- 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.
- 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...
- Solar Cookers International announces two open positions: Development Director (now closed) and Director of Communications
- 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...
- 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:
- 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.
- Nepal Earthquake In response to many inquiries regarding the recent tragic earthquake in Nepal, SCI has published Solar Cookers International’s Work for Disaster Preparedness.
- Featured presentation from the SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014:
- Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil announces the sad passing of its founder, Robert Chiron - Read more - (English version) about professor Chiron's significant contribution to the spread of integrated cooking.
- Featured presentation from the SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014:
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- 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...
- 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...
- Solar cooker drawings by refugee users now available online - View drawings...
- Show your solar cooker to the Global Alliance - The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves maintains a catalog of approved stoves, including ten solar cookers and one heat-retention cooking device. See the catalog You can apply to have your solar cooker added. Read more...
- New solar cooking organization in India - On January 23, 2015 Solar Cookers India was formed. Dr. Janak Palta McGilligan has graciously offered her services as the Honorary Executive Director of this new organization, which will work in close partnership with Solar Cookers International.
- SCInet member wins national award - Dr. Janak Palta McGilligan won the prestigious national Padmashri award for distinguished achievement in social service on January 26, 2015. The Padma Awards is one of the highest civilian awards given in India. As former Director and Founder of the Barli Development Institute for Rural Women, she pioneered solar parabolic cooking for institutional solar cooking.
- 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...
- EVENT: International Solar Energy Society webinar on Solar Food Processing for Income Generation - On March 11, the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) will be hosting a webinar on how solar food processing can be used for income generation. "Expert speakers will show examples of how solar food processing can be a profitable business venture. The panelist speakers will present case studies where individuals and companies use solar cooking techniques to earn their living and have made a successful and professional business." Presenters include:
- 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...
- SCInet welcomes new members this month:
- Pat Browne, a solar cooking promoter in California, USA
- ATP GreenTech Pvt Ltd, a leading supplier of solar cookers and sustainable living promoter in Delhi, India along with their CEO Charanjit Khurana
- The SELCO Foundation, a sustainable lifestyle foundation in India
- Atul Sagade a solar cooking promoter in Maharashtra, India
- Garden of God Naturestead, promoting solar cooking in Lagos, Nigeria
- Sun Frost, makers of the Sun Frost Cooker-Sterilizer
- Friends of Solar Cooking Arizona, USA, organized by Berta Nelson
- Missed the SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014? - Watch all of the presentation videos on demand...
- 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...
- 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
- 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
- The solar bakery project in Burundi is up and running! - Each solar oven for the new bakery in Gitega, Burundi, is capable of baking hundreds of loaves of bread each day. The ovens will allow 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. The project creates a new economic opportunity for the local bakers, now in a smoke-free setting. Read more at: R20 and local partner, CIRID, host inauguration ceremony of solar bakery project in Gitega, Burundi
- 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...
- 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...
- 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.
- Omani students build solar cooker that feeds 100 people - Times of Oman
- Two solar cooker models now for sale in Niger - The social enterprise Sahara Sahel Foods (SSF) offers two models of solar cookers for sale: the Dierkx box cooker and the BlazingTube. SSF is based in Zinder, Niger.
- 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
- 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...
- 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.
- 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.
- HotPot featured at GACC event - Julie Greene, Executive Director of Solar Cookers International, while attending the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves launch party for their new "Empowered Entrepreneur Handbook", noticed the HotPot solar cooker being featured in a prominent location. Another step forward for solar cooking.
- Water Boiling Test Results Bernhard Müller's Water Boiling Test was conducted in February 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya comparing several types of solar panel cookers. One liter of water was used in each cooker. All the cookers showed they were capable of pasteurizing water and cooking food. Water Boiling Test results - Bernhard Müller
- 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
- 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...
- 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
- Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil - Newsletter, February 2015
- "Mama Solar" continues her work - Faustine Odaba, founder of NAREWAMA, gives a presentation on cooking with the CooKit in Kyamulibwa, Uganda on February 11, 2015.
- New SCInet members: SCInet welcomes new members Pat Browne, a solar cooking promoter in California USA, and ATP GreenTech Pvt Ltd, a solar cooker manufacturer and sustainable living promoter in Delhi, India along with their CEO Charanjit Khurana. Also, the SELCO Foundation, a sustainable lifestyle foundation in India and Atul Sagade a solar cooking promoter in Maharashtra, India.
- 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...
- 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
- Julie Greene, Executive Director of Solar Cookers International, was the Keynote Speaker at the Networking Workshop for Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy hosted by PRINCE in Dhule, India.
- 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...
- 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
- Assessing the lasting impacts of HotPot projects - Solar Household Energy is revitalizing relationships with previous partner the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, or FMCN) to assess long-term project outcomes. FMCN has distributed over 25,000 HotPots in Mexico. Quantifying the lasting impacts of these projects will prove HotPot long-term adoption and durability, demonstrating that the HotPot is a viable clean cooking solution. Read more: Assessing lasting impacts of HotPot projects in Mexico - SHE
- 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.
- Solar Household Energy plans - Read 2014 SHE project summaries, with plans for 2015. - SHE
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Children to learn about clean solar cookers on festival day - gulfnews.com
- 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
- Event: January 21, 2016: (Faro, Portugal) Seminar on Bioconstruction CONSOLFOOD2016, Sustainable Technologies and Pirelióforo The School of Engineering at the University Algarve is hosting a one-day seminar on bioclimatic construction, sustainable technologies for extreme conditions, and the background and development of the solar cooker. More information...
- Manufacturer annual report: GoSun 2015 annual report and three year summary
- Article on fuel-efficient stove: Horno MALAMBO
- Article in the media: You can help put out a fire with this device. A dirty cooking fire, that is -Treehugger
- Information on heat storage: Sensible heat storage experiment: Lessons learned
- Solar calculation tool: See Solar tracking and Solar calculations
- Article in the media: Solar Cooking Goes Mainstream - EcoWatch
- New section in non-cooking uses: Solar thermal electricity generation
- Article in the media: This solar cooker will work at night too - The Times of India
- Article about a Gambian NGO: Foundation for Rural Education, Wildlife and Environment
- Article in the media: IISc scientists develop solar cooking device - Deccan Herald
- Article in the media: Almora school leads by example, cooks midday meal using solar cookers - The Times of India
- Four new reports: Cookstoves for the Developing World — Daniel M. Kammen. Published in Scientific American. Designing Better Solar Cookers: Scientific Correspondence — Daniel M. Kammen and William F. Lankford. Published in Nature. Cooking in the Sunshine — Daniel M. Kammen and William F. Lankford. Published in Nature. Comparative Study of Box-Type Solar Cookers in Nicaragua — Daniel M. Kammen and William F. Lankford. Published in Solar & Wind Technology
- Article about solar chef and blogger in Arizona, USA: ' Sunshine On My Shoulder
- Article about new collapsible parabolic cooker: SUNplicity
- Article in the media: Solar Punch interview - The Himalayan
- Article in the media: Cooking with the Sun - iNNOMAG.
- Article: Wood Pellet Camp and Survival Stove, and reformatted Rocket Stove and Category:Fuel-efficient wood stoves
- Article in the media: Students all set to make PAU campus eco-friendly - The Tribune
- Automatic translation: Hausa, Igbo, Malagasy, Punjabi, Sinhala, and Yoruba (total 245,000,000 speakers)
- Article in the media: One in three Indians in 2040 will depend on firewood for cooking - The Economic Times
- Stove construction manual: How to make Sri Lanka's Anagi II Stove, 2015
- Article in the media: Noodles made in solar cookers - Dubai News Express
- Article in the media: This Indiegogo campaign for a solar oven wants to put out cooking fires worldwide - GeekWire
- Added article: Photovoltaic cooking
- Added video: World's Largest Solar Cooking Festival (SuryaKumbh 2015)
- Added NGO article: Association Des Volontaires Guineens Pour l' Environnement
- Added article: Advances in getting solar onto the grid, and into the home - eNCA
- Added audio interview: Patricia McArdle interviewed on NPR's The Splendid Table
- Added articles: Solomon Marimo and Merry Bevill
- Added article in the media: Azerbaijan can run up solar cooking - Azernews (Azerbaijan)
- Added video: Put Out a Cooking Fire with Solavore Works
- Added link: Test results for the Haines Solar Cooker
- Added video: Adelante Con El Sol - Las Mujeres Solares de Totogalpa
- Added article in the media: Benin tackles climate change with sunshine and coconuts - Pakistan Ki Awaz
- Added article: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
- Added video: Petra Wadstrom (Solvatten) Solvatten reducing the risk of soil transmitted diseases
- Added link to back issues: SCI Digest
- Added article: Lazola-Initiative zur Verbreitung solaren Kochens e.V.
- Added construction plans: Lazola 3 solar box cooker
- Added presentation: About the Peace-Making Effects of Solar Technologies - Dieter Seifert
- Added cookbook: How to cook in a parabolic solar cooker - Imma Seifert
- Added plans: Capturing HEAT - Five Earth-Friendly Cooking Technologies and How to Build Them - Dean Still and Jim Knes
- Added presentation: Tabula rasa - Ein Drama in vier Sätzen (German) - Bernhard Müller
- Added video: Integrated Cooking Method - Pat McArdle
- Added audio interview: SunPod-Interview: Dr. Hartmut Ehmler – Lightoven III (German)
- Added video: Social Entrepreneurs Create a Solar Cooker in South Africa
- Added video: Families in La Paz, Bolivia tell of the benefits that solar cooking has brought them
- Added article: Tom Hallquist
- Added video: Solar cooking at the Star-Tide Expo 2015
- Added new article: Jimmy McGilligan Centre for Sustainable Development
- EVENT: January 22-23, 2016: (Faro) International Conference: Advances in Solar Food Processing and Solar Cooking. For more information, contact Celestino Ruivo.
- Added video: Green Reflections Solar Cooker Saves Energy and Lives (about the SolSource)
- Added document: Tiloo Solar Recipes and Instruction Book - Solar Association Gambia (TILOO)
- Added article in the media: Simple Device Improves Efficiency of Traditional Cook-stove - India West
- Added report: La cocina solar del IECAIM una alternativa ecologica del futuro (Ecuador)
- Added article in the media: India's National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) installs solar thermal cooking system at Dadri power plant - The Hindu BusinessLine
- Added classroom resource: Solar Cooking: Warming Up to the Properties of Solar Radiation and Its Uses in Our Homes - PBS LearningMedia
- Added embedded Twitter feeds for 32 articles: NGOs, manufacturers, and individuals with Twitter feeds
- Added link: http://integratedsolarcooking.com
- Added article in the media: Chef José Andrés on Giving and Getting Back in Haiti - New York Times
- Added article in the media: op Chef and Environmentalist Call On Silicon Valley For Clean Cooking Solutions - San Francisco Weekly
- Added article in the media: José Andrés Wants the World to Cook with Sunlight and Biofuel - Munchies
- Added article in the media: Time for Thanks - Time Magazine
- Added document: Thru-wall solar cooker prefabricated parts, reflector box and door frame
- Added document: PV Pergola Cooker Studies
- Added document: Reflector augmented solar cookers, stills, autoclaves with PV pergola shade
- Added video: A charitable institution inTamil Nadu, India is using solar energy to cook 3,000 meals for 650 children a day, reducing dependence on cooking gas and saving nearly US$ 8,000 each year.
- Created new article: Am Nabak Refugee Camp
- Added video: PhotonGrill - How to Setup
- Created new article: Khan's Backpack Solar Cooker
- Added article in the media: Clara Ibihya finds opportunity in renewable energy sector - The Citizen
- EVENT: June 7-10, 2016: (Florence, Italy): 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. Authors are invited to submit original papers by January 31, 2016. More information...
- Added article in the media: Cook With Sun: ‘PhotonGrill’ Reflects Solar Rays As Fuel - gearjunkie
- Added article in the media: Chef José Andrés on Giving and Getting Back in Haiti - The New York Times
- 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
- EVENT: Friday, September 18, 2015: (Dodgeville, Wisconsin, USA) Joel Goodman will be presenting drawings and model studies of Solar Heater & Kitchen Buildings Building Integrated CSP-Concentrating Solar Power (BIETR, etc.) and Renewable Energy Regional Planning Project Ideas at 2 p.m. at the Dodgeville Library.
- Added article in the media: Ludhiana, India to be included in solar city project
- Added new page: Solarmate, a compact evacuated tube solar cooker.
- Added video: The Zama Zama Wood Stove ships flat.
- Added new page: First World Conference on Solar Cooking (1992)
- Added new article: Evacuated tube observations and performance - Dave Oxford and Stewart MacLachlan
- EVENT: Saturday, September 5, 2015 (Ojai, California, USA) The coming Ojai Valley Green Coalition Food Preparation Series will focus on food drying and solar cooking, offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Instructors Michelle Dohrn and Mikhael Collins will show how to make several recipes and demonstrate solar cooking. All classes being held in Meiners Oaks. More information...
- Added video: Preview Prototype PhotonGrill
- Added article in the media: Air pollution killing 4,000 people a day in China - Climate Action
- Added new page: PhotonGrill
- Added new page: SLiCK , a new solar cooking manufacturer and retailer in the United Kingdom.
- EVENT: Monday, September 21, 2015: (Sao Paulo, Portugal) Professor Celestino Ruivo will be giving a lecture on the potential for solar cooking, and a demonstration on building a low-cost solar cooker at USP-Poly. The event will begin at 9:15 a.m., and end with a solar tasting event at 12:30 p.m. For more information contact Prof. Ruivo.
- Added article in the media: Only the sun - Local green builder gets community cooking with solar power - Chico News and Review
- Added new page: SCI Regional Convention - North America 2015
- Added video: Solar Cooking Testing Center: Feasibility Study
- Added solar drying information: New solar food dryer is capable of wireless temperature control
- Added link to Classroom resources article: Make Sun S'mores - NASA
- EVENT: Saturday, August 29, 2015 (Lodi, California, USA) The World of Wonders Science Museum will hold its third annual Solar Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is located at 2 N. Sacramento St. Hands-on solar activities to be held throughout the day, and include cooking with a several styles of solar cookers. More Information...
- Added article in the media: U.S. Culinary Ambassador Encourages Chefs to Change the World - U.S. Department of State Official Blog
- EVENT: April 17 - May 1, 2016: (Mastatal, Puriscal, Costa Rica) Registration information...
- Created introduction: Solar array cooker designs
- Created article: GoSol Solar Concentrator
- Added video: Why is SCI Important to You? Pete Schwartz
- Added National Geographic article: Meyer, founder of Solar Household Energy, featured in National Geographic discussing benefits of solar cooking
- Added video: SCI is featured on local Sacramento, California TV news demonstrating how solar cookers allow a household to cook during the current heat wave without heating up the kitchen.
- Added States of India to better identify locations, and provide state designation in Calendar of events postings.
- Added article in the media: 15,000 students in Mumbai solar cook and set world-record
- Added article in the media: The solar bakery project in Burundi is up and running
- Added newsletter: SMUD Energy Education News, Summer 2015
- Added article in media: Solar Power Can Provide Hot Meals for the Masses - National Geographic
- Added article in the media: Solar cookers sizzle in Sacramento heat - The Sacramento Bee
- Added article in media: Lafayette Man Wins 2015 National Energy Globe Award - Lamorinda Weekly
- Added article: Nichols Tracking Solar Cooker.
- Added video: National Geographic Channel India 's Megakitchen at Shirdi
- Added video: Solar academy under way at Cal Maritime - Times-Herald NEWS
- EVENT: Saturday, August 1, 2015: (Chico, California) A hands-on solar cooking workshop
- Added article in the media: Solar Cookers - Pakistan Today
- EVENT: Saturday, August 1, 2015: (Ringwood, Illinois) Solar cooking workshop
- EVENT: July 24, 2015: (Coimbra, Portugal) See past events
- Added video: Wolfgang Scheffler explains the workings of two of his automatic tracking parabolic cooking systems, and the design of his solar food dryer.
- Added video: Sonnenstrahlen erzeugen Energie. Dass dieses Prinzip auch beim Kochen einfach und effektiv funktioniert, dürfte dagegen eher unbekannt sein. Möglich macht's der sogenannte Solarkocher.
- Added article in the media: Everyday Solar Cooking - Mother Earth News
- EVENT: Sunday, August 9, 2015: (Mexicali) Refugio de Amor will be presenting a solar cooking workshop on building a solar cooker from recycled items
- Added article: Laura Stovel is going off the grid this summer - Revelstoke Review
- Information added: A dark colored covered bread pan size has been found from a Hong Kong vendor. Banggood and Ebay.
- Updated article: Dieter Seifert has provided new, detailed instructions for building the Ben 2 and 3 fuel-efficient woodstove
- Added report: Review on thermal energy storage with phase change materials and applications, October 2007 - Science Direct
- Added video: Early solar cooking video taken in Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania
- 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...
- June 2015: Bloomfield fifth-graders create solar ovens - NorthJersey.com
- How solar thermal curbs pollution and improves health, interview with Lorin Symington - Mongabay.com
- Created Nicaragua news archive and Nigeria news archive
- 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:
- May 2015: Through wall kitchen trailer with unglazed non-imaging reflectors - Joel Goodman
- May 2015: Through the wall with unglazed non-imaging reflectors - Joel Goodman
- May 2015: House Thru-wall unglazed solar cooker - Joel Goodman
- 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:
- 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...
- Added recent information on TinyTech Plants' Large Parabolic Solar Baskets.
- EVENT: Tuesday, June 9, 2015: (Washington D.C.) Join José Andrés for an all proceeds benefit for the World Central Kitchen at his Barmini restaurant at 5 p.m. You will Dine N Drink with José and an intimate party at this signature cocktail bar. Following the reception, ambassador ticket holders will have access to all VIP areas, food, drinks, and the after-party at Carnegie Library. More information and tickets
- 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): firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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: Dimanche 21 juin, 2015: (Rouen) Pour ceux qui l’aurait raté, nouveau déjeuner solaire à Rouen! Renseignements Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil: email@example.com
- 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
- EVENT: May 2015: Glenpool students celebrate end of school with solar cook-off - Glenpool World.com
- How a Solar Grill Could Change the World - Yahoo Food
- February 2009:
- Emerging From The Darkness: New Process Aims To Tackle Black Carbon - Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
- India: PRINCE Offers Solar Cooking Workshops for New Entrepreneurs - Global Solar Thermal Energy Council
- Items added to any page are now marked " NEW" for 45 days after being added.
- February 2015: Intikallana. Tostador solar de café desarrollado en Perú - EcoInventos (English version)
- March 2012:
- February 15, 2014: SOLAR COOKING IN CHINA: CDM Registered Projects - Trish Sheehan (Solar Household Energy)
- 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.
- Nigeria: NGO Wants Solar Cooker for Nigeria - allAfrica
- 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...
- 2009: Table of all international projects from 1988 to 2009 - (English version) - GloboSol
- 1991: Chancen solarer Kochkisten als angepasste Technologie in Entwicklungsländern (Google Books allows you to search this book, which contains a great deal of information about solar cooking international prior to 1991)
- Added: Mali news archive, Brazil news archive, Chad news archive, China news archive, Costa Rica news archive, Afghanistan news archive, Argentina news archive, Bolivia news archive, Burkina Faso news archive, Uganda news archive, Madagascar news archive, Mexico news archive
- Beyond Firewood: Fuel Alternatives and Protection Strategies for Displaced Women and Girls - Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children
- 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...
- Omani students build solar cooker that feeds 100 people - Times of Oman
- August 2011:
- Links to several construction manuals used at various times by the Solar Cooker Project team - Solar Cooker Design Manuals
- Main article: Solar cooking news archive 2006-2008
- Main article: Solar cooking news archive 1995-2005