CSIR-CMERI launches indigenously-developed solar DC cooking system

CSIR-CMERI on Wednesday handed over the first indigenously developed solar DC cooking system to Asansol Braille Academy of West Bengal on Wednesday. The technology provides a clean cooking environment, invertor-less direct operation, fast and uniform heating and a potential to curb 1 tonne of carbon dioxide emissions year/household.

CSIR-CMERI has already transferred the Solar DC cooking technology to two business entities - Asansol Solar & LED House, and Meeco Solar & Infrastructure Associates – both based in West Bengal.
The CSIR-CMERI developed solar DC cooking system is a solar energy based cooking system which consists of solar PV panel, charge controller, battery bank and cooking oven. 
The CSIR-CMERI developed cooking system has 20-25 per cent better efficiency and is more economical compared to conventional solar based cooking systems which loses efficiency owing to AC-DC conversion. The simple technology design also ensures ease-of-manufacturing and thus provides a substantial economic opportunity for micro industries. Along with the widening of the popularity base of the technology, there is a probability of improvement in Job prospects.
This coking system will help in substantially curbing of carbon dioxide emissions, as even LPG usage emits carbon dioxide in lesser amounts. The technology when it reaches the market will cost in the range of Rs65,000- Rs70,000. If the government provided subsidies as in the case of other solar energy based products, there will be a significant reduction in the price of the product. 
Widespread usage of the CSIR-CMERI developed solar DC cooking system can also play a critical role in achieving the target of 200 GW of solar energy as envisioned by the prime minister and also in saving almost 290 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.