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UNHCR approves budget for the manufacture and introduction of 100 solar cookers in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp / Tanzania

Solarkocherdemo

Due to the positive test results in 4 refugee families, the UNHCR has approved the funds for the solar cooker project. 100 on-site built solar cookers will be distributed to selected families in the refugee camp and tested for half a year. The partner organization Redeso (http://www.redeso.org) will be responsible for project support.

⇒Nyarugusu Tanzania 24-03-2020

Reflector sheets for 220 solar cookers arrived in Jinja

Packed in 5 boxes, we sent 220 sets of reflector sheets, a used roll bending machine and small parts for the construction of SK14 solar cookers with air freight to Entebbe. Each of the boxes weighs approximately 170 kg. It takes four men to handle a box.
All material arrived safely at the BSPW in Jinja.
Soon another 100 solar cookers – the racks are already completed – will be sent by truck on the long way to the Palorinya camp.

Uganda solar cookers for refugee camps 22-03-2020

Water Hyacinth-Carbonization-Project

At the 23rd International Solar Cooker Conference in Altötting, Walter Danner gave an engaging lecture entitled “From solar cooker to solar carbonizer – briquettes and biochar from water hyacinths on Lake Tana/Ethiopia”. Since then, a team of experts, who took part in the conference, has been in constant contact to help realize Walter’s visions. Carbonizing dried plants with solar cookers works, but it takes a lot of time and the amount of biochar is low.

C2C-Kiln

So-called barrel carbonizers were gradually optimized in a large number of tests. Result: the C2C-Kiln. It consists of only 3 parts that are easy to manufacture on site and is highly efficient.

⇒Projectdiscribtion C2C-Kiln

Solar cookers for refugee camp Nyarugusu West Tanzania

Our member Klaus Strasser (former “weltwärts” – volunteer from EG Solar in Namibia, 2009) is currently working for UNHCR in Nyarugusu / Kigoma Region / Tanzania, a refugee camp that has existed since 1996 and has taken in slightly more than 153,000 refugees from DR Congo and Burundi . His task is to develop a sustainable energy concept for the UNHCR in order to replace diesel generators. The second politically very important topic is cooking energy.
Firewood is 99% the energy source for cooking. This results in deforestation of around 6900 ha per year in Tanzania. This in turn results in an enormous budget for planting trees. In addition to the ecological and financial difficulties, gender and security problems are extreme.

Assembly of the sample cooker
Assembly of the sample cooker

EG Solar has now sent 4 SK14 solar cookers by post via Dar es Salaam to Nyarugusu, 800 km away, as a sample cooker. Tax-free import has been successfully achieved through UNHCR. Klaus is about to introduce solar cooking there and test the SK14 in a pilot project.

⇒Nyarugusu Tanzania 24-03-2020

23nd International Solar Cooker Conference

Programm 2019

 


Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr. Müller at EG Solar e.V.

Dr. Müller, dritter von rechts
Dr. Müller, dritter von rechts

On 13 November 2015, Dr. Bernhard Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development visited EG Solar e.V.. He came to our county at the invitation of MDB Dr. Stephan Mayer from Neuötting. (See press article Dr. Müller ANA 16.11.2015).

Hans Michlbauer took the opportunity to present our development aid concept with solar cookers, wood-saving stoves and solar lamps. He focused on the importance of training in our partner workshops. Escape causes can be combated only if young people have an economic life prospect and an intact environment on site.

He referred to the many opportunities for solar cooking in refugee camps. EG Solar has been able to gather positive experiences in 7 refugee camps for Bhutanese refugees in Nepal. More than 100,000 refugees used some 7,000 solar cookers built in the refugee camps with our support.

⇒ Dr. Müller ANA 16.11.2015

Solar cookers for refugee camps

He referred to the many opportunities for solar cooking in refugee camps. EG Solar has been able to gather positive experiences in 7 refugee camps for Bhutanese refugees in Nepal. More than 100,000 refugees used some 7,000 solar cookers built in the refugee camps with our support.

⇒ Refugee Camp in Nepal – Project Report

Advantages of solar cooking:

  • enormous cost savings, since little fuel must be purchased,
  • no conflicts with the local population around the scarce wood stocks in the vicinity of the camps,
  • Significantly less respiratory disease,
  • Cleanliness, less soot particles in huts and clothing,
  • Lower fire risk due to open fire,
  • less CO2 emissions.

EG-Solar e.V. would like to provide “help for self-help” in other refugee camps, too. What is missing are partners in the many camps and financial resources. For construction, implementation and support of the 7000 solar cookers in Nepal approx. € 1.5 million were spent.

⇒ Video Refugee Camp in Nepal



Construction courses for refugees

Construction course for refugees in november 20
Construction course for refugees in november 20

On request, we offer special construction courses for refugees. These courses are subject to special agreements, schedule appointments to be made in consultation with the EG Solar office.


students teach refugees

In the vocational schools, pupils started a project in which they taught unaccompanied minor refugees in the basics of electrical engineering. Together they built solar lamps.

solar lamp assembling
solar lamp assembling

Objective:

  • Personally get to know young asylum seekers;
  • Learn about reasons for their escape;
  • Talk about their future hopes;
  • Provide refugees with an insight into electrical engineering as well as to create a practical product;

Implementation:

  • With the help of a learning circle in the field of electrical engineering: In the learning circle – compiled entirely by the pupils – the construction of simple lighting circuits and the electrical safety were taught.
  • Common construction of the Mali-Light, a solar lamp, which can be put to good use in the home of the refugees.

Conclusion:

  • The teachers involved were more than enthusiastic about the students and their commitment, especially as some were fully committed despite initial reservation.The graduate class itself was surprised by the interest and iron willingness to learn of the unaccompanied refugees.
  • The refugees themselves were very happy about the deployment of the early specialists. At the same time they have used the opportunity to gain insight into a possible career.