Last updated: 29 November 2017
Photovoltaic cooking offers another approach to harvesting the sun to cook food. Instead of using the sun's direct radiation to cook, these systems use solar cells to create electricity that is used to power an electric stove. With the availability of a battery, the cooker would be able to be used after sunset. Photovoltaic cells are also used to power fans to increase the efficiency of Improved combustion stoves.
There is a concern though that the production of the solar cells uses a great deal of energy itself. The cells may have to create power for up to 37 months just to balance the amount of energy used in their manufacture.
- November 2017: Compact photovoltaic 12v induction cooker prototype - Puttaraj & Ashok Kundapur
- January 2017: All Time Operating Solar Cookers for Indoor and Outdoor Cooking - Smita B. Joshi and A. R. Jani
Articles in the media
- November 2017: Green Energy Research Centre, IUB update - The Daily Star (Combined with photovoltaic farming innovations, GERC mentions developing their photovoltaic powered cooker to meet the needs of a family for regular cooking purposes.)
- November 2015: Benin tackles climate change with sunshine and coconuts - Pakistan Ki Awaz
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- Electric cooking is convenient and widely adopted globally, while photovoltaic cells are ideal for small-scale electricity generation in many areas. Assuming the continuing decrease in photovoltaic prices, when might we expect PV solar cooking systems to be cost competitive? Should we start designing them?