Last edited: 2 June 2020
Bangladeshi woman solar cooking during a flood
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- February 2020: Bangladeshi government appeals for more partners to help roll-out off-grid solar - PV Magazine
- March 2019: A tale of a young boy's adventure with solar cooking - A story written by Elizabeth Suneby, of a young Bangladeshi boy who enters his school's sustainability contest with a solar cooker design to help his family's health. More information...
- October 2017: Seeking answers to improve stove efficiency - Participants met at the Daily Star Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh for a roundtable discussion, which focused on promoting the use of improved combustion stoves. The event was sponsored by the Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL), a state-run financial institution, and The Daily Star news organization. One speaker, Dr. Ainun Nishat, suggested the group needed to broaden its horizon beyond biomass stoves, and consider solar cooking as an option. Read more...
- July 2009: Terry Elliott reports that he and his wife Carole have been busy raising solar cooker awareness in the village of Boroudha, where Carole founded the Wear Surma Child Health Clinic in 1992. While at the clinic, the Elliotts became increasingly aware of health problems caused by traditional indoor cooking fires. Children are often burned in these fires, and the smoke causes respiratory illnesses. Firewood is also expensive, whereas solar energy is free. In addition to demonstrations at hotels and in the village, the Elliotts solar cooked a meal of fish, vegetable curry, lentils and rice for several local Rotarians. “To say that the group was impressed is an understatement … they are hooked!” says Elliott. The Rotary Club of Jalalabad in Sylhet has proposed to set up a workshop to manufacture 1,000 solar cookers and hire trainers to teach solar cooking in a number of villages in northeastern Bangladesh. The budget for the project is about UK £6000, and a matching grant may be requested from Rotary International.
- Main article: History of solar cooking
Climate and culture
- Wikipedia article on the climate of Bangladesh
- Bangladesh Energy Situation - Energypedia
- Solar cooker dissemination and cultural variables
- April 2014: Lutfur Rahman sees the need for a solar cooker that would include photovoltaic panels and battery storage as part of the solar cooker. The simple electrical addition would provide power for modest LED in-home lighting. Solar Cooker for Vulnerable Coastal Areas - Lutfur Rahman
- January 2009: Solar Drying of Mushrooms in Bangladesh - B. K. Bala, M. A. Morshed, M. F. Rahman
- May 2008: Solar Cookers: Bangladesh Perspective - Akter Hossain
Articles in the media
- March 2020: Exploiting renewable energy resources - The Financial Express
- February 2019: Bangladeshi government appeals for more partners to help roll-out off-grid solar - PV Magazine
- October 2017: Green initiative goes slow, lacks support - The Daily Star
- February 2010: Introducing Clean Technologies - The Financial Express
The entities listed below are either based in Bangladesh, or have established solar cooking projects there:
- Main article: Solar Cookers International Association