Nostalgic for solar hot dogs, circa 1979
“We are at a critical moment in the earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose either to continue on its present disastrous course or to live within the earth’s limits and move towards a just and equitable society.” www.gci.org.uk
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” American Declaration of Independence 1776
During the early 1980’s with the proliferation of satellite Television I envisioned satellite dishes being converted into solar parabolic stoves. Today I dream of governments and power utilities offering an emergency planetary harm reduction exchange program; free solar cookers are offered, especially in exchange for propane barbecues. An added bonus is that people would probably eat less meat and this would reduce world hunger!
Here is a brilliant cooker designed in India, a solar-electric hybrid model. When the sun goes behind the clouds or it is dark, a 100 to 200 watt heating element kicks in. Solar ovens are slow cookers operating between 200 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Although they take twice the cooking time this keeps food full of flavor and nutritional value.
Another brilliant solar cooker from India. This model is another parabolic stove, that focuses the sun rays to the hot plate in the centre. India is like many developing countries – full of innovative ideas, and per capita use much less energy than people in richer nations.
Check out this You Tube of the worlds largest solar kitchen in the Indian holy town of Shirdi – it feeds 38,500 people!