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- EVENT: Regional Solar Cookers International Conference coming in July - Registration is open to attend SCI’s Regional Convention (North America) event on July 19, 2015 in Sacramento, California – focusing on Regional trends for the solar cooking sector. Be sure to register early. SCI Network Associates and other partners worldwide are invited. Unsolicited requests for travel funding will not be accepted. More information...
- World Health Organization passes resolution on air pollution: The WHO passed a resolution to combat global air pollution. According to the press release, "every year 4.3 million deaths occur from exposure to indoor air pollution and 3.7 million deaths are attributable to outdoor air pollution." The resolution calls for a strong focus on clean cooking technologies among other solutions such as improved monitoring of air pollution conditions and illnesses related to indoor and outdoor air pollution. Read more...
- Solar Cookers International announces two open positions: Development Director and Director of Communications
- Long time solar cooking advocate, CASEP, is recognized by Nature magazine - William Lankford, founder and president of CASEP, and Laura Brown, program coordinator, explain that after many years of coordinating solar cooking projects they have learned to focus their programs more on women's needs rather than the cooking technology. Read more...
- Chef José Andrés discusses the importance of solar and efficient cooking - In an interview with MUNCHIES, Chef José Andrés describes when he first got excited about solar cooking, how solar and efficient cooking technology can help those in developing countries, and what he is doing to promote these technologies around the world. Read more...
- Featured presentation from the SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014:
- The Solar Cooking Solution: Solar Cookers International has produced a new video called The Solar Cooking Solution which explores how solar cooking can help minimize deforestation, improve the health of those who cook indoors with traditional cook stoves, and reduce reliance on non-renewable fuels, specifically in developing countries.
- Nepal Earthquake In response to many inquiries regarding the recent tragic earthquake in Nepal, SCI has published Solar Cookers International’s Work for Disaster Preparedness.
- Featured presentation from the SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014:
- Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil announces the sad passing of its founder, Robert Chiron - Read more - (English version) about professor Chiron's significant contribution to the spread of integrated cooking.
- Featured presentation from the SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014:
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- 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...
- 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...
- Solar cooker drawings by refugee users now available online - View drawings...
- Show your solar cooker to the Global Alliance - The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves maintains a catalog of approved stoves, including ten solar cookers and one heat-retention cooking device. See the catalog You can apply to have your solar cooker added. Read more...
- New solar cooking organization in India - On January 23, 2015 Solar Cookers India was formed. Dr. Janak Palta McGilligan has graciously offered her services as the Honorary Executive Director of this new organization, which will work in close partnership with Solar Cookers International.
- SCInet member wins national award - Dr. Janak Palta McGilligan won the prestigious national Padmashri award for distinguished achievement in social service on January 26, 2015. The Padma Awards is one of the highest civilian awards given in India. As former Director and Founder of the Barli Development Institute for Rural Women, she pioneered solar parabolic cooking for institutional solar cooking.
- 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...
- EVENT: International Solar Energy Society webinar on Solar Food Processing for Income Generation - On March 11, the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) will be hosting a webinar on how solar food processing can be used for income generation. "Expert speakers will show examples of how solar food processing can be a profitable business venture. The panelist speakers will present case studies where individuals and companies use solar cooking techniques to earn their living and have made a successful and professional business." Presenters include:
- 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...
- SCInet welcomes new members this month:
- Pat Browne, a solar cooking promoter in California, USA
- ATP GreenTech Pvt Ltd, a leading supplier of solar cookers and sustainable living promoter in Delhi, India along with their CEO Charanjit Khurana
- The SELCO Foundation, a sustainable lifestyle foundation in India
- Atul Sagade a solar cooking promoter in Maharashtra, India
- Garden of God Naturestead, promoting solar cooking in Lagos, Nigeria
- Sun Frost, makers of the Sun Frost Cooker-Sterilizer
- Friends of Solar Cooking Arizona, USA, organized by Berta Nelson
For older news, please see Solar cooking news archive.
- Solar heated water saves firewood in the Philippines - Inmates at the Davao City Jail in the Philippines, have begun to use solar preheated water for cooking. Not directly solar cooking, but none the less, a type of integrated cooking that is saving firewood. By preheating the water, cooking time is reduced 20 - 30 minutes. The system was provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross. A guard said the facility used to have a truckload of firewood delivered three times a week. Now, it needs only a single delivery every two weeks. Read more...
- New solar cooking for Fiji - Soroptimist International completed the first solar cooking installation in Fiji as part of their "See Solar, Cook Solar" program. The goal of the program is to provide a cleaner and more environmentally friendly cooking solution for women in rural and island locations. Read more...
- Six liters of water brought to a boil with only 350 g of wood - Dieter Seifert writes: Today I have made tests with the Ben 2 and 3 Ben Firewood Stoves. It is almost unbelievable, but the efficiency is always higher than 40% and if one does not heat up too fast (i.e., the power under 1.5 kW is), the result is almost no smoke and approximately 350 g thin wooden sticks can bring 6 liters of water to a boil in 25 minutes. Of course cooking is much more convenient with a large parabolic solar cooker (We have used the AlSol 1.4 for many years.). The Ben ovens are so easy to prepare (2 sheets provided with holes and bending, drilling a ring and three legs and turn, turn 4 bars hairpin-shaped and assemble everything) that the cost in firewood crisis regions would be well below $10 USD. The combination of heat-retention cooking and Fuel-efficient wood stoves with the solar cooker is ideal. The solar cooker can do much more than just cooking. It is a peace-creating technology that is so urgently needed.
- Omani students build solar cooker that feeds 100 people - Times of Oman
- Two solar cooker models now for sale in Niger - The social enterprise Sahara Sahel Foods (SSF) offers two models of solar cookers for sale: the Dierkx box cooker and the BlazingTube. SSF is based in Zinder, Niger.
- 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
- 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 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.
- 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.
- HotPot featured at GACC event - Julie Greene, Executive Director of Solar Cookers International, while attending the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves launch party for their new "Empowered Entrepreneur Handbook", noticed the HotPot solar cooker being featured in a prominent location. Another step forward for solar cooking.
- Water Boiling Test Results Bernhard Müller's Water Boiling Test was conducted in February 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya comparing several types of solar panel cookers. One liter of water was used in each cooker. All the cookers showed they were capable of pasteurizing water and cooking food. Water Boiling Test results - Bernhard Müller
- 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
- 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...
For older news see Older news.
- May 2015: Glenpool students celebrate end of school with solar cook-off - Glenpool World.com
- How a Solar Grill Could Change the World - Yahoo Food
- February 2009:
- Emerging From The Darkness: New Process Aims To Tackle Black Carbon - Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
- India: PRINCE Offers Solar Cooking Workshops for New Entrepreneurs - Global Solar Thermal Energy Council
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- February 2015: Intikallana. Tostador solar de café desarrollado en Perú - EcoInventos (English version)
- March 2012:
- February 15, 2014: SOLAR COOKING IN CHINA: CDM Registered Projects - Trish Sheehan (Solar Household Energy)
- 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.
- Nigeria: NGO Wants Solar Cooker for Nigeria - allAfrica
- 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...
- 2009: Table of all international projects from 1988 to 2009 - (English version) - GloboSol
- 1991: Chancen solarer Kochkisten als angepasste Technologie in Entwicklungsländern (Google Books allows you to search this book, which contains a great deal of information about solar cooking international prior to 1991)
- Added: Mali news archive, Brazil news archive, Chad news archive, China news archive, Costa Rica news archive, Afghanistan news archive, Argentina news archive, Bolivia news archive, Burkina Faso news archive, Uganda news archive, Madagascar news archive, Mexico news archive
- Beyond Firewood: Fuel Alternatives and Protection Strategies for Displaced Women and Girls - Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children
- 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:
- Links to several construction manuals used at various times by the Solar Cooker Project team - Solar Cooker Design Manuals
- April 2015: Added solar cooking link within Women’s NGO Network of Trinidad and Tobago article. Their Network solar cooking page
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