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Solar Ovens

  • By: Gavin D. J. Harper
  • In: Green Technology: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney
  • Subject:Environmental Sciences (general), Environmental Technology, Policy & Management

A solar oven, also sometimes known as a solar cooker, is a device that harnesses the sunlight as a source of energy to produce heat for cooking foodstuffs. Solar ovens have the advantage of requiring no fuel, thus removing any ongoing costs associated with cooking; furthermore, they present a lower fire risk than traditional open fires.

In the developing world, wood is a common fuel used to cook foodstuffs. The collection of wood and unsustainable forestry practices driven by the necessity of living with scarce resources leads to deforestation. This in turn has a number of environmental impacts—including the loss of forests as a “carbon sink” and the desertification of land previously occupied by trees.

Types of Solar Cookers

There are a great many designs of solar cooker, ...

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