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Alternative energy: The Free Energy revolution is still to become all encompassing, but it is growing.

Solar Cooking: So as we dry our clothes in the sun we can cook with the sun. With access to the direct rays of the sun, all our cooking requirements can be met. Solar cooking is more nutritious and tastier. Food is cooked slowly with low power, thus less water is used, conserving vitamins and the original taste of the ingredients. The solar cooker is a tool of ransformation. It has been called the 'mirror of hope'. Light from the suns' rays arrives as energy. It is not heat. Once absorbed it lowers its frequency and becomes heat. 98% of light striking black is absorbed. It is enough energy to cook with. A naturalist by the name of Horace de Saussure first designed the solar box cooker in the 1700's. Today there are a number of solar cookers available for the consumer.

Carbon Dioxide release is driving the disruption of our global weather patterns. Solar cooking is a significant step in the direction of 'renewable energy systems.' Sustainable engineer, Richard Pocock from Durban has designed a ‘make your own' solar cooker :
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Richard has also designed a panel cooker. These are simple, cheap and effective. They are available from Richard at Solarworks Richard believes solar cooking covers all aspects of learning and has becoming a force in making solar cooking part of the syllabus for the majority of school kids in Grades 7,8, 9.

There are also high end solar cookers such as the Sun Stove and parabolic reflector on the market through Sunfire Solutions, contact Crosby Menzies Sunfire (011 6242432). Crosby is the Chairman of the African Regional Solar Cooking Network.

“There is a solar cooker project in every country of Africa! Kakuma Refugee camp in Kenya is a success story with a lot of solar cookers working very well. Kakuma was caught in the vicious cycle whereby the World Food Pogramme was giving them food with no means of cooking it. It was through the support of the Global Village Energy Partnership and generous (Solar Cooker International) donors that the women in the village were given training on how to make, use and sell solar cookers. This project has now expanded into neighbouring communities. An inspiring documentary film called Suncookers has been made on this initiative. (

The biggest solar cooker in the world is in Auroville in Tamil Nadu India. It is fifteen meters in diameter and can cook for two thousand people every day ( Auroville was once a barren landscape resulting from two hundred years of deforestation. It is now an ecological village.

"A solar cooker saves about one ton of wood per year thereby reducing carbon emissions by 1.8 tons per year." There are one hundred thousand solar cookers in use in India and China.” ( ) content portal : quote the source © 2013 Struan Douglas of AFRIBEAT.COM
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