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Welcome to the '''Solar Cookers International Network''' (SCInet). [[Introduction to solar cooking|Learn]] to solar cook, [[:Category:Solar cooker plans|build]] your own solar cooker, or research where to [[:Category:Manufacturers and vendors|buy]] a cooker. The hundreds of different [[:Category:Solar cooker designs|solar cooker designs]] all concentrate or accumulate solar energy to [[Guidelines and cooking tips|cook food]] and make [[Water pasteurization|water]] safe to drink. [[:Category:Solar Cookers International Network members|SCInet partners]] worldwide [[SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014|collaborate]] to improve and [[Promoting solar cooking|spread]] this technology for the positive impact it can have on [[Household air pollution|human health]] and [[Deforestation|environmental degradation]].
   
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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 [[:Category:Countries|country]].
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The [[Solar Cookers World Network]] is an alliance of nearly 500 [[:Category:NGOs|non-governmental organizations]] (NGOs), [[:Category:Manufacturers and vendors|manufacturers]], and [[:Category:Individuals|individuals]] actively promoting solar cooking [[Countries|around the world]]. This wiki-based site allows Network participants to share information and collaborate on projects and research. Solar cooking is increasingly seen as a valuable component in [[Integrated Cooking Method|strategies to reduce deforestation]] and [[Indoor air pollution|respiratory disease]] resulting from cooking with [[fuelwood]]. If you are a solar cooking promotor, designer, or manufacturer, and you would like to be '''included in the Network''', fill out this [http://solarcooking.org/join/joinSCWNet.htm online form].
 
   
This site provides an [[introduction to solar cooking]] along with dozens of simple [[construction plans]]. Information is also provided about where to [[buy a solar cooker]] in your area. [[NGOs]] or [[individuals]] wanting to promote solar cooking will find a [[Promoting solar cooking|compendium of information and resources]] to help with their projects. Visit individual [[countries|country pages]] to explore solar cooking activities and connect with others working on solar cooking projects there. Check the [[Calendar of events]] for activities in your area.
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NGOs and individuals actively promoting solar cooking, as well as designers, researchers, manufacturers, and vendors, are invited to '''[http://solarcookers.org/network/about-scinet/scinet/ join SCInet]'''. Work with us to increase solar cooking around the world. Thank you to the [http://aguafund.org/ Agua Fund] for providing vital financial support. For more information, contact [mailto:info@solarcookers.org info@solarcookers.org].
   
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*'''Global conservation organization adopts solar cooking resolution sponsored by Solar Household Energy''' - The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has embraced a strong resolution sponsored by [[Solar Household Energy]] calling for increased support for solar cooking efforts worldwide. The measure was adopted in September at IUCN’s quadrennial World Conservation Congress in Jeju, [[South Korea]]. The organization recognized the health hazards of cooking over biomass fires, and the availability of current solar cooking technologies. Efforts continue to develop solar cookers that offer increased efficiency, are cost-effective to produce and distribute, and are sturdy enough to withstand extended use. [http://www.she-inc.org/art.php?id=149 Read more...]
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[[File:Great_picture_of_oven_activity.jpeg|thumb|300px|Students set a world record baking cookies with solar ovens to raise funds for solar cooking efforts in [[Haiti]].]]
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*'''Students set a world record and bring awareness to the benefits of solar cooking''' - Students, parents, faculty, staff and friends gathered at Miami Country Day School located in Miami, {{state|Florida}}, [[USA]] on Friday, April 20, 2012 and set the Guinness Book of World Records™ for “The Most Cookies Baked in One Hour Using Solar Ovens”. Trays of unbaked cookies were placed in 40 smaller solar ovens, as well as, two [[Villager]] solar ovens. After the cookies were baked and 1225 counted....a World Record was set! The event raised over $18,000 USD, which was used to send the 40 solar ovens and a Villager oven to [[Haiti]]. The cookies baked in the event were donated to Feeding South Florida. The event was lead by [[Matthew Cohen]], a high school junior who has been actively involved in the solar oven movement for the past nine years. Cohen launched the website [http://powerfromthesun.us/ Power from the Sun] to educate people worldwide on the benefits of solar cooking and help raise money to send solar ovens to needy families in Haiti. Cohen’s latest project is aptly named “The Life Of The Traveling Solar Oven” and encourages students, parents, teachers, and local businesses to sponsor a solar oven. Participants are asked to use the solar oven, document their experience with video or photos and share it on their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/PowerFromTheSun. The event will conclude on Earth Day 2013.
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==March 2015==
   
==September 2012==
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*'''Show your solar cooker design to the Untied 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. [https://www.ungm.org/Public/Notice/33124 Read more...]
[[File:Solvatten.jpg|thumb|150px|[[Solvatten]] water pasteurization system]]
 
*'''Swedish and Lutheran organizations sponsor water pasteurization efforts in Kenya''' - The Swedish Church and the aid agency Lutheran World Federation (LWF) are launching [[Solvatten]] in [[Kakuma Refugee Camp]] in [[Kenya]]. The goal of the project is to reduce environmental degradation by enabling people to use alternative sources of energy in the camp and in the host community that surrounds it. 

Supply of fire wood has been a problem in Kakuma region since the camp was set up in 1992 but it has escalated in the past two years, despite that the refugees are not allowed to harvest firewood directly from the bushes. This is attributed to the continuous massive influx of people into the camp leading to the environmental degradation through the harvesting of sticks from the available vegetation for firewood. Firewood has become very expensive and the UNHCR struggles to purchase and supply fuel to the growing population of refugees in the camp. The Solvatten is a solar [[water pasteurization]] device.
 
   
==August 2012==
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[[File:Refugee_drawing1.jpg|right|300px|thumb|[http://1-louise-meyer.artistwebsites.com/index.html Solar cooker drawings by refugees]]]
[[File:Farchana_Refugee_Camp_August_2012.jpg|thumb|191px|Refugee volunteers build solar cookers as part of the [[CORD]] project at the [[Farchana Refugee Camp]].]]
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*'''Solar cooker drawings by refugee users now available online''' - [http://1-louise-meyer.artistwebsites.com/index.html View drawings...]
*'''Solar cooker project in Chad is in full swing''' - In the [[Farchana Refugee Camp]], a team of ten volunteers, refugees themselves, are putting together 2350 cookers! The cookers help prevent conflict between the Sudanese population in the camps and the local Chadian community, who are both competing for scarce firewood. Women, who traditionally collect wood to cook with, face violence outside the camps. The solar cookers need only the sun to cook food, one thing Chad has in abundance! [http://www.cord.org.uk/the-latest/latest-news/cord-latest/12-in-news-from-chad/562-solar-cooker-assembly.html Read more...]
 
   
[[File:GUST Project - Solar Serve - Danang (Vietnam)|right|350px]]
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*'''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 [http://catalog.cleancookstoves.org/#/stoves catalog] You can apply to have your solar cooker added. [http://catalog.cleancookstoves.org/content/stoves/new Read more...]
*'''New video shows Vietnam Solar Serve's extensive solar cooking projects''' - A team of three French students came to visit [[Vietnam Solar Serve]]'s center. They had organized Global Universities Social Trip (GUST), a project that aims to raise students' awareness of social entrepreneurship in Asia. For six months they met many social entrepreneurs throughout Asia who worked on problems such as energy, communication, waste, [[water]], and housing. They created videos that presented the entrepreneurs' projects, the social issues they wanted to solve, and the challenges they had to overcome. Click the image on the right to see a video that they made on their visit to our Solar Serve Center in Danang. For more information on the Gust Project, visit the: http://www.gustproject.com or visit their [http://www.vimeo.com/gustproject Vimeo Channel].
 
*'''Dissertation posted:''' [[Media:Identifying_the_Barriers_to_the_Deployment_of_Solar_Cookers_in_the_Energy-Poor_Households_of_Sub-Saharan_Africa.pdf|Identifying the barriers to the deployment of solar cookers in the energy-poor households of sub-Saharan Africa]] - ''Sarah Cochetel''
 
*'''New video from [[Cord]] showing their solar cooking project in refugee camps in Chad'''
 
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*'''New solar cooking organization in India''' - On January 23, 2015 [[Solar Cookers India]] was formed. [[Janak McGilligan|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]].
*'''Dr. Robert Metcalf discusses solar cooking on the Afternoon Edition (Saskatchewan, Canada)''' - [http://www.cbc.ca/video/player.html?clipid=2254960402&position=308475&site=cbc.news.ca listen to the recording]. [[Bob Metcalf|Dr. Metcalf]] is a founding member of [[Solar Cookers International]].
 
   
==June 2012==
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[[Image:Janak_McGilligan.jpg|150px|thumb| [[Janak McGilligan|Dr. Janak Palta McGilligan]]]]
*'''Solar cooking heads to The Discovery Center''' - [[Central Valley Solar Cookers]], founded by [[Carl Peters]], is one of the most successful solar cooking clubs in the [[USA]]. Located in Fresno, {{State|California}}, the group now has 111 members. They recently had their First Annual Solar Cooking Festival, which was a huge success. They now have enough money to buy materials to build a solar cooker for use at [http://www.thediscoverycenter.net/4901/35918.html The Discovery Center], a free non-profit science education facility. The park is fully self-funded and situated on six acres. Carl thinks a [[solar panel cooker|panel]] type cooker would be the safest type. It would be a nice addition to ultimately see solar cookers in our parks instead of only charcoal and wood burning BBQs.
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*'''SCInet member wins national award''' - [[Janak McGilligan|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 [[parabolic solar cooker|solar parabolic cooking]] for [[institutional solar cooking]].
   
*'''New video:''' The need for a more durable solar cooker for desert refugee camps
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*'''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. [http://www.fbbva.es/TLFU/tlfu/ing/microsites/premios/fronteras/presentacion/index.jsp Read more...]
::[[File:A more Durable Solar Cooker for Desert Refugee Camps.m4v|none|400px|]]
 
   
* '''Solar Cookers World Network Facebook group reaches 600 members''' - [http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16213904406 Join the discussion].
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==February 2015==
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*{{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:
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** [[Michael Götz|Dr. Michael Götz]] of [[Cocina Solar México]]
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** [[Wolfgang Scheffler|Dr. Wolfgang Scheffler]] of [[Simply Solar]]
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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). [http://www.ises.org/index.php?id=269 More info and registration...]
   
*'''Solar Cooking Hits the Mainstream''' - ''StarTides'' ([http://star-tides.net/node/2761 Read more...])
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*'''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. [http://www.seed.uno/awards/about.html Read more...]
 
==May 2012==
 
*'''Pat McArdle describes the top ten solar cooking projects''' - [[Media:Ten most significant solar cooking projects-McArdle-2012.pdf|Read the document]].
 
 
[[File:16-brick_rocket_stove_Mexico_2012.jpg|thumb|Sixteen-brick [[Rocket Stove]]]]
 
*'''Students flood southern Mexico integrated cooking class - '''Volunteers from the [[Rotary Club of Fresno]], California, led by [[Wilfred and Marie Pimentel]], teamed up with the Rotary Club of Tapachula Centenario, [[Mexico]], to host a five-day [[Integrated Cooking Method|integrated cooking]] workshop in Tapachula. This is the tenth grant project completed in Mexico by the Rotary Club of Fresno. Although only twenty students were expected to attend, ninety-one arrived on opening day to participate—a clear indication of the desperate need for affordable fuel-saving cooking devices in this region. Local instructors and expert solar cooks from Torreon and Oaxaca led the workshop. Participants learned to build three types of [[rocket stoves]]: mud and chopped grass, five gallon tin can, and sixteen brick, which were used to make tortillas. Students cut out cardboard sheets and glued them to pieces of aluminum foil to make solar panel [[CooKit]]s. A variety of meat, vegetable and egg dishes were prepared with the CooKits along with desserts like pineapple upside down cake. Students also learned how to use [[WAPI]]’s to [[pasteurize water]] with a CooKit. Finally, the instructors showed their ninety-one students how easy it is to make a [[retained heat cooker]] with a pillowcases and crumpled newspaper stuffed into a woven basket. [[Media:Tapachula Centenario - Fresno Rotary 2012.pdf|Read more...]]
 
 
*'''Deutsche Welle covers the work of [[ADES]] in [[Madagascar]]'''
 
:[[File:Solar Cookers - Saving Madagascar's Forests Global 3000|thumb|400px|none|thumb|Deutsche Welle covers the work of [[ADES]] in [[Madagascar]]]]
 
 
==April 2012==
 
* '''Solar Cookers World Network Facebook group reaches 500 members''' - [http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16213904406 Join the discussion].
 
 
[[File:Making Solar Cookers and more in Vietnam (Danang) .wmv|260px|right]]
 
*'''Alternative energy organization in Vietnam enthusiastically promotes solar cooking''' - [[Vietnam Solar Serve]] has provided a recent video tour of their production facility in Da Nang, [[Vietnam]]. The resourceful group has been adapting solar cooker designs from other countries and developing their own solar energy products since 2000. Looking at the larger alternative energy picture, they also promote photovoltaic panels made in Vietnam and are working on designs for water and wind power turbines. They manufacture a variety of [[parabolic solar cooker|parabolic]] and [[Solar box cookers|box]] solar cookers.
 
 
==March 2012==
 
[[File:Golden_Temple,_Punjab,_India_3-19-12.jpg|250px|thumb|Golden Temple, Punjab, [[India]]]]
 
*'''Solar cooking set to help preserve the Golden Temple in Punjab, India''' - To save the Golden Temple from the ill effects of pollution, the [http://www.peda.gov.in/eng/index.html Punjab Energy Development Agency] (PEDA) is developing a plan to prepare a daily meal of Langar dal with the help of a [[Scheffler Community Kitchen|solar steam cooking system]]. PEDA is the governmental agency promoting renewable energy within {{state|Punjab}}, [[India]]. To prepare Langar dal for 50,000 to 60,000 devotees daily at the Golden Temple requires one ton (909 kg) of dal to be cooked. A recent study has shown cooking dal with the help of steam will save at least 25 LPG cylinders per day and also reduce the effects of air pollution on the Golden Temple. PEDA chairman Manjeet Singh said that PEDA would bear the entire project cost.
 
 
*'''China and India lead the world in large scale solar cooking projects''' - [[Dar Curtis]] of [[Solar Household Energy]] recently researched where large scale solar cooking projects are happening around the world. The projects in African [[refugee camps]] are fairly well known, but institutional projects and the high-use of solar cookers is happening primarily in Asia. The [[Clean Development Mechanism]] (CDM) has registered eight solar cooker projects in [[China]] since 2009. A total of 207,000 [[parabolic solar cooker]]s have been distributed, serving 848,000 people. In [[India]], CDM registered a Gold Standard project in 2006. The [[Gadhia Solar]] company has created [[Institutional solar cooking|institutional kitchens]] with arrays of large [[Parabolic solar reflectors|parabolic solar concentrators]] to generate steam. Such an installation at Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, can produce meals for 38,500 pilgrims per day. Read more from his well-documented report. [[Media:Solar_In_Asia_Curtis_2012.pdf|Some Big Solar Cooking Projects in Asia, December 2011]]
 
 
 
[[Image:Solar_Oven_Partners_March_2008_2.jpg|thumb|200px|Five {{state|South Dakota}} State University football players volunteered to help [[Haiti Solar Oven Partners]] load a container with 1000 unassembled solar box cookers destined for Haiti.]]
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*'''South Dakota, USA nonprofit has delivered thousands of solar cookers to Haiti''' - [[Haiti Solar Oven Partners]] passed a milestone this spring by delivering another 1000 solar cookers as part of the relief effort resulting from the 2010 earthquake. This brings the total number of cookers they have taken to [[Haiti]] to over 5000. They had begun having solar cooking workshops in the country before the earthquake and have since stepped up their efforts. Currently, they are conducting an evaluation of their Haiti projects.
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**[[Pat Browne]], a solar cooking promoter in {{state|California}}, [[USA]]
*'''Global conservation gathering is approached with the solar cooking option''' - The [http://www.iucnworldconservationcongress.org IUCN World Conservation Congress] is the world’s largest conservation event. Held every four years, the Congress aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development. It will take place from September 6-15, 2012 in Jeju, [[South Korea|Republic of Korea]]. Leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and social organizations will discuss, debate and decide solutions for the world’s most pressing environment and development issues. The upcoming Congress has been approached by [[Solar Household Energy]] to present the case for solar cooking. Read more of their [http://portals.iucn.org/2012forum/?q=0494 proposal].
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**[[ATP GreenTech Pvt Ltd]], a leading supplier of solar cookers and sustainable living promoter in {{state|Delhi}}, [[India]] along with their CEO [[Charanjit Khurana]]
*'''Solar Cooker Review''' - The March 2012 issue is now [http://solarcooking.org/newsletters/scr_pdfs/scr_feb12.pdf available online].
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**The [[SELCO Foundation]], a sustainable lifestyle foundation in [[India]]
*'''Spanish cooperative finds common ground promoting solar cooking''' - [[Sol Solidari]] was formed in 2008 by environmental and sanitation practitioners in [[Spain]] wanting to combine their expertise to help primarily rural countries in Africa. Most of their activity has centered on the promotion of solar cooking. Whenever is possible, the cookers are locally manufactured, and workshops on their use are carried out with the help of local leaders. Initially the cookers are distributed for free to create better exposure among the villagers. In the second phase, the solar cookers are sold, but mostly subsidized by Sol Solidari. Until now, the projects have taken place in [[Ethiopia]] and [[Mali]], but future plans include [[Cameroon]] and [[South Africa]].
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**[[Atul Sagade]] a solar cooking promoter in {{state|Maharashtra}}, [[India]]
[[File:Sol Solidari panaramic workshop, 2-25-12.jpg|650px|thumb|center|[[Sol Solidari]] solar cooking workshop]]
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**[[Garden of God Naturestead]], promoting solar cooking in Lagos, [[Nigeria]]
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**[[Sun Frost]], makers of the [[Sun Frost Cooker-Sterilizer]]
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**[[Friends of Solar Cooking Arizona, USA]], organized by [[Berta Nelson]]
   
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[[File:Sun2Cook_3,_1-25-12.jpg|thumb|225px|The [[Sun2Cook]] solar panel cooker]]
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*'''Missed the SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014?''' - [[SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014#On-demand video presentations|Watch all of the presentation videos on demand...]]''' '''
*'''The Sun2Cook is a simple solar panel cooker''' - The [[Sun2Cook]], was designed by [[Heinz-Joachim Muller|Heinz-Joachim (Jo) Muller]]. The [[solar panel cooker]] takes shape from a single rectangular sheet of polypropylene sheet (core flute). With a few cuts and simple folds it is ready to cook. The steep back of the cooker makes it a good choice to take advantage of morning and late-day sunshine.
 
   
*[[Patricia McArdle]] attended a workshop dealing with the construction and proper alignment techniques for [[Scheffler Community Kitchen]]s in Dhule, India: [[Media:Solar Cooking Workshop Dhule 2012 .pdf|Read her report]].
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*'''Celebrity chef José Andrés wants to cook cleaner this year''' - Writing in National Geographic, [[José Andrés]] discusses his New Year's Resolutions which include the goal to "cook cleaner"! [http://theplate.nationalgeographic.com/2015/01/28/jose-andres-my-new-years-resolutions/ Read article...]
   
[[File:GAM_6991.jpg|thumb|225px|The [[All Season Solar Cooker]] captures the first morning sun.]]
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[[File:Solar_Cooking_in_the_Sahel_map,_1-19-15.png|thumb|Solar Cooking in the Sahel - ''NOWCAST''|300px]]
*'''The versatile All Seasons Solar Cooker cooks year-round '''- The [[All Season Solar Cooker]] is featured this month as a [[Solar panel cookers|solar panel cooker]] whose key feature is its adjustable, coordinated reflector array. The advantage of the ASSC is that it can efficiently capture the earliest morning sun, to begin cooking far earlier, and later, in the day than most other designs. The cooking pot maintains a level position regardless of cooker orientation. It also folds into a flat package that is easy to transport and ship. Visit the cooker article for plans that can be downloaded for free from designer [[Jim La Joie]]. SCI tests showed that bread could be baked easily in Seattle (47° N latitude) on February 3rd.
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*'''Available sunshine in the Sahel region of Africa documented''' - Authors, Beth Newton, Sophie Cowie, [[Derk Rijks]], Jamie Banks, Helen Brindley, and John h. Marsham have published a well-documented analysis of the potential sunshine available for solar cooking in the Sahel region, particularly in northern [[Chad]] where a number of Sudanese [[refugee camps]] are located. [[TchadSolaire]] has been training both refugees and the indigenous population to solar cook in the region since 2005. Even along river population centers where clouds tend to form, solar cooking is possible for over 330 days a year. Read more: [[Media:Solar_Cooking_in_the_Sahel,_NowCast,_1-19-15.pdf|Solar Cooking in the Sahel]] - ''NOWCAST''
   
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*[[File:Keshav Srushti 1.png|thumb|right|350px|Thousands of students gather in Mumbai, India for a record-breaking solar cooking event.]]'''15,000 students in Mumbai solar cook and set world-record''' - In an event organized by [[Keshav Srushti]], 15,000 students from 80 schools in Mumbai, [[India]] set a new world record for the largest-ever solar cooking gathering. Each student was given a solar cooker and taught how to assemble and use it as part of a national campaign to spread awareness of the importance of solar technology. C Vidyasagar Rao, governor of {{State|Maharashtra}} and Ashish Shelar, minister of state, Power, Coal & New Renewable Energy, attended the record-setting gathering. Read more at: [http://www.iamin.in/en/mumbai-north-west/news/over-15000-students-create-new-world-record-solar-cooking-50453 Over 15,000 students create a new world-record in solar cooking]
[[File:K14_totalb.jpg|thumb|200px|[[AlSol 1.4]] parabolic solar cooker donated by [[ACCESO]].]]
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[[File:R20-bakery-March-2014.jpg|175px|thumb|[http://regions20.org/about/news/121-invitation-to-tender-for-solar-ovens-under-the-framework-of-our-solar-bakery-project-in-burundi Regions 20] inagurates the new [[solar bakery]] project in Burundi.]]
*'''Spanish solar cooking promoter offers to donate cookers to other groups''' - [[ACCESO]] director, [[René Bijloo]], has made the generous offer to donate up to thirty [[AlSol 1.4]] [[parabolic solar cooker]]s to any non-profit humanitarian project providing solar energy options for rural areas around the world. Contact [[René Bijloo]] with detailed information about your program.
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*'''The solar bakery project in Burundi is up and running!''' - Each solar oven for the new [[bakery]] in Gitega, [[Burundi]], is capable of baking hundreds of loaves of bread each day. The ovens will allow the users to save over 150 tons of [[firewood]] each year, which results in the reduction of around 277 tons of [[Greenhouse effect|greenhouse gas emissions]] annually. The project creates a new economic opportunity for the local bakers, now in a smoke-free setting. Read more at: [http://regions20.org/about/news/154-r20-and-local-partner-cirid-host-inauguration-ceremony-of-solar-bakery-project-in-gitega-burundi R20 and local partner, CIRID, host inauguration ceremony of solar bakery project in Gitega, Burundi]
   
*'''Private equity firm invests over $11 million USD in Gadhia Solar''' - Private equity firm Zephyr Peacock has reportedly invested $11,000,000 USD in Mumbai-based [[Gadhia Solar]] in [[India]].. The solar energy company provides energy solutions by using parabolic concentrated technology and has implemented some of the world’s largest solar thermal systems during the past two decades. [http://www.vccircle.com/500/news/zephyr-peacock-invests-up-to-rs-50cr-in-gadhia-solar Read more...]
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*'''Jewish World Watch provides substantial grant for the Farchana Refugee Camp''' - [[Jewish World Watch]] has provided a grant of $200,000 USD to the UK NGO [[Cord]] to provide [[CooKit]]s to refugees at the [[Farchana Refugee Camp]] in [[Chad]]. This new project brings the number of [[refugee camps]] where solar cooking projects are underway to ten. [http://goo.gl/p5g14 Read more...]
 
 
[[File:Copenhagen_Solar_Cooker_Light,_Teong_Tan_variation.jpg|thumb|225px|[[Teong Tan]] variation of the [[Copenhagen Solar Cooker Light]]]]
 
*'''Featured solar panel cooker receives attention, and a suggestion''' - The [[Copenhagen Solar Cooker Light]] was featured here this past November, and [[Teong Tan]], an active participant in the Network, has suggested an alternate plate base design, which will shorten the assembly time and not require any bolts. His design for the base uses two sandwiched pieces of cardboard sewn together, creating sleeves for the reflector corners to slip into. [http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120103160123/solarcooking/images/7/78/Copenhagen_Solar_Cooker_Light_-_Alternate_Base.pdf Alternate Base Plate for the Copenhagen Solar Cooker Light]
 
 
*'''Indian Government budgets six hundred million dollars for solar cooking!''' - [[Ajay Chandak]] of [[Prince India]] reports that in the Indian government's latest five year plan, 30 billion INR (approx. $600 million USD) is budgeted for solar cooking in 500,000 schools across [[India]]. This will not only help in saving the environment, but it will expose millions of school children to solar cooking and build the confidence that these systems work. For more information on solar cooking in India, {{See|India}}.
 
 
==December 2011==
 
[[File:IMG_2656.jpg|thumb|256px|[[SolarCooker Eco3]] solar cookers are distributed in [[Senegal]]]]
 
*'''Solar Cooking NV and Sol Suffit ship 630 solar cookers to Senegal''' - The project is a joint venture between [[Solar Cooking NV]] in the [[Netherlands]], and [[Sol Suffit]], a long time promoter of solar cooking in [[Senegal]]. The [[SolarCooker Eco3]] cookers will be introduced in Dakar and in eight villages next to Djoudj National Park. Local volunteers participated in workshops, and will be training others in the surrounding villages. Trainees were also made familiar with the method of [[Heat-retention cooking|heat retention cooking]]. They found it quite easy to make good quality hay baskets with inexpensive baskets(locally made) and empty rice bags filled with dry hay.
 
[[File:Sun-Funnel_photo,_12-11.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Sun-Funnel]] panel cooker]]
 
*'''A simple panel cooker makes advances in design''' - The [[Sun-Funnel]] cooker, designed by [[Teong Tan]], is similar to the [[Fun-Panel]] cooker, but with a different panel fold. The intent is to have a panel cooker that will be strong enough to support a cooking pot when the cooker is tipped back for better orientation to the sun. It also uses a stick placed through the cooker base to allow the pot to remain level while cooking.
 
 
==November 2011==
 
[[File:Copenhagen_Solar_Cooker_variations_11-11.jpg_.jpg|thumb|250px|Variations in ways to configure the [[Copenhagen Solar Cooker Light]].]]
 
[[File:Copenhagen_Solar_Cooker_Light_018.jpg|thumb|250px|The [[Copenhagen Solar Cooker Light]] prior to final assembly.]]
 
*'''Small, compact, and inexpensive solar panel cooker''' - The [[Copenhagen Solar Cooker Light]] is featured as an example of a nicely conceived [[solar panel cooker]]. It is flexible in it's design, as well as in the number of ways it can be configured. The components include a flat base plate, which flexible reflective panels are bolted to. Then using simple clamps, the cooker can be configured with a low open front and high back, or with more vertical sides for cooking when the sun is directly overhead. The designer, [[Sharon Clausson]], states that the curved shape of the cooker is more stable than typical panel cookers in windy conditions.
 
*'''Patent landscape report on solar cooking''' - The World Intellectual Property Organization commissioned an extensive report on the state of solar cooking, prepared by Scope e-Knowledge Center Private Limited based in [[India]]. The report validates the viability of solar cooking, a technology well-suited for a growing portion of the world's population. It also provides a number of examples of various designs that have applied for patents. [http://www.wipo.int/export/sites/www/patentscope/en/programs/patent_landscapes/reports/documents/final_solar_cooking_scope_website_version.pdf Read the report].
 
 
*'''Celebrity chef [[José Andrés]] makes an impassioned plea for improved cookstoves and solar cookers to benefit the world's poor.'''
 
 
:[[Video:TEDxWashingtonCircle - José Andrés - FOOD & COMMUNICATION Recipes for Development|none|400px]]
 
 
==October 2011==
 
 
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*'''TED Talks on solar cooking''' - [[Louise Meyer]] was joined by [[José Andrés]] and Marcela Valladolid for a TEDx WashingtonCircle presentation titled '''Food & Communication: Recipes for Development'''. Louise Meyer is a founding director of [[Solar Household Energy]], and a tireless and inspirational advocate of solar cooking technology. She has taught solar cooking in the [[refugee camps]] of East Africa and in villages from [[Zimbabwe]] to [[Mexico]]. José Andrés is an award-winning chef and restauranteur, who has made a substantial commitment of his time and resources to provide access to solar cooking in [[Haiti]]. The event was open to the public, and took place at the International Food Policy Research institute. You can watch the [http://tedxwashingtoncircle.com/tedxwashingtoncircle/2011-speaker-videos/ on-demand broadcast here].
 
 
[[Image:Bolivia-Inti_blue_box_cookers_cropped.jpg|thumb|200px|[[Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil]] solar cooker construction workshop]]
 
*''' Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil reports a decade of success''' - [[Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil]] reports they have distributed more than 20,000 ecological appliances since 2000. From these 20,000, 14,000 have been solar cookers, mainly distributed in the South American countries of [[Peru]], [[Bolivia]], [[Chile]], and [[Argentina]]. Additionally, 5,000 [[Rocket Stove]]s were distributed in the African countries of [[Benin]], [[Chad]], and [[Guinea]], as well as to the South American countries. Besides solar cookers and stoves, they have also provided [[Heat-retention cooking|fireless cookers]], [[Solar food drying|solar food dryers]] and solar showers. On November 5, 2011, the organization is sponsoring a national conference addressing deforestation in Africa to be held in their hometown of Nantes, [[France]]. [http://www.boliviainti-sudsoleil.org Registration and program information.]
 
 
* '''Solar Cookers World Network Facebook group reaches 400 members''' - [http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16213904406 Join the discussion].
 
 
[[File:Solvatten.jpg|thumb|149px|[[Solvatten]] water pasteurization system]]
 
*'''Water pasteurization system changes community health in Kenyan village''' - [[Solvatten]] is a compact, portable solar [[water pasteurization]] appliance about the size of a small suitcase. A recent follow-up study of new users in the Bungoma district in western [[Kenya]] showed a marked improvement in family health and student attendance. Before Solvatten use, 67% of the children in the families had irregular attendance at school as a result of being sick, often with waterborne diseases. After purchasing Solvatten the overall attendance of children at school has increased by an average of 87 percent, as stated by the parents. Before using the system the typical family had someone ill three to four times per month, and that has changed to only .03 times per month. Since waterborne diseases have all but disappeared, people are saving money on medicines and medical services.
 
 
*The [http://solarcooking.org/newsletters/scr_pdfs/scr_oct11.pdf October 2011 issue] of [[Solar Cooker Review]] is now available online. You can also [http://www.solarcookers.org/green subscribe] to receive this newsletter electronically.
 
 
*[[Media:The Case for Solar Thermal Cooking.pdf|The Case for Solar Thermal Cooking: Free Fuel—Zero Emissions]] - ''[[Patricia McArdle]]''
 
 
 
 
 
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March 2015Edit

  • Show your solar cooker design to the Untied 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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  • 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 2015Edit

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  • 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...

January 2015Edit

  • Celebrity chef José Andrés wants to cook cleaner this year - Writing in National Geographic, José Andrés discusses his New Year's Resolutions which include the goal to "cook cleaner"! Read article...
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Solar Cooking in the Sahel - NOWCAST

  • Available sunshine in the Sahel region of Africa documented - Authors, Beth Newton, Sophie Cowie, Derk Rijks, Jamie Banks, Helen Brindley, and John h. Marsham have published a well-documented analysis of the potential sunshine available for solar cooking in the Sahel region, particularly in northern Chad where a number of Sudanese refugee camps are located. TchadSolaire has been training both refugees and the indigenous population to solar cook in the region since 2005. Even along river population centers where clouds tend to form, solar cooking is possible for over 330 days a year. Read more: Solar Cooking in the Sahel - NOWCAST
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    Thousands of students gather in Mumbai, India for a record-breaking solar cooking event.

    15,000 students in Mumbai solar cook and set world-record - In an event organized by Keshav Srushti, 15,000 students from 80 schools in Mumbai, India set a new world record for the largest-ever solar cooking gathering. Each student was given a solar cooker and taught how to assemble and use it as part of a national campaign to spread awareness of the importance of solar technology. C Vidyasagar Rao, governor of Maharashtra and Ashish Shelar, minister of state, Power, Coal & New Renewable Energy, attended the record-setting gathering. Read more at: Over 15,000 students create a new world-record in solar cooking
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Regions 20 inagurates the new solar bakery project in Burundi.

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