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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].
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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) is 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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** [[Rolf Behringer]] of [[Solare Zukunft]]
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** [[Heike Hoedt]] of [[Solare Brücke]]
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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...]
   
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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*'''India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is inviting comments on its Draft Solar Policy''' - Sunday, March 1, 2015 will be the deadline for comments. The ten-page document, available [http://mnre.gov.in/file-manager/UserFiles/modelsolarpolicy-2015.pdf here], outlines some of the government department’s thinking. “The Nodal Agency shall take necessary action to proliferate its application in feasible sectors including residential (solar water heaters, solar cookers, indoor air heating etc.), commercial & industrial sector (solar cooling, solar air dryers, large scale solar water heaters, large scale solar cooking utilizing solar concentrator technology, process heating etc.).” [http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/mnre-invites-solar-policy-comments_100018091/#axzz3RXpyxFQi Read more...]
   
=='''Solar cooking news from around the world'''==
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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...]
==November 2012==
 
[[File:Scr_nov12.jpg|thumb|border|175px|[http://solarcooking.org/newsletters/scr_pdfs/scr_nov12.pdf Read this issue].]]
 
*'''The latest issue of Solar Cooker Review is now available online''' - [[Solar Cooker Review|Read the issue]].
 
   
* '''TanzSolar wins the Green Africa Award for Business''' - In June of this year the annual [http://www.earthmauritius.org/#!__green-awards Green Africa Award] for Business was awarded to [[TanzSolar]] for championing environmental change in Africa. TanzSolar received the Award for bringing clean, renewable solar energy and electric lighting to villagers in Tanzania. TanzSolar received the Green Business & Environmental Management Award, one of ten categories. “We are thrilled and this is an enormous honor to receive such an award. It’s nice to be recognized for our hard work in solar energy in Africa,” said [[Marianne Walpert]], Founder and Director of TanzSolar.
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[[File:Faustine Odaba 4.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Faustine Odaba, "Mama Solar", teaching solar cooking in Uganda]]
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*'''"Mama Solar" celebrates 20 years of spreading solar cooking in East Africa''' - To mark 20 years of work to disseminate solar cooking in Africa, [[Faustine Odaba]], Director of Natural Resources and Waste Management Alliance ([[NAREWAMA]]), traveled to [[Uganda]] for 10 days to give presentations on solar cookers, [[fireless cooker]]s, and gasifiers. Esther Nattabi of Awamu Biomass Energy, Kampala assisted Faustine with the presentations.
   
*'''South Dakota foundation makes plans to have more solar cookers available in Haiti''' - [[Haiti Solar Oven Project]] board members and partners met the last weekend in October to set goals for 2013. In the next fiscal year, Haiti Solar Oven Partners will provide 2,280 units to families in [[Haiti]] participating in training and ownership of a solar oven.
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*'''SCInet welcomes new members this month:'''
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**[[Pat Browne]], a solar cooking promoter in {{state|California}}, [[USA]]
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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]]
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**The [[SELCO Foundation]], a sustainable lifestyle foundation in [[India]]
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**[[Atul Sagade]] a solar cooking promoter in {{state|Maharashtra}}, [[India]]
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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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==January 2015==
*'''Former SCI board member Pat McArdle is interviewed on Emerald Planet''' - During the interview [[Pat McArdle]] discusses the history and mission of [[Solar Cookers International]], the importance of increasing access to solar cooking technology, Bob Metcalf's [[Portable Microbiology Laboratory]] for testing water in remote locations, the work of [[Jewish World Watch]] in [[Chad]], and more.
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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...]]''' '''
   
==October 2012==
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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...]
   
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[[File:Solar_Cooking_in_the_Sahel_map,_1-19-15.png|thumb|Solar Cooking in the Sahel - ''NOWCAST''|300px]]
*'''Recent natural disasters show need for emergency cooking and water pasteurization''' - [[Bangladesh]] floods and landslides, June 2012; [[India]] floods July, 2012; [[Haiti]] floods and mudslides August, 2012; More India floods September, 2012; [[Vietnam]], [[Philippines]], Southern [[China]] typhoon, October 2012; Eastern [[United States]] hurricane October, 2012. All of these natural events disrupted people's lives, even changing them forever. In the recovery stages after natural disasters, people's basic needs don't change: they still need clean water, food, safety, and shelter. In the bleakest situations, solar thermal power can begin to meet two important needs: a solar oven can [[pasteurize water]] and cook food. If you are an experienced solar cook, please contact people in your circle of influence in these affected areas. Share your knowledge of solar cooker construction and use with people who need it most. This YouTube video shows solar cooking done in the snow after power was lost in northern Virginia in a February 2010 storm.
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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:Mumbai1.jpg|thumb|right|300px|A student shows the dish he prepared in his solar cooker.]]
*'''Parabolic solar cookers delivered to Afghanistan's remote Wakhan Corridor''' - The Kirghiz tribe live at the end of this slender finger of land in northeastern [[Afghanistan]]. Their primary fuel source for cooking has been dried yak dung, creating smoky conditions in their yurts. The buffalo-like yaks are used for most of their transportation needs. In June, [[Jeff Waalkes]] in [[Kirghizstan]] and [[Grace Magney]] with the [[Global Hope Network]] in Kabul were able to deliver ten [[parabolic solar cooker]]s to the tribe. Grace organized the procurement and had the cookers loaded onto a truck. Jeff's responsibility was to get the truck into the Wakhan Corridor, and where the road petered out, strap everything including the solar cookers to the backs of yaks to deliver them to the Kirghiz. Initially hesitant, members of the tribe were soon cooking food and boiling water. See more of Jeff's [[Global_Hope_Network_International#News_and_recent_developments|photos of the delivery]].
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*'''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]
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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.]]
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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]
   
*'''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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==December 2014==
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*'''Latest Nasa data shows elevated CO<sub>2</sub> levels over Africa and South America''' - According to [http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30399073 this BBC article], "Also apparent are the higher concentrations over South America and southern Africa. These are likely the result of biomass burning in these regions."
   
[[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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*'''Solar Cookers International remembers Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis''' - As co-founder of [[Jewish World Watch]], Rabbi Schulweis was a visionary behind efforts like the Solar Cooker Project to empower and [[Touloum Refugee Camp|protect refugee women]] fleeing the Darfur crisis. He will be missed. [http://www.jewishjournal.com/obituaries/article/rabbi_harold_m._schulweis_world_renown_innovative_synagogue_leader_89 His obituary] is available online.
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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. [http://powerfromthesun.us/signup/ Sign up for the Traveling Solar Oven.]
 
   
==September 2012==
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*'''José Andrés details his use of solar cookers at Life is Beautiful event in National Geographic''' - In an article for National Geographic, Chef [[José Andrés]] writes about his pop-up restaurant, Sunny Day, which he opened at the Life is Beatufiul event in Las Vegas, NV. Sunny Day used solar cookers to cook their signature dish, vegetarian tacos, during the day and clean-burining ethanol in the evening. [http://theplate.nationalgeographic.com/2014/12/15/life-is-beautiful/?sf6344569=1 Read article...]
[[File:Solvatten.jpg|thumb|150px|[[Solvatten]] water pasteurization system]]
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*'''Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant featured in The Guardian''' - [[Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant]], the traveling solar restaurant from Catalan designer [http://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mart%C3%AD_Guix%C3%A9 Martí Guixé], Chef Antto Melasniemi and Lapin Kulta beer, was featured in an article in The Guardian as an innovative user of solar energy. The piece discusses the journey of this experimental solar restaurant, including how they were able to cook in [[Finland]] in -15°C. Also featured are new innovations in photovoltaic technology, a new apartment in Hamburg, [[Germany]] which grows algae for fuel with solar energy, and simple method for water disinfection. [http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/dec/09/we-want-the-black-hole-of-sunlight-solar-power-breaks-new-frontiers?CMP=share_btn_tw Read article...]
*'''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:Basin-from-above-web.jpg|thumb|330px|[[Bjorn Qorn]] makes popcorn for sale with their [[:Category:In-the-ground solar cooker designs|In-the-ground solar cooker]].]]
[[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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*'''Another business uses solar cooking to prepare their product''' - New-member [[Bjorn Qorn]] located in {{state|New York}}, [[USA]], has created a large [[:Category:In-the-ground solar cooker designs|In-the-ground]] solar cooker to cook their locally-harvested corn for sale as popcorn.
*'''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...]
 
   
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'''For older news, please see [[Solar cooking news archive]].'''<br />
*'''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].
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'''For all news added to any page on the site see [[Admin:News log|News log]].'''
*'''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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==July 2012==
 
*'''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==
 
*'''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.
 
 
*'''New video:''' The need for a more durable solar cooker for desert refugee camps
 
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* '''Solar Cookers World Network Facebook group reaches 600 members''' - [http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16213904406 Join the discussion].
 
 
*'''Solar Cooking Hits the Mainstream''' - ''StarTides'' ([http://star-tides.net/node/2761 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].
 
 
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*'''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.]]
 
*'''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.
 
*'''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].
 
*'''Solar Cooker Review''' - The March 2012 issue is now [http://solarcooking.org/newsletters/scr_pdfs/scr_feb12.pdf available online].
 
*'''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]].
 
[[File:Sol Solidari panaramic workshop, 2-25-12.jpg|650px|thumb|center|[[Sol Solidari]] solar cooking workshop]]
 
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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). More info and registration...
  • India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is inviting comments on its Draft Solar Policy - Sunday, March 1, 2015 will be the deadline for comments. The ten-page document, available here, outlines some of the government department’s thinking. “The Nodal Agency shall take necessary action to proliferate its application in feasible sectors including residential (solar water heaters, solar cookers, indoor air heating etc.), commercial & industrial sector (solar cooling, solar air dryers, large scale solar water heaters, large scale solar cooking utilizing solar concentrator technology, process heating etc.).” Read more...
  • 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...
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Faustine Odaba, "Mama Solar", teaching solar cooking in Uganda

  • "Mama Solar" celebrates 20 years of spreading solar cooking in East Africa - To mark 20 years of work to disseminate solar cooking in Africa, Faustine Odaba, Director of Natural Resources and Waste Management Alliance (NAREWAMA), traveled to Uganda for 10 days to give presentations on solar cookers, fireless cookers, and gasifiers. Esther Nattabi of Awamu Biomass Energy, Kampala assisted Faustine with the presentations.

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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A student shows the dish he prepared in his solar cooker.

  • 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.

December 2014Edit

Average co2 concentrations Oct-Nov
  • Latest Nasa data shows elevated CO2 levels over Africa and South America - According to this BBC article, "Also apparent are the higher concentrations over South America and southern Africa. These are likely the result of biomass burning in these regions."
  • Solar Cookers International remembers Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis - As co-founder of Jewish World Watch, Rabbi Schulweis was a visionary behind efforts like the Solar Cooker Project to empower and protect refugee women fleeing the Darfur crisis. He will be missed. His obituary is available online.
  • José Andrés details his use of solar cookers at Life is Beautiful event in National Geographic - In an article for National Geographic, Chef José Andrés writes about his pop-up restaurant, Sunny Day, which he opened at the Life is Beatufiul event in Las Vegas, NV. Sunny Day used solar cookers to cook their signature dish, vegetarian tacos, during the day and clean-burining ethanol in the evening. Read article...
  • Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant featured in The Guardian - Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant, the traveling solar restaurant from Catalan designer Martí Guixé, Chef Antto Melasniemi and Lapin Kulta beer, was featured in an article in The Guardian as an innovative user of solar energy. The piece discusses the journey of this experimental solar restaurant, including how they were able to cook in Finland in -15°C. Also featured are new innovations in photovoltaic technology, a new apartment in Hamburg, Germany which grows algae for fuel with solar energy, and simple method for water disinfection. Read article...
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Bjorn Qorn makes popcorn for sale with their In-the-ground solar cooker.

  • Another business uses solar cooking to prepare their product - New-member Bjorn Qorn located in New York, USA, has created a large In-the-ground solar cooker to cook their locally-harvested corn for sale as popcorn.

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