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SolSource Air: One Earth Designs Taps Google Glass Creator to Launch Portable, Affordable Solar Stove
What if boiling water were a day-long chore? For millions around the world, something as simple as making tea or cooking lunch requires hours of backbreaking work to find fuel for a lasting fire. In developing nations, women and girls spend long hours collecting pollution-heavy fuels while their brothers attend school. One Earth Designs knows that in a single hour, enough sunlight reaches Earth to power humanity for an entire year, and through their upcoming line of portable, affordable solar stoves, they aim to harness that energy for a cleaner planet and a socially just world.
Currently, the company’s most popular product is the SolSource Pro. This parabolic dish uses reflector panels to collect solar rays. The sun’s energy is then concentrated to a single point under a stove-top that is built over the middle of the device, where the food can be boiled, grilled, steamed, or fried. Perfected through 13 rounds of prototyping and field testing with rural communities in western China, the SolSource Pro is designed to protect user’s eyes from harmful UV radiation while providing a comfortable and convenient cooking experience–even if it’s cloudy. According to the company, the SolSource Pro can boil a liter of water in ten minutes without producing a single ounce of carbon pollution.
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