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).
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".
Cooking with the Sun - History, Theory, Construction, Recipes
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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Otherwise buy on online bookstores: Amazon or search through ISBN: 978-0244841409
- Ebook: Purchase the eBook from publisher's site Lulu.com supporting independent publishing, or search in bookstores through ISBN: 978-0244279639
Spreadsheets associated to the book are available for solar cookers projects and they can be downloaded for free in a single zip file.
SunSecretsOr download the free SunSecrets app for Android from the store, which allows you to perform easily even more calculations.
Here are available the tables of the Equation of time and Declination of the Sun.
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
Study of solar ovens
Appointed by the Marche Polytechnic University for a research in Ethiopia on the use of solar ovens in Woreda communities in collaboration with NGO Comunità Volontari per il Mondo CVM (2023).
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Seminar on Solar Cooking Devices
Seminar held at the University of Sawla entitled "General knowledge on Solar Cooking Devices. Experiences in Italy", and delivery of my book to the director of the University (2023).
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Guest on RAI, Italian National Television
Guest at Story Time radio with my "SOLAR" books
Video interview at Story Time for my books "Forni Solari. Cucinare con il Sole, Storia, Teoria, Costruzione e Ricette" and "I Segreti degli Orologi Solari, Manuale per leggere, comprendere e progettare meridiane"
Guest at Sun Med Festival
Guest for solar cooking demonstrations at Sun Med Festival, the first solar energy festival in the city of Palermo, dedicated to science, technology and culture of the Sun in the Mediterranean
Guest at Radio Siena
Guest at the EcoFuturo Festival of Ecotechnologies and Self-construction, July 2014. TV interview on FattoQuotidiano.tv . Here an article on the birth of the meeting (ITA) "Caffè da Fo. Una giornata di cultura ecologica con Jacopo Fo" . Here all EcoFuturo video 2014 edition
My video playlists
Backstage Linea Verde
Solar cooking Experience - Ethiopia
Summary of my research trip to Ethiopia to monitor the correct use of solar cooking devices developed by the Marche Polytechnic University, and the seminar held at the University of Sawla entitled "General knowledge on Solar Cooking Devices. Experiences in Italy".
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.
Reading of "Solar Cookers, Cooking with the Sun" (ITA)
Reading of passages from the book "Solar Cookers" by the author Nicola Ulivieri for the initiative of the Municipal Library of Murlo during the Covid-19 emergency.
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
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-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
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
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