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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
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US television's Top Chef contestants compete at solar cooking
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The world's largest solar cooking festival, Maha SuryaKumbh, culminates in January 2016
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Shipping container full of solar ovens arrives in Dominican Republic ready for Solar Oven Partners project
November 2015

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What’s cooking? Solar Stoves with Julie Greene (Sea Change Radio)
UNCHR supplied Blazing Tube solar cooker in Burkina Faso, 2-9-15
UNHCR supplies 601 Blazing Tube Solar Cookers to Malian refugees in Burkina Faso refugee camps
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January 22-23, 2016: (Faro, Portugal) CONSOLFOOD-2016 Conference: Advances in Solar Food Processing and Solar Cooking
Imani Women Group November 2015
With a solar oven, Kenyan women bake their way to a better life
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Solvatten reports delivery of 40,000 water pasteurization units to date (Solvatten interview starts at 09:03)
Inti Ilimani video October 2015
Families in La Paz, Bolivia tell of the benefits that solar cooking has brought them
The Guardian
Can solar cookers help reduce greenhouse emissions in developing countries?
October 2015

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Solar Cooker Market to Grow Due to Rising Consumer Awareness on the Utilization of Renewable Energy
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A new World Health Organization Report examines the dangerous health effects of black carbon/other fossil fuel emissions and how clean cooking solutions can help
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Celebrity chef José Andrés wants the world to cook with sunlight and biofuel
AUN students, Nigeria, fabricate CooKits, 10-15-15
Nigerian university students fabricate solar cookers for distribution
Tiloo new cooker line Sept 2015
Solar Association Gambia (TILOO) announces a new line of solar cookers for sale in Gambia starting next month
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Soroptimist International completes third and final solar cooker installation in Fiji
September 2015

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PhotonGrill is running a Kickstarter campaign for their new collapsible and inflatable parabolic solar cooker
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SCI Associates can now view the latest webinar on demand: A Five Sun Rating for Solar Cookers? Testing for Consumer Certification
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Banco FIE helps mitigate the carbon footprint of the 2015 Dakar Rally by funding solar cooking in 40 Bolivian communities
BISS adding photovoltaic to solar cooker - August 2015
Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil starts new project to add photovoltaic panels to its solar stoves to provide electricity to recharge mobile phones and other devices
August 2015

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Bon Appétit magazine features the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Puerto Rico, which solar bakes beachside chocolate chip cookies for guests
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SCI Regional Convention 2015 presentation videos are now available on demand
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Call for proposals from the GACC to study links between household air pollution and chronic respiratory and cardiovascular disease and how clean cooking can help
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Louise Meyer of Solar Household Energy discusses the benefits of solar cooking in National Geographic
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One Earth Designs and the SolSource appear on CNBC
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SCI featured in local news video showing how a solar cooker allows you to cook during the current heat wave without heating up the kitchen
July 2015

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The SCI Regional Convention 2015 (North America) a success in sunny Sacramento, California, USA
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The second annual Sacramento, California Solar Cooking Festival was held once again in William Land Park
 Winrock and U.S. EPA Training Opportunity: Measuring and Understanding Household Stove Use
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The National Energy Globe Award Afghanistan 2015 was given to Trust In Education
June 2015

Palestinian, Khaled Bashir, DIY solar ovens, 6-29-15
Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens.
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Webinar on the Integrated Cooking Method
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Top chef José Andrés calls on Silicon Valley for clean cooking solutions.
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Dubai students learn to use solar reflectors to cook in the sun.
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UNDP trains blacksmiths to build solar cookers.
Collecting Fuelwood in Guatemala
Women in India spend 374 hours each year collecting firewood, study finds.
Pupils on Spanish TV June 2015
Dozens of pupils at the Fray Luis de León school in Valladolid, Spain built their own solar cookers and displayed them on Spanish TV.
May 2015

  • EVENT: Regional Solar Cookers International Conference coming in July - Registration is open to attend SCI’s Regional Convention (North America) event on July 19, 2015 in Sacramento, California – focusing on Regional trends for the solar cooking sector. Be sure to register early. SCI Network Associates and other partners worldwide are invited. Unsolicited requests for travel funding will not be accepted. More information... Contact SCI directly about submitting an abstract or session idea for the Regional Conference. The deadline for submission is Friday, June 5th, 2015.
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  • World Health Organization passes resolution on air pollution: The WHO passed a resolution to combat global air pollution. According to the press release, "every year 4.3 million deaths occur from exposure to indoor air pollution and 3.7 million deaths are attributable to outdoor air pollution." The resolution calls for a strong focus on clean cooking technologies among other solutions such as improved monitoring of air pollution conditions and illnesses related to indoor and outdoor air pollution. Read more...
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 Andrés discusses the importance of solar and efficient cooking - In an interview with MUNCHIES, Chef José 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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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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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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  • 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...
January 2015

  • Celebrity chef José Andrés wants to cook cleaner this year - Writing in National Geographic, José Andrés discusses his New Year's Resolutions which include the goal to "cook cleaner"! Read article...
Solar Cooking in the Sahel map, 1-19-15

Solar Cooking in the Sahel - NOWCAST

  • Available sunshine in the Sahel region of Africa documented - Authors, Beth Newton, Sophie Cowie, Derk Rijks, Jamie Banks, Helen Brindley, and John h. Marsham have published a well-documented analysis of the potential sunshine available for solar cooking in the Sahel region, particularly in northern Chad where a number of Sudanese refugee camps are located. TchadSolaire has been training both refugees and the indigenous population to solar cook in the region since 2005. Even along river population centers where clouds tend to form, solar cooking is possible for over 330 days a year. Read more: Solar Cooking in the Sahel - NOWCAST
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    Thousands of students gather in Mumbai, India for a record-breaking solar cooking event.

    15,000 students in Mumbai solar cook and set world-record - In an event organized by Keshav Srushti, 15,000 students from 80 schools in Mumbai, India set a new world record for the largest-ever solar cooking gathering. Each student was given a solar cooker and taught how to assemble and use it as part of a national campaign to spread awareness of the importance of solar technology. C Vidyasagar Rao, governor of Maharashtra and Ashish Shelar, minister of state, Power, Coal & New Renewable Energy, attended the record-setting gathering. Read more at: Over 15,000 students create a new world-record in solar cooking
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Regions 20 inagurates the new solar bakery project in Burundi.

Other news

December 2015

Paula winchester1
Paula Ann Winchester, longtime supporter of SCI, delivers 100 CooKits to Ghanaian village of Bremen Essiam
Keshav Srushti 2
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
Braced Mali1
Forty-five women receive training on Integrated Cooking Method
November 2015

Holger Sauer demo in Bulgaria, 11-30-15
Solar cooking in the fall is demonstrated in Bulgaria
Cocina Solar workshop, 11-30-15
Solar cookers for ten families in Guanajuato
Karen Treasure November 2015
Solar cookers deliver green message from Plymouth to Zambia
October 2015

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Solar Cooker Market to Grow Due to Rising Consumer Awareness on the Utilization of Renewable Energy
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Group of 50 women visit Solar Association Gamia's Tiloo Center to learn solar cooking and other skills
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Solvatten wins United Nations' Momentum for Change award for their work to curb climate change and improve access to clean water
Lilongwe 2015
Rural village in Lilongwe, Malawi benefits with CooKit introduction
Arizona university students have solar oven throwdown, 10-15-15
University of Arizona students have 'Solar Oven Throwdown'
Paul Van Buren with Haines cooker, 10-7-15
Tennessee man taking solar cookers to Zimbabwe
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South Carolina woman to supply Ugandan orphanage with solar cookers
September 2015

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Haven of simple technology for mountain living in Nepal
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Civil and mechanical engineering students use solar ovens to melt plastic bags into bricks for construction in Haiti
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In France, young people from a Liosir leisure center are introduced to solar cooking
August 2015

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Nepalese students learn cook food and pasteurize water after the earthquake in a demo put on by FoST with funding from Solar Cookers International.
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Ludhiana, India to be included in solar city project
July 2015

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Celebrity chef José Andrés touts solar cooking in National Geographic article
Tracking Solar Cooker, C. Alan Nichols, 7-23-15
Tracking Solar Cooker provided to Civano Middle School in Arizona by C. Alan Nichols
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Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil published its July 2015 newsletter, which offers updates on its latest activities
 ASABE makes Testing and Reporting Solar Cooker Performance test (ASAE S580.1 NOV2013) available online for free
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MIT Professor Jeffery Grossman explains how potential molecular heat storage research is advancing. Solar cooking is a prime candidate for its use.
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GoSol.org provides guidance for engineering student project in Pakistan
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Catlin Powers of One Earth Designs is interviewed about the SolSource and solar thermal cooking technology.
June 2015

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French manufacturer IDCOOK has announced they will begin taking orders for their new SunDryer50
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Soroptimist International announces second solar cooker installation in Fiji
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Faustine Odaba presents solar cooking in Norway
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Solar Punch has announced plans for a return solar trekking trip to Nepal in November 2015, and a second possible trip planned for November 2016.
May 2015

Davao City Jail solar hot water, 5-27-15

Inmates at the Davao City Jail use solar preheated water for cooking. photo credit: Karlos Manlupig

  • Solar heated water saves firewood in the Philippines - Inmates at the Davao City Jail in the Philippines, have begun to use solar preheated water for cooking. Not directly solar cooking, but none the less, a type of integrated cooking that is saving firewood. By preheating the water, cooking time is reduced 20 - 30 minutes. The system was provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross. A guard said the facility used to have a truckload of firewood delivered three times a week. Now, it needs only a single delivery every two weeks. Read more...
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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.

  • New solar cooking for Fiji - 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.

Ben 3 Firewood Stove - Seifert 2015

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...
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"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...
February 2015

  • Through September 17, 2014: Nominations sought for Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal - The University of Delaware invites nominations for the medal, which also carries a cash award of $60,000. Applications are due September 17, 2014. The medal will be awarded to an individual who has made significant pioneering contributions in solar energy, wind energy, or other forms of renewable energy as an alternate source of energy through research, development, or economic enterprise. For more information, visit: http://www.energy.udel.edu/boer.html
Faustine Odaba, in Uganda, 2-11-15

Faustine Odaba (Mama Solar) explains the use of a CooKit solar cooker.

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News story four minutes into the video showing the thousands of students solar cooking at the Suryakumbha event

  • India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is inviting comments on its Draft Solar Policy - Sunday, March 1, 2015 will be the deadline for comments. The ten-page document, available here, outlines some of the government department’s thinking. “The Nodal Agency shall take necessary action to proliferate its application in feasible sectors including residential (solar water heaters, solar cookers, indoor air heating etc.), commercial & industrial sector (solar cooling, solar air dryers, large scale solar water heaters, large scale solar cooking utilizing solar concentrator technology, process heating etc.).” Read more...
UNCHR supplied Blazing Tube solar cooker in Burkina Faso, 2-9-15

A refugee in Burkina Faso uses a Blazing Tube solar cooker supplied by UNCHR. - UNCHR

  • Solar cooking in Burkina Faso - A refugee woman in Burkina Faso cooks rice with a Blazing Tube solar cooker. The stove is assembled in the USA and costs around $100USD. Oliver Lompo, UNHCR Environment Officer in Burkina Faso explained the impact the stove has had. “Beforehand, refugee women had to walk several hours a day to collect firewood. Since we have a lot of sunshine, the stove allows them to cook without spending any more time on firewood collection. And, more importantly, it does not produce any smoke - people love it.” - UNCHR
January 2015

  • José Andrés resolves to cook cleaner - Writing in National Geographic, José Andrés discusses his New Year's Resolutions which include the goal to "cook cleaner"! Read article...
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TinyTech Plants large basket parabolic solar cooker being erected on its foundation. - Veljibhai Desai

  • Tinytech Plants is developing large solar baskets - Up to 12 meters in diameter, they are designed to cook for 1500-2000 people in one hour according to TinyTech Plants CEO Veljibhai Desai. At this time, it is one of the largest parabolic solar concentrators being developed in India. Presently, the concentrator has been erected on its foundation.
  • Uzbekistan explores the potential of renewables - Uzbekistan, still rich with gas and oil, has begun to adopt solar power, now being viewed as an underutilized resource. Micro solar projects providing electricity for lighting, heating, pumping water and solar cooking are now beginning to percolate into the countryside. Read more: Uzbekistan Looks to Solar Power - Silk Road Reporters
  • More HotPot solar cookers for the Gaga refugee camp in Chad - The Lutheran World Foundation, now in charge of environmental activities in Gaga refugee camp, wishes to partner with Solar Household Energy to expand the HotPot project with 2,500 more HotPots--enough to cover 80% of households. Based on the success of the earlier HotPot project in Gaga refugee camp, SHE is also exploring options to introduce solar cookers in Burkina Faso refugee camps.
  • Experienced solar cooking promoter uses her skills in her hometown - Irene Perbal has explained how she used her experience promoting solar cooking in Sudan and Brazil to help out back in her home state of California, USA. She has been encouraging the use of solar cooking at local food banks. She began doing talks and seminars to train locals on how to build and use the cookers, including the underserved frequenting the food banks. Often her presentation includes sharing a lunch of solar cooked lasagne. Thinking Globally and Acting Locally - Huffington Post
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Attendees at the Japan Solar Cooker Preliminary Convention.

  • The first solar cooking convention in Japan - The Japan Solar Cooker Preliminary Convention was held on November 22nd and 23rd, 2014 at the Ashikaga Institute of Technology. The convention was led by Professor Yuichi Nakajo with the goal of creating a network for manufacturers, distributors, traders, researchers, and others with a strong interest in solar cooking to collaborate. The event was attended by roughly 100 invited participants. Professor Nakajo is planning to hold a larger convention next year which will will be open to anyone interested in solar cooking.
  • Effort is being made to continue using solar power in Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyzstan’s BIOM ecological movement has provided the Bishkek Center for Rehabilitation of Homeless Children with alternative energy equipment as the state-run social facilities remain underfinanced in the country. In 2010, BIOM provided the Center with solar water heaters, solar ovens, and lighting equipment. According to Natalia Bogatova, coordinator of SPARE (School Project for Application of Resources and Energy), BIOM concluded a contract for installation and maintenance of the above equipment for three years, but its specialists continue providing technical maintenance of the solar equipment after the contract expired. Solar energy for Kyrgyzstan’s social facilities - The Times Of Central Asia
Lightoven III training with Boy Scouts in Pakistan

The Boy Scout training, designed by Lightoven III is explained at a training event for Pakistani Boy Scouts. - suitable to take camping. - Hartmut Ehmler

  • Pakistani Boy Scouts are introduced to solar cooking - Hartmut Ehmler photographed this Boy Scout training event of his Lightoven III solar panel cooker. It is a lightweight portable design, suitable to take into the field for camping.
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  • Available sunshine in the Sahel region of Africa documented - Authors, Beth Newton, Sophie Cowie, Derk Rijks, Jamie Banks, Helen Brindley, and John h. Marsham have published a well-documented analysis of the potential sunshine available for solar cooking in the Sahel region, particularly in northern Chad. This is where a number of Sudanese refugee camps are located. TchadSolaire has been training both refugees and the indigenous population to solar cook in the region since 2005. Even along river population centers where clouds tend to form, solar cooking is possible for over 330 days a year. Read more: Solar Cooking in the Sahel - NOWCAST
Sun and Ice school cookers in Mali, 1-19-15

Mid-day meal being prepared at a Mali school - Sun and Ice

  • Only the cooking food is out in the sun at this Mali school - Stephan Zech, with Sun and Ice, posted this photo of a mid-day meal being prepared at a school in Mali.
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A student shows the dish he prepared in his solar cooker.

  • 15,000 students in Mumbai solar cook and set world-record - 15,000 students from 80 schools in Mumbai, India set a new world-record for the largest ever solar cooking gathering. Each student was given a solar cooker and taught how to use it as part of a national campaign to spread awareness of the importance of solar technology. C Vidyasagar Rao, governor of Maharashtra and Ashish Shelar, minister of state, Power, Coal & New Renewable Energy, attended the record-setting gathering. Read more at: Over 15,000 students create a new world-record in solar cooking
  • Healthy food via solar cooker - Moneylife
  • Annual Maha SuryaKumba reaches for a lofty goal - The Bhayander based NGO, Keshav Srushti, is committed to spreading awareness of solar cooking. Under the banner of Maha SuryaKumba, they will be gathering students from 500 schools across Mumbai in Bhayander,India, and then will be taking the festival to remote tribal villages. Hoping this year reach the magic number of 100,000 solar-powered prepared meals! Keshav Srushti has been accredited by the Guinness Book of World Records for having conducted the largest solar oven cooking class in January 2014 with 3,639 participants from 62 schools. The new goal of reaching so many students from remote areas will require financial support beyond the means of Keshav Srushti. Please contact Keshav Srushti If you can help, it will be appreciated. The NGO has announced there will now be an annual Maha SuryaKumba held on January 15th. More information...
  • The solar bakery project in Burundi is up and running! - R20's East Africa Program Manager, Jini Sebakunzi, was at the inauguration ceremony for the new bakery in Gitega, Burundi this past November. The solar oven being used is the Villager Sun Oven, manufactured by US-based company Sun Ovens International. Each oven is capable of baking hundreds of loaves of bread each day. Environmentally speaking, the oven allows the users to save over 150 tons of firewood each year, which results in the reduction of around 277 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. In addition, by replacing the firewood with solar energy, the ovens will protect the bakers from inhaling harmful smoke. The twelve women trained to operate the new solar oven are motivated to see the the new enterprise become integrated with the community, and also to be able benefit economically for their efforts. Read more: R20 and local partner, CIRID, host inauguration ceremony of solar bakery project in Gitega, Burundi
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Boulangerie Solaire JTA 11.12.14

R20's East Africa Program Manager, Jini Sebakunzi, was at the inauguration ceremony for the new bakery enterprise in November, 2014. - Journal Télévisé Afrique (BURUNDI)

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December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

  • 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 - Glogo.com (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 www.cityofvacaville.com, 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

July 2015


June 2015

  • EVENT: July 17-18, 2015: (Faro) Celestino Ruivo at the School of Engineering, University of Algarve, Campus da Penha, Faro, Portugal will hold an open meeting of the Solar Kitchen from 9:30 a.m. - to the closing at 1 p.m. each day. He will comment on there weaknesses and strengths of various types of solar cookers and their possible applications in restaurants and canteens. The idea is to bring together many enthusiasts of solar cooking, and provide a moment of conviviality after the meeting of solar cooking with a shared lunch. Contact Prof. Ruivo for more information.
  • New page: GoSun Grill
  • EVENT: July 27-30, 2015: (Kampala) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves would like to invite you to participate in a Safe Access to Fuel & Energy (SAFE) Humanitarian Workshop on July 27-30, to be held at the Metropole Hotel in Kampala, Uganda. The objective of this workshop is to provide technical training for humanitarian staff on energy technology selection, fuel selection and processing, forestry management, monitoring and evaluation of energy programs, and more. More information if you wish to participate. Hopefully the schedule will include solar cooking options.
  • EVENT: Saturday, July 11, 2015: (Barstow, CA) The Desert Discovery Center located at 831 Barstow Road will host a solar cooker workshop from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $8 per person. More information...
  • EVENT: Tuesday, June 23, 2015: The International Solar Energy Society is holding a free webinar on solar thermal technology with a focus on new business models and commercial-scale projects. Speakers will include Tobias Schwind, Managing Director of the Fresnel collector manufacturer Industrial Solar, David Hoedeman, Director of Solar Sales of Nextility, Nicholas Wagner, Analyst at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and Christian Holter, Managing Director of the Austrian solar thermal turnkey system supplier SOLID. More information...
  • EVENT: July 13-17, 2015: (San Bernardino) Elementary school students who take part in a math and science summer camp in July at California State University San Bernardino will get a chance to build a solar oven and a wind engine as they learn about green energy, mechanical engineering and other fields. More information...
  • October 2011:
Bunker Roy Learning from a barefoot movement19:08

Bunker Roy Learning from a barefoot movement

In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men -- many of them illiterate -- to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It's called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy, explains how it works.

  • EVENT: Saturday, June 13, 20, 27, 2015: (Boynton Beach, Florida) A monthlong series of seminars will show how to make a solar cooker, how to build a solar fan, how to make a solar battery charger and how to purify water using solar energy. Attendees will use recycled materials, such as old batteries, glass and plywood, to create solar cookers, fans, battery chargers and water purifiers. The seminars, held at HackLab, at 3491 High Ridge Road, will continue each Saturday through June 27. Hosting them are HackLab and Living Art Meta Programs, another nonprofit focused on sustainability. More information...
  • June 2015:
Four solaire en Inde05:23

Four solaire en Inde

Vidéo en Français langue expliquant le fonctionnement du système de cuisson solaire au temple principal de Shirdi, Inde, sert des milliers de personnes chaque jour un repas chaud.

May 2015

  • EVENT: Saturday, June 6, 2015: (Bisbee, Arizona) The Bisbee Farmers’ Market will host the 13th annual Solar Cook-off and Expo at the market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vista Park Plaza in Warren, next to the Historic Warren Ballpark. Bring your own oven and participate or purchase one at the market and enjoy the many benefits of going solar. There will also be a workshop on building and using a solar dehydrator, along with plenty of recipes and all types of sustainable info. More information...
  • EVENT: Friday, June 5, 2015: is World Environment Day. The UNEP theme is "Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet.Consume with Care." Kitchen waste is still at alarming levels. More needs to be done to promote composting unused food items.
  • EVENT: Monday, June 15, 2015: (Manila) The Asian Development Bank, ENERGIA, and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves invite you to a deep dive session on Unlocking Energy Access Impact, Investment, Scale and Sustainability through Gender-Sensitive Approaches. It will take place at Asian Development Bank Headquarters, 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City from 2 p.m.- 6p.m. Addressing gender issues is central to achieving energy access goals; gender-informed approaches are imperative for scaling adoption of energy services and technologies. More information and registration...
  • EVENT: Dimanche 07 juin, 2015: (Rouen) Un déjeuner solaire en Normandie! Dans le cadre d’Alternatiba, participez au déjeuner solaire qui aura lieu sur le Quai Rive Droite. Vous pourrez aussi assister aux démonstrations de cuisson solaire et écologique. Consultez le programme! Prix libre. Renseignements et inscription au déjeuner (obligatoire): repas.solaire@gmail.com
  • EVENT: Mercredi 10 juin, 2015: (Angers): Les goûters du DD : les solaires ! Retrouvez nous à la Maison de l’Environnement de 14h à 17h, et participez à un atelier de cuisson écologique avec marmite norvégienne, cuiseur à bois économe et four solaire, pour confectionner un goûter pris ensuite en commun. Vos papilles apprécieront.
  • EVENT: Saturday, June 20, 2015: (Faro) Celestino Ruivo at the School of Engineering, University of Algarve, Campus da Penha will hold an open meeting of the Solar Kitchen from 9:30a.m. - to the closing at 1 p.m. He will comment on there weaknesses and strengths of various types of solar cookers and their possible applications in restaurants and canteens. The idea is to bring together many enthusiasts of solar cooking, and provide a moment of conviviality after the meeting of solar cooking with a shared lunch. More information and registration...
  • EVENT: Sunday, July 19, 2015: (Sacramento) Registration is open to attend SCI’s Regional Convention (North America) event – focusing on Regional trends for the solar cooking sector. Be sure to register early. SCI Network Associates and other partners worldwide are invited. Unsolicited requests for travel funding will not be accepted. More information...
  • Also: SCI is still seeking conference abstracts and proposed sessions that highlight innovation, and scalable project and production models. Submissions should be consistent with the SCI’s focus on global promotion of solar cooking and sustainable development. Deadline: Friday, June 5th, 2015. Submissions should be no longer than 150 words. The abstracts and proposed sessions should be related to an organization’s current or recent work in the solar thermal cooking sector with a focus on lessons learned. Joint submissions from multiple organizations proposing sessions are allowed and welcomed. Preference will be given to submissions from SCI partner organizations. Contact SCI
Ben 3 Firewood Stove - Seifert 2015

The Ben 3 Firewood Stove

April 2015

  • February 2009:
Evolución de las Cocinas Solares - Magnum Astron09:21

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:
Gasifier stove and other renewable fuel technologies03:21

Gasifier stove and other renewable fuel technologies.m4v

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:
KOMO4 News Solar in Seattle05:02

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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