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June 2016

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A new report from the International Energy Agency suggests that small investments in clean energy technology can significantly reduce air pollution-related deaths
Aavin milk pasteurization, 6-20-16
Aavin looks to solar pasteurization to process milk in India
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Celebrating solstice with Solar Cookers International
Gaza-solar-cookers-family June 2016
Solar cookers ease hardship of poor farmers in Gaza
May 2016

How many solar cookers 2016
Add your project to SCI's interactive map documenting solar cooking around the world
The hindu
Editorial in The Hindu discusses impacts of air pollution in India and includes solar cookers and improved cookstoves as solutions
ARUN 100 award, India, 5-17-16
Solar thermal excellence award in India for ARUN 100 solar cooking system with heat storage
April 2016

Piyush Goyal, state minister, 4-30-16
India has exceeded solar targets by 116% this year
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In a new TIME Magazine article, solar cooking is discussed as a solution to limiting women's exposure to cooking smoke in Nigeria
URERMS April 2016 cropped
In Algeria, 179 pupils take part in a solar cooking festival with 70 different designs
Sierra club 04-16
The latest issue of Sierra Club Magazine features Dr. Catlin Powers describing why she started One Earth Designs, the impact she's seen solar cooking make, and what she would like to work on next
Roorkee IIT institutional array, 4-14-16
Roorkee IIT uses solar energy for steam cooking, saving 5,000 LPG cylinders a year
Catlin powers 04-16
Video: Dr. Catlin Powers of One Earth Designs speaking at a Clinton Global Initiative University panel on how solar cooking combats household air pollution and fuel scarcity
Janak McGilligan
Dr. Mrs. Janak McGilligan appointed to the Solar Cookers International Advisory Council
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USAID provides solar rice dryers to farmers in the Philippines for typhoon recovery



  • October 3 - November 13, 2016: Appropriate Technology for the Developing World - Are you interested in international development, humanitarian work, or helping others with renewable energy internationally? If you answered yes, this course, put on by Solar Energy International is for you! The first section of this course surveys technologies that aim to improve people’s access to basic human needs: water and sanitation, food processing and cooking technologies, biomass, rural electrification, and appropriate building techniques. The second section of the class focuses on project development and implementation. Throughout this course the focus is on the community- their needs, how to guide decision makers to understand the benefits of different technologies, and how to learn from the community. Working with a community will ensure the success of an appropriate technology project. Register here...


Spitak, Armenia festival August 2016
  • August 5-7, 2016: Spitak Solar Cooking Festival - Guests will be able to stay for free at the Center in Spitak (donation are appreciated). The guests will need to pay for their own food. Spitak is 100 km. North of the capital Yerevan. Bus transport is available. For more information write


Solar Energy Forum, China logo, 5-31-16
  • NEW: November 10-12, 2016: (Qingdao) The Solar Energy Forum-2016 is the first to take place in China. Organizers hope to have over 100 oral presentations in the field of solar energy. Those interested in presenting about solar cooking will be included in Session 4- Smart Solar Applications and Services, and should not delay in contacting organizers. The forum is intended to provide a platform for professionals around the world to exchange state-of-the-art research and development and identify research needs and opportunities in this emerging field. More information...



  • NEW: October 5-7, 2016: (Capri) AEIT 2016 International Annual Conference: Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean Area, Energy and ICT Networks of the Future. The energy conference, with a broad range of topics, will focus on issues relevant to the Mediterranean region. More information...


EuroSun 2016
  • October 11-14, 2016 (Palma, Mallorca): 11th ISES EuroSun Conference - The International Conference on Solar Energy for Buildings and Industry is being organized by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) , Asociación Espanola de Energia Solar (AEDES), and the University of the Balearic Islands. The conference "will be a unique platform to discuss the latest developments with leading solar energy specialists as well as policy makers and industry representatives. The congress will host topic sessions, keynote speakers, plenary sessions and open discussion forums, as well as social events where you will have the opportunity to network, to meet old friends and to make new contacts."
   Conference topics include:
  1. Solar Architecture and Net Zero Energy Buildings
  2. Solar Heat for Industrial Processes.
  3. Thermal Storage
  4. Solar Thermal Systems: Domestic Hot Water, Space Heating and Cooling
  5. Solar Assisted District Heating and Cooling and Large Scale Applications
  6. Testing & Certification
  7. Solar Thermal Collectors and Solar Loop Components
  8. PV and PVT systems for buildings and industry
  9. Solar Resource and Energy Meteorology
  10. Solar Education
  11. Renewable Energy Strategies and Policies
Wolfgang Scheffler will make a keynote presentation on using solar thermal energy for steam generation. Registration is open until July 10, 2016. More information...

United Kingdom

Maclachlan fireless basket, 6-28-16

Fireless basket made by Stewart Maclachlan Photo credit: Stewart Maclachlan

  • NEW: August 4-7, 2016: (Chepstow) Visit the UK Green Gathering, which will be run exclusively on wind and solar, and take part in the '2016 All World Fireless Cooker Beauty Contest' promoted by SLiCK solar cookers. An impartial judging panel will be drawn from festival attendees. Send hard copy A4 photos of your fireless cooker with a short write-up if you can not attend. Details to come on the SLiCK website.



  • NEW: Saturday, July 16, 2016: (Sacramento) is offering a solar cooking workshop at the summer conference of the American Association of Physics Teachers, in Sacramento. is offering to reimburse, for needy teachers, the $85 workshop fee, but there is also the conference registration fee, which starts at $85 for attending only workshops, and goes to higher amounts for the five-day conference. For more information contact or see workshop details and registration.


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