Portable Solar Cooker…
GoSun is a young company comprised of designers, engineers, and change-makers, intent on serving the world with unparalleled green cooking solutions. They are passionate about their products and how they power their customers’ lives. Founded in a small suburban garage, they grew quickly thank’s to their community of committed customers, Flashback Friday…Patrick Sherwin and GoSun
GoSun Go: Boil Water and Cook Meals with Solar Power under $100
GoSun has just launched a Kickstarter campaign with thier GoSun Go. Click here to visit campaign.
GoSun believes in nourishing the good things in life and helping others do the same.
We first posted Solar Cooker…Patrick Sherwin and the Gosun Stove on InventionStories.com back on 5/23/2014.
Founder Patrick Sherwin
Patrick Sherwin, GoSun founder and solar energy expert, is passionate about play, yet remains focused on solutions for our time. As a veteran solar engineer with extensive small business, international project management, and sales experience, Patrick’s love for humanity, entrepreneurial spirit, and determination drive GoSun and its portable solar cooker capabilities in all business facets. I interviewed Patrick Sherwin back and asked him the following questions:
How did the idea come to you?
I’ve been working in the solar energy field for 14 years. 11 years ago I was on a rooftop removing an old solar hot water heater. This was the first time I saw the evacuated tubes used in solar heating systems. The customer didn’t want them so I was able to take them home. I broke them apart and started tinkering. I figured there had to be some remaining value.
So I put some hot dogs inside the glass tubes and they started frying. I built several hot dog portable solar cooker prototypes which were great for cooking hot dogs if that is what you want to do. About 4 1/2 years ago, I had an aha moment at a solar expo when I saw a 2 foot long demonstration tube on a table. I realized that this is the length I needed to make this more consumer-friendly as it could be portable and easy to use, kind of a bite size solar device.
What made you act?
When I see a good idea, I always think about how to scale it. The technology itself really pulled me in. I was intrigued by the idea of cooking with the sun at temperatures similar to a grill or stove top. This was a constant source of inspiration and it kept me tinkering. I took a trip to Haiti and the poverty there blew me away. They prepare food indoors using wood and charcoal which affects their health and requires a lot of wood which affects their forests. Their cooking processes really stuck with me and so I created a vision for a product that could be useful in both the United States and developing countries.
I started researching the portable solar cooker when I got back to the US. I wasn’t able to find anything that really got the job done in a timely fashion, safely, that could handle a large volume of food, and work through a rainstorm or light wind. So it was sad. In my 15 years in the green industry, I believe the cost per performance for solar hasn’t been great, but that is changing. It is hard to compete with traditional fuel sources. I am here to prove that solar is a viable option. I believe that solar will out compete traditional fuels and needs to be our primary source of power.
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Click here to visit GoSun Go Kickstarter Campaign.
Since posting Patrick Sherwin and the Gosun Stove on InventionStories.com back on 5/23/2014, Gosun has expanded their product line. Finally, for more information please visit www.GoSunStove.com