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The [[Solar Cookers World Network]] is an alliance of more than [[:Category:NGOs|500 non-governmental organizations]] (NGOs), [[:Category:Manufacturers and vendors|170 manufacturers]], and [[:Category:Individuals|500 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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=='''Solar cooking news from around the world'''==
 
==March 2013==
 
[[File:GACC_conference_2013_attendees_.jpg||thumb|300px|Solar cooking innovators at the '''Clean Cooking Forum 2013''' in Phnom Penh, [[Cambodia]]]]
 
*'''Solar cooking promotors at the GACC conference''' - The [[Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves]] sponsored the '''Clean Cooking Forum 2013''' in Phnom Penh, [[Cambodia]] from March 18-22, 2013. The global solar cooking community and the [[Solar Cookers World Network]] is being represented by [[Crosby Menzies]] (South Africa), [[Gabrielle Simbriger-Williams]] (US), [[Sanu Kaji Shrestha]] (Nepal), [[Scot Frank]] (US/China), [[Nguyen Tan Bich]] (Vietnam), Yasaya (Nigeria), [[Alex Kee]] (Malasia), [[Catlin Powers]] (US/China), and [[Julie Greene]] (USA), who took the adjacent photo. The group held a solar cooking demonstration, and plans to present a joint presentation on the last day of the conference. The participation by these advocates of solar cooking helps to build the alliance with [[Rocket Stove|fuelwood cookstove]] advocates, and helps spread the message of the [[integrated cooking method]].
 
 
[[File:Kiosco_SOLAR_cart,_2-27-13.jpg|thumb|250px|The [[Kiosco SOLAR]] ready for business]]
 
[[File:Kiosco_SOLAR_cart_sales,_2-27-13.jpg|thumb|250px|The solar powered food cart has been a success at the Carnival of Puna in [[Argentina]].]]
 
*'''The solar powered food cart business is flourishing in northern Argentina''' - With help from [[Fundación EcoAndina]] and [[WISIONS Initiative]], there has been a successful launch of solar powered food carts in northern [[Argentina]]. During the celebrations of Carnival of Puna, which spans almost all of February, the intrepid promoters of the sun's energy walked a few new solar kiosks through the streets in Tilcara, Humahuaca, La Quiaca, Purmamarca and Uquía, tourist sites the northern province of Jujuy. Each [[Kiosco SOLAR]] consists of a wheeled trolley, waterproof roof, and a [[parabolic solar cooker]]. "People are incredulous and astonished when the cart is in operation," says Marta Rojas, responsible for opening a kiosk this month in Tilcara. As a safety concern, there has been a need to begin to replace traditional food carts, where typically food is cooked directly over gas canisters or open fires.
 
 
*'''Survey participants are being recruited to document solar cooking use in the USA''' - Natalia Blackburn of Blackburn Engineering is conducting a survey to begin to determine how solar cooking usage may be able to reduce traditional consumer energy demand in the [[USA]]. While individual savings may be small, when the big picture is considered, Natalia believes that wide use of solar cookers can add up to substantial savings for utilities. The objective of this study is to develop a set of protocols to measure energy savings and dollar savings attributable to the use of solar cookers in U.S. residential households. The survey will be conducted with a fifteen-minute phone interview, or the group of twenty-five questions can be answered by email. Respondents will be contacted via email to set up an interview. If you are a resident of the USA and have been solar cooking for at least eighteen months, consider participating in this pioneering effort by emailing [mailto:natalia.a.blackburn@gmail.com natalia.a.blackburn@gmail.com]. Natalia hopes to complete data collection by the end of March, 2013. [[USA Solar Survey|More information...]]
 
 
*'''The March 2013 issue of Solar Cooker Review is now available online'''
 
 
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==February 2013==
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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]].
   
*'''SCI seeks an experienced solar cook to help with Hurricane Sandy relief''' - [[Solar Cookers International]] is looking for a teacher in New York or New Jersey, [[USA]], whose students and families were affected by Hurricane Sandy to lead a solar cooking workshop. SCI will provide basic resources and materials for a classroom of students to learn how to solar cook to help their families’ recovery efforts this spring and summer. For more information, please contact Julie Greene, Executive Director, at [mailto:julie@solarcookers.org julie@solarcookers.org] or (916) 455-4499.
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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 1,800+ articles on the site are accessed approximately 250,000 times each month from almost every [[:Category:Countries|country]] of the world.
   
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{{Cat|NGOs}} and {{Cat|individuals}} actively promoting solar cooking, as well as designers, researchers, [[:Category:Manufacturers and vendors|manufacturers]], and [[:Category:Manufacturers and vendors|vendors]] are invited to '''[http://solarcookers.org/network/about-scinet/scinet/ join SCInet]'''. Work with us to increase solar cooking [[:Category:Countries|around the world]]. Thank you to the [http://aguafund.org/ Agua Fund] for providing vital financial support. For more information, contact [mailto:webmaster@solarcooking.org webmaster@solarcooking.org].<td></td></tr></table>
*{{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]]. 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. [[Julie Greene]], the Executive Director of [[Solar Cookers International]], will be attending and acting as representative for the Solar Cookers World Network. She has offered to any Network member wishing to address a particular concern, but unable to attend, to please [mailto:julie@solarcookers.org contact her] to pass along a discussion topic. [http://www.cleancooking2013.org Registration information...] See other [[Calendar of events|events]].
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*'''The Solar Food Processing Network meets to discuss international standards''' - The [[Solar Food Processing Network]] (SFPN) held a regional workshop in January 2013 at the Muni Seva Ashram in Goraj, Vadodara, Gujarat, [[India]]. This gathering was a follow-up to the 2009 AFPN conference held in Indore, India in 2010. Workshop participants heard from food marketing and technology experts. Conference organizers, [[Deepak Gadhia]] and [[Rolf Behringer]] held discussions on local and international marketing, village industries, packaging, policy interventions, R&D, and effective monitoring and evaluation of projects. Attendees discussed the formation of an international solar food standard and shared their own practical experiences using solar technology for food processing. Visit the [http://www.solarfood.org Solar Food Processing Network] to see a muscial video of the event and videos of solar food processing projects in [[Burkina Faso]].
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[[File:Sustainable_Rural_life_Hot_Pot,_2-13-13.jpg|thumb|295px|Workshop participants receive their [[HotPot]] solar cooker from Sustainable Rural Life in [[Mexico]].]]
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*'''The durable HotPot solar panel cooker has worked well in Mexico''' [http://fmcn.org/sustainable-rural-life/?lang=en Sustainable Rural Life] is the new face of the HotPot Initiative that was launched by the [[Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature]] in 2003. Delivering [[HotPot]] solar cookers and training communities how to use them has served as an effective introduction to clean cooking, and has provided an alternative to burning [[fuelwood]] in indigenous communities around the country. Approximately 20,000 HotPots have been distributed throughout sixteen states in [[Mexico]]. Last year, 464 were purchased by MFCN and delivered by local partners, and 445 [[fuel-efficient woodstove]]s of various types were also delivered between March and September. At SRL they believe that using the HotPot, together with fuel-efficient cookstoves, is the best option to improve cooking habits in Mexico. Read more at [[Media:Mexico_Sustainable_rural_life,_2-13-13.pdf|Sustainable Rural Life: Update 2012]].
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*'''United Nations partners with the Rockefeller Foundation to showcase women’s role in solving climate change''' - In September 2012, the UN announced that the Rockefeller Foundation had awarded a grant to the [[United Nations Climate Change Secretariat]] to launch, Momentum for Change: Women for Results, an initiative to inform governments, the media and the public about “the role of women in solving climate change”. According to the announcement: “The use of efficient energy systems at the household level (e.g. solar cooking stoves and ovens) can reduce emissions and harness the potential of women as actors in the overall solution to climate change.” The mention of solar cookers in the Rockefeller Initiative may help to raise the profile of and attract additional funding for existing and future solar cooking projects. Applications will be accepted beginning March 8, 2013, International Women’s Day. [[United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change|Read more about the program and how to qualify...]]
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==January 2013==
 
 
[[File:Worlds Largest Solar Cooking Class|thumb|right|300px|2,044 middle school students learn to prepare lunch with solar cooking.]]
 
*'''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.
 
 
[[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.
 
 
==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...]
 
 
 
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Welcome to the Solar Cookers International Network (SCInet). Learn to solar cook, build your own solar cooker, or research where to buy a cooker. The hundreds of different solar cooker designs all concentrate or accumulate solar energy to cook food and make water safe to drink. SCInet partners worldwide collaborate to improve and spread this technology for the positive impact it can have on human health and environmental degradation.

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 1,800+ articles on the site are accessed approximately 250,000 times each month from almost every country of the world.

NGOs and individuals actively promoting solar cooking, as well as designers, researchers, manufacturers, and vendors are invited to join SCInet. Work with us to increase solar cooking around the world. Thank you to the Agua Fund for providing vital financial support. For more information, contact webmaster@solarcooking.org.

Solar cooking around the worldEdit

May 2015

  • EVENT: Regional Solar Cookers International Conference coming in July - Registration is open to attend SCI’s Regional Convention (North America) event on July 19, 2015 in Sacramento, California – focusing on Regional trends for the solar cooking sector. Be sure to register early. SCI Network Associates and other partners worldwide are invited. Unsolicited requests for travel funding will not be accepted. More information...
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  • World Health Organization passes resolution on air pollution: The WHO passed a resolution to combat global air pollution. According to the press release, "every year 4.3 million deaths occur from exposure to indoor air pollution and 3.7 million deaths are attributable to outdoor air pollution." The resolution calls for a strong focus on clean cooking technologies among other solutions such as improved monitoring of air pollution conditions and illnesses related to indoor and outdoor air pollution. Read more...
CASEP solar box oven user in Guatamala, 5-21-15

Women in Guatemala cook with a solar oven that they built themselves through a CASEP project. - Tom Cogill

  • Long time solar cooking advocate, CASEP, is recognized by Nature magazine - William Lankford, founder and president of CASEP, and Laura Brown, program coordinator, explain that after many years of coordinating solar cooking projects they have learned to focus their programs more on women's needs rather than the cooking technology. Read more...
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José Andrés photo courtesy of World Central Kitchen

  • Chef José Andrés discusses the importance of solar and efficient cooking - In an interview with MUNCHIES, Chef José Andrés describes when he first got excited about solar cooking, how solar and efficient cooking technology can help those in developing countries, and what he is doing to promote these technologies around the world. Read more...
  • Featured presentation from the SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014:
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Kinne Edu tourism Model

The Solar Cooking Solution-008:46

The Solar Cooking Solution-0

Solar cooking is a solution for nearly 3 billion people worldwide who cook over open fires. Some cannot afford to purchase food and fuel, or to make their water safe to drink.

  • The Solar Cooking Solution: Solar Cookers International has produced a new video called The Solar Cooking Solution which explores how solar cooking can help minimize deforestation, improve the health of those who cook indoors with traditional cook stoves, and reduce reliance on non-renewable fuels, specifically in developing countries.
April 2015

Bradley Reciprocal Optical Test for Measuring Solar Cooker Performance10:48

Bradley Reciprocal Optical Test for Measuring Solar Cooker Performance

Robert Chiron with baked bread

Robert Chiron

McArdle Factors that give funders confidence10:14

McArdle Factors that give funders confidence

  • You can now see all new content as it is added to the site by visiting this page: New content


March 2015

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Solar energy concentrator at Ramakrishna Mission’s Students’ Home

  • Investment brings large-scale solar cooking to Chennai school for orphans and underprivileged boys - Starting in 2013, a partnership between the UNDP, India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and the Global Environment Facility, led to a project to install an ARUN®100 solar concentrator at the Ramakrishna Mission’s Students’ Home. The system provides enough energy to cook 3,000 meals per day and reduces LPG consumption by half, which leads to a savings of US$8,000 per year. Read more...
Solar cooking workshop 3, C.V. Raman College, 3-30-15

"Solar Cooking for a Healthy & Better Life" at the Bhubaneswar Club in Odisha, India March 2015 - C.V. Raman College

  • Women's Day event in India promotes solar cooking - Sanjib Rout, Chairman of the C.V. Raman College of Engineering organized a workshop on "Solar Cooking for a Healthy & Better Life" at the Bhubaneswar Club in Odisha, India to raise awareness of the potential of solar cooking for commercial applications.
  • Show your solar cooker design to the United Nations Development Program - The UN is now assessing what viable small and institutional-sized solar cookers are available in the marketplace for widespread distribution in emergency situations. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015. Read more...
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Solar cooker drawings by refugees

Janak McGilligan

Dr. Janak Palta McGilligan

  • 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 2015

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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...
  • 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...

For older news, please see Solar cooking news archive.

May 2015

Davao City Jail solar hot water, 5-27-15

Inmates at the Davao City Jail use solar preheated water for cooking. photo credit: Karlos Manlupig

  • Solar heated water saves firewood in the Philippines - Inmates at the Davao City Jail in the Philippines, have begun to use solar preheated water for cooking. Not directly solar cooking, but none the less, a type of integrated cooking that is saving firewood. By preheating the water, cooking time is reduced 20 - 30 minutes. The system was provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross. A guard said the facility used to have a truckload of firewood delivered three times a week. Now, it needs only a single delivery every two weeks. Read more...
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Sai, one of the recipients of a solar cooker as part of "See Solar, Cook Solar", proudly poses with her pot of cooked cassava, a root crop native to Fiji.

  • New solar cooking for Fiji - Soroptimist International completed the first solar cooking installation in Fiji as part of their "See Solar, Cook Solar" program. The goal of the program is to provide a cleaner and more environmentally friendly cooking solution for women in rural and island locations. Read more...
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The Solrmatic with the company's 2015 MakerFaire Editor's Choice award.

Ben 3 Firewood Stove - Seifert 2015

The Ben 3 Firewood Stove

  • Six liters of water brought to a boil with only 350 g of wood - Dieter Seifert writes: Today I have made tests with the Ben 2 and 3 Ben Firewood Stoves. It is almost unbelievable, but the efficiency is always higher than 40% and if one does not heat up too fast (i.e., the power under 1.5 kW is), the result is almost no smoke and approximately 350 g thin wooden sticks can bring 6 liters of water to a boil in 25 minutes. Of course cooking is much more convenient with a large parabolic solar cooker (We have used the AlSol 1.4 for many years.). The Ben ovens are so easy to prepare (2 sheets provided with holes and bending, drilling a ring and three legs and turn, turn 4 bars hairpin-shaped and assemble everything) that the cost in firewood crisis regions would be well below $10 USD. The combination of heat-retention cooking and Fuel-efficient wood stoves with the solar cooker is ideal. The solar cooker can do much more than just cooking. It is a peace-creating technology that is so urgently needed.
April 2015

Leéiyen teaches the use of solar box cookers and the --SODIS-- approach to water pastuerization, 11-15-14

Leéiyen teaches the use of solar box cookers and the SODIS method of water pasteurization in Cameroon, November 2014.

  • A Development and Information Center, DevICe, has been established in Tatum, Kumbo, north of Bamenda in Cameroon. After two weeks of training, the staff continues to test different types of solar ovens, provide information about water hygiene, and help with simple water quality analysis. They will also look into solar cooking. The center is run by voluntary work with a small budget. However, they are able to use a professional pyranometer from Kipp & Zonen. The project is run in partnership with Engineers Without Borders - Sweden, and sponsorship by Inpsecta, a technical consulting company in Sweden.
  • AFRES moves forward with solar cooking initiative - According to Joseph Odey, Chairman of the Association for the Reduction of Carbon Emission, the initiative is being sponsored at present by the Global Environmental Facility Small Grant Programme, GEF-SGP under the support of UNDP to provide alternative energy source for use in place of firewood in New Bussa community of Niger State. Under the first phase of the project, 50 youths were trained in building solar cookers. Some members of the communities who took part in a demonstration on how the solar cooker works in Tungan Ibrahim, Salamatu Maigari and Salamatu Sale, said using the solar cooker was faster and better than using firewood. Read more... - allAfrica
March 2015

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Sadarbek Tohirbekov with the solar cooker provided by Little Earth. Photo by Little Earth.

  • Solar cookers for Tajikistan - Little Earth, a Tajik environmental NGO, provided a solar cooker to the village of Roshorv (located at an altitude of more than 3000m) in the Bartang Valley of Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. Sadarbek Tohirbekov, a teacher of Russian language at the local school, took delivery of the parabolic cooker though the each resident of the village has access to it. Tohirbekov said, "to prepare a lunch or dinner [without a solar cooker], we use about half a kilo of bush kindling and then a couple of kilos of firewood and three kilos of dried manure or coal. For example, just to boil five to seven liters of water requires about three to five kilos of bush. A solar kitchen can greatly reduce the consumption of firewood and other fuels, even if you use it only once a day." Read more...
Solar cooking workshop 3, C.V. Raman College, 3-30-15

"Solar Cooking for a Healthy & Better Life" at the Bhubaneswar Club in Odisha, India March 2015 - C.V. Raman College

  • Solar cookers for Women's Day in India - To recognize Women's Day on March 8th, Sanjib Rout, Chairman of the C.V. Raman College of Engineering organized a workshop on "Solar Cooking for a Healthy & Better Life" at the Bhubaneswar Club in Odisha, India. Its purpose was to create awareness among housewives, hoteliers and commercial organizations to adopt solar cooking as an alternative method for cooking.
  • Solvatten reports that their water heating system is currently being used 180,000 people in over 60 countries.
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Solar Cooker

The Staatliche Realschule students in Bad Tölz, Germany demonstrate the simple assembly of a parabolic solar cooker.

  • German group produces parabolic assembly video - The Comenius Multilateral Project 2012-2014 is a collective effort between seven secondary schools located across Europe, with the objective to show respect for the earth, and to change people's perception of how alternative energy can now be easily incorporated into our daily lives. The Staatliche Realschule in Bad Tölz, Germany, has put together a video showing the assembly of a parabolic solar cooker using simple tools.
Hot Pot featured at the GACC launch of EE handbook, 3-16-15

The HotPot solar cooker featured at the GACC launch of their "Empowered Entrepreneur Handbook" event. - Julie Greene

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Friends of the Old (FOTO) staff members bind the edges of new CooKits to make them more durable in Katito, Lower Nyakach, Kenya. - C. Cross

  • New CooKits being made more durable in Kenya - Friends of the Old (FOTO) staff members bind the edges of new CooKits to make them more durable in Katito, Lower Nyakach, Kenya
Solar Clutch sheet metal cooker, 3-4-15

Solar Clutch corrugated sheet metal solar panel cooker - Solar Clutch

  • Innovative cooking and sheet metal solar cookers - Solar Clutch, under the supervision of Steve Harrigan, explored new ways to adapt local materials to create effective and inexpensive solar panel cookers. Local cooks in Mauritania have developed ways to mimic frying fish with their solar cookers. Several variations of CooKit style cookers were created from locally available and durable water resident cardboard and sheet metal. The material for each of these versions cost less than $5USD. Mauritania has also instituted a ban on local plastic bag production due to the trash waste created. The group then experimented with Sterlite brand food containers for the green house enclosure with great success. The box material is clear polypropylene, food grade and is the same material as the autoclave bag material. Read more...

For older news see Older news.

May 2015

Ben 3 Firewood Stove - Seifert 2015

The Ben 3 Firewood Stove

April 2015

  • February 2009:
Evolución de las Cocinas Solares - Magnum Astron09:21

Evolución de las Cocinas Solares - Magnum Astron

Introducción al tema Cocinas Solares

  • Items added to any page are now marked " NEW" for 45 days after being added.
  • March 2012:
Gasifier stove and other renewable fuel technologies03:21

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Professor Ajay Chandak demonstrates some of his renewable and sustainable designs for a gasifier stove, institutional solar parabolic cookers and biodigesters.

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015: (Kalamath Falls) A free program, “How to Build and Use a Solar Oven,” will be led by Brittany Johansen at 10:30 a.m. in the Klamath County Library, located at 126 S. 3rd St. She will explain the science behind passive solar heating and how to use and build a solar oven.
  • Amazon Smile donation program - Consider signing up for http://smile.amazon.com, and choose Solar Cookers International as your charity of choice. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.
  • EVENT: Saturday, April 11, 2015: (Sierra Vista) The Sierra Vista Community Market will celebrate Earth Day with an Earth Day trivia quiz, kid's activities, and a solar cooking demonstration in Veterans’ Memorial Park. More information...
  • EVENT: Saturday, April 11, 2015: (Tucson) Join Citizens for Solar for the 33rd Solar Potluck and Exhibition happening at Catalina State Park. Experience the flavors of solar-cooked food and explore solar appliances, exhibitions (ovens, fountains, coolers, lights, electrical systems), and solar arts. The event is co-sponsored by Arizona State Parks. The event runs 10:00 a.m. - Sunset. More information...
  • EVENT: Saturday, August 8, 2015: (San Diego) Jim La Joie, designer of the All Season Solar Cooker, will present a 2 p.m. free class about solar cooking at the City Farmers Nursery located at 4832 Home Ave. He will cover the different types of solar cookers available and cooking techniques. When registering for the class you are offered a reduced price on an All Season's Solar Cooker. Sign up for this option prior to the class. More information...
  • August 2011:
KOMO4 News Solar in Seattle05:02

KOMO4 News Solar in Seattle

Tom and solar cooking expert Linda Stein show anchor Mary Nam how to cook, take a hot camping shower, provide all the electricity for your home, and brighten up a room -- all with the sun!

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