A lot of die-hard barbeque fans, have their grills positioned somewhere in their yard where they can use it day or night, rain or shine, summer or winter. Don’t be surprised as there’s such folk who will grill chicken even in a snowstorm and in just a T-shirt if necessary.
However, the grills that we use are harmful to the environment. They release emissions and cause poor air quality regardless if we use charcoal, wood chips, or propane.
As you know, solar-powered grills need sun in order to work. This means that night and evening barbeques, which are the most frequent ones, cause damage to the environment.
This was until now, as MIT professor David Wilson found the ideal solution for people to grill outdoors without damaging the environment.
Wilson Solar-Powered Barbeques without Fuel
That’s right. Thanks to the new solar technology developed by this professor, a solar-powered grill can actually function at night. This is especially beneficial for the developing nations who depend on wood for cooking.
The new technology concept invented by Wilson is harnessing the sun and storing the unused heat for later cooking, for up to 25 hours at temperatures higher than 450 °F. The sun’s energy is held by a Fresnel lens to melt down a container of Lithium Nitrate whose function is that of a thermal-storing battery, for twenty-five hours at a time. The heat is then released, allowing you to cook outdoors in your most favorite cooking method.
As Wilson explains, although there are many solar cookers on the market, not many use latent-heat storage to cook food.
He says he got the idea after a visit to Nigeria. Apparently, the standard cooking method there requires wood, and causes various problems like deforestation, respiratory conditions, and increased risk of rape when women search firewood.
Derek Ham, Eric Uva, and Theodora Vardouli are MIT students who try to develop the technology for a prototype solar grill. Through the multi-disciplinary course “Innovation Teams”, or “iTeams,” they are conducting a study to assess the concept, and then to start a business to produce and distribute this revolutionary barbeque.
Besides developing a grill for the U.S. market, their ultimate goal is making a business model for solar grill sell for the developing nations. The version for the U.S. market is probably going to be a hybrid propane/solar model which will enable flame cooking as thoroughly as thermal convection.
Reportedly, this revolutionary innovation is coming soon, and it’s going to be a perfect gift for any barbeque fan.
Having this solar-powered grill will mean saving the Mother Nature while cooking your food in your most favorite cooking method. Make sure you tell your friends about the new, environment-friendly way of grilling.