Solar Cooking
Last edited: 29 April 2017      
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The 6th SCI World Conference 2017 was held 16-18 January 2017 at the Muni Seva Ashram in Goraj, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. During the conference, over 200 participants from 30 countries presented and attended 58 presentations on eight different topics. The gathering broke new ground as it advanced solar cooking globally through new connections, information-sharing, and feedback on new projects in the solar cooking community.

The conference included:

  • 200 participants
  • 30 countries
  • 58 presentations
  • 5 plenary and keynote speakers
  • 3 new international solar cooker gatherings announced
  • 2 new working groups
  • 1 universal pledge

Conference participants made an agreement to share, plan, and commit to collaborative action at the systems level to "move the needle" with solar cooking around the world. The global solar cooking community is making progress toward its pledge to, "improve health, feed families, and protect our environment."

Conference Co-Chairs:

Conference Secretary:

Organizing Committee (India):

Organizing Committee (USA)

  • Ms. Julie Greene, Solar Cookers International
  • Ms. Caitlyn Hughes, Solar Cookers International

Special thanks to 6th SCI World Conference Sustainability Partners HNG Glass and the Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA).  


  • January 2017: Several important commitments grew from the 6th SCI World Conference 2017 for solar cooking in camps for refugees and internally displaced persons. After Solar Cookers International (SCI) led discussions with experts and those implementing solar cooker projects in Bhutan, Nepal, Chad, Uganda, and many other locations, several plans and commitments occurred: 1) SCI formed a refugee working group to strategize for more solar cooker project implementation in camps and informal settlements; 2) A new partnership formed, leveraging the skills of a crowdfunder with on-the-ground experience in refugee settlements in Uganda; 3) A strategy to educate humanitarian aid donors who choose solar cooking for camps; 4) A data-driven target for solar cooker interventions to decrease wood fuel use by 10% (data indicate that solar cookers can save 40-50% of the wood fuel supplied to camp residents).

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See Solar Cookers International.