Solar Cooking
Solar Cooking
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Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil reports a decade of success - Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil reports they have distributed more than 20,000 ecological appliances since 2000. From these 20,000, 14,000 have been solar cookers, mainly distributed in the South American countries of Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. Additionally, 5,000 Rocket Stoves were distributed in the African countries of Benin, Chad, and Guinea, as well as to the South American countries. Besides solar cookers and stoves, they have also provided fireless cookers, solar food dryers and solar showers.

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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 Peru

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  • September 2015: Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil (BISS), in association with Engineers without Borders, has started a new project called Plug in Peru (PIP), implemented by three engineering students from École Centrale de Nantes. Photovoltaic (PV) panels were added to the solar stoves, which were distributed in the Andes. While the solar cooker is in position for cooking, these PV panels will store energy to charge cell phones, radios, and batteries – a need that was identified in the local villages. The students’ project was based in La Paz, on the premises of Inti Illimani (BISS’ partner in Bolivia), which enabled the team to obtain the necessary materials and build the kits before the workshop which was organized in the community of Ch'uxña Quta, 250 km north of La Paz. Despite some initial technical difficulties, this project raised interest from the local population, and the team left one of the kits behind so that the villagers could use it as needed. Follow-up visits will be made by local teams to evaluate the use of the kits.

Tara Miller demonstrates the solar cookers to a government official in Feb. 2012.

  • February 2012: At the invitation of the Munincipalidad de El Collao, Ilave, Tara Miller and Sam Brown gave a solar cooking demonstration to a gathering of over 200 government officials from the area. They used a ULOG cooker newly made in Puno and an older four reflector panel cooker we had made in 1997 on Taquile Island. We cooked yams in both cookers in partly cloudy conditions. Tara mentioned, there were 300 printed copies of our cooker building instructions available, and they ran out. Read more...
  • August 2010: Project News: Bolivia - Peru Solar Cook Stoves - actioncarbone.org

Residents try cooking with the new oven provided by the Brigham Young University student project

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  • May 2010: Nineteen Brigham Young University student engineers traveled to Peru’s fabled high mountain Lake Titicaca to deliver a special solar oven as part of their course on sustainable engineering projects that help improve local people’s standard of living. The students worked with the people of the Uros islands. The islands are constructed from floating beds of reeds and soil about nine feet thick, anchored to the lakebed with boulders. Power is difficult to come by, so the Uros cook fish, fowl and homegrown potatoes with expensive propane stoves or time-consuming, reed-fed fires. Local residents were intrigued by the new approach to cooking. More Information...
  • November 2008: In late 2006, Acciónatura, a Spanish NGO, approached Solar Household Energy (SHE) about implementing a project in Peru with their Peruvian partner NGO. While they had the funding to buy the HotPots and implement the project, they did not have the solar cooking technical expertise. Therefore, they requested in-country technical solar cooking support from Solar Household Energy (SHE). SHE signed a Terms of Reference with Acciónatura to work in a consortium with Asociación de Ecosistemas Andinos (ECOAN) to conduct a solar cooking project. The solar cooking trainings were launched in mid-April outside of Lucre, Peru (about 30 kilometers from Cuzco). During five separate trainings, 100 women learned solar cooking techniques. Traditional Peruvian dishes, estofada (chicken and potato stew), rice, and baked peaches were cooked. All the women were extremely impressed with the ability of the HotPot to cook traditional food. In the coming months, the women will attend follow-up meetings where they will share solar cooking experiences. Additionally, the women will participate in a work-exchange program. In the work-exchange program, the women will plant trees in a reforestation project, conduct solar cooking demonstrations in their communities, and conduct solar cooking demonstrations at a regional food fair.

History[]

Centro de la Familia Anna Dengel

Two staff members of the Centro de la Familia Anna Dengel in Arequipa, Peru undertook a pilot project early in the 1990s. The project included both a pilot and an implementation stage. In the pilot part, they considered a range of cooker designs, and settled on a box cooker of cardboard. After that decision, an implementation process involved the construction of 30 cookers by persons who were also trained in cooking methods. All 30 persons were able to complete the construction process successfully.

Next, 24 people were trained in use of the cooker; 80% or 19 family cooks successfully used the boxes they had made. With that project behind them, the two promoters began to seek additional resources to expand their efforts. To the best of our knowledge, they were not successful in locating funds for a larger effort.

In 2002, each was however working separately to promote cookers. Sister Patricia Gootee continued to make and sell a small number of cookers, and Geovana Rivera also taught solar cooking, and designed and built new types of cookers.

A Center of Renewable Energy was created in Lima. Its work included design, research, and construction of several models of solar cookers. In addition, Jorge Armando Choque Chacolla, of the Centro Poblado Menor in Tacna, an Andean area, worked to spread solar cooking in mountainous areas.

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