Solar radiation can be considered as one of the most suitable energy source to be used for cooking food. It is therefore important to promote advancement in solar cooking systems, in particular as concerns their efficiency and cooking times. In this work, we designed, realized and tested a novel low-cost solar cooker that uses a high-performance light-concentrating Fresnel lens, which is able to concentrate onto a small focal area a large amount of solar radiation. The radiation is then reflected by a mirror towards a cooking surface, where a pot can be located. The cooker has a geometrical concentration ratio of 40.97. In order to characterize the thermal performance of the cooker, we carried out several outdoor tests with a dedicated test setup, using water and silicone oil as absorbing media. Respect to other solar cookers, results show that the proposed cooker is able to reach high temperatures with good efficiency and reduced heating times: 3 kg of water can reach 90 °C in around 30 min, while 3 kg of silicone oil can be taken from 40 to 170 °C in less than one hour.

Design, manufacture and test of a low-cost solar cooker with high-performance light-concentrating lens / Coccia, G.; Aquilanti, A.; Tomassetti, S.; Ishibashi, A.; Di Nicola, G.. - In: SOLAR ENERGY. - ISSN 0038-092X. - 224:(2021), pp. 1028-1039. [10.1016/j.solener.2021.06.025]

Design, manufacture and test of a low-cost solar cooker with high-performance light-concentrating lens

Coccia G.;Aquilanti A.;Tomassetti S.;Di Nicola G.
2021-01-01

Abstract

Solar radiation can be considered as one of the most suitable energy source to be used for cooking food. It is therefore important to promote advancement in solar cooking systems, in particular as concerns their efficiency and cooking times. In this work, we designed, realized and tested a novel low-cost solar cooker that uses a high-performance light-concentrating Fresnel lens, which is able to concentrate onto a small focal area a large amount of solar radiation. The radiation is then reflected by a mirror towards a cooking surface, where a pot can be located. The cooker has a geometrical concentration ratio of 40.97. In order to characterize the thermal performance of the cooker, we carried out several outdoor tests with a dedicated test setup, using water and silicone oil as absorbing media. Respect to other solar cookers, results show that the proposed cooker is able to reach high temperatures with good efficiency and reduced heating times: 3 kg of water can reach 90 °C in around 30 min, while 3 kg of silicone oil can be taken from 40 to 170 °C in less than one hour.
2021
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