Solar Cooking
Last edited: 25 March 2024      
EG Solar logo update, 3-25-24
EG Solar parabolic cooker, 5-5-13

EG-Solar recently released a photo of cooking with a parabolic solar cooker.

EG-Solar, a prominent worldwide solar cooking program, has its headquarters in the small southern German town of Altötting. Centered in a national industrial school, founders Dieter Seifert and his wife Imma Seifert, with the assistance of other family members and friends, registered EG-Solar as a charitable organization in 1993, though their activities date back to the early 1980s.

The organization has been very active in promoting parabolic cookers of varying size and characteristics, literally around the world. Their strategy is based on the underlying assumption that people can assist themselves by constructing the cookers. The cookers' components are manufactured in Germany and shipped with instructions that are "word free" - entirely pictorial - and thus relatively easy (though time-consuming) to assemble into the finished product. The Seiferts also make available, as needed, the equipment to produce most of the parabolic cooker's components, even in places without electricity. Because of difficulty of obtaining appropriate materials and the need for quality control, the shiny aluminum panels that constitute the parabolic reflector itself are made in Germany and shipped around the world.

The Seiferts conduct workshops in Germany on the construction and use of the devices, as well as in many other countries of the world. This Germany-based operation is among the larger, if not the largest, such program in the world. They report that 15,000 cookers have been sold in over 80 countries of the world. (Printed brochure, EG Solar.) Among the nations where they have substantial sales programs are: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Mauritania, Namibia, Nepal, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Uganda and many others.

Dieter Seifert has been active in promoting solar cooking as one way to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, contributing to the greenhouse effect and global warming. He has urged the consideration of solar cooking programs as eligible for carbon credits as envisioned in the United Nations Joint Implementation/Clean Development Mechanism, that permits the exchange of "carbon credits" between developed and developing nations. One such exchange is in place between the area where Dr. Seifert lives and an organization in Nepal, where solar cooking promotion is supported in this manner. Dr. Seifert offers to provide assistance to others in calculating carbon emissions as a prelude to applying for assistance in this carbon credit scheme.


  • April 2024: EG-Solar sucessfully delivers 200 parabolic solar cookers to the Paktia and Paktika regions in Afghanistan from 2021-2022. This time, in addition to 50 solar cookers for the Khost/Paktia region, another 50 solar cookers were to go to the Paktika region, which was shaken by a strong earthquake on June 22, 2022 that killed over 1,000 people. Read more...
Image credit: EG-Solar

EG Solar Tanzania project photo 2023

EG Solar workshop in Tanzania 2023, Photo credit: EG Solar

  • April 20-21, 2013: (Altötting) International solar cooker conference. Organizer is EG Solar e.V.
  • December 2011: EG-Solar reports that it is working on a carbon-credit solar cooking project in Zambia.

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  • March 2024: EG Solar wishes to remind Wiki visitors that they have a YouTube channel with additional content
  • November 2014: EG Solar animated video short explaining the benefits of solar cooking.

The Solar Cooker by EG Solar e.V.-0

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EG-Solar e.V.
Neuöttinger Str. 64c
D-84503 Altötting

Tel: +49 (0) 86 71 / 96 99 37
Fax: +49 (0) 86 71 / 96 99 38


EG-Solar is a registered charitable organization created by the Altötting Public Community College.

Kreissparkasse Altötting, BLZ 71051010, Konto-Nr. 49338