Solar Cooking
Last edited: 21 April 2022      

Elmo Dutra

Elmo Dutra Eng, MSc has been a professor and researcher in solar energy since 2000 with particular interest in solar cooking working in southern Brazil in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. He is the founder of Fogão Solar, and has developed the Fogão Parabólico solar cooker. He works with his students to create new projects, and also offers solar cookers from other manufacturers for sale through his website.

Elmo has also been experimenting with his own heat-retention cooking device. A cardboard box lined with polystyrene insulation and surfaced with reflective film. And using a standard pressure cooker preheated, and placed inside.


  • August 2019: Elmo Dutra represented solar cooking at the seminar on sustainable urban management in the legislative assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil on August 8th.

Elmo Dutra demonstrates solar cookers at ENSUS 2019

  • June 2017: New solar cooks in Morro da Cruz - Long time thermal solar advocate, Professor Elmo Dutra, conducted a solar cooking workshop in Morro da Cruz on the basics of how to construct and use solar panel cookers. The simple cookers were able to reach 180 °C (356 °F). Happy with the results, the new solar cooks are enthusiastic to show others what they have learned.
  • April 2016: Elmo Dutra presented solar cookers at Ensus 2016 (Encontro de Sustentabilidade de Projetos) at the Federal University of Santa Catarina.
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March 2016 training


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  • October 2021:

Reportagem TVE RS sobre o Fogão Solar de Baixo custo-2




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Elmo Dutra
276/902 Padre Carmine Fasulo St
Caxias do Sul

Tel: +55 (54) 32091251
Mobile: +55 (54) 99849277

Facebook: Facebook: Sunny Cooking Fogões Solares