The Kyoto Box Cooker

A solar powered cardboard cooker designed for use in rural countries

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Web http://kyoto-energy.com/kyoto-box.html
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About the project Edit

The Kyoto Box is a solar energy-based cooker made from polypropylene boxes, aluminum foil and an acrylic glass cover. It generates free energy for cooking, baking and boiling water. The cooker can boil 10 litres of water in 2 hours and dry foods.

Because it is an alternative to firewood based cookers, the Kyoto Box reduces problems such as deforestation, household CO2 emissions, indoor smoke inhalation, fire hazard and time loss and back injuries caused by gathering firewood.

The Kyoto Box is very lightweight, cheap ($5) and can be packed easily. It contributes to lowering the cost of energy which can be very high in remote rural areas.

Initiated by the Kenyan organization Kyoto Energy, the project won the Financial Times climate Challenge 2009.

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In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

This cooker harnesses solar power in a very cheap,accessible and efficient manner. It makes solar-based energy accessible for communities living in poor and rural areas.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Because it is an alternative to firewood based cookers, the Kyoto Box reduces problems such as deforestation, household CO2 emissions, indoor smoke inhalation, fire hazard and time loss and back injuries caused by gathering firewood.

People using the solar based cooker can invest the time they would use to harvest firewood for other activities (taking care of children, farming, going to school, etc.). Moreover, harvesting firewood can be a dangerous activity (rape risk for women, landmines).

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

This Kyoto Box stove uses cheap materials that can be easily found: it costs just $5 to manufacture. The design has already gone into production in a factory in Nairobi, with a capacity to produce 2.5 million boxes a month.

The Kyoto Box team envisions a network of women distributing thousands of the flat-pack stoves from the back of lorries to families across Africa.

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