Wilson Solar Grill — The Solar Project That Could Change The Face Of Outdoor Barbecue


Grilled food is one that most people can agree on being delicious despite the calories.

Nonetheless, grilling has received a lot of backlash for spurning environmental degradation through emissions that cause air pollution.

However, the Wilson Solar grill provides an alternative.

In 2012 a new solar technology called the Wilson Solar Grill was developed by David Wilson, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Solar-powered grills which were previously used could not store the solar energy, hence it could not be used at night.

“There are a lot of solar cookers out there,” says Wilson, “but surprisingly not many using latent-heat storage as an attribute to cook the food.”

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Wilson’s solar cooker stores latent heat which allows for up to twenty-five hours of cooking at temperatures above 232 degrees celsius (450 degrees Fahrenheit). It also makes use of Fresnel lens which uses the solar power to melt a container of Lithium Nitrate, which serves as the cooker’s battery.

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David Wilson explained that he got his idea for the solar cooker during a visit to Nigeria. The professor noted that in some parts of Nigeria, outdoor cooking is highly favoured, especially with the use of firewood. But he also noted that using firewood poses a danger to the respiratory organs.

At the time the Wilson solar grill went viral, it was said that a group of students at the MIT, Derek Ham, Eric Uva, and Theodora Vardouli were working to develop a prototype of the Solar cooker. The team was also expected to make a business model for distributing the solar grills to developing nations as well as the American market.

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The Wilson solar grill is still a work in progress, as the final design is yet to be published and there has been little to no word on the solar grill since its project inception. Nonetheless, there’s no doubt that the Wilson solar grill is innovative and has the ability to transform traditional outdoor grilling.