Hybrid Solar Oven

Saving wood resources by using solar-power ovens
2011 SEED Award Winner Clean Energy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

The “Hybrid Solar Oven” is a large capacity hybrid oven that uses solar and gas-fired power. This saves valuable wood resources and reduces emissions of greenhouse gases. The aim is to create income for the rural population by promoting the benefits of switching from wood to solar power for baking and roasting. The ovens are heated by a 16 m² solar dish and, if supplementary power is required, by a gas burner. This innovation, developed by the clean-tech company ISOMET, enables economically viable production at all times. The oven will be distributed through local women’s cooperatives by means of a franchising network. ISOMET will train the women and be responsible for installing the ovens, providing technical assistance and supplying raw materials to franchisees. 

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

The enterprise saves valuable wood resources and reduces emissions of greenhouse gases. The aim is to create income for the rural population by promoting the benefits
of switching from wood to solar power.
  • Creating jobs, generating income, and providing training for women in rural areas.
  • Helping households enjoy greater purchasing power thanks to the reduction in the price of bread and improved living conditions.
  • Reducing the level of CO2 emissions and also the consumption of fossil fuels.
  • Introducing local production of bread which was previously transported to the village, thus reducing emissions from transportation.
  • Aiding local economic development by creating income-generating activities related to food processing.
  • Using the hybrid solar oven to conserve shea trees, which in turn increases the harvest of shea fruit that can be sold.

Partners

This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

ISOMET a clean-tech company is lead partner and initiator of the project, responsible for management.

Solarfood Network an international NGO, promotes the initiative through its worldwide network, as well as providing financial support.

The SNV Netherlands Development Cooperation provides technical assistance.

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