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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]]. More than a quarter million pages are consulted on this site each month as people seek in-depth information on these topics. The site offers a global platform for information sharing. Learn about solar cooking [[Most significant solar cooking projects|field projects]], [[research]] and [[Designs|design]], [[promotion]], and advocacy. People and groups directly involved with solar cooking, through advocacy, manufacture, design, research, or program management, are invited to [ join SCInet] and become a contributor and be represented on this wiki resource. For more information, contact [].
==<span style="color:RED;font-weight:bold;">SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014</span>==
*The '''SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014''', sponsored by [[Solar Cookers International]] with support from Agua Fund, Inc., will take place in Sacramento, {{state|California}}, [[USA]] July 17-19, 2014. Solar cooking project directors, promoters, designers, researchers, and manufacturers with experience in the transfer of solar cooking technologies are encouraged to gather for this exchange-of-information convention. The format will include presentations, panel discussions, working groups, and public demonstration of solar cookers. The last day of the event will be the '''Sacramento Solar Cooking Festival''', open to the public at no charge. Local solar cooks are encouraged to participate in the Festival on the last day of the Convention (Saturday, July 19.) Event registrations and other details at: [ Event registration information...]{{clr}}
==<span style="color:RED;font-weight:bold;">Global online webinar</span>==
*'''{{Event}} Friday, April 4, 2014 (3:00 - 4: 30 pm GMT/UTC): [ ISES Webinar''' - Solar Cooking Around the World: 'Challenges, Solutions and Best Practices' - A panel discussion with global solar cooking leaders.]
==April 2014==
*'''German solar cooker manufacturer reaches impressive milestone''' - [[Stephan Zech]], with [[Sun and Ice]], reports that they have distributed 50,000 [[parabolic solar cooker]]s in the last ten years.
==March 2014==
*[ The global solar cooking sector acquires a delegate to participate in establishing cookstove and clean cooking solutions standards]
[[File:Solar_Women_of_Totogalpa_baking_photo_4-24-10.jpg|thumb|250px|Nicaraguan group [[Solar Women of Totogalpa]] prepares baked goods for sale]]
*'''How solar energy empowers women, youth in rural Nicaragua''' - Forty years ago Sabana Grande, a small community in northern Nicaragua, was ravaged by war. Now you will find people sitting under solar-powered lights, eating solar-cooked chicken, and drinking smoothies made by a bicycle-powered blender. Sabana Grande (pop. 2,000), in the mountains of Totogalpa, about 20 miles from the Honduran border, has embraced a solar culture that has transformed the community. [ Read more...]
* ''' NGO initiates second phase of solar bakery project in Burundi''' - [ Regions 20] continues its efforts to help local bakers organize their solar bakery. [ More information...] <b>Update: The deadline to submit proposals to supply the solar ovens has been extended.</b>. Interested parties will find more information here: [[Media:Invitation-to-Tender_Solar_Ovens.pdf|Invitation to Tender For Solar Bakery Project, Burundi]]. The scale of the project may be rather small, but the funding and implementation is coming from world leaders in the field of economic and environmental relief.
*[ Renewable Energy Cooking Resource Center under construction in Biharwe, Uganda]
==February 2014==
*[ School in Ladakh, India saves $23,000 USD in annual fuel costs with solar cookers]
*[[Darwin Curtis#Recent news and developments|Darwin Curtis receives SCI Order of Excellence 2013]]
*[[Friends of the Old#Recent news and developments|Friends of the Old in Kenya continues to distribute 100 safe water packages each month]]
[[File:French_solar_food_cart,_2-10-14.jpg|188px|thumb|See [[Sun and Ice#News and recent developments|Sun and Ice]].]]
*'''French solar cuisine done with style - ''' [[Sun and Ice]] shares photos of one of their reflectors incorporated into a portable solar kitchen, created by one of their customers in [[France]]. The small, trailered construction is a rolling work of art. See more photos on the [ facebook page.]
* [[Solar Cookers International]] (SCI) is proud to receive funding from The Agua Fund, Inc. for the SCInet Wiki. Read SCI’s current [[Media:SCI_Annual_Report_2012-2013.pdf|Annual Report]].
==January 2014==
[[File:SunFocus_hybrid_cooker_2,_1-29-14.jpg|thumb|200px|The [[SunFocus Solar Oven]]]]
*'''Hybrid solar cooker includes electrical back-up option''' - Since 2010, David Chalker, founder of the [[Sun BD Corporation]], has been working on a version of a [[solar box cooker]] that includes an electrical heating element, rated at 465 watts / 120v. The [[SunFocus]] has a built-in thermostat which will turn off the electrical heating element once the cooker has reached 150°C (300°F). The cookers are made in Waterloo, {{state|New York}}, [[USA]].
[[File:MiniSun12H_rechargable_lamp,_1-24-14.jpg|thumb|300px|The [ MiniSun12H] lamp recharges in sunlight.]]
*'''Solar cooking works with solar lighting to help families save money''' - [[Stephen Pearson]], founder of [[SUN-LIFE]], has been helping residents of [[Ghana]] for many years save on cooking fuel expense by learning to use the [[CooKit]] solar cooker. His new goal is to help these families further reduce their kerosene usage by offering a low cost portable lamp to replace their fuel-burning lanterns. The new [ MiniSun12H] lamp has an integrated photovoltaic panel to recharge the lamp during the day. The projected retail price for the lamp is $5 USD. His reasoning is; if a family can save on cooking fuel using the CooKit, then they will have enough money to be able to buy the new lamp. Using both approaches, the families should be able to save $50-100 USD on kerosene expense annually. Money is saved, and [[indoor air pollution]] is reduced. You can help him with this project by supporting his efforts at [ Indiegogo] fund raising. You can learn more about the new lamp in this short [ video].
*'''International aid organization seeks solar cookers for bakery in Burundi''' - The global relief organization [ R20-Regions of Climate Action] has organized a solar bakery project in Rutegama, [[Burundi]]. Currently the bakery, in operation since 2006, has relied on wood-fired ovens, with the wood needing to be gathered by the women working at the bakery. They are soliciting proposals from tenders interested in providing three institutional solar ovens required to convert the bakery to solar. The ovens must be limited to three meters (a little under 10 ft.) in height, and if carried, weighing no more than 10 kg (22 lbs.). <b>Update: new deadline of offers to be submitted by Friday 28th February 2014</b>. Interested parties will find more information here: [[Media:Invitation-to-Tender_Solar_Ovens.pdf|Invitation to Tender For Solar Bakery Project, Burundi]]. The scale of the project may be rather small, but the funding and implementation is coming from world leaders in the field of economic and environmental relief.
[[File:Chile_box_cookers_2,_Guai_Bao,_1-14-14.jpg|thumb|300px|Recently constructed [[solar box cooker]]s in Ovalle, [[Chile]].]]
*'''New solar cookers ready for distribution in Chile''' - Guai Bao, traveling in [[Chile]], sent along this photo of newly constructed [[solar box cooker]]s at a manufacturing facility in Ovalle. The cookers are well thought out. They are sturdy with insulated inner walls, and an internal high-back reflector to catch the sun. The front wall is low and slightly tipped forward to avoid blocking any sunlight. The external side reflectors appear to be able swing closed and protect the glass surface. They look ready to start cooking sitting on the small tables, which provides a convenient work height for users. The cooker construction is being supervised by [[Ruddy Viscarra]]. See more [ assembly photos] on [ facebook].
[[File:Suryakumbh_2014.png|thumb|300px|3,484 children from 80+ schools participated in the world's largest solar cooking class in Mumbai. [ Read more...]]]
*'''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 Suryakumbha 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]]. [ Read more...]
*The January 2014 issue of [[Solar Cooker Review]] is now available online.
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January 2016

United Nations accepts Solar Cookers Internatinonal's statement for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women
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Did you miss the webinar on how to create and edit SCI Wiki pages? The recording is available on the SCI YouTube channel
Kuwait award 2015
Team E-Innovation wins second place in Kuwait Global Technopreneurship Challenge for their solar box cooker design
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A record setting 5,760 students participated in a solar cooking event on January 12, 2016 in Aurangabad, India as part of Maha SuryaKumbh 2016 organized by Keshav Srushti
Keshav Srushti sun image, 1-13-16
On January 24th, after this year's Maha SuryaKumbh, Keshav Sruhti will be opening an educational solar energy park in Uttan, India
Portugal conference 2016
EVENT: January 22-23, 2016: (Faro, Portugal) CONSOLFOOD 2016 Conference: Advances in Solar Food Processing and Solar Cooking
One Earth Designs featured in Huffington Post: "How Do You Fight The World's 'Largest Environmental Health Problem'? Harness The Sun."
GoSun presented with the Innovation Award for Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies at CES 2016
Funding opportunity from the U.S. EPA and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves for innovations in the areas of integrated cooking, heating, and electric power generation.
December 2015

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Paula Ann Winchester, longtime supporter of SCI, delivers 100 CooKits to Ghanaian village of Bremen Essiam
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Keshav Srushti reports that they have engaged 50,000 students in solar cooking towards their goal of 100,000 by the end of January 2016.
Amir Komarizade with unique water vessel, 12-14-15
Designer in Iran takes a new approach to heating water.
Cocina Solar Web graphic, 12-3-15
Gastronomiasolar, based in Spain, taught 1000 people to solar cook in 2015
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Forty-five women receive training on Integrated Cooking Method
US television's Top Chef contestants compete at solar cooking
Suryakumbh 2014
The world's largest solar cooking festival, Maha SuryaKumbh, culminates in January 2016
Solar Oven Partners December 2015
Shipping container full of solar ovens arrives in Dominican Republic ready for Solar Oven Partners project



  • NEW: February 3, 2016: SCI Associates Webinar - Engaging Students in Cross-Curricular Solar Cooker Lessons - (1600 GMT) Are you a teacher inspiring and educating the next generation of solar cooks? Expert science teacher Mary Buchenic will explain how solar cooking can be taught across disciplines and to meet curriculum standards. Ms. Buchenic has taught 1500 children and their families about solar cooking, and will share her varied experience. Free for SCI Associates. Non-associate early bird registration price is $15, and standard rate for non-associates is $20. Register here...
  • NEW: February 16, 2016 (Letters of Intent), March 15, 2016 (Final Applications): The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) is accepting proposals for the design and implementation of behavior change communication (BCC) interventions to accelerate market growth and drive adoption of clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels in households. All Alliance partners are eligible to apply, however implementation is limited to the following Alliance focus countries: Bangladesh, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda. The Clean Cooking BCC Fund is intended to support innovative approaches that will change behaviors while contributing to a more systematic, coordinated and inclusive effort to increase consumer demand for clean and efficient cookstoves at scale. Request for Proposals – Clean Cooking Behavior Change Communication Fund
  • NEW: 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...


Spitak event February 2016
  • NEW: 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

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  • 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...


  • NEW: 23 Avril 2016: (Nantes) DÉCOUVERTE DES CUISEURS ÉCOLOGIQUES - Une journée pour découvrir le fonctionnement des cuiseurs écologiques, comprendre comment les intégrer dans son quotidien et apprendre à les utiliser. Vous pouvez choisir entre assembler votre cuiseur solaire (bois ou carton) ou fabriquer votre cuiseur thermos. Plus d'informations...
  • NEW: 27-28 Mai 2016: (Nantes) PROJET DE DÉVELOPPEMENT ET CUISEURS ÉCOLOGIQUES - Deux journées 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...


  • Sunday, February 17, 2016: (Kalwa, Thane) Enviro Vigil (Paryavaran Dakshata Manch) will conduct a one day cooking workshop with solar cookers. 10:30am-12:30pm at Ankur Theme park, TMC's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital campus. Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on training with several types of solar cookers. 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...


  • April 7-9, 2016: (Nairobi) The SME Expo 2016 will take place at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC). Companies looking to do business in Africa will have the opportunity to be front and center with pre-screened African buyers, sales representatives, and potential business partners. More information and registration information...



  • NEW: April 16-17, 2016: (New Haven) The Global Health Innovation Conference will be taking place at Yale University. Billed as the world's leading and largest health conference, it is a crossroads for health care issues and social entrepreneurship. The deadline for oral presentations is January 20, 2016, but applications for information presentation sessions has a rolling deadline. Solar cooking is becoming increasingly recognized as part of the solution for respiratory diseases, aside from the environmental benefits. This is another venue where that voice can be heard. More information...


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