Project
The Wilson Solar Cooker

The Wilson Solar Cooker is a device that captures solar energy, converts it into thermal energy via a lithium nitrate substrate, and stores it for later user in a well insulated container. This allows for cooking with low or no sunlight, and for six hours after the charging of the cooker, which is impossible with the solar cookers which are currently in the market.
Our team conducted various analyses including application and functional assessments, use case and value chain exercises, and various commercialization strategies. In addition to relying on Professor Wilson’s expertise, we’ve sought several external expert sources including relying on our catalyst, seeking direct input from Nigerian users, and discussing with members of USAID, the United Nations, Solar Cookers International, and BarbequeLovers.com.
We developed a new prototype, based on Professor Wilson’s ideas and developed a detailed commercialization recommendation. After analyzing several applications including portable camping, disaster relief, and public infrastructure equipment, the Solar Cooker Team recommends pursuing a strategy focused on improving cooking conditions in developing countries. Accordingly, we believe the following three users represent immediate opportunities to test the solar cooker’s scalability and absorption rate: i. Domestic Household Use, ii. Communal Use and iii. Commercial use.
Based on an analysis of the local needs and conditions we propose that the Wilson Solar Cooker should be deployed in Benin city, Nigeria . Through our analysis we show that this will have a significant environmental, social and economic impact. We provide detailed funding options along with a diagrammatic value chain, as well as and developmental next steps, including refinements in the prototype and product protection.