times of India''
 
*'''January 2008:''' [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Everything_under_the_sun/articleshow/2677630.cms Everything under the sun] - ''The Times of India''
*'''December 2007:''' [http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEU20071225113123&Headline=ISB+graduate's+common+kitchen+empowers+slum+women&Title=Hyderabad&Topic=0 ISB graduate's common kitchen empowers slum women] - ''New India Press''
 
*'''November 2007:''' [http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/view/6584/92/ Haryana wins first price for best performance in Solar Urban Areas Programme] - ''Punjab News''
 
*'''September 2007:''' [http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/stories/20070921508510000.htm Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams - Plugging into the sun] - ''Frontline''
 
 
*'''July 2007:''' [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Religious_places_earn_carbon_credits/articleshow/2228480.cms Holy smoke! Religious places too earning carbon credits] - ''The Times of India''
 
*'''July 2007:''' [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Religious_places_earn_carbon_credits/articleshow/2228480.cms Holy smoke! Religious places too earning carbon credits] - ''The Times of India''
*'''July 2007:''' [http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/view/4899/57/ Haryana to promote dish type solar cookers] - ''PunjabNews''
 
*'''May 2007:''' [http://www.ecoworld.com/home/articles2.cfm?tid=418 India's Solar Power: Greening India's Future Energy Demand] - ''ECOworld''
 
 
*'''April 2007:''' [http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-04/urco-ueb042307.php UN engages banks to light up rural India; Solar loans, energy access transform life for poor] - ''EurekAlert''
 
*'''April 2007:''' [http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-04/urco-ueb042307.php UN engages banks to light up rural India; Solar loans, energy access transform life for poor] - ''EurekAlert''
 
*'''March 2007:''' [http://www.newbuilder.co.uk/news/NewsFullStory.asp?ID=1870 Solar cookers save Indian emissions] - ''NDTV.com''
 
*'''March 2007:''' [http://www.newbuilder.co.uk/news/NewsFullStory.asp?ID=1870 Solar cookers save Indian emissions] - ''NDTV.com''
*'''March 2007:''' [http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20070002898 Gujarat couple develops solar power system] - ''NDTV.com''
 
*'''February 2007:''' [http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/26642.html India to cut duty on renewables] - ''EARTHtimes.org''
 
*'''January 2007:''' [http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/13/stories/2007011310280400.htm Solar cooking system for apartments developed] - ''The Hindu''
 
*'''January 2007:''' [http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IA31Df01.html Indian Firms Cash in on Pollution] - ''Asia Times''
 
   
 
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|'''June 2006:''' Video showing the Smokeless Village where all inhabitants cook with solar cookers
 
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*[http://www.solarcooking.org/media/presentations/a_solar_cooking_day.pdf A Solar Cooking Day in India]
 
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*[http://www.indianindustry.com/cgi-local/search-result.html?ss=solar+cooker Another directory Indian solar cooker manufacturers] - ''Indian Industry''
 
   
 
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Latest revision as of 18:39, December 15, 2014

Last updated: 9 November 2014      

EventsEdit

  • Thursday, January 15, 2015: (Bhayander) The Bhayander based NGO, Keshav Srushti, in a bid to spread awareness on solar cooking, will be gathering students from 500 schools across Mumbai to cook solar-powered dishes. Keshav Srushti has been accredited by the Guinness Book of World Records for having conducted the largest solar oven cooking class in January 2014 with 3,639 participants from 62 schools. Invigorated by the success, the NGO has announced an annual Maha Suryakumbh on January 15, 2015. This coming workshop is aiming to reach 25,000, and possibly even more, school students. More information...
  • February 15-17, 2015: (New Delhi) The First Renewable Energy Global Investment Promotion Meet & Expo (RE - INVEST) is scheduled, with the intention of providing a platform for the global investment community to be able to connect with the stakeholders in India. The central theme of the event will be further growth of renewable energy and energy efficiency within the country. In addition to the investment gathering, a large exhibition of manufacturers, promoters and developers is also planned to showcase India’s manufacturing capabilities and latest technologies in renewable energy. More information...
  • April 24 - 26, 2015: (Lucknow) The North India Solar Summit (NISS) is a major exhibition and conference for the solar industry within India. This will be the second edition of this conference. The conference appears primarily directed at the PV industry, but promoters of solar thermal technologies are also encouraged to exhibit. However, suggested solar thermal applications emphasize building technology. More information...
See also:

Most significant solar cooking projectsEdit

Worlds Largest Solar Cooking Class08:33

Worlds Largest Solar Cooking Class

2,044 middle school students learn to prepare lunch with solar cooking.

  • January 2013: World's largest solar cooking class takes place in India - On January 19, 2013, middle school students gathered on the grounds of JES College in Jalna, India to be trained in the use of a simple solar panel cooker. After a quick breakfast, and guidance from 205 trainers, a record-breaking 2,044 students assembled their own solar cooker and placed prepared ingredients inside to cook. After speaker presentations, they were able to enjoy the lunch they had cooked themselves. This event, sponsored by Simplified Technology for Life, demonstrates that India is quite serious about introducing solar cooking to young students. Ajay Chandak reports that included in the Indian government's five-year plan for 2012 through 2016, 30,000 million INR (approx. $600,000,000USD) is budgeted for solar cooking instruction in 500,000 schools.
Shirdi roof collector array

Shirdi roof collector array

Shirdi collector diagram

Shirdi collector array diagram

Shirdi cooking photo

Cooking in the kitchen at Shirdi

  • April 2010: Gadhia Solar Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd. recently completed installation of an enormous solar steam cooking system, capable of cooking 40,000-50,000 meals per day. It is located at Shirdi Saibaba temple in Shirdi, Maharashtra, India. With nearly 30,000 visitors each day, the temple’s dining halls are some of the largest in India. The solar steam cooking system is comprised of seventy-three rooftop-mounted Scheffler reflectors of sixteen square meters each. The dishes concentrate sunlight on receivers that contain water, generating steam that is piped down to the kitchen for cooking purposes. To maintain constant focus with the sun, the dishes automatically rotate throughout the day after being manually aligned once each morning. The solar steam cooking system is retrofitted to existing liquid petroleum gas-powered steam boilers that are still used in the evening and during prolonged periods of inclement weather. Though the solar steam cooking system cost nearly $300,000, government subsidies reduced the temple’s portion to about $170,000. Liquid petroleum gas use has been cut by roughly 100,000 kilograms each year, for an annual savings of approximately $45,000. The temple should recoup its investment in three to four years. According to company founder Deepak Gadhia, the solar steam cooking technology was originally developed in Germany. However, the equipment does not contain imported components and is manufactured with local machinery and labor, creating much-needed jobs. Gadhia has adapted the system for use in India, and has installed 50 such systems of varying sizes over the past two decades. The March edition of CNN’s Eco Solutions program highlights the Shirdi Saibaba temple solar steam cooking system.

News and Recent DevelopmentsEdit

  • September 2014: Bhubaneswar: The state government will provide solar chullahs to 500 households inside Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary. This was done to reduce load on firewood, which the villagers collect from the sanctuary. There are around 5,000 households in the reserve, but initially 10% will be provided with the solar cooking device. The panchayati raj and forest departments will jointly conduct survey to identify the families to be given the chullah. A private party will donate the chullahs to the forest department. - Read more... - Times of India
ARUN 100 at Akshardham, 8-12-14

The ARUN 100 solar cooking array at the Akshardham Temple, New Delhi, India.

  • August 2014: International solar cooking expert, Ajay Chandak, has written about the recent installation of steam generating solar cooking systems at The Akshardham Temple located in New Delhi and at the Ram Krishna Mission Student’s Home, Mylapore, Chennai. The Akshardham Temple system is now able to serve 2,000 - 3,000 meals on a clear sunny day, saving approximately 30 to 50 scm of PNG each day in operation. MNRE has partly funded this installation and Clique Solar has manufactured and installed the system. The system at the Ram Krishna Mission Student’s Home as been adapted with the ability to store the excess heat generated mid-day to be able to cook very early in the day and after sunset. Read his reports: ARUN®100 Installation at Akshardham Temple, New Delhi and ARUN®100 with Thermal Storage at Ramkrishna Mission, Chennai - Ajay Chandak
  • August 2014: A Bhayander based NGO, Keshav Srushti, in a bid to spread awareness on solar cooking, will be gathering students from 500 schools across Mumbai to cook solar-powered dishes. Keshav Srushti has been accredited by the Guinness Book of World Records for having conducted the largest solar oven cooking class in January 2014 with 3639 participants from 62 schools. Invigorated by the success, the NGO has announced an annual Maha Suryakumbh on January 15, 2015, is aiming to reach 25,000 schools students. More information...
  • April 2014:
    Indore Solar Food Processing Network article April 2014
  • March 2014: Rural schools receive solar cooking sysytems - Ajay Chandak wants to update the solar cooking community that a Scheffler Community Kitchen has been installed and tested at the Aapla Ghar school for homeless rural children located in Naldurg, India. After cooking their first meal on this solar system the students and management were more than happy. He brings particular attention and notice of appreciation to the local M.P. Dr. Ashok Ganguly, who arranged financing of the project through their M.P fund, contributing $23,000 USD to the project. Also, another Scheffler system is to be opened soon at an orphanage located in Dhule.
  • February 2014: The Jawahar Navodiya Vidyalya school is saving $23,000 in annual fuel costs - The residential school Jawahar Navodiya Vidyalya located in Ladakh, India appreciates having their solar cooking system, which is saving them $23,000 USD in annual fuel costs. More than 570 students and staff members are served daily meals. "It is not only very easy to operate, but it provides us [with] hot water for washing the dishes in the cold season," says Tashi, one of the kitchen staff. The arid desert region is known as the "land of high passes". Previously, remote areas like this one have had to rely on kerosene and firewood for heating and cooking, and considerable money was being spent simply getting kerosene delivered. Read more... - Asia Times Online
  • January 2014: School in North Coimbatore begins solar cooking mid-day meals Two PRINCE - 40 institutional parabolic solar cookers will soon be cooking noon meals for students at a school in North Coimbatore. Each PRINCE unit (designed by Professor Ajay Chandak) costs 68,000 Indian rupees ($1,000 USD) and includes a 35-liter (32 quart) pressure cooker. The first two units will be used on a test basis. If successful, the municipality will order PRINCE cookers for all sixteen schools in the region. The Indian National Ministry of New and Renewable Energy provides a sixty percent subsidy for the solar cookers, which will cut expenses by reducing the consumption of LPG and wood. On December 9, 2013 Professor Ajay Chandak, a global leader in the solar thermal cooking sector, was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). Chandak will represent "Solar Heating and Cooling". ISES is a UN-accredited NGO that is active in over 110 countries.
Mumbai largest solar cooking class, 17-14

As many as 3,484 children from over 80 schools participated in the world's largest solar cooking class in Mumbai, India.

  • January 2014: India raises the bar for the world's largest solar cooking class - "As many as 3,484 children from over 80 schools participated in the largest solar cooking initiative Suryakumbh on January 4th, which has qualified as an entry to the Guinness Book of World Records. The emergence of renewable sources of energy as an answer to the imminent exhaustion of conventional energy sources pushed a Bhayander NGO, Keshav Srushti, to start with the most influential members of society, children." - dna The class was held in Mumbai, India. Read more...
Scheffler reflector, girl's hostel in Jaipur, 12-16-13

A Scheffler reflector used in the solar cooking systems installed in Jaipur, India.

  • December 2013: Government sponsored solar cooking systems installed in Jaipur - Two state run hostels for girls in Jaipur, India, have installed Scheffler Community Kitchen solar cooking systems to meet the cooking needs for 600 students. Each system has four dishes of 16 square meters and will help conserve 4,500 kgs of liquefied cooking gas (LPG) annually assuming about 275 normal sunny days. It is estimated the pay back will be less than 4 years and reduce the financial burden to the state government. Read more...
GlobolSol solar food dryer India, 11-26-13

Alec Gagneux of GloboSol worked with local craftspeople to build a solar food dryer in in Madhya Pradesh, India.

  • November 2013: GloboSol introduces solar cooking technology and bio-mass stoves in Madhya Pradesh, India - Alec Gagneux, of GloboSol, spent several months at one of the Ekta Parishad ashrams in the city of Katni in central India last spring. He demonstrated the value of using the simple technologies of solar cooking, solar food drying and bio-mass stoves. With the help of local craftspeople, the group assembled their own food dryers and solar cookers. During his stay, Alec met local residents who were willing to organize more demonstrations at local schools, intended to help draw the attention of local political leaders. Read more at:Report India 2013
Sun Focus magazine cover, 11-18-13
  • November 2013: Solar cooking receives a new platform to speak from - The second edition of Sun Focus, a quarterly magazine devoted to concentrated solar heat has just been released. The new publication from India was founded by Dr Farooq Addullah. He explains that the magazine will focus on off-grid applications of concentrated solar technologies (CSTs) for the purpose of saving fuel oil, firewood, and LPG in industrial and commercial establishments using heat between 80 °C and 250 °C. Solar cooking plays a major role in the content. This latest edition's cover article is devoted to the latest developments of the Scheffler Community Kitchen, written by noted solar cooking designer and advocate for solar cooking education in public schools, Ajay Chandak. Read his article on page 11. Scheffler Solar Concentrators in India - Sun Focus
  • October 2013: The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency reports that Haryana is one of the few states in the country where solar cookers are being promoted by providing subsidy on box/dish type solar cooker. The Govt. of India is also promoting dish type solar cookers by providing subsidy@ Rs.2100/- per Sq. meter of the collector area limited to 30 % cost of the cooker and box type solar cookers @ Rs. 3600/- per sq. Meter of the collector area. During the year 2011-12, there was a target of distribution of 1750 solar cookers in the state with state subsidy provision of Rs. 20.0 lacs. During the year 2012-13, there is a target of 500 Dish type solar cookers & 1000 box type solar cookers with a state budget of Rs. 17.50 lac.
  • September 2013: The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), a public company in Ahmedabad, India, is distributing solar box cookers to villagers as part of a conservation program designed to make people aware that by using solar cookers to bake and simmer they can save their LPG for specific cooking needs and save money by reducing their consumption of this expensive fuel without having to give it up entirely. For more information, contact Devang Joshi at Rudra Solar Energy.
Mount Abu Scheffler installation, 7-23-13

Scheffler Community Kitchen in Taleti, near Mount Abu

  • July 2013: Scheffler solar kitchen installed at Mt. Abu spiritual center -The Scheffler Community Kitchen has been installed as a collaboration between the Academy for a Better World and Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, with technology from Solare Brücke, Germany. With 84 receivers and cooking at 650 degrees, the system can produce up to 38,500 meals a day when the sun is at its peak. Read more...
Solar cooker training - Barli Institute - May 2013

26 women trainees of the 104th batch along with Mr. Yogesh Jadhav (COO) and Mrs. Tahera Jadhav (Director) of Barli Development Institute for Rural Women, Indore, India.

  • May 2013: It was a solar week at Barli Development Institute for Rural Women in which a week-long solar cooker training of SK-14 solar cookers was organised at the Institute's campus (5-11 May 2013). The training was attended by 26 trainee-women of the outgoing 104th batch of women trainees. The rural and tribal women trainees eagerly learnt the process of assembling the solar cookers, cooking various dishes, and maintaining the cookers. The training was conducted by Mr. Yogesh Jadhav (Chief Operating Officer, Barli Institute) who took over from Mr. Jimmy McGilligan when he retired from the Institute in April 2011. After the training each of the trainees promised to save the environment and use the solar cookers.
  • April 2013: LPG cylinder replacment is slow and unpredictable - Gautam Raja reports that is his area gas customers will first receive two cylinders of fuel when they establish their gas service. But when they run out, replacement can take over two weeks. Deliveries arrive unannounced, so the customer may miss it, and have to start the process all over again. Many residents have switched over to electrical induction cook tops, but the power supply can be less than reliable. Concerned about missing his morning chai, Gautam then discovered solar cookers, and was amazed by their capabilities. They help fill the gap, that is until the monsoon season. Read more...
  • February 2013: Solar cooking and processing workshops in India - Celestino Ruivo, of the Instituto Superior de Engenharia da Universidade do Algarve in Portugal, traveled to India at the end of January to attend the 1st International Solar Food Processing Network workshop at the Muni Seva Ashram in Goraj, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. He brought with him 50 kg. of solar cooking bagage: 8 black pots, 16 glasses of windows cloth washing machines, corrugated sheet metal, reflective foil and tools to make low cost and effective portable funnel cookers. Creatively, Celestino used his suitcase as the mold to construct examples of his solar funnel cooker in concrete. He also gave a lecture about solar cooking and how to construct a funnel cooker at the CT institute in Punjab for more than 300 students, as well teaching solar cooking for ladies in domestic context at Jalandhar. The eight funnel cookers were donated to friends in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Muni Seva Ashram, Vadodara, Jalandhar and New Delhi.
Solar Food Processing Network group photo, 2-14-14

Participants at the 2013 Solar Food Processing Network conference.

  • February 2013: The Solar Food Processing Network (SFPN) held a regional workshop in January 2013 at the Muni Seva Ashram in Goraj, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. This gathering was a follow-up to the 2009 AFPN conference held in Indore, India in 2010. Workshop participants heard from food marketing and technology experts. Conference organizers, Deepak Gadhia and Rolf Behringer held discussions on local and international marketing, village industries, packaging, policy interventions, R&D, and effective monitoring and evaluation of projects. Attendees discussed the formation of an international solar food standard and shared their own practical experiences using solar technology for food processing. Visit the Solar Food Processing Network to see a muscial video of the event and videos of solar food processing projects in Burkina Faso.
Worlds Largest Solar Cooking Class08:33

Worlds Largest Solar Cooking Class

2,044 middle school students learn to prepare lunch with solar cooking.

  • January 2013: World's largest solar cooking class takes place in India - On January 19, 2013, middle school students gathered on the grounds of JES College in Jalna, India to be trained in the use of a simple solar panel cooker. After a quick breakfast, and guidance from 205 trainers, a record-breaking 2,044 students assembled their own solar cooker and placed prepared ingredients inside to cook. After speaker presentations, they were able to enjoy the lunch they had cooked themselves. This event, sponsored by Simplified Technology for Life, demonstrates that India is quite serious about introducing solar cooking to young students.
Parabolic solar cooker (Demo)05:53

Parabolic solar cooker (Demo)

The PRINCE - 40 is demonstrated at the rural schools.

WORT training demonstration, 1-5-13

A field demonstration of the PRINCE - 40 parabolic cooker.

  • January 2013: Parabolic community solar cookers used for midday meals in rural schools - WOTR is a nonprofit organization that has been operating in five Indian states since the early nineties. They have untaken a unique solar cooking project targeting Zilla Parishad primary schools in the Sangamner and Akole taluka of the Ahmadnagar district. The objective was to find ways to help prepare their midday meal. Currently, twenty-three solar cookers are in service. After a careful study of all options, it was decided to deploy the PRINCE - 40 parabolic solar cooker, designed by Ajay Chandak, for the pilot installation in fifty-three villages across three states – Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh. Most of the schools where these cookers are installed are using them as main source of energy for the mid-day meals. Read more about the project at: A Report on Deployment of Parabolic Community Solar Cookers for Midday Meals in Rural Schools

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The History of Solar Cooking in IndiaEdit

India, Asia's second largest country, next to China, has also the second largest number of solar cookers. The situation in India is more complex than that of China. More is also known about Indian programs. The Third World Conference on Solar Cooking was held in India, permitting the history and progress of solar the technology's uses to become better known around the world.

An official government report informs the reader that the Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (MNES), Government of India, was established in 1982, first as a Department and later as a Ministry. The Ministry's mandate extends well beyond solar cooking, including fuel efficient wood and charcoal stoves, power from other renewable sources, energy from industrial wastes, research and development in a number of related fields (photovoltaics, biogas, and pollution prevention, for example). MNES began seriously to promote solar cooking in the early 80s, with an initial focus almost entirely on the box cooker.

The population of India is roughly 70% rural. MNES states that "cooking accounts for a major share of the total energy consumption in rural homes (Singhal, correspondence, 2003, p. 1). Sources of that energy are largely fuelwood, animal dung, or crop residues, all of which emit smoke, pollute the atmosphere, and are deterimental to health and safety of family members, particularly women. Fuelwood is become scarcer each year. FAO data show that 21.6% of the Indian land mass is forested, and conservation efforts are in place to reverse previous loss. The effort is affected by the large and dense population and a slowing but still substantial birth rate (continuing to increase at 1.7% per annum, or 17% in a decade). Solar cooking has been viewed as one way to alleviate a number of India's problems and as such was supported by government efforts.

The Press Bureau of the Government of India reported in 2007 that there are 525,000 solar cookers installed in India.[1] The Press Bureau also reported in 2003 that, "The solar cooker programme has been expanded by introducing new designs for community use. Three solar steam cooking systems based on automatic tracking concentrating collective technology for cooking food for 600-3,000 people per day, and one system based on ‘Solar Bowl’ technology, have been installed. World's largest solar steam cooking system has been installed at Tirumala Tirupati. The system is designed to cook two meals for 15,000 persons in one day. Another system for 2,000 people was erected at Brahmakumaris Ashram in Gurgaon in July, 2002. Three community cookers for indoor cooking have been installed at a training hostel and an NGO’s establishment in Leh. In all, six such systems have been installed under the MNES demonstration scheme. A total of 500 dish solar cookers and 60 community solar cookers have been installed so far."[2]

Archived articlesEdit


Culture and EconomicsEdit

Solar Cookers International has rated India as the #1 country worldwide for solar cooking potential. In the year 2020, the estimated number of people in India who will suffer from fuel scarcity is 157,400,000, but these people will continue to have ample access to the sun. In December 2007, the Indian Government instituted a program of rebates on various renewable energy devices including solar cookers. Solar cooking has even been recommended in the Rig Veda, a sacred Hindu text, stating: "All edibles ripened or cooked in the sun’s rays change into super medicine, the amrita."

India Solar Resource map, 12-3-12

India Solar Resource Map provided by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Fuels used for cookingEdit

URBAN SECTOR

  • LPG (47.96%)
  • Firewood (22.74%)
  • Kerosene (19.16%) and
  • Other fuels(10.14)

RURAL SECTOR

  • Firewood (64.10%)
  • Other sources of biomass – crop residue (13.10%)
  • Cow‐dung (12.80%), and
  • LPG (5.67%) is now increasing in importance. [1]

Fuel subsidiesEdit

The Economic Times of India reports:

While 300 million people live below poverty line, making do with energy inefficient dung cakes, twigs and branches, and occasional bits of coal, the urban middle class and the rural rich are splurging on cheap petrol and diesel and even cheaper kerosene and liquified petroleum gas.
The subsidy is massive - hidden by a disingenuous device called oil bonds. Here are some rock solid facts. IOC, HPCL and BPCL are currently losing $137 million a day (i.e., Rs 582 crore per day at Rs 42.50 = $1). They lose Rs 16.34 for each litre of petrol, and Rs 23.49 for each litre of diesel sold in Delhi.
The subsidy on kerosene at Rs 28.72 per litre is over three times the current retail price; and the subsidy on a cylinder of cooking gas at Rs 306 per cylinder exceeds the retail price. The total under-recovery for the oil marketing companies for 2006-07 was over $19 billion. With oil prices touching $135, under-recoveries can be $50 billion this year, unless retail prices are substantially increased.[3]

The Telegraph (UK) reported in September 2013 that, "Food and fuel subsidies are gobbling up much of the budget, while investment atrophies."[4]

Solar cooking already has a significant presense in India, especially with large scale projects, but the potential remains for its use to still significantly replace the use of conventioal fuels. 

Cultural acceptanceEdit

In a report presented during the Asian Clean Energy Forum in June 2008, Soma Dutta, Asia Regional Network Coordinator for the Amsterdam-based ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy, states that only 45% of India’s 70% rural population have access to electricity, and over 80 percent still rely on firewood as their primary cooking fuel, the gathering of which is a responsibility that almost always falls to the women and girls in a society. The long hours and significant effort spent simply gathering firewood leaves them little time for education or employment. [5]

Introductions of new technologies fail in villages for many reasons, but most commonly due to a lack of knowledge and understanding of local cultural customs. Solar cooking has often suffered this fate despite the purported cost savings because it is not introduced in a way that suited the lifestyles of the individuals using it.

A solar stove is most powerful at the times of the strongest sunlight, which is mid-day and early afternoon. As in many agricultural populations, village farmers in India consume their biggest meals by early to mid-morning and then again late at night, after the sun has set. In addition, certain solar stoves are not conducive to Indian-style cooking which is done mostly with oil (with the exception of rice) and requires frequent temperature manipulation as well as stirring and flipping which was is difficult with many solar cookers.[6]

While technical constraints limit the types of solar cookers likely to be widely adopted in India, there is historic precedent for solar cooking in Indian culture. A passage in ancient Vedic texts state, " Sun cooked food improves cellular health and longevity of life. It strengthens health and mind removes three major physical disorders to do with digestion, blood and respiratory system, balances inner body temperatures, life, glows aura and keeps various obstacles away. Sun cooked food has great medicinal value. It enhances intellect, genius." ' Rig Veda'. - Reference from the princeindia.org website. See: PRINCE

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ResourcesEdit

BlogsEdit

Possible funders of solar cooking projects in IndiaEdit

ReportsEdit

Articles in the mediaEdit

Audio and VideoEdit

  • July 2014:
McGilligan Empowering young Rural and Tribal women with Solar Cookers09:28

McGilligan Empowering young Rural and Tribal women with Solar Cookers

Mumbai solar cooking record story02:43

Mumbai solar cooking record story

Suryakumbha10:00

Suryakumbha

On 19th January 2013, 2044 children from 107 schools participated in this historical event wherein trained by 206 trainers and 45 supervisors, they built their own solar ovens and cooked 400 kg of Sabudana Khichadi in it. This is the video summary of the same.

Square Parabolic Solar Cooker02:52

Square Parabolic Solar Cooker

Goldin Bennet of the Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering National Institute of Technology Tiruchirapalli, shows how they have fabricated a parabolic solar cooker using small square panels in 2013.

Haybox Easy cooker02:33

Haybox Easy cooker

The Smokeless Village03:08

The Smokeless Village

June 2006: Video showing the Smokeless Village where all inhabitants cook with solar cookers
Solar Cookers in India, Global Ideas06:43

Solar Cookers in India, Global Ideas

Deepak Gadhia's efforts promoting various solar powered projects.

External linksEdit

Indian solar cooking blogsEdit

India contactsEdit

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)Edit

Government agenciesEdit

      Educational institutionsEdit

      IndividualsEdit

      Manufacturers and vendorsEdit

      See alsoEdit

      ReferencesEdit

      1. http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090624234723/solarcooking/images/8/8f/Performance_analysis_Solar_Parabolic_concentrator_for_cooking_applications_P._Rajamohan%2C_S._Shanmugan%2C_K._Ramanathan%2C_D._Mutharasu_%28January_2009%29.pdf

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