Cooking Injera with Solar power – Injera Mitad

Cooking Injera with Solar power – Injera Mitad

After a little Google surfing we found to our astonishment, a solar powered Injera mitad. Now this is sure news to us, although maybe not all of you.

Ethiopian Solar Powered Injera Cooker mitad

It looks amazing and from our point of view anything Eco friendly gets the thumbs up. i am not sure if you can purchase these or even if they being manufactured as yet, but we will try and find out a little more and post.

Designed by Alan Gallagher, this super hotplate can be set up in minutes and cost around $100 to build. $25 apparently if made in bulk. Will this make a difference to people, i am sure it would. Good work Alan.

The Solar Injera Cooker has been designed by Alan Gallagher, a retired physicist. He decided to take his interest in solar energy in a whole new direction: He decided to design, build, and test a unique large-area frying pan heated by the Sun’s energy. The new parabolic solar frying pan was specifically tailored to the cooking of injera bread in East Africa. Other types of solar cookers are not well-suited for frying. In villages, a typical “slice” of injera bread can be more than half a meter in diameter. The parabolic solar cooker can be used eight hours a day throughout the year. The bread is cooked for about two minutes in a covered pan preheated to ~180 °C.

Ethiopian Solar Powered Injera Cooker

The mirror consists of flat hexagonal panels of aluminized Mylar inside of a parabolic framework. The flat panels uniformly illuminate (evenly heat) the bottom of the frying pan, which sits above the mirror. The flat panels make this mirror safe to use for cooking because they don’t ever concentrate the sun in just one place, which can burn the cooks or start fires. The pan bottom is coated with a special black surface that only emits very low levels of radiation. The black surface keeps the fryer from losing as much as half the power it gets from the sun. The pan’s nonstick surface is made from anodized aluminum whose pores are filled with cooking oil.

The retail cost of the materials (in the United States) to construct the solar fryer is about $100 (US), but the estimated cost for bulk manufacturing is only about $25(US). Most of the construction requires only hand tools, which is ideal for local production in East Africa. The design is scalable, making it relatively easy to construct smaller or larger fryers, if desired.