Solar energy storage for solar cooking: research, development & market testing

solar cooker tata center


Postdoctoral Researcher

Grace Han


Jeff Grossman

More than half the world still cooks their food and heats their home using rudimentary stoves. The UN estimates that smoke from primitive stoves kills 1.9 million people annually, more than malaria and AIDS combined. In addition, cooking fuel is becoming increasingly scarce, expensive, and time-intensive to find.

A solution to these problems is to use sunlight, which is clean, renewable, and free, to meet these energy needs. However, current solar stoves do not supply on-demand heating, are not robust, and are often heavy and cumbersome. These challenges inhibit their widespread implementation.

This project is designing low-cost solar cookers that utilize a novel fuel media to provide on-demand energy release for cooking and heating applications.