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Solar-powered ovens
AFAR
1/18/2003

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More and more families in Japan are opting for solar powered ovens over the traditional gas or electric. Many are happy about using a renewable energy source, others feel better that there are no carbon dioxide emissions to add to global warming. Solar powered cookers harness the sunís rays to cook food, and can easily reach temperatures of close to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Domestic manufacturers are basing their models around a prototype by Germanyís EG-Solar, a nongovernmental organization that makes do-it-yourself solar oven kits.

Environmental awareness groups, such as Ecoclub Suginami and EG-Solar, hope solar cooking will find its place in developing countries, to cut down on the need for oil fuel as well as the related destruction of forests for fuel. EG-Solar has already provided kits for 14,000 solar-powered cookers to be sent to over 80 developing countries around the world.

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