Mitimilele Ltd

Solar Cooker Project

Msambweni, February 2016

Our newest pilot project, a solar cooker, is now finished and is being used on a daily basis to cook the food for the dogs. The biggest advantage is, that it runs solely on solar energy without having to be fired with charcoal coal or wood. It is more environmentally friendly as you don't have to cut down trees to produce charcoal. Further, it doesn't generate any smoke. It was designed by Karin to hold two large pots and built by a local carpenter.

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The pots and the inner of the cooker have been painted in black to absorb the sunlight. The lid has double glasing which also contributes to the accumulation of heat. In the morning, we place the cooker outside, by midday we have to orient it towards the sun, so that it can absorb more sunlight. The food is cooked through in the evening. No stirring needed, as the food cannot burn or boil over. It cooks at a steady tempereature of about 150 degrees celcius. The cooker is, besides the environmental advantage, a much saver and, in the long run, cost reducing alternative to ordinary cookers (also known as jikos) or open fireplaces.

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