This solar cooker development and testing project attempts to improve the performance, reliability and cost-effectiveness of low-cost solar cookers for use in developing nations. Many of the activities and documented results conducted under this project are presented below.
- Solar Cooker Reflector Optical Evaluation and Design Evolution (PDF – This report pertains to an optical ray trace analysis of a panel type solar cooker reflector.)
- FSEC Solar Cooker Design: Optical Ray Trace Analysis (PDF – This report pertains to an optical ray trace analysis of a parabolic type solar cooker reflector.)
- An Analysis of Greenhouse Cookpot Design Considerations For Low-Cost Solar Cookers (Web site)
- Investigation of Reflective Materials for the Solar Cooker (PDF)
- Investigation of Polycarbonate as a Suitable “Greenhouse” Material for the Solar Cooker (PDF)
- Final Report: Solar Oven Development and Testing (PDF)
Tests were conducted to determine the performance and feasibility of using cooking pots that incorporate a selective solar coating material. The selective coated pots were tested side-by-side with pots coated with standard flat black paint.
Why selective solar coating? In order to reduce losses due to heat emission, selective coatings reduce radiation heat losses. This makes it possible to absorb and transform a large part of the short-wave solar radiation into heat. Simultaneously, the emission of the long-wave heat radiation from the absorber (coated black pot) itself is significantly reduced.
Below are a set of draft drawings for the solar cooker’s Greenhouse/Cookpot, also referred to as the HotPot. (click each for full size)
Solar cooker panel manufacturing information
Below are drawings and a manufacturing information document for the construction of the solar cooker panel prototype. Drawings and instructional documents are in PDF format.
https://solarcooking.org/ Solar Cookers International (SCI) is a non-governmental organization which has become an international institute on solar cooking since its founding in 1988. This is the premier site for information on solar cookers.
https://www.she-inc.org/ Solar Household Energy (SHE) was incorporated in 1998 to identify and support promising entrepreneurs in areas of the world with adequate sunshine. First, SHE has the experience and expertise to provide in-country guidance on training in food preparation techniques. This requires the formation of local instructors to teach solar cooking and to conduct consumer support programs. Second, SHE conducts research on developments in passive solar technology. This is essential if SHE is to give entrepreneurs the best possible advice on equipment selection.
Years of Research: 2002
Sponsored by: Dorothy Ann Foundation on behalf of Solar Household Energy, Inc.