|5 Things you didn’t know about solar cookers
When most people think of solar cookers they picture a flimsy cardboard box lined with tin foil and half cooked chicken. Those days are long gone. Solar cookers can perform any task that a conventional oven can. They can roast meat, steam vegetables and bake bread, all this by making use of solar energy. Some are as powerful and even more expensive than conventional ovens. Here are five things you didn’t know about solar cookers.
1. Anything you can do I can do
Different kinds of solar cookers require different cooking methods. Depending on the weather, high performing parabolic cookers can generate heat of up to 400 degrees. This means that they can cook steaks within minutes and boil water as fast as a kettle.
2. So many to solar cookers to choose from
Just like the name suggests, the box and panel designs are box shaped with a glass or transparent plastic lid. Panels reflect sunlight into the box where it heats up the pots or pans while the lid keeps heat inside like a greenhouse. These designs can generate heat of up to 150 degrees.
3. Oh so friendly
There are some parabolic projects in China that reduce carbon emissions by one to four tons per year.
4. Already widely used
Solar cookers are already popular around the world. In China and India hundreds of thousands of families use them to prepare meals and heat water every day.
5. One cooker can literally feed hundreds
India has the largest solar cooking systems in the world. At the temple of Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh the solar kitchen has the capability to serve 15 000 pilgrims a day.