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May 2016

The hindu
Editorial in The Hindu discusses impacts of air pollution in India and includes solar cookers and improved cookstoves as solutions
ARUN 100 award, India, 5-17-16
Solar thermal excellence award in India for ARUN 100 solar cooking system with heat storage
April 2016

Piyush Goyal, state minister, 4-30-16
India has exceeded solar targets by 116% this year
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In a 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 different designs
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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
Roorkee IIT institutional array, 4-14-16
Roorkee IIT uses solar energy for steam cooking, saving 5,000 LPG cylinders a year
Catlin powers 04-16
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
Janak McGilligan
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
JulieGreene 2016 Faro
SunPod interview with SCI director Julie Greene from recent Portugal conference
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



  • 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...


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


Diamond solar cooker

The Diamond Solar Cooker

  • NEW: Sunday, June 12, 2016: (Limassol sea wall open theater): The Diamond Solar Cooking Show is a public event where we show citizens how anyone can use the heat of the sun as a simple and effective way to cook food, distill water or dry fruit. During the cooking time, we will have the opportunity to explain to people why sustainable energy is important and to help them discover the transition to secure, clean and efficient energy. At the end of the event, everyone can taste the food that we cooked. On the event site, we will also set up a kids’ workshop in order to teach them how to create a solar cooker using mirror paper. The event takes place from 9:00 - 13:00 and the participation cost is €2 per person. More info...


  • 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...


  • NEW: May 27-28, 2016: (Wietow) Eighth International Conference: Food quality, solar cooking, drying, farming and gardening. More information...


  • NEW: January 16-22, 2017: (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, marketing & scaling up, coalition building & entrepreneurship, and solar thermal industrial applications. Applications for abstracts are still being accepted on these topics and others. See a complete list of topics and submittal 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...


EuroSun 2016
  • October 11-14, 2016 (Palma, Mallorca): 11th ISES EuroSun Conference - The International Conference on Solar Energy for Buildings and Industry is being organized by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) , Asociación Espanola de Energia Solar (AEDES), and the University of the Balearic Islands. The conference "will be a unique platform to discuss the latest developments with leading solar energy specialists as well as policy makers and industry representatives. The congress will host topic sessions, keynote speakers, plenary sessions and open discussion forums, as well as social events where you will have the opportunity to network, to meet old friends and to make new contacts."
   Conference topics include:
  1. Solar Architecture and Net Zero Energy Buildings
  2. Solar Heat for Industrial Processes.
  3. Thermal Storage
  4. Solar Thermal Systems: Domestic Hot Water, Space Heating and Cooling
  5. Solar Assisted District Heating and Cooling and Large Scale Applications
  6. Testing & Certification
  7. Solar Thermal Collectors and Solar Loop Components
  8. PV and PVT systems for buildings and industry
  9. Solar Resource and Energy Meteorology
  10. Solar Education
  11. Renewable Energy Strategies and Policies
Wolfgang Scheffler will make a keynote presentation on using solar thermal energy for steam generation. Registration is open until July 10, 2016. More information...



  • 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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