Electronic cooking: from chulha to induction, how renewable energy is fueling India’s transition to electronic cooking

Students cook food during the Bandra Solar Cooking Festival on January 15, 2015 in Mumbai, India.

Abstract

Preliminary evidence suggests that electronic cooking has the potential to rapidly expand as an ambitious solution for many consumers who cook using biomass and other polluting fuels. While livelihoods solutions backed by clean energy can catalyze such a transformation, they need a much bigger push from government and financial institutions.

On February 11, 2017, about 7,500 schoolchildren in Maharashtra set a world record by participating in SuryaKumbh, the world’s largest solar cooking festival. Each made his own solar cooker and cooked pasta in it. It was an attempt by students to show the world the power of solar cooking, and four years later, the central government launched the Go Electric campaign in February 2021 to create mass awareness about the benefits of solar cooking.

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