Solar Food Processing and Conservation
Solar food processing and conservation is an exciting field, where the sun's energy can be harnessed to improve the quality of food, increase the range of products and reduce environmental damage caused by using fossil fuels. This is not a new field, but it is also not very well-known. This activity aims to encourage exporing its full potential and improving awareness on the possibilities in the area of solar food production.
ISES launched an initiative to address this issue, which will start with the establishment of a network, bringing together people interested in this topic and eager to share their experiences. The aim is to draw together a global network of interested parties - from solar food experts, to farmers, producers, NGOs and decision-makers. It will help to identify needs, gather information, as well as further develop and promote efficient methods of solar food processing and conservation.
The first phase - SolarFood 1 - is supported by WISIONS - an initiative of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, organised with the support of the Swiss-based foundation ProEvolution, to foster practical sustainable energy projects.
This initiative primarily focuses on developing countries with a high solar radiation levels, where there is a need for unique and sustainable development assistance. Solar food processing and conservation can be used in a wide range of areas. The intention is to improve or extend the use of efficient methods in:
The potential impact of solar food processing and conservation can be high, also addressing the following:
There is a need to identify the most effective solar processing products in terms of quality and cost effectiveness. ISES aims to bring together a motivated network of experts (engineers, food scientists, farmers and SMEs in the food and RE sectors) who are interested in further developing existing technology, increasing the value, and exploring useful prospects to penetrate the food market. Sustainable energy for industry has to be more widely considered, also at a local scale where it has tremendous potential. An important aspect is to increase awareness among producers and users on the opportunities inusing clean energy when producing or conserving food.
We invite interested persons, organisations and companies to jointhis network to share information and to develop the existing activities and standards.
Please visit www.solarfood.org to join the network.