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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 [http://solarcooking.org/join/joinSCInet.htm online form].
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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].
   
The site also has information for the solar cooking enthusiast including [[:Category:Solar cooker plans|construction plans]] and [[:Category:Manufacturers and vendors|commercial models]]. Both articles explain the advantages and disadvantages of the different styles of solar cookers.
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==October 2014==
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*'''August 2014:''' Pierre-André Aubert used a mobile solar kitchen unit with an 8m² Scheffler Reflector, mounted on a trailer, in summer 2014 to cook for various events in the south of [[France]]. He is a professional gourmet cook and is currently developing his own concept of solar catering. {{GoogleLinkFromFrench|http://loubebert.info/blog/index.php?post/2014/08/19/Des-nouvelles-du-Gers|More info...}}
   
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<td style="font-size:125%">&nbsp;&nbsp;Read the [[Media:Scr_sep14.pdf|Fall 2014 issue of Solar Cooker Review]]<br />...or see [[Solar_Cooker_Review#Back_issues|back issues]].</td></tr></table>
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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.]]
   
*'''More Indian schools to get solar cookers ''(The Hindu)''''' - After experimenting with solar power in cooking the noon meal for students in a corporation school, the Coimbatore Corporation has decided to provide them to a few more schools. In August, Coimbatore installed two [institutional] solar cookers at the North Coimbatore School at Rs. 68,000. ...The civic body was keen on tapping alternative sources of energy to bring down reliance on conventional sources of energy and provide a friendly kitchen environment for workers, who had been struggling with using firewood. [http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/more-schools-in-coimbatore-to-get-solar-cookers/article5367329.ece Read more...]
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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.]]
   
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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]].
*'''Solar cooking receives a new platform to speak from''' - The second edition of ''Sun Focus'', a quarterly magazine devoted to concentrated solar heat has just been released. The new publication from [[India]] was founded by Dr Farooq Addullah. He explains that the magazine will focus on off-grid applications of concentrated solar technologies (CSTs) for the purpose of saving fuel oil, firewood, and LPG in industrial and commercial establishments using heat between 80 °C and 250 °C. Solar cooking plays a major role in the content. This latest edition's cover article is devoted to the latest developments of the [[Scheffler Community Kitchen]], written by noted solar cooking designer and advocate for solar cooking education in public schools, [[Ajay Chandak]]. Read his article on page 11. [https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3LcTeALQ3GJNXlDR01EMjRWcEk/edit?pli=1 Scheffler Solar Concentrators in India] - ''Sun Focus''
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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...]
   
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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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*[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)
   
[[File:PICT2221.jpg|thumb|300px|Women prepare a farewell dinner for the international team that had been evaluating their solar cooker project.]]
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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]]'']]
*'''Only solar cooking makes something like this possible''' - In 2009 several hundred women from [[Chad|Darfur refugee camps]] gathered together, each carrying a pot of raw food and a folded 12" x 12" cardboard and aluminum foil [[CooKit]]. They were preparing a farewell dinner for an international team that had been evaluating their solar cooker project. The women opened their CooKits and left their pots of food to cook unattended for 90 minutes while they sat in the shade. The result was a banquet for hundreds of people. If each of these woman had been required to haul a fuel-efficient stove and a bundle of wood to this location along with her pot of food, she would have had to stay out in the sun, along with the other women, to tend her fire through the cooking process. Imagine hundreds of fires burning in the desert sun to cook what the ladies in this photo cooked with no fuel and no fire at all.
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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.]]
*'''URGENT Appeal: Partnering for Haiyan storm relief needed''' - Are there any groups or individuals working in this region that are able to provide solar water pasteurization and cooking technology, and other resources to those affected by Haiyan? Please contact [http://www.solarcookers.org/contact Solar Cookers International Worldwide Office].
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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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[[Image:Wapi-before-after.jpg|150px|thumb|The WAPI on right shows that pasteurization temperatures have been reached.]]
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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].
*'''Study of water treatment in Kenya demonstrates the effectiveness of the WAPI''' - Dr. [[Robert Metcalf]], research microbiologist, and [[Dinah Chienjo]] of [[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 "when treated with WaterGuard (3 drops/liter), subsequent Colilert and Petrifilm tests most often were negative for E. coli, except with highly turbid water sources....When water was heated in a CooKit solar cooker to melt the WAPI wax, all subsequent Colilert and Petrifilm tests were negative for E. coli." 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]]
 
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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 [http://beyond-carbon.com/projects/africa-2/sunfire-stoves SunFire Stoves Project] in South Africa.]]
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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].
*'''SunFire Solutions partners with Beyond Carbon to promote local solar cooking businesses.''' - [[SunFire Solutions]] and [http://beyond-carbon.com Beyond Carbon] recognize that long-term solutions need to include local business communities with shared sustainability objectives. Their current [http://beyond-carbon.com/projects/africa-2/sunfire-stoves 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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[[File:Solar_cooking_training_in_Tapachula,_Mexico.jpg|thumb|300px|Solar cooking training in Tapachula, {{state|Chiapas}}, [[Mexico]]]]
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*'''New video from Pat McArdle where people from all around the world tell why they solar cook:'''
*'''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: http://tinyurl.com/kqr3fx9
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[[File:Sacramento_festival_2014.jpg|200px|thumb|Solar Cooking Festival 2014, Sacramento, {{state|California|CA}}, [[USA]]]]
*'''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." [http://insights.wired.com/profiles/blogs/response-to-humanitarian-innovation-the-power-to-change-the-world?xg_source=msg_appr_blogpost#axzz2dH6CQH54 Read more...]
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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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* '''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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Welcome to the Solar Cookers International Network (SCInet) Wiki, the world’s premier resource for solar thermal cooking and 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 field projects, research, design, and promotion. Groups and individuals directly involved in these efforts are invited to join SCInet and work with us to improve this resource and to further solar cooking around the world. For more information, contact info@solarcookers.org.

October 2014Edit

Mobile solar kitchen 2
  • August 2014: Pierre-André Aubert used a mobile solar kitchen unit with an 8m² Scheffler Reflector, mounted on a trailer, in summer 2014 to cook for various events in the south of France. He is a professional gourmet cook and is currently developing his own concept of solar catering. More info... - (English version)

September 2014Edit

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  Read the Fall 2014 issue of Solar Cooker Review
...or see back issues.
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.


For older news, please see Solar cooking news archive.

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