In Uganda residents in Gomba District are embracing the use of solar-powered cooking stoves to curb the alarming rate of tree cutting in the area. Gomba District Farmers Association (GODFA) with support from Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) are training the youth on two types of solar-powered cooking stoves; portable and non-mobile stoves. Both types of cooking stoves use a combination of magma rocks (70 per cent) and briquettes or charcoal (30 per cent) to produce heat and energy.
“These stoves are supported by a solar-powered air system that pushes air in the rocks to drive combustion. They are designed in a way that they use less charcoal and more stones/magma rocks. Once the charcoal burns and the heat is transferred to the stones with the help of the air system or fan, one doesn’t need more charcoal, it’s the red stones that keep burning with the help from the fan which uses solar to run,” explains Ms Rhoda Kulabako, the GODFA project coordinator.
Over 90 per cent of Ugandans rely on wood fuel for cooking, with the urban population using mainly charcoal while their rural counterparts use firewood, an indelible fact driving up deforestation in the country. However, the rate at which trees are cut down is unmatched with the planting and replanting of more trees.
The solar energy cooking stoves, Ms Kulabako says save up to 60 per cent of cooking fuel bills and is one of the new technologies they have adopted to empower both youth and women.
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