Portable Solar Thermal Cooker ( Solar Thermal Magazine)
In many countries it is banned to use charcoal in your BBQ or outdoor cooker so you must use propane or natural gas. These fuels produce less carbon particulates but only slightly less CO2. Normally when you are considering outdoor cooking the weather is good and the sun is shining so it makes sense to investigate the idea of cooking with concentrated solar energy.
Solar cookers work amazingly well but it means that you need to find a place for a rather large dish shaped thing when you are not using it.
What if you could have a completely portable solar thermal cooker that folds up like an umbrella and disassembles down so that you can store it in a handy travel box?
That is exactly what this enterprising your eco entrepreneur shows us in the video.
I am not sure if you can buy such an solar umbrella or if it was modified by the author but I would love to buy one.
The umbrella opens up revealing a reflecting inner surface and a removable handle that is used as part of the support stand to keep the dish pointed at the sun.
More removable supports keep the working pot at the focal point for a fast solar lunch.
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.