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Welcome to the Solar Cookers International Network (SCInet). Learn to solar cook, build your own solar cooker, or research where to buy a cooker. The hundreds of different solar cooker designs all concentrate or accumulate solar energy to cook food and make water safe to drink. SCInet partners worldwide collaborate to improve and spread this technology for the positive impact it can have on human health and environmental degradation.

The California-based nonprofit, Solar Cookers International, sponsors this global network and manages this site, which is the premier destination for solar cooking information. The 1,700+ articles on the site are accessed approximately 250,000 times each month from almost every country of the world.

NGOs and individuals actively promoting solar cooking, as well as designers, researchers, manufacturers, and vendors, are invited to join SCInet. Work with us to increase solar cooking around the world. Thank you to the Agua Fund for providing vital financial support. For more information, contact info@solarcookers.org.

April 2015

Bradley Reciprocal Optical Test for Measuring Solar Cooker Performance10:48

Bradley Reciprocal Optical Test for Measuring Solar Cooker Performance

Robert Chiron with baked bread

Robert Chiron

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McArdle Factors that give funders confidence

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March 2015

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Solar energy concentrator at Ramakrishna Mission’s Students’ Home

  • Investment brings large-scale solar cooking to Chennai school for orphans and underprivileged boys - Starting in 2013, a partnership between the UNDP, India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and the Global Environment Facility, led to a project to install an ARUN®100 solar concentrator at the Ramakrishna Mission’s Students’ Home. The system provides enough energy to cook 3,000 meals per day and reduces LPG consumption by half, which leads to a savings of US$8,000 per year. Read more...
Solar cooking workshop 3, C.V. Raman College, 3-30-15

"Solar Cooking for a Healthy & Better Life" at the Bhubaneswar Club in Odisha, India March 2015 - C.V. Raman College

  • Women's Day event in India promotes solar cooking - Sanjib Rout, Chairman of the C.V. Raman College of Engineering organized a workshop on "Solar Cooking for a Healthy & Better Life" at the Bhubaneswar Club in Odisha, India to raise awareness of the potential of solar cooking for commercial applications.
  • Show your solar cooker design to the United Nations Development Program - The UN is now assessing what viable small and institutional-sized solar cookers are available in the marketplace for widespread distribution in emergency situations. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015. Read more...
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Solar cooker drawings by refugees

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Dr. Janak Palta McGilligan

  • Apply for the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards: Solar Cookers International has a unique opportunity to nominate projects from SCInet members for the 2015 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards. All materials must be in English. Read more...
February 2015

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The webinar will be held from 3:00pm - 4:30pm GMT (7:00am - 8:30am PST/10:00am - 11:30pm EST). More info and registration...
  • Apply for the SEED Award - The SEED Awards recognize "the most promising, innovative and locally-led start-up social and environmental enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies. The independent SEED International Jury of experts selects enterprises which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability while contributing to a greener economy." Apply by March 31, 2015. Read more...

For older news, please see Solar cooking news archive.

April 2015

Leéiyen teaches the use of solar box cookers and the --SODIS-- approach to water pastuerization, 11-15-14

Leéiyen teaches the use of solar box cookers and the SODIS method of water pasteurization in Cameroon, November 2014.

  • A Development and Information Center, DevICe, has been established in Tatum, Kumbo, north of Bamenda in Cameroon. After two weeks of training, the staff continues to test different types of solar ovens, provide information about water hygiene, and help with simple water quality analysis. They will also look into solar cooking. The center is run by voluntary work with a small budget. However, they are able to use a professional pyranometer from Kipp & Zonen. The project is run in partnership with Engineers Without Borders - Sweden, and sponsorship by Inpsecta, a technical consulting company in Sweden.
  • AFRES moves forward with solar cooking initiative - According to Joseph Odey, Chairman of the Association for the Reduction of Carbon Emission, the initiative is being sponsored at present by the Global Environmental Facility Small Grant Programme, GEF-SGP under the support of UNDP to provide alternative energy source for use in place of firewood in New Bussa community of Niger State. Under the first phase of the project, 50 youths were trained in building solar cookers. Some members of the communities who took part in a demonstration on how the solar cooker works in Tungan Ibrahim, Salamatu Maigari and Salamatu Sale, said using the solar cooker was faster and better than using firewood. Read more... - allAfrica
March 2015

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Sadarbek Tohirbekov with the solar cooker provided by Little Earth. Photo by Little Earth.

  • Solar cookers for Tajikistan - Little Earth, a Tajik environmental NGO, provided a solar cooker to the village of Roshorv (located at an altitude of more than 3000m) in the Bartang Valley of Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. Sadarbek Tohirbekov, a teacher of Russian language at the local school, took delivery of the parabolic cooker though the each resident of the village has access to it. Tohirbekov said, "to prepare a lunch or dinner [without a solar cooker], we use about half a kilo of bush kindling and then a couple of kilos of firewood and three kilos of dried manure or coal. For example, just to boil five to seven liters of water requires about three to five kilos of bush. A solar kitchen can greatly reduce the consumption of firewood and other fuels, even if you use it only once a day." Read more...
Solar cooking workshop 3, C.V. Raman College, 3-30-15

"Solar Cooking for a Healthy & Better Life" at the Bhubaneswar Club in Odisha, India March 2015 - C.V. Raman College

  • Solar cookers for Women's Day in India - To recognize Women's Day on March 8th, Sanjib Rout, Chairman of the C.V. Raman College of Engineering organized a workshop on "Solar Cooking for a Healthy & Better Life" at the Bhubaneswar Club in Odisha, India. Its purpose was to create awareness among housewives, hoteliers and commercial organizations to adopt solar cooking as an alternative method for cooking.
  • Solvatten reports that their water heating system is currently being used 180,000 people in over 60 countries.
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The Staatliche Realschule students in Bad Tölz, Germany demonstrate the simple assembly of a parabolic solar cooker.

  • German group produces parabolic assembly video - The Comenius Multilateral Project 2012-2014 is a collective effort between seven secondary schools located across Europe, with the objective to show respect for the earth, and to change people's perception of how alternative energy can now be easily incorporated into our daily lives. The Staatliche Realschule in Bad Tölz, Germany, has put together a video showing the assembly of a parabolic solar cooker using simple tools.
Hot Pot featured at the GACC launch of EE handbook, 3-16-15

The HotPot solar cooker featured at the GACC launch of their "Empowered Entrepreneur Handbook" event. - Julie Greene

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Friends of the Old (FOTO) staff members bind the edges of new CooKits to make them more durable in Katito, Lower Nyakach, Kenya. - C. Cross

  • New CooKits being made more durable in Kenya - Friends of the Old (FOTO) staff members bind the edges of new CooKits to make them more durable in Katito, Lower Nyakach, Kenya
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Solar Clutch corrugated sheet metal solar panel cooker - Solar Clutch

  • Innovative cooking and sheet metal solar cookers - Solar Clutch, under the supervision of Steve Harrigan, explored new ways to adapt local materials to create effective and inexpensive solar panel cookers. Local cooks in Mauritania have developed ways to mimic frying fish with their solar cookers. Several variations of CooKit style cookers were created from locally available and durable water resident cardboard and sheet metal. The material for each of these versions cost less than $5USD. Mauritania has also instituted a ban on local plastic bag production due to the trash waste created. The group then experimented with Sterlite brand food containers for the green house enclosure with great success. The box material is clear polypropylene, food grade and is the same material as the autoclave bag material. Read more...

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April 2015

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  • March 2012:
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Professor Ajay Chandak demonstrates some of his renewable and sustainable designs for a gasifier stove, institutional solar parabolic cookers and biodigesters.

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015: (Kalamath Falls) A free program, “How to Build and Use a Solar Oven,” will be led by Brittany Johansen at 10:30 a.m. in the Klamath County Library, located at 126 S. 3rd St. She will explain the science behind passive solar heating and how to use and build a solar oven.
  • Amazon Smile donation program - Consider signing up for http://smile.amazon.com, and choose Solar Cookers International as your charity of choice. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.
  • EVENT: Saturday, April 11, 2015: (Sierra Vista) The Sierra Vista Community Market will celebrate Earth Day with an Earth Day trivia quiz, kid's activities, and a solar cooking demonstration in Veterans’ Memorial Park. More information...
  • EVENT: Saturday, April 11, 2015: (Tucson) Join Citizens for Solar for the 33rd Solar Potluck and Exhibition happening at Catalina State Park. Experience the flavors of solar-cooked food and explore solar appliances, exhibitions (ovens, fountains, coolers, lights, electrical systems), and solar arts. The event is co-sponsored by Arizona State Parks. The event runs 10:00 a.m. - Sunset. More information...
  • EVENT: Saturday, August 8, 2015: (San Diego) Jim La Joie, designer of the All Season Solar Cooker, will present a 2 p.m. free class about solar cooking at the City Farmers Nursery located at 4832 Home Ave. He will cover the different types of solar cookers available and cooking techniques. When registering for the class you are offered a reduced price on an All Season's Solar Cooker. Sign up for this option prior to the class. More information...
  • August 2011:
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KOMO4 News Solar in Seattle

Tom and solar cooking expert Linda Stein show anchor Mary Nam how to cook, take a hot camping shower, provide all the electricity for your home, and brighten up a room -- all with the sun!

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