Last edited: 5 August 2019
- NEW: Webinar: Thursday, 11 November 2021, 1:00pm UTC: - Solar Cookers International will present a webinar showing how solar cooking helps to improve public health, and the health of the environment around the globe. As part of this year's COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, it will take place as a side event at the World Health Organization pavilion. There is limited space available for those interested in participating in this free event. Register early.
- 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.
- 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.
- August 2006: Engineer Rodolfo Carrillo reports that solar box cookers are a great success in the plains of Venezuela. Cooperativa Wayne, R.L. developed a box-type solar cooker using aluminum obtained locally at low prices. The cooperative keeps track of every family that obtains a cooker, so that follow-up services can be provided. "The people that have gotten solar cookers are using them in an excellent manner," says Carrillo. People, mostly peasants, build their own cookers in the program and learn to both cook meals and pasteurize water with solar energy. The work of Cooperativa Wayne, R.L. has been covered by local and national newspapers. Other cooperatives have been in touch, seeking to spread solar cooking to their constituents.
- November 2003: NORVEX, an ecological cooperative, is developing a solar cooking program whereby poor families in Venezuela receive instruction in the construction and use of solar box cookers. Seventy cookers have been constructed thus far with financial assistance from the German embassy in Caracas. The cookers primarily have gone to families in the Venezuelan outback and small coastal islands. In addition to cooking, solar water pasteurization is important in these rural communities where water is often contaminated. Former Solar Cookers International board member Shyam Nandwani, of Costa Rica’s Universidad Nacional, has provided technical assistance to this project. Contact: Asociacion Ecologica Norvex, Apartado No. 50092-1050, Sabana Grande, D.C., Caracas, Venezuela. Tel: 58-0414-839-2909, 0282-4-250584, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carlos Manuel Mujica of Urban Fundalara demonstrated cookers and taught others how to use them.
Flor Isabel Tur of the Centro por Desarrollo Y Ambiente (Development and Environment) used cookers and held workshops to teach others.
In 2002, NORVEX, an ecological cooperative, started a solar cooking program for poor families in Venezuela. Financial assistance came from the German Embassy in Caracas. Families were taught how to construct and use the cooker and how to pasteurize water. Seventy cookers had been made, with most new solar users residing in rural areas where water is often contaminated. No information on future plans is available.
- Main article: History of solar cooking
Climate and culture
- Wikipedia article on the climate of Venezuela
- Venezuela Energy Situation - Energypedia
- Solar cooker dissemination and cultural variables
Articles in the media
Audio and video
The entities listed below are either based in Venezuela, or have established solar cooking projects there:
- Main article: Solar Cookers International Association