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[[Image:Wapi-before-after.jpg|150px|thumb|The WAPI on right shows that pasteurization temperatures have been reached.]]
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*'''Study of water treatment in Kenya demonstrates the effectiveness of the WAPI''' - Dr. [[Robert Metcalf]], research microbiologist, and [[FOTO]] worked together on a study to compare the results of various water treatment chemicals to the [[WAPI]] water pasteurization indicator used with a [[CooKit]] solar cooker. One finding of note is that the WAPI, when used with the CooKit, was 100% effective in producing negative results for E.coli, while the WaterGuard (3 drops/liter) method was only effective in most cases. Read the study at: [[Media:Eliminating_Water-bourne_Disease_Lower_Nyakach_Kenya_2013.pdf|The Goal is Zero: A Strategy to Eliminate Water-bourne Disease in Lower Nyakach, Kenya]]
=='''Solar cooking around the world'''==
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[[File:SunFire_Stove_Project,_11-5-13.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Crosby Menzies]] of [[SunFire Solutions]], attends a solar cooking demonstration as part of the [ SunFire Stoves Project] in South Africa.]]
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*'''SunFire Solutions partners with Beyond Carbon to promote local solar cooking businesses.''' - [[SunFire Solutions]] and [ Beyond Carbon] recognize that long-term solutions need to include local business communities with shared sustainability objectives. Their current [ SunFire Stoves Project] joint venture is based in [[South Africa]]. The project's goal is to protect the area around Kruger National Park from deforestation through the implementation of solar cookers. Three hundred[[parabolic solar cooker]]s were initially purchased for the project, and 213 have already gone into households as of fall 2013. With access to the solar cookers, more than ten new locally owned enterprises have been created.
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==September 2013==
[[File:Solar_cooking_training_in_Tapachula,_Mexico.jpg|thumb|300px|Solar cooking training in Tapachula, {{state|Chiapas}}, [[Mexico]]]]
*'''Mexican Rotary Club trains 44 new solar cooking trainers''' - In conjunction with the Municipal government of Tapachula in {{state|Chiapas}}, [[Mexico]], the [[Rotary Club of Tapachula Centenario]] has sponsored a number of solar cooking workshops in 2012 and 2013. Forty-four new instructors were trained in how to present solar cooking workshops back in their home communities. Restaurant staff was introduced to solar cooking in Santo Domingo, and at the Universidad Valle del Grijalva, City and Tapachula, culinary students were also introduced to solar cooking. On-site Experimental INIFAP "Rosario Izapa" trained twenty-seven people as users of alternative cooking systems. More photos here:
'''For older news and new content log, please see the [[Solar cooking news archive]].'''
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*'''Humanitarian Innovation: What's Cooking With Solar Cookers''' - [[Patricia McArdle]], editor of the [[Solar Cooker Review]] and solar thermal cooking activist, relates the most recent reactions to solar cooking she has encountered while encouraging larger humanitarian groups to support this simple nonpolluting technology. "While 10s of millions of dollars have been invested over the past decade by international organizations, governments and corporate sponsors to develop cleaner burning biomass cook stoves, no funds have been allocated to help make the current generation of solar thermal cookers more durable, more efficient and less expensive." [ Read more...]
==August 2013==
*'''The September 2013 issue of Solar Cooker Review is now available online.'''
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[[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 International Network (SCInet) 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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In new TIME Magazine article, solar cooking is discussed as a solution to limiting women's exposure to cooking smoke in Nigeria
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In Algeria, 179 pupils take part in a solar cooking festival with 70 designs
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Solar Cookers International is organizing the 2017 Solar Cooking Conference which is being held in Goraj, Gujarat, India from January 16-22, 2017. Travel funding applications with abstract must be submitted by April 29, 2016.
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The latest issue of Sierra Club Magazine features Dr. Catlin Powers describing why she started One Earth Designs, the impact she's seen solar cooking make, and what she would like to work on next
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Roorkee IIT uses solar energy for steam cooking, saving 5,000 LPG cylinders a year
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Video: Dr. Catlin Powers of One Earth Designs speaking at a Clinton Global Initiative University panel on how solar cooking combats household air pollution and fuel scarcity
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Janak McGilligan appointed to the Solar Cookers International Advisory Council
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USAID provides solar rice dryers to farmers in the Philippines for typhoon recovery
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Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior demonstrates solar cooking during port visits
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SunPod interview with SCI director Julie Greene from recent Portugal conference
The Huffington Post reports on the world's largest solar power plant being activated in Morocco
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  • October 3 - November 13, 2016: Appropriate Technology for the Developing World - Are you interested in international development, humanitarian work, or helping others with renewable energy internationally? \If you answered yes, this course, put on by Solar Energy International is for you! The first section of this course surveys technologies that aim to improve people’s access to basic human needs: water and sanitation, food processing and cooking technologies, biomass, rural electrification, and appropriate building techniques. The second section of the class focuses on project development and implementation. Throughout this course the focus is on the community- their needs, how to guide decision makers to understand the benefits of different technologies, and how to learn from the community. Working with a community will ensure the success of an appropriate technology project. Register here...

Request for ProposalsEdit

  • April 29, 2016: (Vadodara, Gujarat, India) Solar Cookers International is organizing the next solar cooking conference to take place at the Muni Seva Ashram in Goraj (near Vadodara), Gujarat, India from 16-22 January, 2017. Topics to be addressed include: solar cooking, solar food processing, energy policy, and solar thermal industrial applications. Conference participants may submit an abstract and/or nominate a conference theme or speaker. Travel funding applicants must submit a Travel Funding Application accompanied by an abstract to before April 29, 2016. More information...


Armenia event Vasken Melkonian 2016
  • August 5-7, 2016: Spitak Solar Cooking Festival - Guests will be able to stay for free at the Center in Spitak (donation are appreciated). The guests will need to pay for their own food. Spitak is 100 km. North of the capital Yerevan. Bus transport is available. For more information write

Costa RicaEdit

  • April 17 - May 1, 2016: (Mastatal, Puriscal) Rancho Mastatal is an environmental learning center and lodge located along the edge of the last remaining virgin rainforest of Costa Rica’s Puriscal County. The center will be hosting this two-week workshop to promote forest conservation and living harmoniously in this pristine environment. Alternative cooking technologies: methane bio-digesters, rocket and bio-char stoves, cob, and yes, solar ovens will be one of topics covered in the course. Registration information...


  • 27-28 Mai 2016: (Nantes) PROJET DE DÉVELOPPEMENT ET CUISEURS ÉCOLOGIQUES - Deux journées avec Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil qui permettent aux participants de consolider leur démarche de projet de développement de cuisson écologique, et d’acquérir les connaissances sur les cuiseurs écologiques et sur la fabrication d’un cuiseur à bois économe. Plus d'informations...


  • NEW: April 29, 2016: (Vadodara, Gujarat,) Solar Cookers International is organizing the next solar cooking conference to take place at the Muni Seva Ashram in Goraj (near Vadodara), Gujarat, India from 16-22 January, 2017. Topics to be addressed include: solar cooking, solar food processing, energy policy, and solar thermal industrial applications. Conference participants may submit an abstract and/or nominate a conference theme or speaker. Travel funding applicants must submit a Travel Funding Application accompanied by an abstract to before April 29, 2016. More information...


  • June 7-10, 2016: (Florence): The 16th IEEE International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering is an international forum for the exchange of ideas and information on energy systems, taking place next summer in Italy. Delegates make presentations and discuss various issues, including clean and renewable energy solutions, for protection of our environment. Originally, authors were invited to submit original papers by January 31, 2016. Due to numerous requests, the manuscript submission deadline has been extended to February 15, 2016. More information...



  • NEW: Saturday, April 30, 2016: (Tucson) Citizens for Solar will be holding its Annual Solar Potluck at Catalina State Park from 10am until sunset. If you are a solar cook, please bring your own solar oven(s) and join them for cooking. The Solar Potluck and Exhibition opens to the public at 10:00am, but solar cooks are asked have their ovens set up by 9:30am. The cost of the Solar Potluck is free; $7/car to get into the Park. More information...


  • NEW:  Saturday, June 11, 2016: (Cordova) Solar cooking allows you to cook your food while saving time, energy and money—plus it's fun! Gain an understanding of how solar cooking works and the pros and cons of a number of different types of cookers. We will discuss how and when to use your solar cooker and provide recipes that lead to successful meals. Try solar-cooked foods and learn about how solar cookers are helping change lives in many parts of the world. Price: $40. More information...


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