Solar Cooking
Solar Cooking
Last edited: 29 June 2020      
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  • NEW: 15-17 September 2021: Climate Chance Summit Africa 2021 - Registration is open to attend the virtual 3rd edition of the Climate Chance Africa Summit. Three days of sessions on key themes and sectors of climate action hosted by non-state actors engaged in climate change in Africa. There is no charge for attendance, but registration is required
  • NEW: Friday, 17 September 2021 (10:30am CDT, 15:30 GMT): Homeschool program on solar cooking - The Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township Public Library, in Syracuse, Indiana, USA, offers online programs for homeschool students on Fridays at 10:30am. This program is described as learning to build and use a solar cooker. Read more...
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  • NEW: 5 October 2021: American made solar competition - The U.S. Dept. of Energy is sponsoring a a multi-part competition to spur solar manufacturing, develop innovative solar solutions and products, and create domestic jobs and opportunities through public-private partnerships. The contest is open to U.S. residents, and the final phase is still open for submittals until 5 October 2021. Much of the attention has been with photovoltaic solutions, and this last phase is structured with two tracks that focus separately on hardware and software components. Solar cooking equipment should qualify as hardware solutions. Read more about the competition...
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  • NEW: 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 Democratic Republic of the Congo


Solar box cooker demonstration in DRC-Katanga, Photo credit: Clement Musonda

  • November 2017: Clement Musonda organized a project in DRC-Katanga, which began in 2010 with the creation of an NGO to highlight environmental concerns and manufacture solar cookers and food dryers in the town of Kinshasa.

Congo Clean Cookers

  • February 2017: Congo Clean Cookers reports: After a meeting we eat rice cooked by a solar cooker #Cookit at the Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs. More information...
  • Mai 2011: L’échauffement climatique est beaucoup observé ce dernier temps. Les gents en parlent partout. Nos habitations sont surchauffées par la cuisine lors qu’on cuisine de repas. Une façon plus simple c’est cuisine avec de four solaire là il n’y aura pas l’échauffement. C’est dans ce sens là que nous avons eu ce matin 12/05/2011, un coup de téléphone provenant de nos amis solaires du Congo Brazza qui comptent venir nous rencontrer pour voir comment nos cuiseurs solaires cuisinent les repas sans dégager la chaleur ; une façon de n’est pas chauffer notre entourage (maison, cité, village …). Ils veulent apprendre la cuisson solaire et nous sommes près d'organiser des ateliers de démonstration pour eux ainsi que tous ceux qui s'intéresse à cette façon de cuisiner uniquement avec le soleil sans se chauffer.
  • February 2010: Upon her departure from Kinshasa in June 2009 at the end of her stay in DRC, our Madame Doctor Joyce Hightower asked us "to not let go the use of solar cookers, because they have the potential in the future of Congo to save many people in a humanitarian fashion, especially by water pasteurization." Today her thoughts are confirmed by the invitation of African Energy. It was an opportunity that does not arrive every day, to see the seminars and trainings on solar energy in Kinshasa led by outside partners African Energy from the 15 to 16 of February. We participated in these trainings while the leaders (Steve, Patrick, and Lincoln) gave us materials what are rare in our country, so we have all we need to live more enlightened. We are happy to provide solar cookers for solar electricity to our villages and cities in DRC (solar pumps, solar projectors, public solar lighting systems) with a system of assistance that can respond to the needs of the rural and urban population. The American firm, to testify to our participation, gave us a certificate as "Entrepreneurs of Renewable Energy" in which dozens of people took part. The pioneers of solar cooking were numerous. There were many demonstrations of solar products, a good occasion and suitable moment to learn for poor countries who live in obscurity. - Sylvain Kimour Kalubi

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  • March 2007: Sylvain Kimour Kalubi of the Terre de la Paix group has been busy translating solar cooker information on the Solar Cooking Archive into several local languages. Kalubi and his colleagues have also been experimenting with various cooker designs, including the Twelve-Sided Parvati cooker, and have developed their own solar box cooker called the KIN 1. Kalubi has found advantages to using cassava (or manioc) flour instead of wheat flour for making paste. He says the cassava flour is cheaper in the Congo than wheat flour, and it makes a stronger glue for cardboard solar cookers. Contact: Terre de la Paix
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  • March 2007: Après un atelier de formation durant 2 jours les mamans passent à la pratique de connaissances eu durant la formation qui était bien animée par le PIONIER de fours solaire au Congo S.KIMOUR KALUBI. Read more
  • February 2007: Une rencontre très fructueuse avait eu lieu le lundi 19 Février 2007 pendent 1 heure 30’ entre le représentant de SCI en RDC et membre de conseil de direction de Solar Cookers International à la personne de Madame Docteur Joyce Hightower et le pionnier des cuiseurs solaires Monsieur Sylvain Kimour Kalubi. C’était dans son bureau de Kinshasa. L’entretien était très innovateur car beaucoup de bonne chose pour avancer la vulgarisation de cuisson solaire et pasteurisation d’eau furent évoqués, en vue de voir notre pays se trouver une place au soleil comme d’autres pays comme le Kenya, South Africa, etc., où l’énergie solaire est développé. Et docteur nous a encouragé à continuer de travailler pour que les cuiseurs solaires prospère comme ailleurs et que nous ne pouvons pas nous sentir orphelins car cuiseur solaire à de l’avenir pour le Pays enfin de sauver la population et l’environnement. Presque à tous nos problèmes, Madame a essayée d’en trouver des solutions appropriées. On avaient aussi évoqué des CooKits qui peuvent fonctionnés avec satisfaction au Congo. Je lui ai remis quelques archives de SCI en langues congolaises qui sont déjà sur le site web. J’ai sollicité son appui permanant pour la réalisation de nos projets. La prochaine rencontre pourra avoir lieu dans 2 où 3 semaines. Débuté à 14h30’ on se séparaient vers 15h45’. - Le Pionnier Sylvain Kimour Kalubi

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  • Northern part of the country: Abundant rain most months and abundant firewood.
  • Southern part of the country: Six months of abundant rain. Local sources of firewood are in the process of being depleted. The south is a good region for solar cooking. (Source: Juan Urrutia Sanz, 2010-Feb)

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