The Solar Oven Society projects are specifically designed for assembly of solar ovens to occur in developing countries.
On site assembly of solar ovens in developing countries presented some particular problems.
One of the major challenges is the lack of available and consistent electricity. What better way to address it than to proceed without depending on electricity.
Thanks to some dedicated volunteers – William Butler, Richard Lund, Robert Nepper, John Roche, Bill Stevenson, Louis Stumpf, Tom Viker and Douglas Youel – we are reporting that our assembly does not depend on electricity or large machinery.
In total, nine jigs are used for cutting insulation pieces, five jigs for cutting and folding the aluminum liner, one jig for adding polyester film to the acrylic lid, and small jigs for the clips, springs and links.
Another benefit of this assembly method is providing employment to local people. Unemployment levels are considerably higher in developing countries. Many people need and want a job. They appreciate the opportunity to earn a respectable wage. By not automating, we provide employment for more people in developing countries.
Also, automation usually means more complex machinery and higher cost to produce and duplicate the machinery. This would only make the cost of the oven more. Our goals included low-cost, durable, effective and attractive. The SOS Sport meets these goals and its assembly will go forward even when electricity is not available.
Martha Port demonstrates cutting 4’ x 8’ pieces of insulation as 3M Retirees look on. (L-R) Bill Stevenson, John Roche – Board Member (Persons Helping People sponsor of Solar Oven Society), Bob Nepper and Dick Lund. These volunteers have made valuable contributions to the mission of the Solar Oven Society. The jig pictured above is the largest jig required for assembling the Sport solar oven.