Dr Christopher Sansom, concentrated solar power team leader and senior lecturer in ultra-precision engineering at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, told FoodManufacture.co.uk forms of solar power had massive potential in hot countries.
He had been involved initially in looking at the domestic potential of solar power in countries such as Africa, Asia, India, Pakistan and South America.
“We were looking for countries that have high direct sunlight and remote communities that have no way of cooking food.”
More well-known photovoltaic (PV) solar power converted the energy from the sun’s rays into electricity, he said. But other solar thermal initiatives he had been involved with either used parabolic mirrors to focus the sun’s heat, which could then be used immediately to cook food or stored for later use.