Last edited: 24 April 2020
In 2015, Pete Schwartz' students invented ISEC (Insulated Solar Electric Cooking), building the first prototype in three days before driving it to the Solar Cookers International conference in Sacramento, California to roast a chicken stew. Since then, they have continued to collaboratively develop and disseminate the technology, adding a USB charging port and Heat storage capacity with erythritol phase change material (PCM). Collaborations are often built through our appropriate technology classes and include a company that they started in Ghana in August 2019, funded by MECS. Read more at the ISEC research page.
Pete's involvement with solar cooking began in 2007, with particular interest in Scheffler Reflectors and other polar tracking heliostats, but changed to solar electric cooking after extrapolating the decrease in solar panel costs.
- September 2014: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, USA, Solar Cooker Research
- Insulated Solar Electric Cooking – Tomorrow's healthy aﬀordable stoves? - T. Watkins, P. Arroyo, R. Perry, R. Wang, O. Arriaga, M. Fleming, C. O’Day, I. Stone, J. Sekerak, D. Mast, N. Hayes, P. Keller, P. Schwartz - Development Engineering 2 (2017) 47–52. See the associated video.
- Hot Diodes!: Dirt Cheap Cooking and Electricity for the Global Poor? - Grace Gius, Matthew Walker, Andre Li, Nicholas Adams, R. Van Buskirk, P. Schwartz - Development Engineering, 4 (2019) 100044
- Redirecting Sunlight with Polar Tracking in Developing Countries and Elsewhere (in an online library a design for a polar tracking concentrator)
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- August 2019:
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- July 2014:
- August 2012: Pete Schwartz discusses fixed reflectors in his paper, Concentrating sunlight with an immobile primary mirror and immobile receiver: Ray-tracing results
- Redirecting Sunlight with Polar Tracking in Developing Countries and Elsewhere
- 2-square-meter Aluminum Scheffler Reflector
- Construction and Improvement of a Scheffler Reflector and Thermal Storage Device, 2010
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