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=='''Solar cooking around the world'''==
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The [[Solar Cookers International Network]] is an alliance of [[:Category:NGOs|NGOs]], [[:Category:Manufacturers and vendors|manufacturers]], and [[:Category:Individuals|individuals]] actively promoting solar cooking in more than [[Countries|100 countries]]. This wiki-based site, which allows Network participants to edit articles, provides a platform for members to share information and to 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 [ online form].
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*See the [[Most significant solar cooking projects|most significant solar cooking projects worldwide]].
'''For older news''' and site additions, please see the [[Solar cooking news archive]].
=='''Solar cooking news from around the world'''==
==August 2013==
[[File:Olivia_Kanyesigye_ICM_demonstration,_8-15-13.jpg|thumb|250px|[[Olivia Kanyesigye]] (in black suit) from the [[Solar Connect Association]], and Henk Crietee, from [[Solar Cooking Netherlands]], attend an [[Integrated Cooking Method|integrated solar cooking]] demonstration in [[Uganda]], August 2013.]]
*'''Uganda NGO with proven profitability plans for expansion at new location''' - Henk Crietee, from [[Solar Cooking Netherlands]], was in [[Uganda]] for two weeks in early August to evaluate [[Solar Connect Association]] (SCA) project activities. During Crietee's visit, a piece of land was secured in Mbarara, on which SCA will construct a building to house a new Renewable Energy Center. Integrated solar cooking appliances will be produced, advertised and sold from this new location, which will offer better exposure for their products to local residents, tourists, and political leaders. While SCA has shown itself to be relatively self sufficient in terms of covering operation costs, through the sales of solar cookers, [[hay basket]]s and [[rocket stoves]], they cannot yet afford to construct a new building. Participation by Solar Cooking Netherlands with help in securing the land has been appreciated. Donors wishing to help contribute to the building construction can contact [[Solar Cooking Netherlands]]. This fledgling effort is another example that demonstrates solar cooking, and related integrated cooking methods, can become a successful business by incorporating local manufacturing, sales, and long term consumer support.
[[File:Soulsource_successful.jpg|thumb|250px|SolSource: [ Kickstarter project] a success]]
*'''One Earth Designs raises $142k on Kickstarter to fund solar cooking project''' - [[One Earth Designs]] successfully concluded its Kickstarter campaign to promote the [[SolSource|SolSource solar cooker]], raising a total of $142,413 out of a goal of $43,000 (331% of the goal) and meeting three stretch goals, with 507 people backing the project. Delivery of the cookers will happen in October 2013. Visit the [ SolSource Kickstarter page].
==June 2013==
[[File:SolSource_cooker,_6-13.jpg|thumb|300px|The [[SolSource]] solar cooker]]
*'''Young entrepreneurs align with Kickstarter to promote their parabolic solar cooker''' - [[One Earth Designs]] began in 2008 to develop their [[SolSource]] parabolic cooker. In September 2010, the cooker won the Dutch Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. The design team continues their research on the cooker, with the goal it will be the world's first temperature-adjustable solar cooker with six discrete settings up to 1,000°C (1,832°F). 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. An article in ''gizmag'' explains that those wishing to help this fledgling company are offered the opportunity to purchase today's basic cooker for $249 USD, with free shipping in the continental [[USA]]. The projected retail price will be $399 USD, so this is a great way to help them out, and get a great deal. Delivery of the cookers will happen in October 2013. [ More information...], [ Kickstarter page]
[[File:SHE_World_refugee_day_promotion_2013.jpg|thumb|250px|A woman adjusts the [[solar panel cooker]] she received through [[Solar Household Energy]].]]
*'''World Refugee Day focusses on the needs of displaced populations''' - World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. Even though the day has passed, June 20th, awareness and action are continuing. [ Universal Giving] has organized a group of relief projects to help raise donations. 100% of the donation reaches the intended foundation and project. This year [[Solar Household Energy]] (SHE) is featured among the projects for their work promoting solar cooking worldwide. SHE is a global leader in this effort. Consider helping them. [ Donation information...]
*'''Solar Cookers International to dedicate more resources to the renamed Solar Cookers International Network'''<br />Since its founding in 2006, the Solar Cookers World Network has continued to expand. [[:Category:Solar Cookers World Network members|Network members]] now include over 500 NGOs, individuals, and manufacturers working in the field to advance the cause of solar cooking. At the same time, the Network’s wiki resource has grown to become an unparalleled resource for solar cooking knowledge worldwide. With contributions of articles and photos from Network members and monetary and administrative support from [[Solar Cookers International]] (SCI), this wiki now contains nearly 2000 articles, covering all aspects of solar cooking design and promotion. Today SCI renews its commitment to the Solar Cookers World Network and its corresponding Wiki. SCI will direct more resources toward both. In the near future, SCI will ask all Network members to give us their feedback to help us prioritize our efforts to assist in areas of greatest need. Read the “Letter from the Executive Director” in the [ June 2013 issue of Solar Cooker Review] for more information about SCI’s Strategic Plan for 2013-2018. To communicate SCI’s renewed and expanded commitment to the Network, starting today, June 1, 2013 the name of the Network and Wiki will change, but not their substance. The Solar Cookers World Network will become the Solar Cookers International Network (SCInet); the Solar Cookers World Network Wiki will become the Solar Cookers International Network Wiki. SCI welcomes your input. Please contact SCI at [] if you have questions or comments.
*'''The June 2013 issue of Solar Cooker Review is now available online''' - [[Solar Cooker Review|Read the issue here...]]
==May 2013==
[[File:SOLAR ENERGY|thumb|right|300 px|[[Faustine Odaba]], an environmentalist popularly known as "Mama Solar", uses solar energy to make most of her meals. Published Sept. 2012]]
*'''An inspired environmentalist shares her tips and techniques for solar cooking''' - [[Faustine Odaba]] lives in [[Kenya]], and has been promoting solar cooking since the early nineties. Her reputation with solar cooking efforts is well known and she is lovingly referred to as "Mama Solar". In the accompanying video she offers practical solar cooking tips and techniques, and describes the features of different types of cookers. She also explains the advantage of using [[heat-retention cooking]] to complement solar cooking. It is inspiring to see how she careful crafts every scrap of recycled material into useful household products. She gently reminds everyone "The sun can bring a meal to your table."
[[File:Touloum_refugee_camp_1.jpg|thumb|250px|A mother with her child watch over the [[solar panel cookers]] at the [[Touloum Refugee Camp]].]]
*'''Solar cookers preparing food for 130,000 people daily at the refugee camps in Chad''' - [[Derk Rijks]], a volunteer with the [[KoZon Foundation]], recently responded to [[Jewish World Watch]] with this note of appreciation. "Last week I was at the [[Touloum Refugee Camp]]. The chief of the workshop, Fatimé, told me there were new arrivals. We walked over to the last of the dunes and there was one woman who had just walked in with four kids, sitting in the sand. Her village was bombed one week ago, and she had fled to escape the Janjaweed, walking for seven nights. Fatimé looked at me, I nodded, 'yes', and in the next few hours she had her cooker and started her solar cooker training, even before she had a shelter. No words needed, no paper needed. That is the way your contribution works." He also explains that in the six camps where they work in [[Chad]], and in the villages of the population around the camps about 29,000 families now do solar cooking, and about 130,000 people are eating solar cooked meals. In this part of the world solar cooking works about 300 days a year. From the empty bags of the food shipped in by the World Food Programme, and the snippets of aluminum foil and cardboard left over from the manufacture of the cookers, the refugees make "[[haybasket|thermos baskets]]" to keep the food, cooked between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., warm until the evening meal at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m. They do not have to search for wood so much any more and there are far fewer conflicts for that reason. As one of the elected representatives of the women refugees said: "Solar cooking brings us justice and peace".
==April 2013==
[[File:Sunoven.jpg|300px|thumb|The [[Sun Oven]] [[solar box cooker]]]]
*'''Interesting facts about the Sun Oven''' - The [[Sun Oven]] is manufactured by [[Sun Ovens International]] primarily in Elburn, {{state|Illinois}}, [[USA]]. Recently [[Paul Munsen]], the company president, was questioned about where their ovens were being sold. They have been sold in over 130 countries. The Sun Oven is usually considered to be the standard which other [[solar box cooker]]s are judged by. They are well made of quality components, and quite durable. The company has a revised version of the Sun Oven called the All American Sun Oven that has a 20% larger cooking area and new wind resistance features. Interestingly, 42% of the Sun Ovens sold worldwide are sold in the state of {{state|Utah}}, USA. Munsen believes 70% of the ovens are being kept on shelves with emergency food supplies, the rest are used on a regular basis. The owners appreciate the versatility of the cooker, with the added benefit of helping to lower household kitchen temperatures during hot summer months. When Munsen was recently demonstrating in the Sun Oven in [[Afghanistan]] to a group of local women, he was told the cooker could not provide the smoky favor desired in their [[flatbread]], known as naan. Paul's wife suggested adding a few drops of liquid smoke to the batter. A recent delivery of ovens was accompanied by a 55-gallon drum of liquid smoke. The liquid smoke offers some advantages over smoky fires. Munsen says women cooking over fires can inhale as much smoke as they’d get from smoking three packs of cigarettes a day, and children are more likely to contract acute lower respiratory and eye infections. [ Read more...]
[[File:Trust_in_Education_CooKit_3,_4-17-13.jpg|thumb|300px|The [[Trust in Education]] variation of the [[CooKit]], which uses recycled Peet's Coffee bags for the [[reflective material]].]]
*'''Solar panel cookers headed to Afghanistan use recycled coffee bags for reflective material''' - The solar cookers are distributed by [[Trust in Education]] located in Kabul, [[Afghanistan]]. They are a [[CooKit]] variation, and are being produced at a box manufacturing company in San Leandro, {{state|California|CA}}, [[USA]]. The [[reflective material]] used for the [[solar panel cooker]]s comes from Mylar coffee bean bags, recycled from Peet’s Coffee & Tea headquartered in Berkeley, {{state|California}}. They are cut open and cleaned by adults with developmental disabilities from [ Futures Explored] in Lafayette, California. With the reflective interior surface facing out, the bags are then stapled to the cooker panels by Afghan workers. So far, 2,000 cookers have been delivered to Afghanistan, and over 20,000 bags have been collected from Peet’s (keeping many Mylar bags out of the landfill). The new cookers are working very well, and are appreciated.
For older news, please see [[Solar cooking news archive]].
*For questions and comments about the Solar Cookers World Network or its website (this wiki), contact [].
*For questions and comments about the [[Solar Cookers International Network]] (SCInet) or this website, contact [].
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