LEH, Sept 8: Indian Oil Corporation Limited Director (R&D), Dr S S V Ramakumar flagged – off of its pilot study of Solar Indoor cooking system here at Stok village in Leh today.
Dr Deepak Saxena, ED (LT), Dr Umish Srivastva CGM (SE&IA), senior officials from Punjab State, Leh LPG bottling plant and Sun Bucket Team from USA were also present during the flag off ceremony.
Indian Oil is the first oil company in India to have taken up the challenge thrown by the Prime Minister of India for pilot studying a low cost indoor solar cooking solution for lower strata of Indian society. The system developed & being pilot launched by R&D Centre can cater the requirement of full range of Indian cooking for family of 4 persons.
Solar cooking system can be used by various strata of Indian users. It is portable and can be safely used for cooking indoors or outdoors. The cooker requires no fossil fuels and may be charged (heated to operating temperatures) via a number of means, including the use of solar parabolic concentrators and electric heaters. Once charged, the unit is covered and stored until needed for cooking. Then the cover is removed and the unit is immediately ready to use.
Talking to media Dr S S V Ramakumar said that this unique solar cooker with affordable price is developed in collaboration with American University and the pilot project started from Leh, which has the highest intensity of solar radiation in the country. He also said that the project is already successfully tested in their Centre and when produced commercially, the solar cooker with two sun buckets is expected to cost Rs 10,000/ per unit and it will have life span of 10 years.