The ECOCA is a compact, self-contained, multi-purpose home cooking unit, run by solar energy. It is to be imagined as a fully working kitchen, which can provide an entire family in rural and off-grid areas with food and electricity throughout the entire day. It consists of an electric base, which includes a battery pack, a solar panel array and a highly insulated cooking pot. The product was designed and is manufactured by Pesitho. The manufacturing facilities are established in a local production facility in Lokopio Technological Center in Yumbe, Uganda.As of 2022, the retail price for one unit including all appliances (solar panel, torch, light, 2 insulated pots) produced and purchased in Uganda from the local production facility, is around 450 USD
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
The pilot units of this product are being distributed by the manufacturer through partner organizations. In Malawi, the company has partnered with the UN World Food Programme for its distribution. Other partners include Care, Caritas and Mercy Corps together with whom among other projects school- and community kitchens have been established. Pesitho partners with different organizations for distribution and financing.
Manufacturing in China and locally in Uganda.Interview with Pesitho in 2022
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
The designers have not yet selected their user provision model.Interview with Pesitho in 2022
Distributions to Date Status
Power requirement (W)
Pot capacity (L)
Time to boil (min/L)
12 min/L at 75?C
The ECOCA is a compact, self-contained, multi-purpose home cooking unit, run by solar energy. It is to be imagined as a fully working kitchen, which can provide an entire family in a rural area with food and electricity throughout the whole day. It consists of an electric base, which includes a battery pack, a solar panel array and a highly insulated cooking pot that can keep food warm for hours. The small size and light weight of the ECOCA make it possible to install and use in all sorts of areas, making it extremely suitable and valuable for places like refugee camps in African countries, enabling the families that live in these spaces to prepare food for themselves at all times. The electricity generated from the solar panel and stored in the battery can easily cover the average cooking needs of a whole family. More precisely, that means that an average family of 5-7 members can cook 3 meals a day, also several hours after dark.Interview with Pesitho in 2022
Technical advisors, cooking agents and business managers locally employed in Uganda help customers with technical difficulties. Furthermore, there is support through the Support Page including guidelines on correct usage and troubleshooting.
ECOCA is a modular system. Spare parts are available locally for easy replacement.Interview with Pesitho in 2022
The battery has a lifespan of 5 years. It is a modular system, so components can be changed to prolong the lifetime.Interview with Pesitho in 2022
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
The manufacturer specifies the following: 90% efficiency, 400 W nominal heating, and 450 W peak heating.Interview with Pesitho in 2022
Vetted Performance Status
Standard safety precautions should be taken when working around hot surfaces to prevent burns.
Complementary Technical Systems
Pesitho also offers a solar home system with USB ports.Interview with Pesitho in 2022
Academic Research and References
Bisaga, I., Campbell, K., Bellanca, R., Kleijn, M., & To, L. S. Clean and modern energy for cooking: A path to food security and sustainable development.
Tran, A., To, L. S., & Bisaga, I. (2020). Landscape analysis of modern energy cooking in displacement settings. Modern Energy Cooking Service (MECS).
Compliance with regulations