Cooking with the Sun

Solar cooking is a passion of Nicola Ulivieri who experiments continually new prototypes for years, pursuing various educational initiatives. He was awarded the "Siena Carbon Free 2015 prize" for the project "Solar Cookers" and he recently published the book "Solar Cookers".

Solar Cookers

Cooking with the Sun - History, Theory, Construction, Recipes

Book Solar Cookers An exhaustive manual-essay introducing you to the world of solar cookers that highlights the potential of these practical tools with which you can cook your dishes outdoors with solar energy alone. You will learn the history, development and refinement of solar cookers, but also the theory of apparent motion of the Sun, as well of solar radiation and its conversion into heat. This book is accompanied by an extensive theoretical and practical section that illustrates the working principles of solar cookers: complete with the methods to build them with recycled materials, illustrative examples and advice on recipes.

238 Pages, over 200 illustrations. Ebook also available

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Software

Spreadsheets associated to the book are available for solar cookers projects and they can be downloaded for free in a single zip file.

Here are available the tables of the Equation of time and Declination of the Sun.

Here are available the spreadsheet for the Simplified calculation of sunrise and sunset.

You may be interested in the following free software:
· Planetarium for observation of the Sun, stars, constellations: Stellarium
· 3D representation of Earth based primarily on satellite imagery: Google Earth
· Free OpenOffice package to manage spreadsheets if you do not have Excel: OpenOffice

Award "Siena Carbon Free 2015"

Siena Carbon Free

Simone Bazzotti and Nicola Ulivieri (from right) receiving the Siena Carbon Free 2015 prize, with (from left) President of the Province of Siena Simone Bezzini and the Provincial Councillor for the Environment Gabriele Berni (photo by G. Pizzichi, 2012).

TV Appearances

Linea Verde

Guest on RAI, Italian National Television

Guest at the Siena Carbon Free episode of Linea Verde, Rai 1, aired December 1, 2018, fully visible at the address of Raiplay. My interview is at the beginning

Ecofuturo

Guest at the EcoFuturo Festival of Ecotechnologies and Self-construction, July 2014. TV interview on FattoQuotidiano.tv

Solar Cooking Video

Solar cooking on the Snow

Cooking with a portable solar cooker on mountain snow during a snowshoe hike.

Cooking with the Sun

An overview of photos and videos of some of our solar cooking experimentation events, by using the only sunlight energy.

Backstage Linea Verde

Preparation and cooking for the Linea Verde TV episode.

Solar cooking of sausages and coffee

During the olive harvest, in October, is there anything better than cooking sausages in the sun and make also a nice coffee? Without fires and open flames.

Self-Built Cookers

Self-Built Cookers

Multi-Petals Paraboloid

Self-build paraboloid-shaped solar concentrator, assembled in pieces by using a certain number of polycarbonate sectors covered with reflective films, all the same shape, joined sideways. Do you want to build it? Learn how with Solar Cookers

Self-Built Cookers

Satellite Dish Cooker

Satellite Dish solar concentrator made by offset dish covered with reflective films. Do you want to build it? Learn how with Solar Cookers

Self-Built Cookers

Simplified Paraboloid

Self-build paraboloid-shaped solar concentrator, assembled in pieces by using a certain number of cardboard sectors covered with reflective films, all the same shape, joined sideways. Do you want to build it? Learn how with Solar Cookers

Self-Built Cookers

Solar Barbecue

Very simple type of solar concentrator. This model uses the parabolic profile in a single dimension, allowing it to be made by simply bending - but appropriately - a reflective sheet. Do you want to build it? Learn how with Solar Cookers

Self-Built Cookers

Solar Box Cooker

Box type solar cooker made by cardboard boxes and reflective panels. Do you want to build it? Learn how with Solar Cookers

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