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Published on May 9, 2009

Author: Lonny



A presentation on parabolic solar collectors to K-12 educators. This was followed up with hands on activities and curriculum development.

Parabolic Solar Cookers • Lonny Grafman • Most Images from Appropedia • Outline – Background – Basics – Design Examples – More Examples – Math and Physics Resources – Discussion

1000 watts/m2

Solar Box Cooker aka Solar Oven

Solar Parabolic Cooker

The Parabola

y=ax2 y f=1/(4a) f x

The Parabola - Definition

The Parabola - Reflection

The Parabola Paraboloid

Design Criteria: Design Objective: •Use of local materials •Efficiency To create a solar cooker •Durability from local invasive species •Ease of use and waste materials that •Ease of construction can pasteurize water and •Cost be a cooking alternative to •Impact on environment the use of fossil fuels. •Impact on lifestyle

Results: •Equation: y =.5x2 •Time to boil quart: ~2 hrs Deformation Lessons Learned: •more blackberry runners •more rigid material for rings Reflectivity Lessons Learned: •pampas grass too lumpy •no dull, small can lids

Protection from Dazzles and Burns • Appropriate focal point size • Glasses and gloves • Deep dish focus • Physical barrier • Physical separation • Appropriate system size

Define the Problem Test and Gather Implement Information the Engineering Solution Design Process Analyze Generate and Select Alternative a Solution Solutions

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