CORE

Reinventing the means of cooking

Our project is a solar panel cooktop and a water saving lid creating a communal way of cooking, improving health and food production.

Use Case

The possible scenarios in which Core could be implemented are endless. The project was born to help local communities around the world where there are endemic energy shortages: for instance, in Sub-Saharan countries, where, according to the IMF, only 24 percent of the SSA population has access to electricity or South America and rural areas of Asia. The only requirements, in fact, are some hours of sunlight in order to cook and to storage energy. It could be applied to small communities, where time spent on collecting resources is crucial and could be implemented for other activities such as education, as well as big communities in which a collective usage could save big quantities of water as cooking waste to then re-use it as potable water or water to irrigate the food crops.

Potential

The idea of a solar cooking panel itself has already been successfully implemented around the world, therefore we addressed the problem of water and energy scarcity by adding an innovative water-saving lid and an energy storage unit for any unexpected situation such as sudden weather change leading to absence of sunrays. Our idea could definitely redefine the means of cooking by providing a sustainable solution for everyone, especially in those countries where growth rates are continuously increasing, such as India or China, where not all the population can afford average cooking tools. However the innovative design makes it appealable also for the market of western countries and for all the people concerned with low energy consumption and sustainable solutions.

Business Case

The idea of communal cooking will be implemented in developing countries. In order to do so, we will create partnerships with NGOs that will provide us information and data on communities and areas in need of this system. NGOs will also help reach governments to raise awareness regarding the issues related with cooking on biomass and therefore more governments will be interested in implementing this system in their rural areas. In order to expand as much as we can across the nations in which we will work, we will sell the water saving lid through retail stores for people to save water at home but also in industries and restaurants, providing different sizes depending on the recipients.

Objectives:

  1. Improve the environment to be able to yield more crops
  2. Have an increased amount of people in the work for to produce more food
  3. Create healthier communities

Team CORE - Cooking Our Revolutionary Era

Segovia, Spain

Our Team

WHAT WE TACKLE / Published January 9, 2016 by Salim Amar

WHAT WE TACKLE

THE LID / Published January 9, 2016 by Salim Amar

THE LID

Along with the idea of the solar cooking panel, we designed an innovative lid. The lid is meant to recycle water for agricultural, cooking and drinking purposes. Water tends to evaporate and disappear into the atmosphere. In many underdeveloped countries, people live far from sources of water and its collection can take around 8 hours per day (mostly women are assigned to this task). By preserving it, fewer hours need to be spent on its collection allowing more people to enter the workforce and promote agricultural production.
By using a cooling system, the lid would condense the steam into liquid water and filter it to make it usable. We decided to add a reservoir in order to store this water. This lid can be implemented in underdeveloped and developed countries. Indeed, in developed countries it can be used in homes as well as restaurant or industries in order to save water.

Cooking on Biomasses: Side Effects (Infograph) / Published November 29, 2015 by Federico Fargion

Cooking on Biomasses: Side Effects (Infograph)

THE SOLAR PANEL / Published November 28, 2015 by Salim Amar

THE SOLAR PANEL

The solar cooking panel is meant to be an ecological way of cooking. Cooking using solid biomass (e.g. wood) has health and climate change implications. Firstly, burning solid biomass creates 25% of the global black carbon emissions, where 84% of total production comes from developing countries. That means we need to tackle the issue in underdeveloped countries and help the environment to which will help crops grow. If the climate is constantly changing, there is no certainty in the production of crops. Therefore, bettering our environment will better the yielding of crops. Secondly, the chemicals, such as carbon dioxide, monoxide and methane, released from the burning of solid biomass harm people. According to the International Energy Agency, “About 1.3 million people – mostly women and children – die prematurely every year because of exposure to indoor air pollution from biomass”. Without a healthy population to produce agriculture, food production would reduce. Lastly, using wood for cooking would imply deforestation. People living in subsistence do not consider the environmental impacts of cutting trees down, as their main goal is to survive. Therefore, finding an alternative method of cooking would save the forests, which in term would produce more oxygen for the world.

In addition to its ecological aspect, this innovative way of cooking is efficient, saving time. How does the solar cooktop save time? Due to the reduction of hours spent collecting wood. In underdeveloped countries, generally women spend between one to eight hours travelling to find wood and bring back home for cooking purposes. This means they can no longer participate in the labor force. If a solution as such were implemented, women would be able to contribute to developing the economy making it more productive, focusing on agriculture.

As illustrated in the image attached to this post, solar cooking uses the sun to heat up the pan, which cooks the food. The heat from the sun reflects on the aluminum sheet creating a heat spot, which then cooks the food. Using natural resources for cooking is an environmentally friendly means and will reduce the three problems indicated above.

Our Mission

"Reinventing the means of cooking". Our mission is to tackle food and environmental issues by reinventing the means of cooking in the less develop countries of the world. In this way we will help feeding nine billion people by 2050 and we will reduce environmental pollution: how are we going to do this? Our project combines two main ideas: solar panel cooking and a water saving lid. We will create a new communal way of cooking that will firstly help to improve the health of the people in need and secondly we will make local realities more efficient and more independent.

Our Background

We are a group of young driven students, coming together to tackle the fields of energy and environment. Three different personalities with one visionary idea: solve world hunger. All of our members can be described with 4 different adjectives: proactive, social, entrepreneurs and visionaries.The amount of food wasted in Western countries, precisely in a local reality such as our university, pushed us to participate together and create a project with a strong social impact that could become worldwide scalable. We believe that improving people lives by introducing easy and basic innovations will doubtlessly boost people lifestyle, creating positive models for better societies.

WHAT WE TACKLE / Published January 9, 2016 by Salim Amar

WHAT WE TACKLE

THE LID / Published January 9, 2016 by Salim Amar

THE LID

Along with the idea of the solar cooking panel, we designed an innovative lid. The lid is meant to recycle water for agricultural, cooking and drinking purposes. Water tends to evaporate and disappear into the atmosphere. In many underdeveloped countries, people live far from sources of water and its collection can take around 8 hours per day (mostly women are assigned to this task). By preserving it, fewer hours need to be spent on its collection allowing more people to enter the workforce and promote agricultural production.
By using a cooling system, the lid would condense the steam into liquid water and filter it to make it usable. We decided to add a reservoir in order to store this water. This lid can be implemented in underdeveloped and developed countries. Indeed, in developed countries it can be used in homes as well as restaurant or industries in order to save water.

Cooking on Biomasses: Side Effects (Infograph) / Published November 29, 2015 by Federico Fargion

Cooking on Biomasses: Side Effects (Infograph)

THE SOLAR PANEL / Published November 28, 2015 by Salim Amar

THE SOLAR PANEL

The solar cooking panel is meant to be an ecological way of cooking. Cooking using solid biomass (e.g. wood) has health and climate change implications. Firstly, burning solid biomass creates 25% of the global black carbon emissions, where 84% of total production comes from developing countries. That means we need to tackle the issue in underdeveloped countries and help the environment to which will help crops grow. If the climate is constantly changing, there is no certainty in the production of crops. Therefore, bettering our environment will better the yielding of crops. Secondly, the chemicals, such as carbon dioxide, monoxide and methane, released from the burning of solid biomass harm people. According to the International Energy Agency, “About 1.3 million people – mostly women and children – die prematurely every year because of exposure to indoor air pollution from biomass”. Without a healthy population to produce agriculture, food production would reduce. Lastly, using wood for cooking would imply deforestation. People living in subsistence do not consider the environmental impacts of cutting trees down, as their main goal is to survive. Therefore, finding an alternative method of cooking would save the forests, which in term would produce more oxygen for the world.

In addition to its ecological aspect, this innovative way of cooking is efficient, saving time. How does the solar cooktop save time? Due to the reduction of hours spent collecting wood. In underdeveloped countries, generally women spend between one to eight hours travelling to find wood and bring back home for cooking purposes. This means they can no longer participate in the labor force. If a solution as such were implemented, women would be able to contribute to developing the economy making it more productive, focusing on agriculture.

As illustrated in the image attached to this post, solar cooking uses the sun to heat up the pan, which cooks the food. The heat from the sun reflects on the aluminum sheet creating a heat spot, which then cooks the food. Using natural resources for cooking is an environmentally friendly means and will reduce the three problems indicated above.

Our Team

Our Mission

"Reinventing the means of cooking". Our mission is to tackle food and environmental issues by reinventing the means of cooking in the less develop countries of the world. ...Read More

Our Background

We are a group of young driven students, coming together to tackle the fields of energy and environment. Three different personalities with one visionary idea: solve world hunger. ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.