Updated on January 31, 2024

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Created on August 27, 2015

SolSuffit SuniCook

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Distributed by SolSuffit, the SuniCook solar cooker reaches temperatures over 250ºC that boils a litre of water in 15 to 20 minutes.

Developed By
  1. SolSuffit
Content Partners
  1. Siemens | Stiftung

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Product Description

The SolSuffit SuniCook is a solar cooker that utilizes reflective aluminium panels in a parabolic shape to focus sunlight in a central location where a cooking pot is placed. The heart of the SuniCook quickly reaches 250 °C when deployed. This product can boil a litre of water in 15 to 20 minutes (depending on available sunlight) and has a 10-litre capacity. The frame can hold up to 12 kg (26 lbs).

A short video about a cooking process in the SuniCook is available and a presentation video.

Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price

$192.03

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

SolSuffit.

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include SolSource Solar Cooker and GoSun Solar Cooker Sport.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Individual, per demand.

Intellectural Property Type

Select Type

User Provision Model

Users can obtain it directly from the manufacturer, SolSuffit, by online purchase or through direct distribution in target regions.

Distributions to Date Status

As of 2013, at least 344 SuniCooks have been deployed.  

Power output in full sunlight (W)

650

Max temperature (°C)

250

Oven volume (L)

10

Pot type

Flat bottom

Time to boil (min/L)

15 – 20

Design Specifications

Design specifications include a shell-shaped parabolic surface composed of polished aluminium that reflects the sunlight to a central point in the solar cooker. In the middle is a metal baking tray (20 to 20 cm) with a black heat-resistant coating where the dish is placed. Because sunlight enters the solar cooker from four directions, the temperature in the heart of the solar oven rises quickly to 250°C. Initially, the SuniCook can be assembled in approximately 30 minutes without tools. After the cooker is set up, use is as simple as correctly positioning the system and allowing it to heat up for a few minutes before cooking. When deployed, the SuniCook has a diameter of 1.2 meters. When packed, the product's dimensions are 20 x 50 x 15 cm (48 x 20 x 6 inches). The cooker can be rotated from 0 to 90 degrees in the vertical direction. The product weighs 9 kgs.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Full instructions on how to set up the system and cook with it are given by the manufacturer. Frequently Ask Questions also available.

Replacement Components

Yes, available from the manufacturer.

Lifecycle

Expected lifespan of 5 years. No official warranty, but SolSuffit will take responsibility for defaults at the time of delivery.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The SuniCook can be assembled in approximately 30 minutes without tools. The designers aim to boil a liter of water in 15 to 20 minutes, with the heart of the cooker reaching up to 250°C, provide up to 650W of power on a clear day.

Vetted Performance Status

None

Safety

Guidelines provided by SolSuffit must be followed to avoid burns of malfunctionings when manipulating the solar cooker.

Complementary Technical Systems

None

Academic Research and References

Vanshoenwinkel, J., Lizin, S., Swinnen, G., Azadi, H., Van Passel, S., 2014, Solar cooking in Senegalese villages: an application of best-worst scaling. Energy Policy., 67, pp. 447-458.

Compliance with regulations

Related standard: EPTP by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Evaluation methods

SolSuffit uses information from field tests in various countries to enhance the design

Other Information

Emissions & Performance Test Protocol by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

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