Public sector giant IndianOil has developed an indigenous Solar cook top “Surya Nutan” which was demonstrated today at the residence of Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas Hardeep Puri, in the presence of Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Giriraj Singh.
Food cooked on Surya Nutan solar cook top was served to the guests.
According to Petroleum Ministry statement the Salient Features of the solar cooker are:
Surya Nutan is a Stationary, rechargeable, and always kitchen-connected indoor solar cooking device.
This is a patented product designed and developed by IndianOil R&D Centre, Faridabad.
It offers online cooking mode while charging through the Sun which maximizes the system efficiency and ensures high utilization of energy from Sun.
It works on a Hybrid Mode (i.e. can work on both solar & auxiliary energy source simultaneously) which makes the Surya Nutan a reliable cooking solution for all weather conditions.
Insulation design of Surya Nutan minimizes radiative and conductive heat losses.
Surya Nutan is available in three different models: The premium model (Breakfast +Lunch+Dinner) of Surya Nutan can cook all the meals for family of four.
Initially, cost of the product is around Rs 12,000 for base model, and Rs. 23,000 for Top Model. However, the cost is expected to reduce substantially with economies of scale. At a price of Rs. 12,000-14,000/- for Top Model, assuming annual consumption of 6-8 LPG cylinders, this product can pay back the buyer in first 1-2 years itself.
Surya Nutan can be used in all weather and seasons including when the Sun is not available for long durations or for continuous days, such as monsoons and extreme winters.
All the safety aspects required in any indoor appliances are inbuilt in Surya Nutan.
Surya Nutan is a low maintenance system and the product has a long life.
Surya Nutan is a modular system and can be designed in different sizes as per the requirement.
Surya Nutan has the potential to transform our energy security situation, as India currently imports 50% of its LPG requirements. It also reduces India’s CO2 emissions drastically and keeps our citizens insulated from the vagaries of the high international fossil fuel prices, the ministry said in a statement.