Cooking food is a problem in several developing countries. It is a healthcare problem since biomasses (such as wood, coal, or manure) and fuels, whose combustion can cause carcinogens, are used to cook food or to sterilise water. It also involves people’s safety as the use of naked flames or old appliances causes dangerous accidents. It is also an environmental problem because wood depletion, in the form of coal or charcoal, boosts deforestation. It is an economic problem because buying the necessary fuels affects excessively the expenses of poor families and wood collection requires a lot of time.
A solar oven is the easiest, the safest and the cheapest tool to cook meals and sterilise water. The oven designed by ing. Giacomo Rossi and developed with the support of the Association SIT, thanks to its system of lens, harnesses solar radiations and, thanks to an adequate thermic insulation system, is able to trap the heat absorbed without using any fossil fuels.
The majority of the solar ovens already on the market can be used only when exposed to the sun, that is, for a limited number of hours a day; moreover, these and other existing solutions have a too high price for people with low income.
The solar oven we designed, on the contrary, can be built by the user, with the supply of the lenses, and, on the other hand, with its peculiar heating system and thanks to the obtained insulation, can collect and keep solar heat longer even during the night (when the source of heating is absent).
In this way, our solar oven enables to improve the living conditions of the families that are using it, both from the economic and healthcare points of view, as well as protecting the environment.
The project we propose involves the building of a prototype in two partner organisations of our Association in Peru and Ecuador thanks to the mission on site of a volunteering energy engineer, the supply of the necessary lenses and the teaching program about the oven building techniques, which will include manuals and courses, aimed at teaching to the people interested in building the oven on their own, for themselves of for others, even by setting up a business activity based on the oven.
We propose to reach these objectives also by the maximisation of the engineering of the project on site and the production, the advertising and the distribution of a specific kit in collaboration with the partners in Ecuador and in Peru and, in the future, in other countries where we are already present (Kenya, Cambodia, Senegal, South Africa, and India) to then extend the project, open and non profit, to other entities that will show interest.
Bigger versions of this solar oven can be employed in community environments or in economic activities linked to the catering sector, allowing a reduction in the production cost of the baked products and of the other cooked foods sold by small local shops. We would also like to promote courses to set up activities based on the using of the solar oven.
We are a network of researchers, social innovation enthusiasts and entrepreneurs.
Giacomo is the designer and innovator, Elena has been following and managing the project supporting Giacomo from the beginning. We are now ready, with the help of Lorenzo to test the Lunar Oven and create an open instruction manual that takes off the spread of the product by creating virtuous circles for families and local economies.
How we'll use the funds
Coverage of the costs of a mission of a volunteer to build the prototype on site (Peru - partner Mato Grosso Organization and Ecuador)
Total cost of the mission of an energy engineer (volunteer): 2,500€ for 4/5 months
Italy-Peru: 500.00€ in May, 550.00€ in September
Italy-Ecuador: 450.00€ in May, 400.00€ in September
One way average cost 500.00€ -> 1,000.00€
Mission of 4/5 months with an average accommodation cost of 5.00€ a day at the local partner’s: 750.00€.
Mission of 4/5 months with an average board cost of 5.00€ a day: 750.00€.
· Cost of Fresnel lenses (6 lenses per oven) – cost of 1 set of 6 lenses 40.00€ à 5 sets of Fresnel lenses 200.00€
- Materials found locally for the building of the structure and refractory material for the cladding of 5 prototypes 200.00€
Materials Total Cost: 400.00€
INFORMATIVE MATERIAL KIT
Production of informative material kit for the building @creativecommons : 1,000.00€
TOTAL COST OF THE PROJECT: 3,900.00€
REWARD AND SHIPING COSTS: 600.00€
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SOCIAL INNOVATION TEAMS (SIT)
Social innovation Teams (SIT) is a community of innovators and social entrepreneurs. This community creates and sustains projects for social innovation and supports the social entrepreneurs that have created social enterprises or nonprofit organizations in Italy or abroad. SIT proposes new forms of active participation creating interdisciplinary project teams that create value in our projects by putting their specific competencies at the disposition of our partner members.