Solar Cooking
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HRH Prince Nayef bin Assem visits a Jordanian Renewable Energy Society solar cooking demonstration in 2013.

in October 2013, HRH Prince Nayef bin Assem took time to visit a Jordanian Renewable Energy Society solar cooking demonstration. Prince Nayef is leading an initiative to introduce solar cooking to low-income citizens of Jordan through the manufacture of simple solar box cookers. The Prince recently became a member of the Solar Cookers International Network. Mohammed Alta'ani of the Jordanian Renewable Energy (JRES) has led the effort to teach Jordanian students about the benefits of solar cooking.

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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 Jordan

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HRH Prince Nayef bin Assem visits a Jordanian Renewable Energy Society solar cooking demonstration.

  • October 2013: HRH Prince Nayef bin Assem took time to visit a Jordanian Renewable Energy Society solar cooking demonstration. Prince Nayef is leading an initiative to introduce solar cooking to low-income citizens of Jordan through the manufacture of simple solar box cookers. The Prince recently became a member of the Solar Cookers International Network. Mohammed Alta'ani of the Jordanian Renewable Energy (JRES) has led the effort to teach Jordanian students about the benefits of solar cooking.

The Jordanian Renewable Energy Society trains women from the local community to solar cook.

Local Jordanian students participate in the Green Generation Initiative sponsored by the Jordanian Renewable Energy Society.

  • January 2013: - The Jordanian Renewable Energy Society (JRES) is planned to be the national museum and resource center for renewable energy and energy efficiency in Jordan. Different applications of renewable energy including photovoltaics, solar thermal (including solar cooking), wind energy, bio-energy, and other energy efficiency strategies, will be represented. One of the featured activities for JRES in the coming year is the Jordan Solar Restaurant which will soon be open to serve the local community and visitors from around the world. Customers will be encouraged to use the solar cookers themselves to prepare their own meals if they wish. JRES has also begun its Green Generation Initiative, which invites children from different levels in the Jordanian schools to adopt new habits and shift to the green culture. Thereby minimizing their carbon footprint, and expanding renewable energy use in Jordan. When the students visit JRES headquarters, they are introduced to solar cooking by learning about solar box cookers, and how they can avoid using firewood, and cutting the remaining trees. Read more of their plans at Jordanian Renewable Energy Society Solar Cooking Activities, Fall 2012.

Instructor Johanna Blin helps with the solar cooker assembly, July 2012.

Assembling CooKits at the Royal Botanic Garden July 2012

  • July 2012: A solar cooking workshop, run by trainer Johanna Blin, recently saw RBG staff members at the Bedouin tent cutting cardboard and glueing tinfoil to make solar ovens. True to the Royal Botanic Garden's mission of using and demonstrating sustainable living techniques, the RBG is now developing expertise in solar cooking, for use at the (future) on-site café. They have taken the instructions for making the CooKit and translated them into Arabic, and can be found here: CooKit assembly instructions in Arabic.
  • August 2006: The Renewable Energy Bureau (REB), a collaboration between the King Abdullah Design and Development Bureau and the University of Jordan, developed a box-type solar cooker for use in Jordan. The cooker was designed to meet several requirements: it had to be simple and safe to assemble, install and operate; it had to be economical yet durable; and it had to be efficient enough to cook 15 kilograms of meat in a few hours. The cooker has three panes of glazing, each separated by 6mm air spaces. The innermost pane is low-emissive, reducing heat loss from the cooking chamber. The glazing is angled at 30° with respect to the ground, maximizing efficiency at Jordan's latitude. Three stainless steel reflectors - two stationary and one adjustable - increase light reaching the cooking chamber. The inside of the cooking chamber is aluminum, while the external walls of the cooker are galvanized steel. The cooker is insulated with a type of rock wool used in conventional gas ovens. REB has also undertaken an off-the-grid guest house project, and solar cookers are expected to play a significant role in meeting its energy needs. Contact: Mohammed Al taani

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