Distributed by SolSuffit, the SuniCook solar cooker reaches temperatures over 250ºC that enable boiling a litre of water in 15 to 20 minutes.
The SolSuffit SuniCook is a solar cooker designed for users in the developing world. It 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 the season and has a 10-litre capacity. The frame can hold up to 12kg (26lbs).
Countries: Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Congo, Morroco, Belgium, France, Switzerland.
Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
The rural poor in the developing world, especially those who are dependent on harmful fuel sources. Also, the socially, environmentally conscious in more affluent societies.
Individual, per demand.
For 2013, at least 344 SuniCooks have been deployed.
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 1.2meters. When packed, its dimensions are 20x50x15 cm (48x20x6 inches).
The cooker can be rotated from 0 to 90 degrees in the vertical direction.
It weighs 9 kgs.
Expected lifespan of 5 years. No official warranty, but SolSuffit will take responsibility for defaults at the time of delivery.
The SuniCook can be assembled in approximately 30 minutes without tools. The heart of the SuniCook quickly reaches 250 °C when deployed. This product can boil a liter of water in 15 to 20 minutes depending on the season, and has a 10 liter capacity. The frame can hold up to 12kg (26lbs). Within 45 minutes, 2 liters of water can be boiled. The product poses no risk of burns or blinding. Bread, meat, and fish can be cooked and the product is stable and works in windy conditions. I can provide up to 650W of power on a clear day.
Guidelines provided by SolSuffit must be followed to avoid burns of malfunctionings when manipulating the solar cooker.
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. 2014 Apr;67:447-458.
Related standard: EPTP by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
SolSuffit uses information from field tests in various countries to enhance the design.
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