Last updated: 1 May 2014
The Belgian NGO Natuur.koepel is promoting Solar Cooking in the Djoudj National Parc (Senegal) . They work with a brand new system : Solar Cooker ECO 3. The project name is Sol Suffit.
News and recent developments
- January 2013: Improvements to the SolarCooker Eco3 - Significant improvements have been made to the SolarCooker Eco3 over the past six months. The cookpot holder will now carry up to 7 kg. (15.4 lbs.) of weight. The reflector support has been modifeid to allow it to position the reflector for nearly perpendicular sun positions. The cooker is now able to boil six liters of water with a reflecting surface of only 1.25 square meters. Evaluation of the earlier solar cooking project in Senegal has begun. Early impressions appear to reinforce the need for long-term education and the continued local presence of dedicated trainers. A new pilot project has started in another area of Senegal, near St Louis in the "Langue de Barbarie". About 250 solar cookers were to be introduced by the end of 2012 (after the rainy season). A second new solar cooking project is underway in Mauritania with the financial support of the United Nations. Read more at Solar Cooking NV Fall 2012 update
- December 2011: 630 SolarCooker Eco 3 were shipped to Senegal (so even more than originally planned!). In the next months, they will be introduced in Dakar and in 8 villages next to the national park of the Djoudj. Local volunteers participated in work shops to learn technical skills and correct handling of the solarcookers. They will be guide the introducting in the different villages. Cooking demonstrations were also very succesfull. We also made the trainees familiar with the method of retained heat cooking. We found it quite easy to make good quality hay baskets with cheap baskets(locally made) and empty rice bags filled up with dry hay.
- October 2011:SolarCooker Eco3s left our warehouse east of Flanders, Belgium headed to Dakar, Senegal. We will distribute them in the region of Djoudj, located at the border of Mauretania and Senegal, an area protected by Unesco. Day to day life for families living in Djoudj is very hard, due the fact that fuelwood and other fossil fuels are virtually unavailable anymore. Deforestation has turned this region into a scary desert. With the help of Sol Suffit, we try to educate local people to change there behaviour and mentality towards nature. The SolarCookerECO3 will help the local people in Djoudj to prepare food using only the radiation of the sun. In that way the children, daily walking around finding wood to prepare food, are capable to go back to schools.
- September 2011: SolarCooker Eco3 was a great success at the GLEE fair in Birmingham. The SolarCooker Eco3 was introduced recently on the market during the International Glee Fair in Birmingham UK. The stand had a lot of visitors all over the world. Main interest came from Japan, Australia, Africa and som Asian regions. A distribution agreement was already signed with a company based in Ghana. Several proposals are under investigation for USA Florida, Botswana, Australia, Japan and Israel. We believe the SolarCookerEco3 had a great launch on the fair , the expectations for the coming months are great. Pictures of the fair you can find on our website. For more info about our distributor in Ghana follow this link.
- August 2011: The new parabolic SolarCooker Eco3 ("Ecologic,Easy and Economic) is now available on the market. It is sold by a new Belgian company Solar Cooking NV, that supports our project for introducing solar cooking technology in African countries. We are still working on an important pilot project in the north of Senegal (area of the national Bird sanctuary of the Djoudj). We plan to introduce 250 Solar Cookers to local families in November 2011. A reforestation project has also been started in the same villages and another project is under study to introduce fuel-efficient woodstoves. Together with 1Night4dakar, another belgian organisation, a second sample of 100 SolarCookers will be introduced in the capital Dakar and on Ile Gorée to study the acceptance of solar cooking in a urban conditions. Meanwhile, the SolarCooker Eco3 is also undergoing field tests in several countries and we've received some very usefull comments.
- January 2011: Sol Suffit is developing a new parabolic solar cooker called the "SolarCooker Eco3". It will be available for sale beginning 1 May, 2011. Pre-orders are currently being accepted on its website http://www.solarcooking.be/_en/hot/soonforsale.htm. The price is not expected to exceed 200 EUR. Exclusive prices will be made available for development organizations with proven operations in the South willing to introduce the SolarCooker Eco3.
- February 2010: Sol Suffit is working to bring its super-clean and super-simple solar cooker to developing nations, to replace the environmentally-devastating traditional cooking methods that rely on firewood and charcoal. The project started in the Djoudj National Bird Park, a World Heritage site in Senegal. Project leaders Kristina Naeyaert and Herman Nachtergaele said, based on "the response from everyone who gets to know the project, we're very certain it won't stop there.." They are looking for partner organizations to help with their efforts. Read more at: Solar Cookers Taking Hold in Africa: Want to Help?
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