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SharonID



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:57 am    Post subject: Re: solar cooker survey Reply with quote

Pat McArdle wrote:
I There are also two students (MIT and Wellesley) researching a parabolic solar cooker made of bamboo, mylar and yak wool in Tibet. I can put you in touch with them if you are interested.


Wow. I can't speak for Nacho_nd, but I am certainly interested. Are they doing a bamboo frame and felting the wool for a base for the mylar? We don't have much bamboo in northern Idaho, but we've got willow, which will do a lot of the same things, and we've got a yak herd (friends of friends) in the area (as well as sheep, llamas, alpacas... lots of domestic wooly critters up here ). I actually do know people (some of whom are already felters, if that is part of the process, and some of whom already work with willow) who might be interested in this, and I am certainly interested in knowing what the basic concept for the construction is, so if you could put me in touch or give even a little more information, I would be very grateful.

Nice to have you drop by.Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:28 pm    Post subject: bamboo Parabolic solar cookers in Tibet Reply with quote

The students are Scot Frank and Caitlin Powers. I have been communicating with Caitlin via Facebook. Here is a link to an article about their work.

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/lifestyle/mit-students-develop-solar-cooker-fit-for-tibetans_10063297.html

Good luck.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! That was very interesting. A lightweight, portable parabolic cooker that can be manufactured from simple, widely available local materials (except for the mylar, but at least that is relatively light and inexpensive) strikes me as an uncommonly good idea for a lot of people in a lot of places.

There's another article, with pictures, at: http://web.mit.edu/mitei/education/spotlights/solar-heater.html

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