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General summary of the documentation:

the parts shown in grey are still under construction.


The photovoltaic solar cooker presented here runs on the sun, without the need to store electricity on batteries. It is designed primarily for family cooking in sunny areas where energy resources are scarce.

cuiseur solaire à céramiques PTC
PTC ceramic solar cooker, without insulation

The model presented here works with a single photovoltaic panel, with a capacity of around 375 Watt-peak. The cooker is fitted with PTC ceramic resistors that regulate their own temperature to around 200°C. This means that the hot plate and the cooking vessel can be completely insulated, which explains the thermal performance of the system.

Here is a video presentation produced for the CONSOLFOOD congress in July 2023 in La Coruña, Spain.

The user switches on more or fewer heating elements depending on the amount of sunlight at any one time, in order to optimise the solar panel's output, and checks the appropriateness of his choice by consulting a small Wattmeter on his control console. In the event of temporary cloud cover, the insulation allows the energy already collected to be conserved, and the cooking process continues in the 'Norwegian pot' mode. In the event of significant variations in solar flux, the number of PTC resistors needs to be adapted to the new sunshine conditions. However, as the resistors are self-regulating in terms of temperature, there is no risk of burn-out due to excess heat.
Example of rice cooking: 300g of rice, 550g of water, with a 280 W-peak panel in September 2019 in Rouen in Normandy (France); total cooking time: 55 minutes.

The cooker is designed to be built by technicians or craftsmen as close as possible to where it will be used. Its construction is completely accessible to a careful non-professional. All drawings and instructions are provided in parts 1 and 2 of the documentation. In the configuration proposed here, the family cooker is to be used to complement or replace traditional cooking methods, for cooking in water, boiling, soups, braising, steaming and self-cooking, as well as pre-cooking (plantin bananas, etc.), excluding cooking in oil and frying.
Given the relatively low power of the solar panel compared with other cooking methods, the temperature of the container rises less quickly than usual, but once the cooking temperature has been reached, the actual cooking time is the same.

benchmark performance of a litre of water at 20°C brought to the boil : 35 minutes in 920 Watt/m2 sunshine with a 280 Watt-peak panel.

Four chicken legs <br> cooked in a pressure cooker
Four chicken legs cooked in a pressure cooker

If you wish, you can always add more solar panels and expand the installation, which has no size limit.
It's the drastic reduction in the price of photovoltaic panels that now makes possible what would have been unthinkable in the last century: the use of photovoltaic energy for thermal applications.

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Outside cooking hours, or when the sun is not shining, the solar panel can recharge mobile phones or 'USB' lamps, see part 8 'library'.