Updated Mar 05, 2020

Heliac Solar Cooker - Efficient and affordable cooking solution

http://www.heliac.dk/solar-cooker/

Akiko Ishibashi

An efficient solar cooker for the people in need of clean cooking solution at lower price. It minimize the negative impact on health and environment associated with biomass-based cooking, and contributes to improve gender equality.

Heliac Solar Cooker applies a light-concentrating lens film to produce heat from sunlight. The lens film is mounted on a metal frame on top of the cooking unit. When the sun shines, the lens film collect sunlight. Then the concentrated sunlight hits the mirror and be reflected to hit the cooking spot (the bottom of a pan). Once you place your pot on the cooking spot, cooking starts automaticall...
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Heliac Solar Cooker applies a light-concentrating lens film to produce heat from sunlight. The lens film is mounted on a metal frame on top of the cooking unit. When the sun shines, the lens film collect sunlight. Then the concentrated sunlight hits the mirror and be reflected to hit the cooking spot (the bottom of a pan). Once you place your pot on the cooking spot, cooking starts automatically. It is so simple. The cooker can serve any kind of dish you normally cook with fire, gas and electricity, and food tastes as good as your normal cooking method. To achieve the best result, the cooker and the lens need to be adjusted following the sun. The lens has a high efficiency and the cooker produce around 1 kW. 1 liter of water can be boiled typically around 10 minutes, sometimes in 6 minutes where the weather condition is favorable. When the cooker is combined with heat retention cooking technique such as hay basket, the cooked food stays warm until dinner. The lens film is produced by Heliac in Denmark by an innovative method which enable to achieve the low price of the lens. Other materials for cooking unit are widely available in local markets. Assembly of the cooker is relatively easy and any technicians can manage it with a short training.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Heliac completed user trials in India and 3 African countries. The cooker is now being tested in Kakuma Refugee Camp. Based on the users' feedback, the cooker was improved to cater user need. Now we are developing a business model and a partnership to scale.

Focus Areas:

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1
Key Partner
60
Customers
12
Employees
$700,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Over 3 billion people globally are cooking by biomass or inefficient cooking stoves that release toxic air. This results in 4 million premature death annually. Logging for charcoal is one of the biggest contributors of deforestation. Where firewood is scarce, people fight over the limited resource. Children spend up to 5 hours a day to provide enough firewood for their family, and they end up giving up school. Many women and girls get robbed or raped, even killed, on their journey to the forest.

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Solution

Heliac Solar Cooker is a 100% clean cooking solution. It is as easy as normal cooking stoves to use. The cooker produce up to 1 kW for cooking and can serve any kind of dish you normally cook with gas or electric stoves. And solar energy is free. Once the cooker is installed, there is no need for fuel. Women and children do not have to spend hours to collect firewood nor walk to fetch cylinders and pellets, and they can save the money for other activities.

Target Beneficiaries

We primarily aim to serve refugees and displaced people as those are the most affected by the scarcity of firewood and clean cooking energy. We are testing Heliac Solar Cookers in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya and it has been positively received. People living in remote areas in lower income countries where deforestation has direct impact on their lives will also benefit from the solution.

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to provide clean and affordable cooking energy to the people who need it most. Easy, clean and affordable cooking energy for all. By providing our solution, we envision positive changes in people's lives - villages get greener, more children going schools and more women thriving by investing their time and energy in something more productive than collecting firewood. We want to reduce the number of women and children suffering from respiratory diseases as well.

Competitive Advantage

The advantage of Heliac Solar Cooker compared to other solar cookers is the high efficiency. Users do not have to modify their recipe or ways of cooking as they do with other solar cookers. The price is also an advantage. Other high end solar cookers can cost 300 euro but Heliac Solar Cooker costs only 100 euro. The price is estimated to be even lower when it is produced in a larger quantity. As mentioned above, possibility of local production is also an advantage as it contributes to create job opportunities for local communities.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Building partnerships with local entrepreneurs that have a capacity to produce and distribute Heliac Solar Cookers for scaling up and development of a chargeable solar cooker.
Funding Goal500,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted100,000
New Implemented CountriesKenya, Tanzania
Recruit1 project coordinator, 1 mechanical engineer,
New FeatureChargeable solar cookers enables users to cook even after the sunset.

The Team Behind the Innovation

The team is small but diverse and vibrant. Akiko is a project manager and her experience in project management from Africa and Asia keeps driving this exciting project. Jonn is a mechanical engineer. His creativity and curiosity takes Heliac Solar Cooker to the new stage. Jakob is Chief Commercial Officer at Heliac and his extensive experience in business makes it possible to develop a sound business case. This is a perfect combination to achieve the project goal.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Dec 2018
Key Partnership
 
as part of
 User Test in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya
Jul 2018
New Product Or Service
Heliac Solar Cooker version 5 was developed
Jan 2017
New Product Or Service
Presentation at the conference by Solar Cookers International
Jan 2016
Funds RaisedPENDING
TYPEGrant
ORGANIZATIONInnovationsfonden
Dec 2015
Created

Supporting Materials

Heliac-Solar-Cooker-slideshow.pdf