2005-06 SENIOR DESIGN PROJECTS

Solar Box Oven

Tom Birchard and Chris Van Huis

Missionaries working with CRWM (Christian Reformed World Missions) asked engineering students to design a solar oven that would be appropriate for use in Guinea, Africa. Much of the cooking in the region in which CRWM serves is done over open fires and the biomass resources used to build these fires are being depleted. The area is well suited for solar energy applications, so the engineering students were challenged to design a solar oven that could be constructed locally by the end users in Guinea using materials that were both affordable and available in that community.

Group presenting their project. Group with their project.