Wilson solar grill

New solar technology developed by Professor David Wilson of MIT could make solar barbecues the best-selling on the market very soon. Its greatest virtue is being able to cook with the solar energy accumulated 24 hours a day.

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Until now, using a solar grill or barbeque has always, unsurprisingly, required the sun, which made traditional fossil fuel barbecues a must for hours without sun.

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Barbecues or grills made of wood, wood chips, charcoal or propane all contribute to poor air quality. We now have an alternative to replace them. A great invention also for people in developing countries who depend on firewood to cook their food. Cooking with wood causes respiratory diseases, but it also increases the rate of deforestation.

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Wilson technology takes advantage of the sun to store heat and allow cooking around the clock at temperatures above 200 ºC. The technology uses a Fresnel lens to harness energy from the sun to melt a container of lithium nitrate. Lithium nitrate acts as a thermal energy storage battery. The heat is then released for cooking outdoors.

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It is currently not for sale.

Images © Derek Ham

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