Check this video and see how you can use the SunRocket as part of your Emergency preparation kit
Our SunRocket got another nice review from an independent US Disaster Prepper.
Watch this video and hear it straight from a real prepper.
The recent 14th annual Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) Science Fair was concentrated to wind, solar, hydro and human energy designs and discoveries.
Students invested hours in their research and designs. Some made eco-friendly soap, shampoo and whitening toothpaste. An instrument for softening butter won the second-place award. It was invented by Emily Medeiros.
Water filter using shawls and a barge that lifts above the waves for stability in choppy seas are some of the extraordinary projects that were designed by the junior students.
The competition was divided in three categories:
Salt-Water-Distiller and Passive solar heating were some of the first place awards. Butter softening mechanism and portable outlet were in second and Al cam and eco-friendly ways to melt ice got the third award.
Read full story here.
Sun-plugged Festival is focused on solar energy and to reduce carbon emission in our environment. This event is to be held on Jan. 18 – 20. It is organized by Bhavan’s College in association with Sanctuary Asia magazine.
Fill your weekends with lots of solar cooking, workshops, movie treats for kids and a lot more.
Have you ever thought of a good invention? Had one of those ‘Eureaka’ moments thinking that the world really needs a gadget and how come no one has invented it before? Well I think the reason is that actually turning an idea into a tangible product is a huge effort!
This week we celebrate the final release of the SunRocket solar kettle. It’s a very neat way to heat water from sunlight, and is super portable and efficient. The SunRocket uses a Vycor vacuum tube boosted by highly reflective panels to heat water or cook foods. It holds about 500ml (17oz) and weighs just 1kg (2.2lbs) when empty. Weather depending, it takes around 1 hour to heat water for drinking, washing or cooking. Rolling boil can be achieved in under 2 hours! The SunRocket folds into a very robust and portable ‘thermos’ and can keep the contents hot for hours.
The SunRocket is also a useful part of any emergency preparation kit – not only can it heat water for drinking but it can also kill water borne bacteria through heat treatment, be used to rehydrate freeze dried food and even to melt snow! Watch a video of the SunRocket in the Australian snowy mountains!
When we first decided we wanted to start making these ourselves, we got out some pens and papers and started drawing ideas – those ideas soon had to be translated into CAD (computer) drawings and then spent weeks trying to make the drawings ‘work’. Then it was time to start getting Australian and US patents done, which is super time consuming!
For getting it actually made, we first looked within Australia. But soon found that instead of an RRP of $59.50 it would end up having an RRP of around $590! So we headed off to China to see if I could find a better set up there. After months of searching, we found a factory that was environmentally minded, had really good ethical working conditions and could make our product for us. So we drew up legal documents and started making moulds and then prototypes.
Prototyping was a very slow and expensive process! Every time we had a new prototype come out, something would be not quite right. So we’d have to change the mould and remake. Then we wanted to do intensive safety testing, so there was lots of putting our prototypes into stressful situations like dropping them out of 2nd story windows, putting them in the freezer, setting them up on a 42oC day, posting them via Australia Post (not known for being gentle!)
12 months on, The SunRocket solar kettle is now perfect. The recycled cardboard packaging looks amazing, it’s got bar codes and QR codes and all these things I’d never even heard of but it’s done! I hate to add up what we spent getting it made, the budget was blown before we even got half way through the process and it continues to amaze me how unexpected expenses can occur! Like the time I accidentally shipped a whole lot of Amazon customers a whole carton of 20 rather than a single unit!
But I’m so pleased that finally, we have them for sale in both Australia and the US and resellers from other countries getting on board every day. They have been popular for camping, travel and home energy saving, but also disaster preparation and makes a perfect gift for that hard to buy for person!
If you want to marvel at how one person’s idea went from a sketch on a napkin to a finished product, you can buy one from US / Canada from www.SuncookingUS.com or for the rest of the world from www.SunCooking.com.au
I posted regarding this German entrepreneur, Gregor Schapers who made an indoor solar cooker and oven last December 7, 2012.
This is a follow up on that post. Below is a video showing how his magnificent creation work.
Watch this video.
As we are all busy welcoming 2013, the sun made some fireworks of its own.
According to report, the solar explosion last December 31 encompassing 160,000 miles out from the sun’s covering.
NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory captured an amazing light show that lasted for four hours.
Read full story here.
The Australian and United States Government will work hand in hand in an $83 million Solar Research program. According to Energy Minister Martin Ferguson, it is the biggest solar energy research investment in Australia’s history.
US department of energy, the CSIRO and six Australian universities will join forces in this eight-year project.
The ultimate goal is to devise advanced mechanics to reduce solar power cost.
The funds will be used to constitute the $33m US-Australia Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics and the $35 Australian Thermal Research Initiative.
Use of mirrors to concentrate the sun’s rays to boil water for turbines is one of the purposes of this project. Full story here.
You read it right, this low cost solar powered water purification system was invented by a high school student from Nashua, New Hampshire – Deepika Kurup.
Deepika’s hard work (took her 3 months to finalize everything) and invention won in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
Deepika’s creation is excellent for people who have limited resources to purchase expensive water filters and has no electricity to power these systems. Read full story here.