Solar PV Cook-stove

SoULS Initiative, IIT Bombay

The Solar PV Cook-stove cooks food day and night using induction heating powered by electricity from solar PV panels that is stored in batteries.

  • 2 Ring Solar PV Cookstove
  • Solar PV Cookstove
  • A one-ring Solar PV Cookstove
  • A woman using the Solar PV Cookstove
Product description Brand name and product description

The Solar PV Cook-stove is designed to use sunlight to cook all types of food typically eaten in India, at any time of day or night. It uses induction rings to heat the pan/pot meaning it can be used to cook indoors and can achieve temperatures over 160°C making it capable of being used for cooking all types of typical Indian cuisine.

The system is capable of supplying 3 kWh of energy sufficient to cook 3 meals per day for a 5 person family. It is powered by 4 solar PV panels providing 1 kW of power, with 4 Lead Acid batteries (total storage 7 kWh) to enable cooking at night and provide a day of back up for rainy or overcast conditions.

The Solar PV Cook-stove was designed and developed by Solar Urja through Localization for Sustainability (SoULS) initiative of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. It is currently being piloted in Bancha village of Betul district, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Worldwide, particularly areas without a reliable grid power.Interview with representative in 2020

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

The Energy Swaraj Foundation which manufactures the solar PV cook-stoves currently takes orders online and distributes the cook-stoves themselves, however they are looking for distributors to work with them retailing the cook-stove worldwide.Interview with representative in 2020

The pilot is being implemented through a collaboration between IIT-Bombay, an NGO in Betul district, Madhya Pradesh called Bharat Bharti Shiksha Samiti and the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

925 USD (INR 67,999)Converted on September 10 2020 for Complete Solar PV Cook-stove system (solar panels, battery, charge controller, cook-stove, other miscellaneous items).Interview with representative in 2020

98 USD (INR 7,200)Converted on September 10 2020 for DC cook-stove only (with 100 Minimum order Quantity).Interview with representative in 2020

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Key competitors are other solar electric cookstoves including the Sunspot Solar Electric Cooking system, ISEC (Insulated Solar Electric Cooking), the Double Burner Solar Stove, the GoSun Fusion, Solar Home System e-Cooking and the Solar DC Induction cooker. Many of these also use induction to produce heat and they are at a range of stages through the development process. More information on solar electric cookstoves can be found here.

Other competition is from concentrating solar thermal cookers and other cookstoves. Examples of these can be found in the E4C Solutions Library.


SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

Goal 13: Climate action

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

700 million Indians who currently cook on biomass-fueled chulhas.

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