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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|120 countries]]. This wiki-based site allows members to share information on projects and research. Solar cooking is an important part of [[Integrated Cooking]], which includes the use of [[fuel-efficient woodstove]]s and [[heat-retention cooker]]s. Promoters, designers, and manufacturers are invited '''to join the Network''' by filling out this [http://solarcooking.org/join/joinSCInet.htm online form]
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==January 2014==
 
   
[[File:Suryakumbh_2014.png|thumb|300px|3,484 children from 80+ schools participated in the world's largest solar cooking class in Mumbai. [http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-mumbai-3484-kids-take-part-in-largest-solar-cooking-session-set-guinness-record-1945468 Read more...]]]
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Welcome to the '''Solar Cookers International Network''' (SCInet). [[Introduction to solar cooking|Learn]] to solar cook, [[:Category:Solar cooker plans|build]] your own solar cooker, or research where to [[:Category:Manufacturers and vendors|buy]] a cooker. The hundreds of different [[:Category:Solar cooker designs|solar cooker designs]] all concentrate or accumulate solar energy to [[Guidelines and cooking tips|cook food]] and make [[Water pasteurization|water]] safe to drink. [[:Category:Solar Cookers International Network members|SCInet partners]] worldwide [[SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014|collaborate]] to improve and [[Promoting solar cooking|spread]] this technology for the positive impact it can have on [[Household air pollution|human health]] and [[Deforestation|environmental degradation]].
*'''India raises the bar for the world's largest solar cooking class''' - "As many as 3,484 children from over 80 schools participated in the largest solar cooking initiative Suryakumbh on January 4th, which has qualified as an entry to the Guinness Book of World Records. The emergence of renewable sources of energy as an answer to the imminent exhaustion of conventional energy sources pushed a Bhayander NGO, Keshav Srushti, to start with the most influential members of society, children." The class was held in Mumbai, [[India]]. [http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-mumbai-3484-kids-take-part-in-largest-solar-cooking-session-set-guinness-record-1945468 Read more...]
 
   
*The January 2014 issue of [[Solar Cooker Review]] is now available online.
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The California-based nonprofit, [[Solar Cookers International]], sponsors this global network and manages this site, which is the premier destination for solar cooking information. The 1,800+ articles on the site are accessed approximately 250,000 times each month from almost every [[:Category:Countries|country]] of the world.
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{{Cat|NGOs}} and {{Cat|individuals}} actively promoting solar cooking, as well as designers, researchers, [[:Category:Manufacturers and vendors|manufacturers]], and [[:Category:Manufacturers and vendors|vendors]] are invited to '''[http://solarcookers.org/network/about-scinet/scinet/ join SCInet]'''. Work with us to increase solar cooking [[:Category:Countries|around the world]]. Thank you to the [http://aguafund.org/ Agua Fund] for providing vital financial support. For more information, contact [mailto:webmaster@solarcooking.org webmaster@solarcooking.org].<td></td></tr></table>
*''' Rajasthan state govt. sponsors solar cooking systems for girls hostels''' - Two state run hostels for girls in Jaipur, {{state|Rajasthan}}, [[India]] have installed [[Scheffler Community Kitchen]] solar cooking systems to meet the cooking needs for 600 students. Each system has four dishes of 16 square meters and will help conserve 4,500 kgs of liquefied cooking gas (LPG) annually assuming about 275 normally sunny days. It is estimated the payback will be less than four years, reducing the financial burden to the state government. [http://www.energynext.in/girls-hostel-and-ripa-in-jaipur-get-solar-cooking-systems Read more...]
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*'''A quiet community in Latin America is making sustainability a reality '''- "The Solar Women of Totogalpa" is a short documentary film set in rural [[Nicaragua]] that follows [[Las Mujeres Solares de Totogalpa|a group of women]] in their journey toward a community-based, sustainable lifestyle with solar cooking as its centerpiece. Watch this excellent twenty-two minute film, and help the producers receive the Audience Choice Award by clicking on the "Like" button at the top of [http://www.povertycure.org/library/product/adelante-con-el-sol-the-solar-women-of-totogalpa-nicaragua this page].
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*'''Technical testing standards for solar cookers updated''' - The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), based in St. Joseph, {{state|Michigan}}, [[USA]], has revised its [[Testing|solar cooker testing]] standard. The organization is recognized worldwide for developing voluntary standards for food, agricultural, and biological systems. Often sited in technical reviews, the updated version will replace the current standards established ten years ago. The goal is to promote uniformity and consistency in the terms and units used to describe, test, rate, and evaluate solar cookers, solar cooker components, and solar cooker operation. However, it is outside of the scope of the standards to factor in cost, durability, and user satisfaction. Review the new standards: [[Media:S580.1.pdf|ASAE S580.1 NOV2013 Testing and Reporting Solar Cooker Performance]]
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'''For more new content see [[New content#March_2015|New content]].
[[File:Matthew Rollins CooKit variation (assembled), 2-21-12.jpg|230px|thumb|An early prototype of the [[CooKit]] [[solar panel cooker]] variation designed by [[Applied Green Technology]].]]
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* '''Lady Fatimah Trust finances several thousand solar cookers for Iraq, Lebanon, and Africa''' - A.G. Karim, chairman of The [[Lady Fatemah Trust]], based in the [[United Kingdom]], has agreed to finance several thousand solar cookers designed by [[Matthew Rollins]] of [[Applied Green Technology]], to be delivered to [[Africa]], [[Iraq]], and [[Lebanon]]. Matthew has also arranged for [[Andreas Fasoulides]], living in [[Cyprus]], to visit [[Pakistan]] to lay the groundwork for future solar cooking training workshops there where 100,000 solar cookers are currently on provisional order. Applied Green Technology is close to releasing their new solar cooker design developed from the basic [[CooKit]] solar panel cooker. Matthew states that the improved design will be able to be adjusted to suit sun orientation at any latitude location on the globe, and the added power boost allows for cooking to be done often without the need for a cooking bag.
 
 
[[File:UCI_students_receive_Gates_Foundation_grant,_11-26-13.jpg|thumb|250px|UCI students receive a Gates Foundation grant to help develop their design for a [[heat storage]] solar cooker able to cook in the evening when the sun is down.]]
 
*'''The Gates Foundation recognizes solar cooking''' - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $100,000 to the University of {{state|California}} Irvine, [[USA]], for its development of a solar stove that allows people to cook without carbon emissions. The grant to the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UCI is one of more than 80 awards the foundation announced Wednesday, according to a news release. The awards are being given to institutions that foster forward-thinking solutions to persistent global issues. The stored-energy solar stove, which permits carbon-free cooking indoors and at night using phase-changing nitrate salts for [[heat storage]], was designed by a group of senior mechanical engineering students at UCI. [http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/30368 Read more...]
 
 
*'''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''
 
 
 
 
[[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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Welcome to the Solar Cookers International Network (SCInet). Learn to solar cook, build your own solar cooker, or research where to buy a cooker. The hundreds of different solar cooker designs all concentrate or accumulate solar energy to cook food and make water safe to drink. SCInet partners worldwide collaborate to improve and spread this technology for the positive impact it can have on human health and environmental degradation.

The California-based nonprofit, Solar Cookers International, sponsors this global network and manages this site, which is the premier destination for solar cooking information. The 1,800+ articles on the site are accessed approximately 250,000 times each month from almost every country of the world.

NGOs and individuals actively promoting solar cooking, as well as designers, researchers, manufacturers, and vendors are invited to join SCInet. Work with us to increase solar cooking around the world. Thank you to the Agua Fund for providing vital financial support. For more information, contact webmaster@solarcooking.org.

Solar cooking around the worldEdit

May 2015

CASEP solar box oven user in Guatamala, 5-21-15

Women in Guatemala cook with a solar oven that they built themselves through a CASEP project. - Tom Cogill

  • Long time solar cooking advocate, CASEP, is recognized by nature magazine: William Lankford, founder and president of CASEP, and Laura Brown, program coordinator, explain that after many years of coordinating solar cooking projects they have learned to focus their programs more on women's needs rather than the cooking technology. Read more...
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José Andrés photo courtesy of World Central Kitchen

  • Chef José Adrés discusses the importance of solar and efficient cooking - In an interview with MUNCHIES, Chef Jose Andrés describes when he first got excited about solar cooking, how solar and efficient cooking technology can help those in developing countries, and what he is doing to promote these technologies around the world. Read more...
  • Featured presentation from the SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014:
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The Solar Cooking Solution-0

Solar cooking is a solution for nearly 3 billion people worldwide who cook over open fires. Some cannot afford to purchase food and fuel, or to make their water safe to drink.

  • The Solar Cooking Solution: Solar Cookers International has produced a new video called The Solar Cooking Solution which explores how solar cooking can help minimize deforestation, improve the health of those who cook indoors with traditional cook stoves, and reduce reliance on non-renewable fuels, specifically in developing countries.
April 2015

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Bradley Reciprocal Optical Test for Measuring Solar Cooker Performance

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Robert Chiron

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McArdle Factors that give funders confidence

  • You can now see all new content as it is added to the site by visiting this page: New content


March 2015

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Solar energy concentrator at Ramakrishna Mission’s Students’ Home

  • Investment brings large-scale solar cooking to Chennai school for orphans and underprivileged boys - Starting in 2013, a partnership between the UNDP, India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and the Global Environment Facility, led to a project to install an ARUN®100 solar concentrator at the Ramakrishna Mission’s Students’ Home. The system provides enough energy to cook 3,000 meals per day and reduces LPG consumption by half, which leads to a savings of US$8,000 per year. Read more...
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"Solar Cooking for a Healthy & Better Life" at the Bhubaneswar Club in Odisha, India March 2015 - C.V. Raman College

  • Women's Day event in India promotes solar cooking - Sanjib Rout, Chairman of the C.V. Raman College of Engineering organized a workshop on "Solar Cooking for a Healthy & Better Life" at the Bhubaneswar Club in Odisha, India to raise awareness of the potential of solar cooking for commercial applications.
  • Show your solar cooker design to the United Nations Development Program - The UN is now assessing what viable small and institutional-sized solar cookers are available in the marketplace for widespread distribution in emergency situations. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015. Read more...
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Solar cooker drawings by refugees

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Dr. Janak Palta McGilligan

  • Apply for the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards: Solar Cookers International has a unique opportunity to nominate projects from SCInet members for the 2015 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards. All materials must be in English. Read more...


February 2015

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The webinar will be held from 3:00pm - 4:30pm GMT (7:00am - 8:30am PST/10:00am - 11:30pm EST). More info and registration...
  • Apply for the SEED Award - The SEED Awards recognize "the most promising, innovative and locally-led start-up social and environmental enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies. The independent SEED International Jury of experts selects enterprises which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability while contributing to a greener economy." Apply by March 31, 2015. Read more...

For older news, please see Solar cooking news archive.

May 2015

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Sai, one of the recipients of a solar cooker as part of "See Solar, Cook Solar", proudly poses with her pot of cooked cassava, a root crop native to Fiji.

  • May 2015: Soroptimist International completed the first solar cooking installation in Fiji as part of their "See Solar, Cook Solar" program. The goal of the program is to provide a cleaner and more environmentally friendly cooking solution for women in rural and island locations. Read more...
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The Solrmatic with the company's 2015 MakerFaire Editor's Choice award.

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The Ben 3 Firewood Stove

  • Six liters of water brought to a boil with only 350 g of wood - Dieter Seifert writes: Today I have made tests with the Ben 2 and 3 Ben Firewood Stoves. It is almost unbelievable, but the efficiency is always higher than 40% and if one does not heat up too fast (i.e., the power under 1.5 kW is), the result is almost no smoke and approximately 350 g thin wooden sticks can bring 6 liters of water to a boil in 25 minutes. Of course cooking is much more convenient with a large parabolic solar cooker (We have used the AlSol 1.4 for many years.). The Ben ovens are so easy to prepare (2 sheets provided with holes and bending, drilling a ring and three legs and turn, turn 4 bars hairpin-shaped and assemble everything) that the cost in firewood crisis regions would be well below $10 USD. The combination of heat-retention cooking and Fuel-efficient wood stoves with the solar cooker is ideal. The solar cooker can do much more than just cooking. It is a peace-creating technology that is so urgently needed.
April 2015

Leéiyen teaches the use of solar box cookers and the --SODIS-- approach to water pastuerization, 11-15-14

Leéiyen teaches the use of solar box cookers and the SODIS method of water pasteurization in Cameroon, November 2014.

  • A Development and Information Center, DevICe, has been established in Tatum, Kumbo, north of Bamenda in Cameroon. After two weeks of training, the staff continues to test different types of solar ovens, provide information about water hygiene, and help with simple water quality analysis. They will also look into solar cooking. The center is run by voluntary work with a small budget. However, they are able to use a professional pyranometer from Kipp & Zonen. The project is run in partnership with Engineers Without Borders - Sweden, and sponsorship by Inpsecta, a technical consulting company in Sweden.
  • AFRES moves forward with solar cooking initiative - According to Joseph Odey, Chairman of the Association for the Reduction of Carbon Emission, the initiative is being sponsored at present by the Global Environmental Facility Small Grant Programme, GEF-SGP under the support of UNDP to provide alternative energy source for use in place of firewood in New Bussa community of Niger State. Under the first phase of the project, 50 youths were trained in building solar cookers. Some members of the communities who took part in a demonstration on how the solar cooker works in Tungan Ibrahim, Salamatu Maigari and Salamatu Sale, said using the solar cooker was faster and better than using firewood. Read more... - allAfrica
March 2015

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Sadarbek Tohirbekov with the solar cooker provided by Little Earth. Photo by Little Earth.

  • Solar cookers for Tajikistan - Little Earth, a Tajik environmental NGO, provided a solar cooker to the village of Roshorv (located at an altitude of more than 3000m) in the Bartang Valley of Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. Sadarbek Tohirbekov, a teacher of Russian language at the local school, took delivery of the parabolic cooker though the each resident of the village has access to it. Tohirbekov said, "to prepare a lunch or dinner [without a solar cooker], we use about half a kilo of bush kindling and then a couple of kilos of firewood and three kilos of dried manure or coal. For example, just to boil five to seven liters of water requires about three to five kilos of bush. A solar kitchen can greatly reduce the consumption of firewood and other fuels, even if you use it only once a day." Read more...
Solar cooking workshop 3, C.V. Raman College, 3-30-15

"Solar Cooking for a Healthy & Better Life" at the Bhubaneswar Club in Odisha, India March 2015 - C.V. Raman College

  • Solar cookers for Women's Day in India - To recognize Women's Day on March 8th, Sanjib Rout, Chairman of the C.V. Raman College of Engineering organized a workshop on "Solar Cooking for a Healthy & Better Life" at the Bhubaneswar Club in Odisha, India. Its purpose was to create awareness among housewives, hoteliers and commercial organizations to adopt solar cooking as an alternative method for cooking.
  • Solvatten reports that their water heating system is currently being used 180,000 people in over 60 countries.
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The Staatliche Realschule students in Bad Tölz, Germany demonstrate the simple assembly of a parabolic solar cooker.

  • German group produces parabolic assembly video - The Comenius Multilateral Project 2012-2014 is a collective effort between seven secondary schools located across Europe, with the objective to show respect for the earth, and to change people's perception of how alternative energy can now be easily incorporated into our daily lives. The Staatliche Realschule in Bad Tölz, Germany, has put together a video showing the assembly of a parabolic solar cooker using simple tools.
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The HotPot solar cooker featured at the GACC launch of their "Empowered Entrepreneur Handbook" event. - Julie Greene

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Friends of the Old (FOTO) staff members bind the edges of new CooKits to make them more durable in Katito, Lower Nyakach, Kenya. - C. Cross

  • New CooKits being made more durable in Kenya - Friends of the Old (FOTO) staff members bind the edges of new CooKits to make them more durable in Katito, Lower Nyakach, Kenya
Solar Clutch sheet metal cooker, 3-4-15

Solar Clutch corrugated sheet metal solar panel cooker - Solar Clutch

  • Innovative cooking and sheet metal solar cookers - Solar Clutch, under the supervision of Steve Harrigan, explored new ways to adapt local materials to create effective and inexpensive solar panel cookers. Local cooks in Mauritania have developed ways to mimic frying fish with their solar cookers. Several variations of CooKit style cookers were created from locally available and durable water resident cardboard and sheet metal. The material for each of these versions cost less than $5USD. Mauritania has also instituted a ban on local plastic bag production due to the trash waste created. The group then experimented with Sterlite brand food containers for the green house enclosure with great success. The box material is clear polypropylene, food grade and is the same material as the autoclave bag material. Read more...

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Ben 3 Firewood Stove - Seifert 2015

The Ben 3 Firewood Stove

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  • February 2009:
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Evolución de las Cocinas Solares - Magnum Astron

Introducción al tema Cocinas Solares

  • Items added to any page are now marked " NEW" for 45 days after being added.
  • March 2012:
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Professor Ajay Chandak demonstrates some of his renewable and sustainable designs for a gasifier stove, institutional solar parabolic cookers and biodigesters.

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015: (Kalamath Falls) A free program, “How to Build and Use a Solar Oven,” will be led by Brittany Johansen at 10:30 a.m. in the Klamath County Library, located at 126 S. 3rd St. She will explain the science behind passive solar heating and how to use and build a solar oven.
  • Amazon Smile donation program - Consider signing up for http://smile.amazon.com, and choose Solar Cookers International as your charity of choice. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.
  • EVENT: Saturday, April 11, 2015: (Sierra Vista) The Sierra Vista Community Market will celebrate Earth Day with an Earth Day trivia quiz, kid's activities, and a solar cooking demonstration in Veterans’ Memorial Park. More information...
  • EVENT: Saturday, April 11, 2015: (Tucson) Join Citizens for Solar for the 33rd Solar Potluck and Exhibition happening at Catalina State Park. Experience the flavors of solar-cooked food and explore solar appliances, exhibitions (ovens, fountains, coolers, lights, electrical systems), and solar arts. The event is co-sponsored by Arizona State Parks. The event runs 10:00 a.m. - Sunset. More information...
  • EVENT: Saturday, August 8, 2015: (San Diego) Jim La Joie, designer of the All Season Solar Cooker, will present a 2 p.m. free class about solar cooking at the City Farmers Nursery located at 4832 Home Ave. He will cover the different types of solar cookers available and cooking techniques. When registering for the class you are offered a reduced price on an All Season's Solar Cooker. Sign up for this option prior to the class. More information...
  • August 2011:
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KOMO4 News Solar in Seattle

Tom and solar cooking expert Linda Stein show anchor Mary Nam how to cook, take a hot camping shower, provide all the electricity for your home, and brighten up a room -- all with the sun!

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