GDA donates solar ovens for earthquake victims in Haiti
03.05.10 -Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie, Düsseldorf, has given Solarkochschule e.V. in Rheinbach, Germany, ten solar ovens for the earthquake victims in Haiti. The solar ovens will be used to boil water and prepare hot meals in kindergartens and orphanages in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.
The eco-friendly ovens make cooking, roasting and simmering possible without the need for electrical energy. They operate independently of the outside temperature, and – depending on the quantity – a few sunrays suffice to boil water in 15 to 30 minutes. A solar oven has a diameter up to 1.4 metres and a power rating of some 700 watts. The parabolic mirror, which reflects the sunrays, comprises over 20 trapezoidal anodised aluminium sheet elements.
GDA has been supporting more widespread use of solar ovens for several years and wants to use them to contribute to establishing sustainable structures and introducing economical and eco-friendly technologies into regions where they are most needed. For example, the Benedictine Abbey in Ndanda, Tanzania, and a development aid project in Nigeria have received solar ovens from GDA with which they can prepare warm meals economically and in a resource-conserving manner in kindergartens and training centres.
There are currently about 20,000 solar ovens in use worldwide. They are distributed by charities. According to estimates, up to 220 million solar ovens are needed to drastically reduce the dependence of developing countries on traditional sources of fuel.
It was with this in mind that Renate Schönberg founded Solarkochschule e.V. in Rheinbach in 2007. The aim of this not-for-profit association is to promote the use of solar ovens, to publicise them and to supply them to schools in poor countries. In addition, Renate Schönberg has set herself the task of introducing groups of schoolchildren and whole school classes in Germany to important topics by informing them about cooking with solar energy.
Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie e.V. (GDA) with headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, was founded in 1992 in Dresden. It is an association of aluminium companies that produce aluminium or aluminium products, also in combination with other materials. As the trade association for the sector, it represents the interests of an efficient and highly capable aluminium industry. GDA has 109 member companies. Based on production volume, it represented 96% of the German aluminium industry in 2009.