SolSource Solar Cooker
One Earth Designs
Distributed by SolSource, the Solar Cookers reaches temperatures of over 280ºC (550ºF) boiling 1 litre of water in 10 minutes.
The SolSource Solar Cooker uses parabolic reflector panels to focus the sun’s rays to a focal point where a pan is located for cooking with 90% efficiency. The cooker can boil 1 litre of water in 10 minutes, reaches searing temperatures within 10 minutes, and grilling and baking temperatures in 5 minutes. It weighs 4.5 kgs and the recommended maximum loading is 3 kgs.
Countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam
When selling in the developing world, SolSource sells their product at a subsidized price. The subsidies are provided in cooperation with local governments and external funders. Additionally, SolSource sometimes offers instalment payments or rental options.
Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Both affluent and low-income consumers globally but especially those who rely on harmful solid fuels for their daily energy needs.
Mass produced in China.
Users can obtain it directly from the manufacturer by purchase online.
For 2015, over 4,000 SolSource Classic solar cookers have been distributed. Email with representative
For first use, grill must be assembled following instructions. After this, the cooker must be calibrated before each use. This consists of aligning the focus point and selecting the sun setting. From there, the pan can be placed on unit and cooking performed. Maximum pot capacity is 15 litres, so it can feed over 12 people per meal.
It weighs 21 kgs and its dimensions are (LxWxH) (cm) 1,500 x 1,200 x 940.
This product has a 1-year warranty and expected lifecycle is 10 years.
The SolSource Solar Cooker is 100% solar-powered, reaches temperatures of over 350ºC (550 F) that can boil 1 quart of water in 10 minutes. It works with indoor cookware and gives the possibility to purify water for drinking.
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: Pot Capacity: 15.0 L; Approximate lifetime: 10years; Pot type: Flat bottom; People fed: 12; Weight: 18kg; Local assembly possible: yes.
Guidelines provided by the manufacturer must be followed to avoid burns or malfunctioning when manipulating the solar cooker. It is not recommended to use SolSource on very uneven surfaces because pots may slide off the pot stand.
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Lehner, O (2014). Proceedings in Finance and Risk Series ‘14 Academic Collaboration and Research Network Austria – Finland – United Kingdom. 2014 ACRN Oxford Publishing House. ISBN 978-3-9503518-2-8 (electronic).
Referenced standard: EPTP by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
Note: For August 2018, SolSource only fulfils online in the USA and select European countries through their website and Amazon. Customers outside the US and Europe may wish to order from Amazon for cost-effective international shipping. For bulk purchases, please contact them using their Partnership Form.
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