Taking advantage of India’s geography and climate to cook in a environmentally friendly way, the world’s largest solar kitchen gives us a mega lesson on how to produce for masses without harming the environment. This kitchen uses solar energy to produce steam for cooking, saving 100,000 kg of gas annually.
The community dining hall at Shirdi Saibaba temple in Shirdi, Maharashtra, India, blows you away with its large scale use of cost effective solar energy. Even more impressive is the fact that the technology used is locally manufactured and easy to maintain.
Here are some details on how this solar system works!
25 to 30 thousand Sai devotees take their meal here each day.
The solar cook system collects sunlight from the solar panels to create hot water and steam for cooking. It even works during monsoon.
The system is comprised of 73 rooftop dishes, of 16 square meter each with 380 mirrors.
The dishes system creates 3,500 kgs of steam when the heat from all 73 dishes concentrates.
More than 120 workers chop, mince, quarter and grind vegetables.
The kitchen has 6 cauldrons that can cook upto 100 kilos of vegetables.
This kitchen is one of the biggest examples of a growing trend among communal centres of all kinds to use renewal energy and environmentally friendly technologies. For millions, the Shirdi Saibaba temple is a place for internal cleansing, but by reducing their carbon footprint, they also ensure that our external environment stays clean.