Inspirations; June 2009; Scientific American Earth 3.0; by Katherine Harmon; Christopher Mims; Victoria Stern; Kate Wilcox; Jim Cornfield; Mark Fischetti; Larry Greenemeier; 6 Page(s)
One little solar cooker aims to take a big bite out of climate change. The Kyoto Box, designed by Norwegian entrepreneur Jon Bøhmer, is intended as an alternative for millions of people who burn wood to cook food and boil water. Using energy from the sun can reduce carbon emissions as well as deforestation in countries such as Kenya, where Bøhmer lives and runs his company, Kyoto Energy.
Bøhmer experimented with the concept for a decade, inspired by the simplicity of a solar device invented in 1767 by Swiss physicist Horace-Bénédict de Saussure. The cooker, which consists of two boxes nestled inside each other and topped with Plexiglas to trap the sun's rays, has evolved from a homemade cardboard contraption to a $6 plastic version that went into mass production this spring.