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Analysis of User Needs for Solar Cooker Acceptance

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Many researches were conducted and proved that a solar-based cooker can provide high temperature sufficient for cooking foods. However, solar-based cookers have not been widely used in households yet. This paper aims to investigate the reasons for the low acceptance of solar cookers on the part of the households, based on an analysis of the user needs related to cooking behavior, in order to suggest design criteria of a solar cooker which is more likely to be accepted by households. Questionnaires, observation, and interviews were used to clarify user needs in Thailand and Austria. A prototype was used as a tool to bridge user needs and stove capability. The result of this study focuses on (1) user expectation and (2) compatible design in practical use and building infrastructure.

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Wimmer, R., Kang, M.J., Pokpong, C., Mahdavi, A. (2017). Analysis of User Needs for Solar Cooker Acceptance. In: Matsumoto, M., Masui, K., Fukushige, S., Kondoh, S. (eds) Sustainability Through Innovation in Product Life Cycle Design. EcoProduction. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-0471-1_11

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