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ISRN Renewable Energy
Volume 2013, Article ID 746189, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/746189
Research Article

Photovoltaic and Thermal Hybridized Solar Cooker

Department of Physics, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat 388120, India

Received 22 April 2013; Accepted 12 May 2013

Academic Editors: E. R. Bandala and V. Makareviciene

Copyright © 2013 Smita B. Joshi and A. R. Jani. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The objective of the present research work is to design user friendly solar cooker which can be commercialized too. This cooker is designed, developed, and tested in our laboratory. The basic principle is to incorporate heating into material by photovoltaic effect and thermal treatment. Different temperatures inside the solar cooker were measured and profile of solar cooker was studied for several days during April, May, and June 2012. It is observed that the designed cooker needs the boosting of only 30 watt power which is generated by a small solar panel connected with it. Heater connected with it can be powered by a solar panel of 75 watt. This boosting can reduce the cooking time. Different recipes were prepared to test its actual performance.