Introduction of the ADES Electro-Solar cooker (E-cooker) in Madagascar

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In Madagascar only 6% of the population has access to electricity and generally diesel generators are used for supplying energy. ADES (Association pour le Développement de l'Energie Solaire Suisse) developed a solar cooker (E-cooker) that both cooks and generates electricity. Solar panels are fixed to the glass lid of the solar cooker and the electricity generated is stored in a battery, which can power an LED lamp, a radio or a mobile phone. The aim of this project is to complete the development phase and then introduce the E-cooker gradually to the Madagascan market. The solar E-cookers will be locally produced in a metal workshop and joinery. During the implementation phase, the actual performance of the E-cookers and the levels of user acceptance will be assessed. The mid-term objective is to produce and market 1200 E-cookers by the end of 2014, once the development phase has been completed. SEPS support is mainly linked to the monitoring and data validation activities to ensure a need-oriented and overall sustainable approach.

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The solar food network ( was established in 2006 with the financial support of WISIONS. The project's aim is to provide ideas and examples of food processing with sustainable energy sources in developing countries. So far it has been a successful network, with over 200 registered members from more than 40 countries. The website continuously attracts visitors and new registrations. No fees are charged for registration. The main objective of this short-term support was to update the website's practice module, making it more attractive and informative for visitors to the site. To reach this aim the template for uploading project data has been updated and a selection of good practice examples from SEPS projects and other projects have been added to the website. Overall, the website has been improved with audio-visual material such as images and videos that now provide visitors with ideas and successful examples of harvesting solar energy for the commercial production of food products.