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- NEW: 30-31 May 2019: Pathways to Clean Cooking 2050: Leaving No-one Behind - Ireland will host; Pathways to Clean Cooking 2050: Leaving No-one Behind. The conference will focus attention on reaching the furthest behind first, with topics such as: households and settings, evaluating pathways to modern sustainable cooking energy systems, policy options, and more. More information...
- NEW: 22-24 January 2020: CONSOLFOOD2020 - To be held at the Institute of Engineering, Universidade do Algarve, Campus da Penha, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal. The conference will focus on solar thermal food processing. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 31 May 2019. Abstracts should be sent via email to email@example.com in .doc, .docx, or pdf format. More conference information...
- February 2015: A Development and Information Center, DevICe, has been established in Tatum, Kumbo, north of Bamenda in Cameroon. After two weeks of training, the staff continues to test different types of solar ovens, provide information about water hygiene, and help with simple water quality analysis. They will also look into solar cooking. The center is run by voluntary work with a small budget. However, they are able to use a professional pyranometer from Kipp & Zonen. The project is run in partnership with Engineers Without Borders - Sweden, and sponsorship by Inpsecta in Sweden. (Inspecta provides inspections, testing, certification, technical consulting and training services.)
- November 2014: Vise Gilbert Chin, CEO/President of Leéiyen, reports they have already taught more than 100 people to use solar cookers, including parabolic solar cookers, and the Heaven's Flame and CooKit solar box cookers.
- November 2008: Solar Household Energy (SHE) completed a nine month 25 HotPot Pilot Program with our Cameroonian partner, the Association for the Protection of the Environment and the Fight against Desertification. The women in Maroua, Cameroon were happy with their HotPots and continue to be impressed by the variety of foods they can cook. The participants have been teaching their colleagues and friends about the HotPot. Demand for the HotPot has increased and SHE, Inc. and our partners are planning to expand the project.
- November 2007: The Organisation for Rural Education Simplicity (ORES) has been carrying out solar cooker research for several months. After experimenting with parabolic cookers, which they found difficult to keep focused on the sun as it moves, they chose to develop a solar box cooker that can cook for five people. The box can be closed to keep water warm overnight. Glass and mirrors are the only cooker materials that are not produced locally. Production cost is about $150 per cooker. Although ORES is based in Bamenda, in the western part of Cameroon, ORES hopes to promote the cookers in northern Cameroon where the Sahara Desert is encroaching and where the sun shines nine months per year.
- Fall 2006: Details about SHE’s pilot project were arranged with the Association for the Protection of the Environment and the Fight against Desertification. This NGO was founded by a group of Cameroonians concerned with the destruction of their environment. The project is scheduled to launch in January 2007.
- Main article: History of solar cooking
Climate and culture
- Northern part of the country: Sunny throughout the year and local sources of firewood are depleted. The north is a good region for solar cooking. Southern part of the country: Abundant rain and abundant firewood. (Source: Juan Urrutia Sanz, 2010-Feb-15)
- Wikipedia article on the climate of Cameroon
- Discussion of West-central Africa's suitability for solar cooking
- Solar cooker dissemination and cultural variables
- November 2014: Construction of Solar Cookers and Driers - Christelle Souriau & David Amelin
Articles in the media
- May 2008: Cameroon: Austrian Engineer Introduces Solar Cooker - The Post (Buea)
- Main article: Solar Cookers International Association
Manufacturers and vendors