Solar Cooking
Solar Cooking
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Last edited: 6 August 2019      
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  • 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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  • NEW: 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 Papua New Guinea

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  • March 2006: From Papua New Guinea’s leading daily newspaper, the Post-Courier: Technology using sunlight, aluminum foil and cardboard boxes could replace firewood as fuel for cooking, says RiftOil chief executive Jenni Lean. Mrs. Lean, the only female chief executive of an oil exploration company in the male dominated industry in the country, said she would like to introduce this simple technology to the women and children of Papua New Guinea so that it could save them time from collecting firewood. "As well as being hard on the environment, the use of firewood means a lot of trees are cut down around Port Moresby which could otherwise provide shade and an environment for people and wildlife," she said. She would like to work with women’s organizations such as the Girl Guides and others so that local people can make their own decisions as to their value and use in Papua New Guinea. Solar cookers are made of a cardboard box covered with aluminum foil and shaped so that sunlight reflects on a black pot with the food in it. Mrs. Lean said this should be inexpensive and useful for cooking when there is sunlight. "Even if they are only used [on sunny days], they should make women’s and children’s lives a bit easier here," she said. "They have been successfully introduced in Africa. Where people have easy access to the bush, they may not want to bother learning this new way of cooking, but where fuel is scarce, the motivation may well be there to make them work." She said she had cooked chicken and rice in her cooker using just the sun. Mrs. Lean was part of the senior management team that founded Austral Pacific Energy Ltd, a successful oil and gas company based in New Zealand.

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The entities listed below are either based in Papua New Guinea, or have established solar cooking projects there:

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