|Solar Cookers in the Third World (GTZ, 1990, 228 p.)|
|3. Conditions of Acceptance for Solar Cookers|
Ultimately, the acceptance of solar cookers in and by the Third World depends on numerous prerequisites:
- available models: Is the solar cooker technically mature and
of high quality?
- solar radiation: Is enough solar energy available?
- energy demand: Is the target population in a precarious energy situation?
- social situation: Are solar cookers acceptable from the standpoint of social structure?
- dietary patterns: Can solar cookers fit into the dietary patterns of the target groups?
- eating habits: Do the prevailing eating habits allow the use of solar cookers?
- cooking habits: Can the customary cooking techniques be preserved when using a solar cooker?
- cooking facilities: In what respect do the traditional cooking facilities differ substantially from solar cooking devices?
- technology: Which technical aspects of solar cookers are especially important in the social context?
- economy: Are solar cookers cost-efficient?
- side effects: What kind of overall impact, including side effects and consequential effects, do solar cookers have?
- additional conditions for acceptance: What other prerequisites must be fulfilled to ensure acceptance?
The above questions are defined and examined here in relation to
the project results discussed in the preceding chapter.
This is followed by a questionnaire designed to facilitate evaluation of some major aspects of solar-cooker acceptance.