The MECS programme has been created based on the findings from several years of research and development, supported by different institutions and organisation. As the programme progresses, this is where you will be able to find information and resources from the programme.

The Foundations

In 2013, Gamos Ltd released an early concept paper on eCook. The concept note can be found here.

In 2015, initial technical, economic and behavioural feasibility studies on eCook were commissioned by DfID (UK Aid) through the CEIL-PEAKS Evidence on Demand service. The partners involved were Gamos Ltd.Loughborough University and the University of Surrey. The final reports can be found here.

Under the Low cost energy-efficient products for the bottom of the pyramid project led by the University of Sussex, conceptual development, stakeholder engagement and prototyping took place in Kenya and Bangladesh. The partners involved were Gamos Ltd.ACTS (Kenya)ITT and UIU (Bangladesh). The project formed part of the USES programme funded by DfID (UK Aid), EPSRC and DECC (now part of BEIS). Several outputs from the project can be found here.

A series of global and local market assessments were completed in Myanmar, Zambia and Tanzania under the “eCook – a transformational household solar battery-electric cooker for poverty alleviation” project. Project partners were Loughborough UniversityUniversity of SurreyGamos Ltd.REAM (Myanmar)CEEEZ (Zambia) & TaTEDO (Tanzania). The project was funded by DfID (UK Aid) and Gamos Ltd. through Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst Round 4. Key preliminary results can be found here.

Journal papers

Two Birds, One Stone—Reframing Cooking Energy Policies in Africa and Asia – MDPI, April 2019

This paper describes how a new UK Aid programme (April 2019) will be seeking to intentionally change international energy policy and enable a significant transition in energy use. The programme is new and has yet to prove itself, however, the analysis presented in the paper illustrates how it is constructed to reframe the problem, build new networks, develop capacities to respond to emerging technologies and system models and to build institutional capacities to redirect resources to the proposed strategy, i.e., to intentionally enable the transition of policies.

Solar electric cooking in Africa: Where will the transition happen first? – Energy Research & Social Science, June 2018

The speed and degree to which this concept is taken up is expected to vary widely across this culturally and physically diverse continent, however its potential impact is considerable. eCook systems could play a major role in meeting SDG 7; largely by facilitating access to affordable, reliable, sustainable modern energy for all in relation to cooking.

eCook: What behavioural challenges await this potentially transformative concept? – Sustainable Energy, Technologies and Assessments, August 2017

This paper is situated at the intersection between two major global challenges; the continued use of biomass for cooking amongst large swathes of the global population which is harmful to health and to the environment, and the challenge to extend modern energy access to all (encapsulated within the seventh Sustainable Development Goal).