As reported previously on Wamda, the teams attending the first Kuwait Global Technopreneurship Challenge were trying to answer questions related to local issues: how can health informatics be advanced? How can personalized learning be improved? How can solar energy be more efficient and economical?
One of those teams was E-Innovation. Taking second place in the overall competition they won 1,250 Kuwaiti dinars (USD 4,120) for their Solar Cooker - a portable device, easy to transport and store, it is made up of parts that are fitted simply together, kind of like IKEA products.
From left to right: Mahmoud Mousa, Abdullah Osama and Ahmed Essam. (Images via Solar Cooker)
Using the sun as a renewable energy source their device is currently at the stage of improving the design and efficiency. They are also studying the market. Abdullah Osama, one of the team members told Wamda that it will be marketed soon.
How does the solution work?
Ultimately, it’s a low cost product, easy to set up and store, requires little care and supervision, needs no fuel, electricity or gas. It produces zero emissions and is safer for children.
The tech part is very simple. A reflector is used to gauge sunlight into the box through a transparent medium, and the infrared radiation increases the temperature inside the box reaching high temperatures to cook the food.
All in all it’s deemed to be an efficient, realistic and viable way of benefiting from solar energy.