Exploring further possibilities of solar energy, Indian Oil Corporation on Wednesday unveiled a stationary, rechargeable and indoor solar cooking stove.
The stove, which entails a one-time procurement cost and has zero maintenance, is being touted as a substitute for fossil fuels, claimed reports.
Oil Minister Hardeep Singh Puri hosted a function at his official residence where a full three-course meal cooked on the stove, which has been named Surya Nutan, was served.
Tried my hand at cooking Suji Ka Halwa on Surya Nutan solar cooking system with my colleague Sh @girirajsinghbjp Ji.
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) June 22, 2022
Speaking on the occasion, IOC Director (R&D) SSV Ramakumar said the stove is different from solar cookers as it does not have to be placed under sunlight.
Surya Nutan, which has been developed by IOC’s research and development division at Faridabad, always stays in the kitchen and a cable carries solar energy captured through a PV panel kept outdoor or on the roof.
It collects energy from the sun, converts it into heat through a specially designed heating element, stores thermal energy in a scientifically proven thermal battery and reconverts the energy for use in indoor cooking.
The energy captured not just covers day time cooking needs of a family of four but also the night meal.