|Size of the Cooker||Uv Resistant Molded Fiberglass Body 540 X 540 X 200 Mm.|
|Cooking Capacity||2 Kg. or 6-8 Kg per Day|
|Weight||Approx. Ten Kg Including Cooking Pots.|
|Tray Material & Coating||Aluminum Sheet, Black Painted of High Heat Absorption and Low Emission.|
|Cooking Pots||Stainless Steel, Hard Black Coated Cooking Pots with Lid.|
|Energy Source||Solar + Low Wattage Power.|
|Power Consumption||Approximately 0.1 to 0.4 Kwh. Depending On Food Quantity and Ambient|
The cooker can save up to 10 LPG cylinders/year on full use at small establishments. The cookers with imported reflectors having a reflectivity of over 90% will have a higher cost. This should include the cost of accessories like pressure cooker, cap, hand gloves & goggles, cooker manual, packing etc.
Around 20 years for metallic structure. Reflecting sheets may however, have to be replaced once in 5 years due to degradation in reflectivity.
1 ½ to 3 years depending on the extent of use & the place of utilization (for commercial establishments and large families the pay back period is less). Solar Cooked food preserves most of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Vitamins and minerals increase the nutrition value while antioxidants protects from cancer. Boiling and steaming type food diet protects from most of the diseases as compared to frying, grilling and micro waving. Burning any fuel like cooking gas, kerosene, wood etc. releases gases like carbon-dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide. Intake of these gases for long duration is a cause of major respiratory diseases in housewives. Continuous inhaling of higher carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide promotes cancer. Solar cooked food is easily digestible. It gradually relieves stomach disorder, constipation, gastric trouble and acidity. Solar Cooking improves the taste of the food to a very large extent.
Why Solar Food? For ENVIRONMENT:
Solar cooking does not burn any fuel and is one of the most eco-friendly options. All other fuels like wood, cooking gas etc. generate Carbon dioxide, Carbon monoxide and Nitrous oxide which are severely responsible for pollution. CO2 is a major green house gas responsible for global warming leading to natural disasters like Tsunami, Cyclone, Volcanic eruption etc. In rural areas saving firewood means saving trees. One family consumes 3 trees in the form of firewood in a year. If solar cookers are used then trees per solar cooker per year can be saved. Solar cooking can help in preserving the fast diminishing forests.
Why Solar Food? For SAVINGS:
One can save up to one cooking gas per month by proper utilization of solar cooker and then recover the cost within a year. Even moderate users recover the cost of the solar cooker within 2 years. With current rise in LPG cost and subsequent rise every month the saving potential is enormous.
Why Solar Food? For the NATION:
India imports more than 75% of the oil, it consumes. With crude oil prices in the world rocketing past $ 54 per barrel, solar cooking will help save in kerosene & cooking gas and intern save foreign exchange. One estimate suggests that even if five percent of India’s population opts for solar cooking then foreign exchange worth more than Rs. 250 Crores per year can be saved. Solar cooking preserves forests by saving firewood. This is must for national development. Adoption of solar cooking technologies will generate many employment opportunities. In rural families mostly the responsibility of collection of firewood rests with children and is one of the reasons for school drop outs. Use of solar cooking can save these children from exploitations and bring them back to school, which they deserve. With Kyoto Protocol coming in force and proposed mechanisms like CDM (Clean Development Mechanism), chances of fetching huge foreign investments and grants are excellent. Promoting solar cooking in a big way can increase India’s energy security. To cope with the speed of modern life there are many versions of solar cookers now available in India, to suit the requirement of every family. In addition to old box design of solar cookers (ovens) there are new breed of parabolic domestic and community cookers. India has to its credit the world’s largest solar cooking system at Tirupati cooking 30,000 meals per day. Generating awareness about these different solar cooking alternatives can generate excellent market for the new entrepreneurs in the field.