Cranfield experts help Pakistan develop solar cooker
STAFF REPORT IBD: The COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, has successfully developed a solar cooker with the expertise from Cranfield University, that is able to harness the suns energy to cook food and purify water. The cooker will significantly improve the quality of life for rural communities in the developing world including Pakistan which has facing energy and fuel crisis.
It has been funded by the government of Pakistan, who recognises the need to improve the lives of those living in the remote regions of Pakistan.
Under the project, funded by the government of Pakistan, a solar cooker able to harness the suns energy to cook food and purify water has been developed with experts help from Cranfield University. The cooker will significantly improve the quality of life for rural communities in Pakistan.
According to details, the cooker works by using a system of mirrored strips tilted at different angles to concentrate sunlight onto an absorber which then helps to convert the solar energy into useable heat. The process is known as concentrating solar power (CSP) and is an area in which Cranfield is regarded as the number one expert in the UK.
“This is a very exciting project as there are many areas of the world where solar cookers and water purifiers could impact significantly on peoples quality of life,” commented Cranfields Dr Chris Sansom, the UKs leading expert on CSP.