Solar Cooking
Solar Cooking
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In April 2016, the Research Unit in Renewable Energies in Saharan Medium (URERMS) of Adrar in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Development Center organized the first Adrar solar cooking festival. The festival was programmed within the framework of solar cooking development project conducted by Arezki Harmim, Mebarek Boukar and M'hammed Amar. This goal of this event was to contribute to popularization of solar cooking.

The festival consists of grouping young pupils of Adrar for a competition to construct their own solar cookers for public review. Festival attendees were able to see the student solar cookers and appreciate the taste of solar cooked food. Introductory solar cooking courses for the construction of a simple box type solar cooker have been offered since December 2015. In total, 179 pupils took part in the festival and presented 70 solar cookers of various designs and construction materials (wood; cardboard; newspapers; sawdust; dry fiber taken on the palm tree; glazing; mirror; and aluminum foil).

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  • NEW: Webinar: Thursday, 11 November 2021, 1:00pm UTC: - Solar Cookers International will present a webinar showing how solar cooking helps to improve public health, and the health of the environment around the globe. As part of this year's COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, it will take place as a side event at the World Health Organization pavilion. There is limited space available for those interested in participating in this free event. Register early.
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  • 22-26 November 2021: 2nd National Congress for Solar Drying and Cooking Food - An affiliated group of universities in Mexico will host an online conference relating to solar food drying and cooking, as well as, food safety and energy savings realized with minimal environmental impact. Participants can register to view the presentations, or apply for presentation consideration. The conference will be in Spanish. Registration information... - (English version)
  • 17-23 December 2021: Solar Cooking Awareness Week (Southern Hemisphere) - A loosely organized bid to acknowledge the fun and benefits of solar cooking. Show someone how to solar cook and share a meal.
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  • 24-26 January 2022: Fourth International Conference: Advances in Solar Thermal Food Processing - CONSOLFOOD Chairman, Celestino Ruivo, has announced an extended call for abstracts for the upcoming conference in January 2022, which is now planned to be an online event. Advances in solar cooking as well as solar food processing will be considered for inclusion. The event schedule and submission requirements are in CONSOLFOOD 2022 conference information.
See also: Global Calendar of Events and past events in Algeria

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Asymetric CPC box solar cooker Photo credit: Renewable Energy Development of Algeria

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  • April 2016: the Research Unit in Renewable Energies in Saharan Medium (URERMS) of Adrar (Adrar is located in the Algerian Sahara), affiliated with the Renewable Energy Development Center (CDER) of Algiers, organized the first Adrar solar cooking festival. The festival was programmed within the framework of solar cooking development project conducted by Arezki HARMIM, Mebarek BOUKAR and M'hammed AMAR. This goal of this event was to contribute to popularization of solar cooking. The festival consists of grouping young pupils of Adrar for a competition to construct their own solar cookers for the public; guests get to see the various achievements and appreciate the taste of solar cooked food. Introductory solar cooking courses for the construction of a simple box type solar cooker have been offered since December 2015. In total, 179 pupils took part in the festival and presented 70 solar cookers of various forms and designs with various construction materials (wood; cardboard; newspapers; sawdust; dry fiber taken on the palm tree; glazing; mirror; and aluminum foil). At midday; the guests (parents, teachers, pupils, researchers, and other visitors) were invited to inspect the pupils' solar cookers and taste the chicken breasts (40 kg) cooked in the various solar cookers. In a friendly and festive atmosphere, the children were able to discover solar cooking and were enthralled by obtained results. At the end; an awards ceremony was organized to honor all the participating pupils.

Harmim Arezki displays a solar cooker.

  • November 2005: A working group directed by Mr. Harmim Arezki of the URER/MS renewable energy center in Adrar is developing and popularizing solar cookers in the Algerian Sahara. Posters and demonstrations at recent symposiums brought solar cooking to the attention of participants, many of whom sampled chicken, eggs, coffee and tea prepared in box- and concentrator-type solar cookers.

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Arezki Harmim has directed a three-person research project for development of solar cookers in the Algerian Sahara. Mr. Harmim directs a working group at the URER/MS renewable energy center in Adrar and has developed and popularized solar cookers there. Posters and demonstrations at symposiums brought solar cooking to the attention of participants, many of whom sampled chicken, eggs, coffee and tea prepared in box- and parabolic solar cookers.

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