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Solar Cooker Help for Vanuatu SW Pacific

by Marc Neil-Jones

I own a small newspaper in Vanuatu, SW Pacific which is a; UN least developed country, dependent on aid and tourism.

Currently we throw away around fifty thin A1 size aluminum printing plates for our offset printing press every week. I would like to see if we can recycle the aluminum plates to make a cheap and simple but effective solar cooker that can be given or sold at cost to people in the islands who cannot afford electricity.

Vanuatu electricity is amongst the most expensive in the world. We can recycle our printing plates if we are given advice and plans on what else we need to build a good, cheap little solar oven for the South Pacific.

Does anybody have plans and advice on what else we need to build a prototype using our aluminum printing plates that we could look at to see if this is possible?

Marc Neil - Jones
Secret Garden
PO Box 375
Port Vila
SW Pacific

my email contact


Greetings Marc,

Thank you for visiting our site and for your inquiry.

I would like to ask any of our visitors and experts to help with, and contribute to, your request for information and guidance.

I would also send you to a page on our site, if you have not already seen it, so that you can see and example of the same kind of solar cooker you are referring to, a solar cooker made of aluminum printing press plates

Let's see what we can do to help you.


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Partner for Potential Tanna Pilot?
by: Janna Olson

This is such a great idea, Marc! I've been working with five tribes in Middle Bush, Tanna to initiate solar and other forms of renewables training. We would benefit greatly from your ambition and could build some of our programming around up cycling your plates into cookers if you'd like to be in touch. Please send me a note through our (soon to launch) website? If you have yet to find an ideal local partner, we'd be very interested in stepping up! Will do my best to be in touch directly as well!

Cooker from printing plates
by: Jim La Joie

First you will need to clean and polish the plates. Next you can use the plates to make a DATS Solar cooker(google it) which is quite simple. Or you can use the plates as reflective covering to attach to cardboard or other material then build a stronger cooker. I like the DATS modified with a so that it can focus all the way down to the early morning sun. You might also try the ASSC, the plans for which can be downloaded from
All Season Solar Cooker for free. I have used both designs (DATS with rack modification and ASSC) for year round cooking at latitude 33.

Other design for cooker made from printing plates
by: Luther Krueger-Minneapolis

Link to
Sunstove Cooker

for the Sunstove model designed by Richard Wareham and used to promote solar cooking in South Africa and other countries. It is a slow-cooker box oven.

Hope this helps! I will send this note to your email address too.

Luther Krueger
Minneapolis MN USA

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