Solar Electric Cooking and Beyond
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Championing Solar Electric Cooking and Beyond

In May 2013 we presented a concept note that argued that research should be conducted now, with the intention of creating an affordable solar electric cooking product to be rolled out at scale in Africa by 2020.  

In brief the proposition is that if the current trends in price reductions in Solar photovoltaic technology and in energy storage (specifically Lithium Ion Phosphate batteries) continue, then by 2020 a solar home system sized for cooking would have a comparable lifetime monthly cost to purchased biomass (mainly charcoal) alternatives for a sizeable proportion of the current biomass market.

In late 2015, DFID commissioned independent research on the proposition, to explore three key research questions - an economic model to confirm the trends and financial assumptions, an expert opinion on the lifetime of the battery in harsh conditions and the lessons learned from other relevant technology transitions on behavioural change.  

In the meantime, the original Brief can be found below.  However, there are various updated briefings from over the last two years that can be read in conjunction with it.

Jan 2016 - Powerpoint presentation to DFID following their commissioning of an Evidence on Demand report 

BLOG -  (- which I have yet to feed into the Gamos blog

THE BLOG IS PROBABLY BEST PLACE TO START - it will give you up to date info and there are some summary videos

Royal Geographical Society - Paper presented at the RGS annual conference

Powerpoint discussion document - updated 20/02/2015

Solar Photovoltaics - What price in 2020?

Batteries - What price in 2020?

An Updated Brief 

One page brief

Supporting Document

 Practical Action who we ae working with in Rwanda, asked me to make a 3 minute video on the concept for their strategy workshop in Zimbabwe, which I happily did, and share with you below.