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Sun Cook Solar Oven cooking demo

Sun Cook Solar Oven cooking demo.wmv

Demo of the Sun Cook solar oven from Sun Cooking Australia

EventsEdit

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  • December 2020: SWC50 – The Century of Solar (online event) - In 1970 solar research pioneers met at the first International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Conference in Melbourne Australia. ISES is commemorating this Conference with a special 50th Anniversary Conference and Display, called the Solar World Congress at 50 (SWC50). The face-to-face conference, originally scheduled for 2-4 December 2020, will be replaced by a series of eight virtual conferences over the course of the month in December 2020. It will include the same panel sessions that were planned for the in-person planned event. More information...

International conferencesEdit

  • NEW: 15-19 June 2020 (Manila): Asia Clean Energy Forum - The Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) is one of the leading clean energy events held each June in Asia. ACEF connects diverse stakeholders from across Asia and the globe, facilitates knowledge sharing, and highlights ADB’s groundbreaking work to scale up clean energy investment in the region. Some of the topics to be covered: Global energy challenges and impact of Covid -19, scaling energy tech, and the transition to clean energy. More information...

Online EventsEdit

  • NEW: 30 May 2020 (15h00min (New Delhi) (9:30 GMT): 4th Webinar CONSOLFOOD, Spreading the solar cooking "virus" - CONSOLFOOD organizers, Celestino Ruivo and Ajay Chandak will host a webinar featuring Hemant Deshpande, a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Government Polytechnic in Miraj, India, and an advocate for sustainability awareness. Registration to attend this webinar is free. If you would like to attend, please register by the 28th May, 2020 at the latest, by sending an email to solarmanofindia@gmail.com (Ajay Chandak ) mentioning your name, country, email, and phone contact. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link via email to access the video-conference platform.
  • 23-26 June 2020: ASES SOLAR 20/20 - In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, the American Solar Energy Society is sponsoring the global event, SOLAR 20/20. Hear the latest information on climate change, as well as learn about amazing technology and market advances by innovators and financiers. This will be a push by everyone across the political spectrum for more control of our energy choices to reduce associated costs. SOLAR 20/20 will happen over the same dates, but as a virtual event. More information...
ISES logo
  • December 2020: SWC50 – The Century of Solar - In 1970 solar research pioneers met at the first International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Conference in Melbourne Australia. ISES is commemorating this Conference with a special 50th Anniversary Conference and Display, called the Solar World Congress at 50 (SWC50). The face-to-face conference, originally scheduled for 2-4 December 2020, will be replaced by a series of eight virtual conferences over the course of the month in December 2020. It will include the same panel sessions that were planned for the in-person planned event. More information...
Have your event listed here by emailing webmaster@solarcooking.org.
See also: Global Calendar of Events and past events in Australia

NewsEdit

  • September 2013: In July, Australian solar cooking enthusiasts in Brisbane, Queensland hosted Portuguese solar cooking authority Professor Celestino Ruivo. A winter solar cookout - possibly the biggest gathering of solar cooking ever in Australia - held at the home of Stan and Jane Cajdler, was attended by more than 70 enthusiasts with 25 solar cookers. Prof. Ruivo demonstrated his Celestino Solar Funnel Cooker.
Solar dehydrator front, Sizzling Solar Systems, 11-13-12

Sizzling Solar Systems dehydrator

Solar dehydrator side, Sizzling Solar Systems, 11-13-12

Heating the thermal mass (water bottles) to help provide stable nighttime temperatures, and avoid mold formation on the fruit.

  • November 2012: Solar Food Dehydrator - Stan Cajdler of Brisbane, Australia has developed a solar food dehydrator, which significantly reduces the formation of mold spores caused by the nightly cooling of food. Typically, the drying process can last for several days for sucessful solar food drying. In this design several water containers (for thermal mass) are positioned in the lower chamber of the dehydrator. As the collector plate heats up, it heats up the surrounding air, which rises through the drying chamber. During the day, radiant heat from the collection plates also heats the water containers, which slowly release heat overnight. This overnight thermal air movement through the upper chamber dramatically reduces the formation of mold spores. For more information on Stan’s solar cooker designs check out: Sizzling Solar Systems
  • November 2012: - Heather Stevens of Sun Cooking Australia writes that it’s a great time for Australian companies to invest in solar cooking. The Australian Government has three significant grants available for companies looking to develop or promote environmentally friendly products or services. The Clean Technology innovation program uses Australian Carbon Trading funds, which allow the federal Government to offer matching funding for the development of new environmentally friend products. Stevens said that, “the high upfront costs of commercialization can put off inventors but with these grants the burden is shared by the government”. Steven’s SunRocket portable solar kettle, a grant applicant, uses a Vycor vacuum tube boosted by highly reflective panels to heat water and cook food. It holds 500ml (17oz) and weighs 1kg (2.2lbs) when empty. Another funding opportunity for Australian solar cookers is the Export Market Developing Grant (EMDG), which provides matching funding for any export related costs, including inviting potential clients to Australia to showcase a company’s products.
  • November 2012: “Anywhere under the Sun” is a recently released solar cooking eBook featuring recipes from around the world. Heather Stevens, Australian solar enthusiast and editor of the book invited solar chefs from around the world to submit their favorite recipe, photos and comments on solar cooking. The book is a visually stunning and comprehensive, with recipes from around the world.
  • September 20, 2008: Alice Springs, located in central Australia, will host its second annual Solar Oven Bakeoff on September 20, 2008, as part of the Alice Desert Festival at the Olive Pink Botanic Garden. All are welcome to join in the fun and compete for the Green Spoon Trophy. Oven design and use of local bush foods are two of the award categories. Last year’s recipes included an Australian Quandong dish and a cacciatore. Respected food writer and cook Stephanie Alexander is among the judges. Alice Springs has on average 300 sunny days per year, and recently became one of five communities participating in the government’s Solar Cities program.

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The average Australian home produces 500 kilograms of greenhouse gases a year through cooking, says the federal environment department. That is less than lighting (750 kilograms), and heating and cooling (1.5 tonnes).

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  • August 2011:
SunRocket Solar Kettle

SunRocket Solar Kettle

Sun Rocket solar kettle from www.SunCooking.com.au.

  • October 2010:
Sun Cook Solar Cooking Oven demo

Sun Cook Solar Cooking Oven demo.wmv

Sun Cook solar oven from www.SunCooking.com.au. SunCook solar oven demo video, filmed in the beautiful Nara Inlet, Whitsunday Islands.

  • April 2007:
Engineers Without Borders- Cooker Challenge

Engineers Without Borders- Cooker Challenge

Video showing the Solar Oven Workshop with many different models created by students for Engineers Without Borders - Australia.

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The entities listed below are either based in Australia, or have established solar cooking projects there:

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