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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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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. A working group directed by Mr. Harmim Arezki, of the URER/MS renewable energy center in Adrar, 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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