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Unexpected benefits - Load smoothing?
Written by Administrator
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00
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I have come to realise that the proposition is not so much about solar home systems, but about battery connected cooking. Even in the original note I thought that the subsystem of battery/controller/cooking hob might have application in slums – where poor connections may not be happy having 1kW drawn through them, but a trickle charge of a battery during a day could give the household something to cook on in the night. I now realise that there may actually be a market even in regular (non poor) households in some countries.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 14:26
 
Assumptions of Solar Electric Cooking
Written by Administrator
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 00:00
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The following are the assumptions we are making when advocating research into, and strategic deployment of Solar Electric Cooking (SEC). I am creating a document where a 'Column 2' will provide the evidence for our assumption where available.  But if anyone wants to comment on or suggest another assumption, thats the point of a blog.  :)

Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 14:45
 
Lighting Ratio 6:4; Cooking Ratio 6:1
Written by Administrator
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:00
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In trying to explain to my brother why Solar Electric Cooking might have reached a tipping point, I found a new way to reframe the problem. My brother has no background in energy, and came at it as a generally educated UK citizen. When I explained that the current emphasis was on lighting, he began to ask more detail about the energy content and how much energy the battery will need to store. In struggling to explain without using detailed numbers, I realised something I hadn't realised before.  There is a considerable ratio advantage.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 14:45
 
Overheating!
Written by Administrator
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 10:30
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So the first fail has occurred.  Having decided to set up 'battery cooking' in his kitchen in relation to solar electric cooking, Simon found that the terminal got so hot that it melted the cheap weak clip for the charger.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 11:03
 
Raw experiments
Written by Administrator
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 10:20
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So having started to discuss whether by 2020 a portion of the 3 Billion who currently cook on solid fuels could cook with Solar Electric, we decided we should start with ourselves to see if its feasible.  
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 11:03
 
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