Solar cookers to buy or make

A new range of solar cookers is now commercially available for distribution throughout Africa. However, entrepreneurs can easily manufacture a tried and tested solar cooker from material available to them.
The new commercial range is manufactured in Germany and based on the models which emerged from a four year long research project undertak A new range of solar cookers is now commercially available for distribution throughout Africa. However, entrepreneurs can easily manufacture a tried and tested solar cooker from material available to them.
The new commercial range is manufactured in Germany and based on the models which emerged from a four year long research project undertaken jointly by the German and SA governments. The Solar Cooker Pilot Programme, implemented by German technology transfer agency GTZ, presents the most substantial initiative ever embarked upon in the field of solar cooking. The cookers chosen from the project for commercial development were hailed as good quality, user friendly and affordable.
The new German range, currently named Koch after its manufacturer but soon to be renamed Ilanga, is a refinement of the iZola cooker which emerged from the pilot programme.
Three models are available: The K10 diameter of 100cm and a capacity of three to four litres; the K12 has a diameter of 125 cm and a capacity of eight litres; the K14 has a diameter of 140 cm and a capacity of 10 to 12 litres.
The manufacturers claim the latter can bring one litre of water to boil in seven minutes and all three models are suitable for baking and deep frying, as well as cooking. They range in price from around $80 to $160.
Sunlec is currently the only agent in Africa for the Koch-range.
The sunstove
One of the best known among the cookers researched in the Solar Cooker Pilot Programme is the Sunstove, which attracted much attention whilst on display at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002.
The Sunstove is a proven, affordable cooker that has been tooled, manufactured and used in South Africa since 1992. It is sold at cost at around $20 throughout Africa, whilst also made and sold in India.
The Sunstove Organisation is a non-profit enterprise and provides detailed information on how to manufacture the cookers from locally available materials on their website www.sungravity.com
Sunlec: Tel +27-12-326 6330; fax +27-12-326 4435; info@sunlec.co.za
Sunstove: Tel +27-11-969-2818; fax: +27-11-969-5110; sunstove@iafrica.com