Last updated: 1 May 2014
The SolarCooker Eco3 parabolic solar cooker was designed by Roland de Vicq in 2011. The SolarCooker Eco3 is a shell-shaped (parabolic) surface composed of polished aluminum to reflect the sunlight to the central focal point of the cooker. In the middle is a metal baking tray 20 cm (7.9 in) by 20 cm with a black, heat resistant coated tray for the cooking pot or pan. Precisely because the light comes in from four directions, the temperature in the heart of the solar oven rises quickly to 250 °C (482 °F). From this central cooking area, it is easy to cook, bake, steam, and with plenty of sunshine, you can even grill. Worldwide there are already many ongoing initiatives in renewable energy. Everyday cooking is however a neglected issue until now.
Recent news and 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.
- October 2011: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.
- September 2011: Sol Suffitnths are great. Pictures of the fair you can find on our website. For more info about our distributor in Ghana follow this link.
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