Case Study of Solar Stoves

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The Peru Children’s Trust is a small Christian charity run by a couple called Manuel and Gay Reynaga. They work in the high Andes of Peru in the city and shantytowns of Huancayo. The main work of the charity is to support 100 of the more disadvantaged children through sponsorship, which pays towards schooling costs. They also support the families of these children with medical and pastoral care and have initiated a number of small business development schemes from carrot farming to brick manufacturing.

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Case Study of Solar StovesMade and Used in the PeruvianAndesFor thePeruChildrens Trust.A. Introduction.ThePeru Childrens Trustis a small Christian charity run by a couple called Manuel and Gay Reynaga. They work in the high Andes of Peru in the city and shantytowns of Huancayo. The main work of the charity is to support 100 of the more disadvantaged children through sponsorship, which pays towards schooling costs. They also support the families of these children with medical and pastoral care and have initiated a number of small business development schemes from carrot farming to brick manufacturing.In 1997 Manuel and Gay came to our Youth Group (EnigmaSt Marys Maidenhead) to talk about the Peru Childrens Trust. Among other things they mentioned the fact that much time and money is spent on collecting firewood and buying gas to cook with. They also mentioned that the sun is very hot during the day and it should be possible to use the suns energy to cook with.Being an engineer, this got me thinking, so I did some research and found a number of useful resources. The most inspiring book was Cooking with the Sun: How to Build and Use Solar Cookersby Beth and Dan Halacy.So during the summer of 1999 my wife and I set about making ourfirstandsecond prototypes. The first was a bit wobbly and would only boil water if there were no wind. The second was much more efficient but a bit time consuming to make. But the joy and glee of b

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