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Solar Stovetop Cooks Meals Off-Grid

by Susan DeFreitas, February 12th, 2011  Original: LINK

Forget those old-fashioned solar ovens of yore. The new off-grid global cooking craze is the Hot Liner Solar Cooker Stove by Yonggu Do & Eunha Seo (which comes to us via Yanko Design).

The Hot Liner concept–which recently took the Golden Haechi award at the 2010 Seoul International Design Competition, co-hosted by Designboom–is a flexible panel rigid enough to form a stovetop, but flexible enough to lay flat on the ground or even hang on a tree for recharging.

Hot Liner solar stovetopimage via Yanko Design

Once the two-piece Hot Liner system is charged, it can be fit together in different configurations, depending on the size of the cooking pot or pots being used. For a small pot, just connect a single liner in a ring and adjust the shape to support the pot. For larger saucepans, two liners can be fit together the same way, providing an off-grid ”dual burner” stovetop anywhere at any time. (The concept was designed to accommodate people living without access to reliable electricity in Africa.)

Hot Liner Solar Stovetopimage via Yanko Design

Each Hot Liner belt is composed of a flexible solar panel, a solar cell holder, a flexible battery, a heat coil and a magnetic strip at each end that connects the belt to itself or to its neighbor.


Sun Jar

The Sunjar is a cute feature for your home or garden. Powered by natural daylight you simply leave the Sun Jar outside or on a window that gathers plenty of light during the daytime.
After dark the Sunjar will illuminate a warm and natural light. Available in yellow, blue and pink the Sunjar is made from a traditional Mason jar and is a perfect garden light, as a night light for bedrooms, as a table light during summer night barbeques or for camping trips.
Features of this product: 

– Solar powered and eco friendly

– Winner of Eco Friendly Gift of the year in the UK

– Completely waterproof

– Override switch inside the lid to turn off at night time and conserve battery life.

– Product includes rechargeable battery and 3 energy efficient LED lamps

– 5 hours light from one charge

Read Newspaper Review of Sun Jar Here

And now to the serious stuff;

U.S. DOE Funds ‘Sunlight-to-Fuel’ Project

Published: July 29, 2010
Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Energy Announced earlier this month that it would set aside more than $100 million to create an “Energy Innovation Hub” to encourage innovation around producing fuels directly from sunlight.
JCAP research will be directed at the discovery of the functional components necessary to assemble a complete artificial photosynthetic system: light absorbers, catalysts, molecular linkers, and separation membranes.
The DOE hopes to build new photosynthetic biofuels technologies and then partner with the private sector to commercialize them. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman announced an award of $122 million last week to a team of researchers in California. 

The Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), to be led by the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), will bring together leading researchers in an ambitious effort aimed at simulating nature’s photosynthetic apparatus for practical energy production.

The Fuels from Sunlight Energy Innovation Hub is one of three Hubs that will receive funding in FY10. The Hubs are large, multidisciplinary, highly-collaborative teams of scientists and engineers working over a longer time frame to achieve a specific high-priority goal. They will be managed by top teams of scientists and engineers with enough resources and authority to move quickly in response to new developments.

JCAP research will be directed at the discovery of the functional components necessary to assemble a complete artificial photosynthetic system: light absorbers, catalysts, molecular linkers, and separation membranes. The Hub will then integrate those components into an operational solar fuel system and develop scale-up strategies to move from the laboratory toward commercial viability. The ultimate objective is to drive the field of solar fuels from fundamental research, where it has resided for decades, into applied research and technology development, thereby setting the stage for the creation of a direct solar fuels industry.

The Hub will be funded at up to $22 million this fiscal year. The Hub will then be funded at an estimated $25 million per year for the next four years, subject to Congressional appropriations.

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About pfiddle

Fiddle teacher - mostly Irish trad. Fiddle, mandolin and concertina. Eco-warrior, won E.U. Green Flower Award for Eco Accommodation. Also Irish (Gold) GHA. Green Hospitality Award. Mad keen on self-build - especially straw-bale and cob. 55 with a full head of (slightly) graying hair. No tattoos or piercings. Fond of animals - but legally so. Fond of food - I eat nothing else. Vegetarian by choice, Irish by the grace of birth, Munster by force of (rugby) arms.

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