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The [[Solar Cookers World Network]] is an alliance of over 500 [[:Category:NGOs|non-governmental organizations]] (NGOs), 170 [[:Category:Manufacturers and vendors|manufacturers]], and 500 [[:Category:Individuals|individuals]] actively promoting solar cooking in more than [[Countries|100 countries]]. This wiki-based site allows Network participants to share information and collaborate on projects and research. Solar cooking is an important part of [[Integrated Cooking]], which also includes the use of [[fuel-efficient woodstove]]s and [[heat-retention cooker]]s. If you are a solar cooking promoter, 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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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 [[Promoting solar cooking|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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*'''World's largest solar cooking class takes place in India''' - On January 19, 2013, middle school students gathered on the grounds of JES College in Jalna, [[India]] to be trained in the use of a simple [[solar panel cooker]]. After a quick breakfast, and guidance from 205 trainers, a record-breaking 2,044 students each assembled his or her own solar cooker and placed prepared ingredients inside to cook. After speaker presentations, the students were able to enjoy the lunch they had cooked themselves. This event, sponsored by Simplified Technology for Life, demonstrates that India is quite serious about introducing solar cooking to young students.
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Welcome to the [[Solar Cookers International Network]] (SCInet) Wiki, the world’s premier resource for [[Introduction to solar cooking|solar thermal cooking]] and [[Integrated Cooking Method|related technologies]]. The articles on this site are consulted more than a quarter million times each month as people seek in-depth information on these topics. This wiki-based site can be edited by everyone and thus offers a global platform for information sharing. Learn about solar cooking [[Most significant solar cooking projects|field projects]], [[research]], [[:Category:Solar cooker designs|design]], and [[Promoting solar cooking|promotion]]. Groups and individuals directly involved in these efforts are invited to '''[http://solarcookers.org/network/about-scinet/scinet/ join SCInet]''' and work with us to improve this resource and to further solar cooking around the world. For more information, contact [mailto:info@solarcookers.org info@solarcookers.org].
[[File:Cooking Traditional African Cornmeal in a Solar Cooker (Filmed in Chad in 2009)-0|thumb|right|300px|Traditional African Cornmeal in a Solar Cooker, filmed at the [[Touloum refugee camp]] in [[Chad]].]]
 
*'''This simple solar cooker cooks well left unattended, providing time for other activities''' - The accompanying video was made in 2009 by [[Patricia McArdle|Pat McArdle]] and [[Karyn Ellis]] at the [[Touloum Refugee Camp]] in eastern [[Chad]], and features the [[CooKit]] solar cooker. It shows how the traditional cornmeal porridge is well-suited to the slow even baking provided by the [[solar panel cooker]]. The cooking food does not require the constant stirring of cooking over an open fire, allowing the women to spend time in the shade pursuing business opportunities, talking with friends, or completing other tasks.
 
[[File:Solar_Circle_program_in_Tanzania,_1-10-13.jpg|thumb|250px|[[Solar Circle]] public service exchange program in [[Tanzania]]]].
 
*'''Solar Circle uses barter system to distribute 3000 solar cookers in Tanzania''' - The NGO [[Solar Circle]] has learned many things from their solar cooking program in Masasi, southern [[Tanzania]]. People will use solar cookers if they are efficient and affordable, which is often a problem for subsistence farmers who are most in need of the cookers even when the cookers are heavily subsidized. However, they have also learned that people will work hard to earn a solar cooker. The group has created a bartering system with community leaders. The community chooses a service project and the beneficiaries organize and oversee the effort. Participants earn an solar oven for their involvement. So far, the program has distributed more than 3000 solar ovens, and built 40 houses for people who are sick, elderly, widowed, or disabled. Because the community chooses the project and beneficiary, there’s an eagerness to work together. Surrounding villages have heard of the cookers and the program, so spreading the word has been easy. They cannot keep up with demand. The barter program relies on external help with finances, but community service represents the same effort that of money earned in outside employment. Solar Circle values that effort, and raises what money it can from friends to expand the program. {{FeaturedProjects}}
 
[[File:Solar_Cooking_in_China,_SHE_report_photo,_1-9-13.jpg|thumb|275px|Residents in northwestern [[China]] using their [[parabolic solar cooker]]]]
 
*'''Large-scale use of solar cookers in northwestern China shows promise''' - [[Solar Household Energy]] has tracked the Chinese government's efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the region, because in rural [[China]] the predominant fuel for cooking and heating is usually coal. The government has utilized the carbon credit trading program of the [[Clean Development Mechanism]] to encourage investors to become involved, and results have proven to support a profitable business model. At this point, it is estimated over two million people are benefiting from receiving and using 500,000 [[parabolic solar cooker]]s. The thermal efficiency of the solar cookers averages 65% compared with 12.3% for traditional unimproved coal fires. It is estimated the solar cooker use has reduced emissions equivalent to taking 200,000 automobiles off the road. Manufactured at a unit cost of $44USD, the cookers are locally manufactured, require no externally sourced parts, and components are recyclable. For those who perceive solar cooking as happening only at a village level, this report confirms that solar cooking continues to grow as a valuable resource to significantly help reduce global carbon emissions. Read more details of the report at [[Media:China-cdm_solar_cooking_project_paper(2013-01).pdf|Solar Cooking in China: A CDM Project]]. {{FeaturedProjects}}
 
 
[[File:ADES_box_cooker_(with_PV)_6-29-11.jpg|thumb|200px|[[Electro Solar Cooker]] with built-in photovoltaic panels.]]
 
*'''Solar cooking promoter adds photovoltaic cells to a solar box cooker''' - The [[Electro Solar Cooker]] is being produced by the [[Association pour le Développement de l'Energie Solaire]] (ADES), a Swiss nonprofit that promotes solar cooking in [[Madagascar]]. ADES recognized another solar energy opportunity that would work well with their solar cooking promotion. As long as the solar cooker is used for a few hours each day for cooking, why not build in strips of photovoltaic cells to create some electricity? The power is stored in batteries attached under the cooker. Fully charged, the unit can power 12 volt lights or a radio for a few days and recharge cellphones. The multiple functions may compliment and encourage the use of this solar appliance.
 
 
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*{{Event}}'''March 18-22, 2013: (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)''' The [[Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves]] is sponsoring the Clean Cooking Forum 2013, to be held in [[Cambodia]] next spring. As with the five Biennial Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Forums, this will be an excellent opportunity for the household energy community to come together and share what is working around the world, what is causing it to work, and what we can do more of, better, or differently. This will an important event for solar cooking promoters to attend, share information, and show unity in a common mission. [http://www.cleancooking2013.org Registration information...] See other [[Calendar of events|events]].
 
 
==December 2012==
 
[[File:SHEP_workshop_2009.jpg|thumb|250px|Recent [[Solar Health and Education Project]] workshop.]]
 
*'''Solar cooking has created a business opportunity for a group of women in Zambia''' - The [[Solar Health and Education Project]] (SHEP) has initiated a project at a community-based nursery school in Livingstone, [[Zambia]] for unschooled mothers. Previously, their only source of income had been illegally making charcoal. During the course of the program, they learned how to make and use the [[CooKit]] solar cooker as an income generating activity. Thier next step was to create a registered group called [[Solar Ventures]] (SV). They have been holding SHEP-funded workshops at clinics, schools, agricultural shows (where they won 1st place for the most interesting booth in 2011), and government-sponsored functions on energy and conservation. The group was also invited to Lusaka to run a three-day workshop for a [[United Kingdom|UK]] based nonprofit organization. Without question, their lives are different now since their introduction to solar cooking.
 
 
[[File:Indoor_Air_Polution_map-deaths.jpg|thumb|300px|Annual deaths from [[indoor air pollution]] by region]]
 
*'''New study estimates four million deaths globally from household cooking smoke occur each year''' - The recently released "Global Burden of Disease 2010", funded by the Gates Foundation and just published in [http://www.thelancet.com/themed/global-burden-of-disease The Lancet], comes to this conclusion, and is double the previous accepted estimate. The study isolated the effects of [[Indoor air pollution|cooking smoke]] only. There appears to be a shift from communicable children's diseases to non-communicable disease in adult populations as the major health threat affecting developing countries. The cooking problem is compounded by the fact that achieving a fifty percent reduction in cooking smoke does not correlate to a fifty percent reduction in respiratory disease. Substantial smoke reduction is required to see significant improvement. Read more about the [http://www.cleancookstoves.org/media-and-events/press/new-study-estimates-4-million-from-household-cooking-smoke-each-year.html cooking related air quality findings] from the [[Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves]] press release.
 
 
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*'''A successful Integrated Cooking project cooking in Ségou, Mali''' - In 2009, [[KoZon]], a Dutch NGO promoting solar cooking in the Sahel, and [[AFIMA]], a Malian NGO promoting the development of rural women, began a joint project in Ségou, a region of [[Mali]] where solar cookers had not been introduced. In five villages (Dioro, Babougou, Koila Bamanan, Kominé, Soké), they trained four groups of 25 women (selected by the village chiefs) in the practice of [[Integrated Cooking]]. They received kits containing: two [[CooKit]]s, to cook meals when the sun shines; a [[fuel-efficient woodstove]], for use when there’s no sun; and a [[heat-retention cooker]] to allow even more food to be cooked in the first two. In addition to a short hands-on training workshop, the project ensured that all participants were visited several times after the course to solve problems, and provide extra tips, and encouragement. In the final evaluation, in May 2012, external experts established that more than 80% of the participants--in some villages nearly 100%--used these technologies daily. As intended, they are now saving some 1,800 tons of fuel wood per year. The evaluators also found that many women appreciate having more free time each day, since they do not have to tend a fire when solar cooking or using the heat-retention cooker. They use their time for other activities including running small businesses. Buying less firewood also saves them a lot of money. It’s no surprise that the evaluators spoke of integrated cooking as a great means of relieving poverty! {{FeaturedProjects}}
 
 
[[File:SolSource_S1.jpg|thumb|200px|The [[SolSource S1]]]]
 
*'''One Earth Designs introduces their new parabolic solar cooker''' - Working with rural communities in western [[China]], [[One Earth Designs]] (OED), a Beijing/Hong Kong-based company, founded by Americans [[Catlin Powers]] and [[Scot Frank]], has developed the [[SolSource S1]], a portable parabolic solar cooker designed for use by nomadic communities. The S1 can boil a liter of water in ten minutes. Durable and weather resistant materials ensure a longer lifespan. It has a total weight of 18 kilos including a sturdy base design capable of withstanding the high winds typically encountered in the Himalayas. OED’s other solar cooker design, the [[SolSource S2]] will be the world's first temperature adjustable solar cooker with six discrete settings up to 1,000 degrees Celsius. It will provide users with the capacity to generate electricity, heat their homes, [[Water pasteurization|purify their water]] and cook with stored solar energy at night or on cloudy days.
 
 
*'''Started twelve years ago, this Chilean solar restaurant has become a desired tourist destination''' - The [[Delicias del Sol]] restaurant, known for serving excellent food, has become a tourist destination for the village of Villaseca, [[Chile]]. Begun in 2000 with an initial seating capacity of sixteen, the solar restaurant now seats 120. The dry central valley area receives over 300 days of sunshine a year, and like similar areas, traditional fuel sources are becoming ever more scarce and expensive. The tourists enjoy viewing the solar kitchen at work. Find out about many other solar restaurants and bakeries [[Solar restaurants and bakeries|here]].[[File:Restaurant's Ovens Powered by the Sun|thumb|right|300px|The [[Delicias del Sol]] restaurant has become a tourist destination for the village of Villaseca, [[Chile]] in 2012.]]
 
 
*'''Alternative energy funding groups offer options for technology promoters''' - The International Renewable Energy Agency(IRENA) is welcoming online applications with project summaries for concessional loans worth USD 50 million from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) to facilitate renewable energy projects in developing countries, in the first of seven funding cycles totalling USD 350 million. Renewable energy projects must be government-led or government-guaranteed. Online applications close on 12 January 2013, 17:00 (Abu Dhabi local time). [http://www.irena.org/adfd More information...] The [[Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves]] is also offering funding possibilities for new businesses. The Alliance’s Spark Fund (Fund) launches its first round of funding with this Request for Proposal (RFP) as part of the strategy to strengthen supply and enhance demand in the cookstove and fuels sector through innovation and tailored entrepreneurial capacity development. Unfortunately the final submission date is January 10, 2013. [http://www.cleancookstoves.org/funding-opportunities/spark-fund-i.html More information...]
 
 
*'''Jewish World Watch, originator of the Solar Cooker Project for Sudanese refugees, reviews their current programs at several of the refugee camps in Chad''' – As a result of a joint security force between [[Chad]] and [[Sudan]], violence against women has declined some since the project began seven years ago. [[Cord]], their partner at the [[Farchana Refugee Camp|Farchana refugee camp]], sees solar cooking as a way to keep girls in school, and not spending hours finding [[fuelwood]] for cooking. For others, the project has meant help for the environment and the air quality conditions for women previously using open fires. When the [[Jewish World Watch]] contingent first visited the camps many years ago, the refugees had just arrived and the encampment was meant to be temporary. The hope and expectation was that within a few months or a couple of years at most; they would return to their homes. But now, seven years later, it is clear that returning to Darfur is not a reality and the camps are turning into permanent settlements. As a result, the programs for the refugees must begin to move away from survival resources and begin to address ways of achieving self-sufficiency and permanence. In other words, helping to create a life, not an existence. Future larger scale solutions will be needed to address and benefit the surrounding communities, as well as the refugee camps, to help with the integration of the Sudanese residents. [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diana-buckhantz/jewish-world-watch-solar-cooker-project_b_2259135.html Read more...]
 
 
*'''War weary citizens in Iraq to receive solar cookers''' - During a recent visit to villages in the Najaf-Karbala region of [[Iraq]], a trustee of the [[Lady Fatemah Trust]] (LFT) found that villagers were using two methods for cooking: The majority of families, living in abject poverty, use open [[fuelwood]] fires for cooking, heating and lighting, while a slightly more affluent minority uses appliances fueled by kerosene. In the first phase of this project, LFT intends to provide solar cookers to families living in the villages surrounding Karbala Barakat al-Zahra district, Al-Mahdiyeh Village One and Two, the al-Nedhal and al-Wala’ neighborhoods, as well as to families living on isolated desert farms. About 7000 [[solar panel cooker]]s will be needed to provide every family in the region with a cooker. The cookers to be used are an improved version of the [[Cookit]] solar cooker made from [[Plastic fluteboard|plastic fluteboard]] and manufactured by [[Matthew Rollins]]. Total project cost will amount to £105,000.00. [http://www.ladyfatemahtrust.org/appeals-by-country/iraq/453-eid-al-fitr-appeal-ease-the-burden-of-poverty-and-preserve-the-endangered-environment-of-iraq-provision-of-solar-cookers-to-7000-poor-rural-families More information...]
 
 
==November 2012==
 
*'''Regional Solar Food Processing Network to be established in India''' - [[Rolf Behringer]] reports that the German NGO [[WISIONS]] has agreed to support the establishment in [[India]] of the first regional [[Solar Food Processing Network]]. A workshop to inaugurate this effort will take place in early 2013 ([[Events|date and location to be announced]]). The aim of the Solar Food Processing Network (SFPN) is to establish a global network of interested parties (NGOs, governments, farmers, and manufacturers) to develop and promote efficient methods of solar food processing and conservation. These are intended to help reduce poverty, improve local economic opportunities and health, and decrease environmental damage. In countries with high solar insolation, effective solar thermal production technologies will contribute to the sustainable development of small rural communities. SFPN is managed by the German NGO [[Solare Zukunft]] (Solar Future). It is financially supported by WISIONS, an initiative of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy to foster practical sustainable energy projects.
 
[[File:Louise_Meyer_and_Regina_Benjaminto_2,_SHE,_11-21-12.jpg|thumb|250px|[[Louise Meyer]], of [[Solar Household Energy]], demonstrates solar cooking to the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjaminto.]]
 
*'''Global advocate for solar cooking increases awareness''' - [[Solar Household Energy]] (SHE) has again had a busy summer and fall. [[Louise Meyer]] provided solar cooking demonstrations, including to the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjaminto, and assisted the [http://nature.org Nature Conservancy] in [[Haiti]] to teach the [[Integrated Cooking Method]] as part of its larger reforestation program in the region. It is exciting and encouraging to see organizations such as SHE taking the promotion of solar cooking the next step, to increased global awareness. [http://www.she-inc.org/art.php?id=153 Read more about their efforts...]
 
 
*'''The latest issue of Solar Cooker Review is now available online'''
 
   
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::[[File:Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Solar Cooker Research|thumb|none|335 px|Under the direction of physics professor Dr. [[Peter Schwartz]], a team of physics and engineering students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California are conducting research on a [[Cal Poly Scheffler Reflector|simplified Scheffler reflector design]] that could be used by people in developing countries to heat water and cook food. They are also researching hybrid technologies that combine the use of a solar reflector and a [[Rocket Stove]] for uninterrupted cooking.]]
   
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::[[File:Dr. Bing Gu, CEO California Sunlight|thumb|none|335 px|Dr. [[Bing Gu]] was interviewed at the [[SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014]]. His Fresnel lens solar thermal cooking device can reach 600 degrees F, can track the sun and can store heat for nighttime cooking. He is seeking investors so [[California Sunlight Corporation]] can begin mass production.]]
   
* '''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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*'''New SCInet members''' - The SCInet wishes to welcome new members, the [[C.V. Ramen College of Engineering]], under the leadership of Sanjib Rout in India. Also California, USA educator [[Sheela Kiiskila]], and [[Koku Selom Agbavito]], Executive Director of [[A.V.E.S-TOGO]]. Also, [[Irene Perbal]] from Jackson, California, USA has joined, and is represented by [[Solar Cooking Plus]].
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[[File:Sun_Juicer_image,_8-21-14.jpg|thumb|250px|[[The Sun Juicer]] lightweight parabolic solar cooker]]
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*'''Successful Kickstarter for [[Sun Juicer|The Sun Juicer]]''' - Congratulations to Leonel Gotlibowski and The Sun Juicer on their successful Kickstarter campaign! They set a goal of $15,000 and raised a total of $19,152. They describe the Sun Juicer as an emergency ultralight, compact, [[parabolic solar cooker]]. [https://www.facebook.com/thesunjuicer Read more...]
   
*'''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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*'''Update on Jewish World Watch Solar Cooker Project''' - [[Jewish World Watch]] published their [http://www.jewishworldwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/SCP_Newsletter_Summer2014_v12.pdf Summer 2014 Solar Cooker Project newsletter]. It offers background information on their [[refugee camp]] projects, highlights of the latest developments, and how to support it moving forward. Jewish World Watch reports that it has distributed approximately 128,000 [[CooKit]]s with participation rates of 75% to 100% in the camps where they have worked: [[Kounoungou Refugee Camp|Kounoungou]], [[Mile Refugee Camp|Mile]], [[Oure Cassoni Refugee Camp|Oure Cassoni]], [[Touloum Refugee Camp|Touloum]], and [[Iridimi Refugee Camp|Iridimi]]. They also plan to provide an additional cooking pot for 10,000 families. [http://www.jewishworldwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/SCP_Newsletter_Summer2014_v12.pdf Read more...]
   
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==August 2014==
*'''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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*[http://mgafrica.com/article/2014-08-15-from-wonderbags-to-solar-cooking-innovative-solutions-to-africas-charcoal-problem/ From 'Wonderbags' to solar cooking, brilliant solutions to Africa's alarming charcoal problem] - ''Mali & Guardian Africa'' (See also: [[Wonderbag]] page)
   
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[[File:Energy_needs_graph_(image_sharpened),_Ajay_Chandak,_8-12-14.jpg|thumb|350px|Energy needs graph of the Ram Krishna Mission Student’s Home, Mylapore, Chennai, [[India]] - ''[[Ajay Chandak]]'']]
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*'''Institutional solar cooker with heat storage allows cooking after sunset''' - Commissioned on October 26, 2013, the steam-based [[ARUN®100]] solar cooking system at the Ram Krishna Mission Student’s Home, Mylapore, Chennai in [[India]] now allows early morning and evening cooking. The accompanying graph shows when they need to cook and when the mid-day sun recharges the system. Read more about it at: [[Media:SCI_news_2.pdf|ARUN®100 with Thermal Storage at Ramkrishna Mission, Chennai]] - ''[[Ajay Chandak]]''
   
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[[File:Suryakumbh_2014.png|thumb|350px|3,484 children from 80+ schools participated in the previous world's largest solar cooking class in Mumbai.]]
*'''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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*'''The stage is set for the next world's largest solar cooking workshop''' - A Bhayander, [[India]] based NGO, [[Keshav Srushti]], in a bid to spread awareness on solar cooking, will be gathering 25,000 students from 500 schools across Mumbai on January 15, 2015 to cook solar-powered dishes. [http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-mumbai-ngo-to-hold-maha-suryakumbh-with-25000-students-2009258 Read more...]
   
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*'''Solar Cookers International contributes data for US-Africa Leaders Summit''' - President Barack Obama announced August 6th, 2014 that the U.S. NGO community invested over $1.5 billion in Africa in 2013 and anticipates investing another $4 billion over the next three years. Solar Cookers International (SCI) was one of the members of the InterAction network collaborating to collect data on U.S. NGO aid spending in Africa. See information on [http://www.solarcookers.org/what/projects SCI’s current projects] and the [http://www.interaction.org/document/15-billion-invested-africa-us-ngos-last-year news release].
*'''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]].
 
   
*'''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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*'''Solar Cookers International is hiring!''' - Based on needs identified at the recent SCInet Solar Cooking Convention, SCI is hiring a full-time Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist to promote data collection and project evaluation practices within the global solar cooking sector. Read [http://www.solarcookers.org/about/career-and-internship-opportunities/monitoring-and-evaluation-specialist/ full job description].
   
[[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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==July 2014==
[[File:Traveling_Solar_Oven_2,_11-12-12.jpg|thumb|160px|[http://powerfromthesun.us/signup/ Sign up for the Traveling Solar Oven.]]]
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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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*'''Solar cooking conference extols virtues of cookers to developing world''' (Sacramento Bee) - Hundreds of people Saturday cooked using only the power of the sun – a practice little used in the United States, but considered a liberating tool for women in developing countries that also helps curb greenhouse gas emissions. [http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/19/6568302/solar-cooking-conference-extols.html Read more...]
   
For older news, please see [[Solar cooking news archive]].
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[[File:Resilience_mulitple_pot_fireless_cooker,_7-7-14.jpg|thumb|200px|A [[heat-retention cooker]] designed for multiple pots.]]
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* '''The value of heat-retention cooking reviewed''' - Kris De Decker, author and founder of Low-Tech Magazine, reviews the history of [[heat-retention cooking]] and its value when used with solar cookers. [http://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2014/07/cooking-pot-insulation-key-to-sustainable-cooking.html If We Insulate Our Houses, Why Not Our Cooking Pots?]
   
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September 2014Edit

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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Solar Cooker Research05:04

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Solar Cooker Research

Under the direction of physics professor Dr. Peter Schwartz, a team of physics and engineering students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California are conducting research on a simplified Scheffler reflector design that could be used by people in developing countries to heat water and cook food. They are also researching hybrid technologies that combine the use of a solar reflector and a Rocket Stove for uninterrupted cooking.

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Dr. Bing Gu, CEO California Sunlight

Dr. Bing Gu was interviewed at the SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014. His Fresnel lens solar thermal cooking device can reach 600 degrees F, can track the sun and can store heat for nighttime cooking. He is seeking investors so California Sunlight Corporation can begin mass production.

Sun Juicer image, 8-21-14

The Sun Juicer lightweight parabolic solar cooker

  • Successful Kickstarter for The Sun Juicer - Congratulations to Leonel Gotlibowski and The Sun Juicer on their successful Kickstarter campaign! They set a goal of $15,000 and raised a total of $19,152. They describe the Sun Juicer as an emergency ultralight, compact, parabolic solar cooker. Read more...

August 2014Edit

Energy needs graph (image sharpened), Ajay Chandak, 8-12-14

Energy needs graph of the Ram Krishna Mission Student’s Home, Mylapore, Chennai, India - Ajay Chandak

  • Institutional solar cooker with heat storage allows cooking after sunset - Commissioned on October 26, 2013, the steam-based ARUN®100 solar cooking system at the Ram Krishna Mission Student’s Home, Mylapore, Chennai in India now allows early morning and evening cooking. The accompanying graph shows when they need to cook and when the mid-day sun recharges the system. Read more about it at: ARUN®100 with Thermal Storage at Ramkrishna Mission, Chennai - Ajay Chandak
Suryakumbh 2014

3,484 children from 80+ schools participated in the previous world's largest solar cooking class in Mumbai.

  • The stage is set for the next world's largest solar cooking workshop - A Bhayander, India based NGO, Keshav Srushti, in a bid to spread awareness on solar cooking, will be gathering 25,000 students from 500 schools across Mumbai on January 15, 2015 to cook solar-powered dishes. Read more...
  • Solar Cookers International contributes data for US-Africa Leaders Summit - President Barack Obama announced August 6th, 2014 that the U.S. NGO community invested over $1.5 billion in Africa in 2013 and anticipates investing another $4 billion over the next three years. Solar Cookers International (SCI) was one of the members of the InterAction network collaborating to collect data on U.S. NGO aid spending in Africa. See information on SCI’s current projects and the news release.
  • Solar Cookers International is hiring! - Based on needs identified at the recent SCInet Solar Cooking Convention, SCI is hiring a full-time Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist to promote data collection and project evaluation practices within the global solar cooking sector. Read full job description.

July 2014Edit

  • New video from Pat McArdle where people from all around the world tell why they solar cook:
Yes We Do Solar Cook04:26

Yes We Do Solar Cook

Sacramento festival 2014

Solar Cooking Festival 2014, Sacramento, California, USA

  • Solar cooking conference extols virtues of cookers to developing world (Sacramento Bee) - Hundreds of people Saturday cooked using only the power of the sun – a practice little used in the United States, but considered a liberating tool for women in developing countries that also helps curb greenhouse gas emissions. Read more...
Resilience mulitple pot fireless cooker, 7-7-14

A heat-retention cooker designed for multiple pots.


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