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<table style="margin:0;background-color:#a8c361;font-size:100%;font-weight:normal;border:1px solid #a3bfb1;text-color:#000;padding:0.2em 0.4em;width:100%;"><tr><td valign="bottom" style="font-size:135%;font-weight:bold;width:600px;">Welcome to the Solar Cookers International Network <span style="font-weight:normal;font-size:80%;">([[Solar Cookers International Network|about SCInet...]])</span></td><td align=right style="font-size:130%;"> Sponsored by [http://www.solarcookers.org Solar Cookers International]</td></tr><tr><td align="left" valign="middle">[[:Category:Countries|116 Countries]] '''·''' [[:Category:NGOs|510 NGOs]] '''·''' [[:Category:Individuals|543 Individuals]] '''·''' [[Manufacturers and vendors|181 Manufacturers]] '''·''' [[:Category:Solar cooker designs|361 Designs]] '''·''' [[:Category:Solar cooker plans|68 Plans]]</td> <td align="right" style="font-size:130%;padding-left:180px;"><table style="margin-left:100px;" cellpadding="2" border="0"><tr><td align="right">
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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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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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*'''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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*'''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: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.
 
 
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*'''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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[[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]]
 
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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.]]
 
*'''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]]]]
 
*'''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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*'''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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*For questions and comments about the Solar Cookers International Network (SCInet) or its website (this wiki), contact [mailto:webmaster@solarcooking.org webmaster@solarcooking.org].
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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
March 2016

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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
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The Huffington Post reports on the world's largest solar power plant being activated in Morocco
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GoSun featured in Epicurious article on how solar cooking can benefit those living in both developing and developed countries
February 2016

Three Million Solar Cooker map, SCI, 2-24-16
Three Million Solar Cookers Worldwide Impacting Over Eleven Million People - SCI
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Solar Cookers International releases its Annual Report for 2015

Events

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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 events@solarcookers.org before April 29, 2016. More information...

ArmeniaEdit

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 vaskenconsulting@aol.com.

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...

FranceEdit

  • 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...

IndiaEdit

  • 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 events@solarcookers.org before April 29, 2016. More information...

ItalyEdit

  • 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...

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ArizonaEdit

  • 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...

CaliforniaEdit

  • 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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