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					Solar energy and
solar cooking
Module B1, Session 8

                       SADC Course in Statistics
Learning Objectives
At the end of this session students will be able to:
• Explain the potential importance of solar energy in
  Africa
• Explain the potential importance of solar cooking
• Describe a case study of solar cooking
• Identify aspects of the adoption of solar cooking
  where statistical skills are useful
• Explain whether aspects of solar cooking are useful
  locally



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Activities
1. Solar energy –
      • videos produced by Christian Aid

2. Solar cooking in Kenya
      • An interview with Margaret Owino

3. Group work
      • Solar cookers and Derk Rijks in Chad
      • Solar cookers in Kenya
      • Group discussion

4. This presentation and discussion



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     from http://solarcookers.org
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Activity 1:Solar energy – the general case


• Can be on a large scale
      • e.g. rural clinic with solar panels

• Or a small scale
      • To charge a radio or mobile phone or lamp

• And solar cooking is possible
• What is happening with you?
      • And what could happen?




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Activity 2: Solar cooking

• The interview with Margaret Owino
   • Director Solar Cookers International, Eastern Africa region

• Described the potential
   • And also the reality
   • It is complicated to introduce new technology




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Activity 3: Group work

• Solar cooking in Chad
      • Presentation by Derk Rijks
      • Article in Solar Cookers International Newsletter
      • A success story?

• Solar Cooker Dissemination in Kenya
      • A web page on the project from 2003
      • An articles as a case study - March 2007

• Why just in Chad?
      • Correspondence on solar cooking evaluation
      • And on the questions often asked about solar cooking




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Survey results – Tanzania 2003
  Source of energy for cooking?




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Where is the statistics in all this?
• General survey results
      • Such as the household survey

• Specialised surveys
  – What is the potential for adoption
      • Perhaps a partly participatory approach is needed?
      • Asking hypothetical questions

• Taste testing trials
      • If the cooked products need to be compared
      • With different cooking methods

• When is there sufficient sun for cooking?
      • e.g. What is the chance of cooking lunch (3hrs sun)
      • Needs sunshine data – on an hourly basis
      • And is included in this course

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Activity 4 - discussion

• What is your view about solar energy
• and about solar cooking?
• In the last session
      • you considered your personal role

• Did you mention solar energy?
• If you had this session first
      • would you have done?

• What are your views now
      • About your possible contribution
      • And the support it might give
      • To others you know?

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