Project development during the spread of the corona pandemic

While the general “lockdown” was ordered step by step in Germany from mid-March on to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the population, we still managed to put two boxes with reflector plates for the construction of 100 solar cookers on the way to our project partner SAPOP in Senegal on March 23. Sapop had planned to start building solar cookers immediately for a major campaign in the interior of the country and wanted to employ its young people who were well trained in building solar cookers and wood-saving stoves. Corona delayed the departure of the ship from Hamburg by one week (April 11), but the boxes arrived at the port of Dakar on April 19, as closely communicated with Sapop. There they should be picked up by SAPOP. But now it was no longer possible to collect the sheets and transport them from Dakar to Fimela due to the partial closure of the Senegalese capital. SAPOP tried to get a special permit from the Ministry through the Mayor of Fimela, but so far (for whatever reason) has not been successful. Cheikh Diaw continues to try and keep us updated.

In Uganda, the lockdown started parallel to Germany. All workshops had to close and there were no more public transport options. From 7pm there was a curfew, which was closely monitored.
As reported, our project partner was able to get the 5 boxes with sheets for 220 solar cookers just in time from Entebbe Airport to Jinja to BSPW. But then no further work was possible. Thanks to a donation campaign by Jugendhilfe Ostafrika, wages for the BSPW employees could continue to be paid during the lockdown phase. In the meantime, the restrictive measures have been relaxed and the workshop has started operating again.
As soon as the 100 manufactured solar cookers can be transported by truck to the Palorinya refugee camp in northern Uganda as planned and in view of the corona protection measures, Edwards will implement the cookers in the camp.

After the approval of the budget for 100 solar cookers for the refugee camps Nyarugusu on the part of UNHCR, EG Solar actually wanted to send 150 sets of reflector sheets to Dar Es Salaam by sea freight. Klaus Strasser wanted to take care of the collection and onward transport through Tanzania with the two locals Adolf Yanda and Angelo Barige, who had been instructed in solar cooker construction. With our help and the acceptance approval from UNHCR, the two should be able to set up a local solar cooker workshop. But now it was exactly at this point that NGO employees returned to Germany, including Klaus Strasser, and the situation became confusing.

Construction courses

Construction courses could not take place in the corona lockdown phase and are not possible until further notice.
We hope to hold the next construction course at the end of July, provided that the situation continues to improve and general regulations can be followed



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


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 ( will be responsible for project support.

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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.


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.

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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


  • 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;


  • 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.


  • 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.