A question from Tom Bedford,
I'm a Product Design student from Bristol, currently working on my final individual project for university.
The project is based around concentrated solar cooking using a Fresnel lens, the aim is to try and develop a cooker that is faster, more compact and convenient, to promote sustainable living. From my research so far I believe that this technology is most valuable in developing countries for the obvious reasons such as cost, but also for the health environmental benefits that it brings compared with the traditional forms of cooking using firewood (smoke inhalation), and the deforestation that comes with it.
From looking at your website 'Practical Action' seems like the perfect place to get a first-hand insight into the needs, requirements and limitations with using solar cooking in the developing world.
I am particularly interested in your articles on: Solar Cooking by Practical Action; Solar Cooking and Health by Darwin Curtis; and Monitoring Indoor Air Pollution by Elizabeth Bates.
I am hoping to get in contact with experts in the field of solar cooking and international aid, people who have had experience working in developing country.
If you could help me in any way it would be fantastic.
Thanks for your time.
Kind Regards Tom