What next?

We are working to get some units out in the field for testing and validation of these ideas. This will be done in a controlled manner with data collection on actual amounts of food cooked and amounts of energy used, as well as information on social acceptance.

There are also many technical design questions which need to be verified, such as the best technology and size of battery, the size of solar array needed, and the electrical configuration of the system (i.e. – AC induction cookstove with inverter or some sort of custom DC cookstove).

This technology can also apply to rural microgrids, health clinics, peri-urban households (induction cooktop with battery-backup for grid outages), and refugee camps. Further work needs to be done in each of these areas.