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Royal Botanic Garden cooker workshop, 10-23-12

Instructor Johanna Blin helps with the solar cooker assembly, July 2012.

Royal Botanic Garden cooker workshop 2, 10-23-12

Assembling CooKits at the Royal Botanic Garden July 2012

  • July 2012: A solar cooking workshop, run by trainer Johanna Blin, recently saw RBG staff members at the Bedouin tent cutting cardboard and glueing tinfoil to make solar ovens. True to the Royal Botanic Garden's mission of using and demonstrating sustainable living techniques, the RBG is now developing expertise in solar cooking, for use at the (future) on-site café. They have taken the instructions for making the CooKit and translated them into Arabic, and can be found here: CooKit assembly instructions in Arabic
  • August 2006: The Renewable Energy Bureau (REB), a collaboration between the King Abdullah Design and Development Bureau and the University of Jordan, developed a box-type solar cooker for use in Jordan. The cooker was designed to meet several requirements: it had to be simple and safe to assemble, install and operate; it had to be economical yet durable; and it had to be efficient enough to cook 15 kilograms of meat in a few hours. The cooker has three panes of glazing, each separated by 6mm air spaces. The innermost pane is low-emissive, reducing heat loss from the cooking chamber. The glazing is angled at 30° with respect to the ground, maximizing efficiency at Jordan's latitude. Three stainless steel reflectors - two stationary and one adjustable - increase light reaching the cooking chamber. The inside of the cooking chamber is aluminum, while the external walls of the cooker are galvanized steel. The cooker is insulated with a type of rock wool used in conventional gas ovens. REB has also undertaken an off-the-grid guest house project, and solar cookers are expected to play a significant role in meeting its energy needs. Contact: Mohammed Al taani

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Solar cooker construction plans in Arabic

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Solar cooker construction plans in Arabic

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