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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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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.
'''For older news''' and site additions, please see the [[Solar cooking news archive]].
==November 2013==
*'''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. [ Read more...]
*'''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. [ Scheffler Solar Concentrators in India] - ''Sun Focus''
[[File:PICT2221.jpg|thumb|300px|Women prepare a farewell dinner for the international team that had been evaluating their solar cooker project.]]
*'''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.
*'''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 [ Solar Cookers International Worldwide Office].
[[Image:Wapi-before-after.jpg|150px|thumb|The WAPI on right shows that pasteurization temperatures have been reached.]]
*'''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]]
[[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.]]
*'''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.
==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:
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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...]
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 its website (this wiki), contact [].
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September 2015

  • Added article in the media: Neeri develops more efficient solar tech - The Times of India
  • Added photographs and documents: Muhammad Yasin Khan
  • Added article in the media: Gestor ambiental aposta em forno solar como alternativa energética - (English version)
  • Added video: PhotonGrill Kickstarter video
  • Added video: Pete Schwartz explains Photovoltaic Solar Cooking
  • Added video: USP - Encontro de Cozinha Solar
  • Created introduction: Solar trough cooker designs
  • Created introduction: Parabolic solar cooker designs
  • EVENT: January 18-21, 2016: (Abu Dhabi) The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is an annual event hosted by Masdar, which is dedicated to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technologies. It will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The summit is the Middle East’s largest gathering on future energy and one that drives actionable solutions to the world’s energy challenges. Now in its ninth edition, WFES 2016 will attract upwards of 30,000 delegates from 170 different countries, representing expertise from industry, technology, finance and government. More information...
  • EVENT: November 10-13, 2015: (Accra, Ghana) Join 400 global leaders and practitioners gathered to help accelerate adoption of cleaner, more efficient cooking solutions at the Clean Cooking Forum sponsored by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. The bi-annual event will bring together stakeholders to share knowledge, learn best practices and forge new partnerships during four-days of informative sessions, networking, site visits, and clean cooking demonstrations. More information...
  • EVENT: Wednesday 10-11a.m. PT, October 7, 2015: Powering Emerging Markets with Smart U.S. Solutions - Join the Northern California World Trade Center for a live Google Hangout as they explore international market opportunities for U.S. companies in the field of renewable energy and smart infrastructure development. The program is aimed at U.S. companies and exporters interested in expanding in the international renewable energy market. The program is free to all but registration is required. More information
  • Added article in the media: Why not sun-roasted chilies for Presidio, Texas?
  • Added video: Inti Illimani introducing solar box cookers in rural Amazon communities. COCINA SOLAR EN LA AMAZONÍA
  • EVENT: Saturday, September 26, 2015: (Woodbridge, Virginia, USA) Patrons of the Chinn Park Regional Library are invited to a solar cooking workshop and demonstration from 9:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Solar Cookers International volunteer, Afzal Syed, and his family will lead the event. All community members are encouraged to participate.
  • EVENT: Saturday, September 19, 2015: (Vacaville, California, USA) A “Solar Cooking/Build a Solar Cooker” course is being offered by the City of Vacaville’s Community Services Department. Students create an economical, portable solar cooker and receive instruction on essential solar cooking tips. Add solar cooking as part of your camping/backpacking adventures or emergency preparedness plan. The course is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 19 at the Three Oaks Community Center, 1100 Alamo Drive. The course fee is $21 with a $10 materials fee. Pre-registration is required due to limited space. Register online at, with a client PIN and barcode, or at any of the following locations: McBride Center, Ulatis Community Center, and Three Oaks Community Center. For more information and additional class dates, call 707-469-4010. More information...
  • Added image: Animated GIF of the setup of the PhotonGrill
  • Added scientific paper: Solar cooking development in Algerian Sahara: Towards a socially suitable solar cooker - Arezki Harmim et al
  • EVENT: Saturday, September 19, 2015: (Tucson, Arizona, USA) Join Citizens for Solar for their Second Annual Equinox Solar Potluck, and experience the flavors of solar-cooked food and learn about solar by viewing solar appliances and exhibitions (ovens, fountains, coolers, lights, electrical systems) and solar arts. The event is co-sponsored by Solar Guild and Valley of the Moon. It will run from noon until sunset. Cooker set-up begins at 9:30 a.m. Potluck at 5 p.m. Bring your solar cooker and join in. More information...
  • Added videos: Presentation videos from SCI Regional Convention North America - 2015
  • Added information: Fresnel array for evacuated tube cookers

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