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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]]. [[:Category:NGOs|Groups]] and [[:Category:Individuals|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].
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==October 2014==
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[[File:Wonderbag_image,_11-13-13.jpg|thumb|300px|Sarah Collins with the [[Wonderbag]]]]
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*'''Heat-retention cooker receives world attention''' - The [[Wonderbag]], created by Sarah Collins, is a product that combines cooking efficiency with a lively aesthetic. The company reports over 650,000 of the brightly colored [[Heat-retention cooking|heat-retention]] cooking bags have been distributed. Using the same amount of cooking fuel, three or more meals can be prepared with the Wonderbag compared to only one meal using traditional cooking methods.
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*'''Solar cooking in the Navajo nation''' - [[Raquel Redshirt]] presented her solar cooker design at the TEDxABQ 2014 conference in Albuquerque, NM on September, 6 2014. She stated that her solar cooker was a more health-conscious option in her community which has a high rate of diabetes.
   
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[[File:Morpho_Solar,_IEEE_Spectrum,_10-9-14.png|thumb|300px|[[Guro Seim]], the CEO of [[Morpho Solar]], and [[Catlin Powers]], COO of [[One Earth Designs]], prepare a meal on a [[SolSource]] solar cooker. - ''Morpho Solar'']]
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*''' Norwegian start-up company tackles heat storage for solar cookers''' - [[Guro Seim]], CEO of [[Morpho Solar]], announced a breakthrough in the [[heat storage]] capabilities for solar cookers. Their achievement was recognized with a $8,000 USD award from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy this past August. The company will begin selling the cooker in Europe, and under an agreement with Cambridge, Mass.-based [[One Earth Designs]] in the United States. [http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/green-tech/solar/solar-cookers-get-hot Read more...]
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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 [http://solarcookers.org/network/about-scinet/scinet/ join SCInet] and become a contributor and be represented on this wiki resource. For more information, contact [mailto:info@solarcookers.org info@solarcookers.org].
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==<span style="color:RED;font-weight:bold;">SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014</span>==
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*'''Global Hope Network International delivers solar cookers to [[Afghanistan]] '''- The [[Global Hope Network International]] reports its recent success in transporting 300 solar cookers to rural villages in central [[Afghanistan]] where all 300 were purchased by villagers.
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*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: [https://www.solarcookers.org/events/convention Event registration information...]{{clr}}
 
   
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*'''Increased demand and success for solar cooking in Mauritania''' - [[Solar Clutch]] has teamed up with Lutheran World Federation to introduce solar cooking to [[refugees]] entering [[Mauritania]]. With a group of ten instructors, the Solar Clutch team developed a system to quickly train new instructors by having students demonstrate their new skills back to the group. Read more at: [[Media:Solar_Clutch_Report_Mauritania_2014.pdf|Solar Cooker Report Mauritania, April 2014]]
*'''{{Event}} Friday, April 4, 2014 (3:00 - 4: 30 pm GMT/UTC): [http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Calendar_of_events#Online ISES Webinar''' - Solar Cooking Around the World: 'Challenges, Solutions and Best Practices' - A panel discussion with global solar cooking leaders.]
 
   
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*'''Gourmet cook shifts to solar catering '''- 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]]. {{GoogleLinkFromFrench|http://loubebert.info/blog/index.php?post/2014/08/19/Des-nouvelles-du-Gers|More info...}}
*'''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.
 
   
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*'''New SCInet members''' - The SCInet wishes to welcome new member [[Clement Musonda]], an engineer promoting solar cooking in the [[Democratic Republic of the Congo]] and [[John Futhey]], a solar cooker designer in Santa Rosa, {{State|California}}, [[USA]].
*[http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Testing#Recent_news_and_developments 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]]
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==September 2014==
*'''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. [http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2014/0320/How-solar-energy-empowers-women-youth-in-rural-Nicaragua Read more...]
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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.]]
   
* ''' NGO initiates second phase of solar bakery project in Burundi''' - [http://regions20.org/about/news/129-r20-initiates-second-phase-of-solar-bakery-project-in-burundi Regions 20] continues its efforts to help local bakers organize their solar bakery. [http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Burundi#News_and_Recent_Developments 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.
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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 315° (600°F), can [[track the sun]] and can [[store heat]] for nighttime cooking. He is seeking investors so [[California Sunlight Corporation]] can begin mass production.]]
*[http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Kawesa_Mukasa#Recent_news_and_developments Renewable Energy Cooking Resource Center under construction in Biharwe, Uganda]
 
   
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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]].
*[http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/India#News_and_Recent_Developments School in Ladakh, India saves $23,000 USD in annual fuel costs with solar cookers]
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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 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...]
   
*[[Darwin Curtis#Recent news and developments|Darwin Curtis receives SCI Order of Excellence 2013]]
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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...]
   
*[[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]].]]
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*'''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 [https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.605247826234177.1073741835.182264431865854&type=1 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]].
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*'''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]].
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[[File:MiniSun12H_rechargable_lamp,_1-24-14.jpg|thumb|300px|The [http://www.minisun12h.org 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 [http://www.minisun12h.org 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 [http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/goodbye-dangerous-kerosene-hello-safe-solar-minisun12h Indiegogo] fund raising. You can learn more about the new lamp in this short [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7-vhlAefeU video].
 
 
*'''International aid organization seeks solar cookers for bakery in Burundi''' - The global relief organization [http://www.regions20.org 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 [https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10152103262019407&type=1 assembly photos] on [https://www.facebook.com/groups/scwnet facebook].
 
 
[[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...]]]
 
*'''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]]. [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) 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

Wonderbag image, 11-13-13

Sarah Collins with the Wonderbag

  • Heat-retention cooker receives world attention - The Wonderbag, created by Sarah Collins, is a product that combines cooking efficiency with a lively aesthetic. The company reports over 650,000 of the brightly colored heat-retention cooking bags have been distributed. Using the same amount of cooking fuel, three or more meals can be prepared with the Wonderbag compared to only one meal using traditional cooking methods.
  • Solar cooking in the Navajo nation - Raquel Redshirt presented her solar cooker design at the TEDxABQ 2014 conference in Albuquerque, NM on September, 6 2014. She stated that her solar cooker was a more health-conscious option in her community which has a high rate of diabetes.
Morpho Solar, IEEE Spectrum, 10-9-14

Guro Seim, the CEO of Morpho Solar, and Catlin Powers, COO of One Earth Designs, prepare a meal on a SolSource solar cooker. - Morpho Solar

  • Norwegian start-up company tackles heat storage for solar cookers - Guro Seim, CEO of Morpho Solar, announced a breakthrough in the heat storage capabilities for solar cookers. Their achievement was recognized with a $8,000 USD award from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy this past August. The company will begin selling the cooker in Europe, and under an agreement with Cambridge, Mass.-based One Earth Designs in the United States. Read more...
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Solar Cooker Success in Afghanistan!

  • Increased demand and success for solar cooking in Mauritania - Solar Clutch has teamed up with Lutheran World Federation to introduce solar cooking to refugees entering Mauritania. With a group of ten instructors, the Solar Clutch team developed a system to quickly train new instructors by having students demonstrate their new skills back to the group. Read more at: Solar Cooker Report Mauritania, April 2014

September 2014Edit

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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 315° (600°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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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...


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