40,000 solar cookers in Darfur

Energy & Sustainability

Phil Shapiro (Takoma Park, Md.) sent us this video of solar cookers being built and deployed by villagers in Darfur. Amazing to think what impact some cardboard and foil material can have on the health and well-being of tens of thousands of people. [Thanks, Phil!]

40,000 solar cookers in Darfur

8 thoughts on “40,000 solar cookers in Darfur

  1. Marcel says:

    A very good look at solar cooking technology and the issues preventing wider acceptance.

    I’d like to see more of this kind of ‘making for good’ on Make.

    Like biogas from kitchen waste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFYLKxNqSuM

    1. rileyporter.myopenid.com says:

      I agree.. This is very cool!


  2. Adam E says:

    I’m working on a design for a simple cooker to use in this hot weather in Philly and plan to encourage others to give it a try through word of mouth and Facebook.

  3. Geekman says:

    I wonder if you could reuse a microwave oven to do this : point the solar cooker toward the door and voilà. It should retain enough heat, no ?

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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