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The [[Solar Cookers World Network]] is an alliance of nearly 500 [[:Category:NGOs|non-governmental organizations]] (NGOs), [[:Category:Manufacturers and vendors|manufacturers]], and [[:Category:Individuals|individuals]] actively promoting solar cooking [[Countries|around the world]]. This wiki-based site allows Network participants to share information and collaborate on projects and research. Solar cooking is increasingly seen as a valuable component in [[Integrated Cooking Method|strategies to reduce deforestation]] and [[Indoor air pollution|respiratory disease]] resulting from cooking with [[fuelwood]]. If you are a solar cooking promotor, designer, or manufacturer, and you would like to be '''included in the Network''', fill out this [ online form].
This site provides an [[introduction to solar cooking]] along with dozens of simple [[construction plans]]. Information is also provided about where to [[buy a solar cooker]] in your area. [[NGOs]] or [[individuals]] wanting to promote solar cooking will find a [[Promoting solar cooking|compendium of information and resources]] to help with their projects. Visit individual [[countries|country pages]] to explore solar cooking activities and connect with others working on solar cooking projects there. Check the [[Calendar of events]] for activities in your area.
'''For older news and site additions, please see the [[Solar cooking news archive]].'''
=='''Solar cooking news from around the world'''==
==October 2012==
*'''Global conservation organization adopts solar cooking resolution sponsored by Solar Household Energy''' - The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has embraced a strong resolution sponsored by [[Solar Household Energy]] calling for increased support for solar cooking efforts worldwide. The measure was adopted in September at IUCN’s quadrennial World Conservation Congress in Jeju, [[South Korea]]. The organization recognized the health hazards of cooking over biomass fires, and the availability of current solar cooking technologies. Efforts continue to develop solar cookers that offer increased efficiency, are cost-effective to produce and distribute, and are sturdy enough to withstand extended use. [ Read more...]
[[File:Great_picture_of_oven_activity.jpeg|thumb|300px|Students set a world record baking cookies with solar ovens to raise funds for solar cooking efforts in [[Haiti]].]]
*'''Students set a world record and bring awareness to the benefits of solar cooking''' - Students, parents, faculty, staff and friends gathered at Miami Country Day School located in Miami, {{state|Florida}}, [[USA]] on Friday, April 20, 2012 and set the Guinness Book of World Records™ for “The Most Cookies Baked in One Hour Using Solar Ovens”. Trays of unbaked cookies were placed in 40 smaller solar ovens, as well as, two [[Villager]] solar ovens. After the cookies were baked and 1225 counted....a World Record was set! The event raised over $18,000 USD, which was used to send the 40 solar ovens and a Villager oven to [[Haiti]]. The cookies baked in the event were donated to Feeding South Florida. The event was lead by [[Matthew Cohen]], a high school junior who has been actively involved in the solar oven movement for the past nine years. Cohen launched the website [ Power from the Sun] to educate people worldwide on the benefits of solar cooking and help raise money to send solar ovens to needy families in Haiti. Cohen’s latest project is aptly named “The Life Of The Traveling Solar Oven” and encourages students, parents, teachers, and local businesses to sponsor a solar oven. Participants are asked to use the solar oven, document their experience with video or photos and share it on their facebook page: The event will conclude on Earth Day 2013.
==September 2012==
[[File:Solvatten.jpg|thumb|150px|[[Solvatten]] water pasteurization system]]
*'''Swedish and Lutheran organizations sponsor water pasteurization efforts in Kenya''' - The Swedish Church and the aid agency Lutheran World Federation (LWF) are launching [[Solvatten]] in [[Kakuma Refugee Camp]] in [[Kenya]]. The goal of the project is to reduce environmental degradation by enabling people to use alternative sources of energy in the camp and in the host community that surrounds it. 

Supply of fire wood has been a problem in Kakuma region since the camp was set up in 1992 but it has escalated in the past two years, despite that the refugees are not allowed to harvest firewood directly from the bushes. This is attributed to the continuous massive influx of people into the camp leading to the environmental degradation through the harvesting of sticks from the available vegetation for firewood. Firewood has become very expensive and the UNHCR struggles to purchase and supply fuel to the growing population of refugees in the camp. The Solvatten is a solar [[water pasteurization]] device.
==August 2012==
[[File:Farchana_Refugee_Camp_August_2012.jpg|thumb|191px|Refugee volunteers build solar cookers as part of the [[CORD]] project at the [[Farchana Refugee Camp]].]]
*'''Solar cooker project in Chad is in full swing''' - In the [[Farchana Refugee Camp]], a team of ten volunteers, refugees themselves, are putting together 2350 cookers! The cookers help prevent conflict between the Sudanese population in the camps and the local Chadian community, who are both competing for scarce firewood. Women, who traditionally collect wood to cook with, face violence outside the camps. The solar cookers need only the sun to cook food, one thing Chad has in abundance! [ Read more...]
[[File:GUST Project - Solar Serve - Danang (Vietnam)|right|350px]]
*'''New video shows Vietnam Solar Serve's extensive solar cooking projects''' - A team of three French students came to visit [[Vietnam Solar Serve]]'s center. They had organized Global Universities Social Trip (GUST), a project that aims to raise students' awareness of social entrepreneurship in Asia. For six months they met many social entrepreneurs throughout Asia who worked on problems such as energy, communication, waste, [[water]], and housing. They created videos that presented the entrepreneurs' projects, the social issues they wanted to solve, and the challenges they had to overcome. Click the image on the right to see a video that they made on their visit to our Solar Serve Center in Danang. For more information on the Gust Project, visit the: or visit their [ Vimeo Channel].
*'''Dissertation posted:''' [[Media:Identifying_the_Barriers_to_the_Deployment_of_Solar_Cookers_in_the_Energy-Poor_Households_of_Sub-Saharan_Africa.pdf|Identifying the barriers to the deployment of solar cookers in the energy-poor households of sub-Saharan Africa]] - ''Sarah Cochetel''
*'''New video from [[Cord]] showing their solar cooking project in refugee camps in Chad'''
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==July 2012==
*'''Dr. Robert Metcalf discusses solar cooking on the Afternoon Edition (Saskatchewan, Canada)''' - [ listen to the recording]. [[Bob Metcalf|Dr. Metcalf]] is a founding member of [[Solar Cookers International]].
==June 2012==
*'''Solar cooking heads to The Discovery Center''' - [[Central Valley Solar Cookers]], founded by [[Carl Peters]], is one of the most successful solar cooking clubs in the [[USA]]. Located in Fresno, {{State|California}}, the group now has 111 members. They recently had their First Annual Solar Cooking Festival, which was a huge success. They now have enough money to buy materials to build a solar cooker for use at [ The Discovery Center], a free non-profit science education facility. The park is fully self-funded and situated on six acres. Carl thinks a [[solar panel cooker|panel]] type cooker would be the safest type. It would be a nice addition to ultimately see solar cookers in our parks instead of only charcoal and wood burning BBQs.
*'''New video:''' The need for a more durable solar cooker for desert refugee camps
::[[File:A more Durable Solar Cooker for Desert Refugee Camps.m4v|none|400px|]]
* '''Solar Cookers World Network Facebook group reaches 600 members''' - [ Join the discussion].
*'''Solar Cooking Hits the Mainstream''' - ''StarTides'' ([ Read more...])
==May 2012==
*'''Pat McArdle describes the top ten solar cooking projects''' - [[Media:Ten most significant solar cooking projects-McArdle-2012.pdf|Read the document]].
[[File:16-brick_rocket_stove_Mexico_2012.jpg|thumb|Sixteen-brick [[Rocket Stove]]]]
*'''Students flood southern Mexico integrated cooking class - '''Volunteers from the [[Rotary Club of Fresno]], California, led by [[Wilfred and Marie Pimentel]], teamed up with the Rotary Club of Tapachula Centenario, [[Mexico]], to host a five-day [[Integrated Cooking Method|integrated cooking]] workshop in Tapachula. This is the tenth grant project completed in Mexico by the Rotary Club of Fresno. Although only twenty students were expected to attend, ninety-one arrived on opening day to participate—a clear indication of the desperate need for affordable fuel-saving cooking devices in this region. Local instructors and expert solar cooks from Torreon and Oaxaca led the workshop. Participants learned to build three types of [[rocket stoves]]: mud and chopped grass, five gallon tin can, and sixteen brick, which were used to make tortillas. Students cut out cardboard sheets and glued them to pieces of aluminum foil to make solar panel [[CooKit]]s. A variety of meat, vegetable and egg dishes were prepared with the CooKits along with desserts like pineapple upside down cake. Students also learned how to use [[WAPI]]’s to [[pasteurize water]] with a CooKit. Finally, the instructors showed their ninety-one students how easy it is to make a [[retained heat cooker]] with a pillowcases and crumpled newspaper stuffed into a woven basket. [[Media:Tapachula Centenario - Fresno Rotary 2012.pdf|Read more...]]
*'''Deutsche Welle covers the work of [[ADES]] in [[Madagascar]]'''
:[[File:Solar Cookers - Saving Madagascar's Forests Global 3000|thumb|400px|none|thumb|Deutsche Welle covers the work of [[ADES]] in [[Madagascar]]]]
==April 2012==
* '''Solar Cookers World Network Facebook group reaches 500 members''' - [ Join the discussion].
[[File:Making Solar Cookers and more in Vietnam (Danang) .wmv|260px|right]]
*'''Alternative energy organization in Vietnam enthusiastically promotes solar cooking''' - [[Vietnam Solar Serve]] has provided a recent video tour of their production facility in Da Nang, [[Vietnam]]. The resourceful group has been adapting solar cooker designs from other countries and developing their own solar energy products since 2000. Looking at the larger alternative energy picture, they also promote photovoltaic panels made in Vietnam and are working on designs for water and wind power turbines. They manufacture a variety of [[parabolic solar cooker|parabolic]] and [[Solar box cookers|box]] solar cookers.
==March 2012==
[[File:Golden_Temple,_Punjab,_India_3-19-12.jpg|250px|thumb|Golden Temple, Punjab, [[India]]]]
*'''Solar cooking set to help preserve the Golden Temple in Punjab, India''' - To save the Golden Temple from the ill effects of pollution, the [ Punjab Energy Development Agency] (PEDA) is developing a plan to prepare a daily meal of Langar dal with the help of a [[Scheffler Community Kitchen|solar steam cooking system]]. PEDA is the governmental agency promoting renewable energy within {{state|Punjab}}, [[India]]. To prepare Langar dal for 50,000 to 60,000 devotees daily at the Golden Temple requires one ton (909 kg) of dal to be cooked. A recent study has shown cooking dal with the help of steam will save at least 25 LPG cylinders per day and also reduce the effects of air pollution on the Golden Temple. PEDA chairman Manjeet Singh said that PEDA would bear the entire project cost.
*'''China and India lead the world in large scale solar cooking projects''' - [[Dar Curtis]] of [[Solar Household Energy]] recently researched where large scale solar cooking projects are happening around the world. The projects in African [[refugee camps]] are fairly well known, but institutional projects and the high-use of solar cookers is happening primarily in Asia. The [[Clean Development Mechanism]] (CDM) has registered eight solar cooker projects in [[China]] since 2009. A total of 207,000 [[parabolic solar cooker]]s have been distributed, serving 848,000 people. In [[India]], CDM registered a Gold Standard project in 2006. The [[Gadhia Solar]] company has created [[Institutional solar cooking|institutional kitchens]] with arrays of large [[Parabolic solar reflectors|parabolic solar concentrators]] to generate steam. Such an installation at Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, can produce meals for 38,500 pilgrims per day. Read more from his well-documented report. [[Media:Solar_In_Asia_Curtis_2012.pdf|Some Big Solar Cooking Projects in Asia, December 2011]]
[[Image:Solar_Oven_Partners_March_2008_2.jpg|thumb|200px|Five {{state|South Dakota}} State University football players volunteered to help [[Haiti Solar Oven Partners]] load a container with 1000 unassembled solar box cookers destined for Haiti.]]
*'''South Dakota, USA nonprofit has delivered thousands of solar cookers to Haiti''' - [[Haiti Solar Oven Partners]] passed a milestone this spring by delivering another 1000 solar cookers as part of the relief effort resulting from the 2010 earthquake. This brings the total number of cookers they have taken to [[Haiti]] to over 5000. They had begun having solar cooking workshops in the country before the earthquake and have since stepped up their efforts. Currently, they are conducting an evaluation of their Haiti projects.
*'''Global conservation gathering is approached with the solar cooking option''' - The [ IUCN World Conservation Congress] is the world’s largest conservation event. Held every four years, the Congress aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development. It will take place from September 6-15, 2012 in Jeju, [[South Korea|Republic of Korea]]. Leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and social organizations will discuss, debate and decide solutions for the world’s most pressing environment and development issues. The upcoming Congress has been approached by [[Solar Household Energy]] to present the case for solar cooking. Read more of their [ proposal].
*'''Solar Cooker Review''' - The March 2012 issue is now [ available online].
*'''Spanish cooperative finds common ground promoting solar cooking''' - [[Sol Solidari]] was formed in 2008 by environmental and sanitation practitioners in [[Spain]] wanting to combine their expertise to help primarily rural countries in Africa. Most of their activity has centered on the promotion of solar cooking. Whenever is possible, the cookers are locally manufactured, and workshops on their use are carried out with the help of local leaders. Initially the cookers are distributed for free to create better exposure among the villagers. In the second phase, the solar cookers are sold, but mostly subsidized by Sol Solidari. Until now, the projects have taken place in [[Ethiopia]] and [[Mali]], but future plans include [[Cameroon]] and [[South Africa]].
[[File:Sol Solidari panaramic workshop, 2-25-12.jpg|650px|thumb|center|[[Sol Solidari]] solar cooking workshop]]
For older news, please see [[Solar cooking news archive]].
*For questions and comments about the Solar Cookers World Network or its website (this wiki), contact [].
*For questions and comments about the [[Solar Cookers International Network]] (SCInet) or its website (this wiki), contact [].
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'''Solar Cooking Basics'''
*[[Introduction to solar cooking|Intro to solar cooking]]
*[[:Category:Solar_cooker_plans|Build a solar cooker]]
*[[Buy a solar cooker]]
*[[Solar Cooking:Frequently-asked_questions|Frequently-asked questions]]
*[[The history of solar cooking|History of solar cooking]]
*[[Health and safety]]
*[[Tips and tricks]]
*[[Calendar of events]]
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*[[:Category:NGOs|Non-governmental organizations]]
*[[:Category:Manufacturers and vendors|Manufacturers and vendors]]
*[[:Category:Solar cooker designs|Designs]]
*[[:Category:Solar cooker plans|Plans]]
*[[Calendar of events|Events]]
'''Solar Cooking in Depth'''
*[[:Category:Solar_cooker_designs|Solar cooker designs]]
*[[:Category:Materials|Pots, reflectors, etc.]]
*[[What you can do to promote solar cooking|What you can do]]
*[[Testing|Testing solar cookers]]
*[[Solar tracking|Tracking the sun]]
*[[Health and safety]]
*[[Topics needing research|Research topics]]
'''Teaching and Promotion'''
*[[Promoting solar cooking]]
*[[Integrated Cooking Method]]
*[[Refugee camps]]
*[[Income generation|Income generation by sales]]
*[[Raising funds through grants and donations|Income generation by grants]]
*[[Promoting_solar_cooking#Project_Experiences_-_Evaluations|Project evaluations]]
*[[:Category:High-resolution photographs|High-resolution photographs]]
*[[Calling All Solar Cookers|Interviews with promoters]]
*[[Classroom resources]]
'''Related Technologies'''
*[[Non-cooking uses]]
*[[Heat-retention cooking]]
*[[Water pasteurization]]
*[[:Category:Solar food processing|Solar food processing]]
*[[Solar food drying]]
*[[Rocket Stove]]s
'''Foreign-language versions'''
*[[w:c:fr.solarcooking|Réseau Mondial de Cuisson Solaire]]
*[[w:c:es.solarcooking|Red Global Sobre la Cocina Solar]]
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  • Added article in the media: Neeri develops more efficient solar tech - The Times of India
  • Added photographs and documents: Muhammad Yasin Khan
  • Added article in the media: Gestor ambiental aposta em forno solar como alternativa energética - (English version)
  • Added video: PhotonGrill Kickstarter video
  • Added video: Pete Schwartz explains Photovoltaic Solar Cooking
  • Added video: USP - Encontro de Cozinha Solar
  • Created introduction: Solar trough cooker designs
  • Created introduction: Parabolic solar cooker designs
  • EVENT: January 18-21, 2016: (Abu Dhabi) The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is an annual event hosted by Masdar, which is dedicated to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technologies. It will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The summit is the Middle East’s largest gathering on future energy and one that drives actionable solutions to the world’s energy challenges. Now in its ninth edition, WFES 2016 will attract upwards of 30,000 delegates from 170 different countries, representing expertise from industry, technology, finance and government. More information...
  • EVENT: November 10-13, 2015: (Accra, Ghana) Join 400 global leaders and practitioners gathered to help accelerate adoption of cleaner, more efficient cooking solutions at the Clean Cooking Forum sponsored by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. The bi-annual event will bring together stakeholders to share knowledge, learn best practices and forge new partnerships during four-days of informative sessions, networking, site visits, and clean cooking demonstrations. More information...
  • EVENT: Wednesday 10-11a.m. PT, October 7, 2015: Powering Emerging Markets with Smart U.S. Solutions - Join the Northern California World Trade Center for a live Google Hangout as they explore international market opportunities for U.S. companies in the field of renewable energy and smart infrastructure development. The program is aimed at U.S. companies and exporters interested in expanding in the international renewable energy market. The program is free to all but registration is required. More information
  • Added article in the media: Why not sun-roasted chilies for Presidio, Texas?
  • Added video: Inti Illimani introducing solar box cookers in rural Amazon communities. COCINA SOLAR EN LA AMAZONÍA
  • EVENT: Saturday, September 26, 2015: (Woodbridge, Virginia, USA) Patrons of the Chinn Park Regional Library are invited to a solar cooking workshop and demonstration from 9:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Solar Cookers International volunteer, Afzal Syed, and his family will lead the event. All community members are encouraged to participate.
  • EVENT: Saturday, September 19, 2015: (Vacaville, California, USA) A “Solar Cooking/Build a Solar Cooker” course is being offered by the City of Vacaville’s Community Services Department. Students create an economical, portable solar cooker and receive instruction on essential solar cooking tips. Add solar cooking as part of your camping/backpacking adventures or emergency preparedness plan. The course is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 19 at the Three Oaks Community Center, 1100 Alamo Drive. The course fee is $21 with a $10 materials fee. Pre-registration is required due to limited space. Register online at, with a client PIN and barcode, or at any of the following locations: McBride Center, Ulatis Community Center, and Three Oaks Community Center. For more information and additional class dates, call 707-469-4010. More information...
  • Added image: Animated GIF of the setup of the PhotonGrill
  • Added scientific paper: Solar cooking development in Algerian Sahara: Towards a socially suitable solar cooker - Arezki Harmim et al
  • EVENT: Saturday, September 19, 2015: (Tucson, Arizona, USA) Join Citizens for Solar for their Second Annual Equinox Solar Potluck, and experience the flavors of solar-cooked food and learn about solar by viewing solar appliances and exhibitions (ovens, fountains, coolers, lights, electrical systems) and solar arts. The event is co-sponsored by Solar Guild and Valley of the Moon. It will run from noon until sunset. Cooker set-up begins at 9:30 a.m. Potluck at 5 p.m. Bring your solar cooker and join in. More information...
  • Added videos: Presentation videos from SCI Regional Convention North America - 2015
  • Added information: Fresnel array for evacuated tube cookers
August 2015

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