Recent News and Developments
- May 2012: The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECI) has provided 150 solar parabolic cookers to the people of Ouffi Ait – a small, sunny village southeast of Marrakech in Morocco. The introduction of these solar cookers has reduced the amount of time girls must spend collecting firewood, giving them more time to attend school. Working with the Foreign Association XXI and ADMR from Morocco, AECI targeted women as protagonists of a cleaner, more equitable future in their Morocco Solar Cookers for Rural Families project. Read more...
- August 4-8, 2008: Operation Friends of the Sun. NGO Youth Volunteers for Environment and Development Committee of the District of Casablanca have the honour to invite you to the opening ceremony and closing of an activity called, 'Operation Friends of the Sun' (OAS) to be instead of Monday 04 August 2008 to Friday 08 August 2008 in the district of Casablanca, on the public plaza in front of the bar MIKOUNOUNOU. The activity will be in effect the production of solar cookers (boxes) by youths in the area who will be trained for the occasion. Indeed, three years ago that JVE runs in collaboration with NNV, a Norwegian NGO, a draft pasteurization solar water in the prefecture Vo. Objectives: To provide drinking water, strengthen the capacity of women and fight against desertification. The impact and enthusiasm generated by this project require constant availability of solar cookers, what the 11 women's groups with whom we work, unable to satisfy. This justifies the raison d'etre of this operation intended to educate more people on the need to switch to solar and behave respectful of our fragile environment. Thus, successor for 5 days, training, production, demonstrations, solar dishes, football games etc… according to the attached programme. Having no doubt about your support for everything related to sustainable development, and hoping to count on your presence, please accept Sir / Madam, the assurances of our highest consideration.
The History of Solar Cooking in Morocco
The Ministry of Energy and Mines of Morocco became interested in solar cooking through involvement of an employee, Touria Dafrallah, the recipient of an award for one year of study in the United States under the auspices of the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program. She studied at Cornell during that year, and came to know of solar cooking.
During a practicum period spent in Washington, D.C., Touria spent a share of her time working with Solar Household Energy, Inc., becoming a proficient cook and conferring with SHE personnel on establishing a project in Morocco.
Upon her return to Morocco, Touria began to lay the groundwork for a project. Experienced project staffs associated with the French NGO INTI were made available to work with her in planning and piloting the project. The device chosen was the ULOG type box cooker, used in INTI projects in other countries. It could be made in Morocco. Morocco was also interested in learning more about, and perhaps acquiring a large solar cooker called the Villager, a product of Sun Ovens International and Rotary International.
The latest reports of progress in Morocco indicate that work continues on the project but with slow progress.
Climate, Culture, and Special Considerations
- Discussion of northern Africa's suitability for solar cooking
- Solar cooker dissemination and cultural variables
Solar cooker construction plans in Arabic
- CooKit variation (made from smaller pieces of cardboard)
- Minimum Box Cooker
- Solar Water Pasteurizer
Articles in the media
Audio and video