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Solar-Powered BBQ

A solar-powered BBQ that reaches 260◦c in under five minutes!

The freedom of outdoor cooking wherever you'd like it!

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A new startup PhotonGrill is turning up the heat in outdoor cooking and reaching out to the community to kickstart the production for an inflatable high-powered solar BBQ.

The extraordinary PhotonGrill BBQ is 100% fireless, fuel free and completely solar powered. It offers ultimate portability, weighing in at just 3kg and only 5kg complete with convenient backpack, solar optimised pan, tongs and air pump. With a three minute set-up time, users can be throwing their steak, burger or sausages on the barbie in under 10 minutes as a temperature of 260◦c is reached within five minutes.

Fire bans were the motivating factor for PhotonGrill founders, Clemens Lehner, Michael Albrecht and Fabian Massiczek to develop a fire and fuel free, solar powered barbecue. And, as barbecuing is an Australian tradition the trio believe PhotonGrill will be a ‘must-have’ for Spring/Summer 2016. Whether at home, on a picnic, at the beach or camping – PhotonGrill is a convenient and safe option during fire bans.

"We love to barbecue!" PhotonGrill Cofounder Clemens Lehner explains, "We discovered a technology to make a solar BBQ portable and provide those without a garden or backyard to BBQ, the freedom of outdoor cooking wherever they want." After many years of researching and experimenting the technical development of PhotonGrill has been finalised”.

"The ultimate goal in product development has always been maximum portability, ease of use and high performance for us. This allows for use not only in city parks, but also for more adventurous excursions and also day trips". continues Lehner Living High Tech with NASA Knowledge

The basic principles of the BBQ are based on a parabolic mirror that concentrates the sunlight (photons) beams. The photons are focused onto a frying pan and then converted into high heat – this is basically not a new principle.

Completely new, however, is the composition method of the parabolic mirror. Instead of the previous forms of heavy and bulky metal mirror, the three founders have developed an inflatable parabolic mirror made of highly robust, yet lightweight plastic film that easily and quickly deploys a powerful and precise mirror. The technology is based on experiments that NASA carried out in the 60s. "What was once unachievable at that point in time has now been achieved today”. By using heat to thermally deform the plastic’s polymers' structure, the plastic is able to "remember" and transform into the desired parabolic shape when inflated." The foil’s high-tech material is highly robust and easily withstands lashings of hot grease. PhotonGrill has 1000 Watts of power and on 130 to 240 days a year there is enough sunshine to BBQ and cook.

In the future, this unique technology can also be used for multiple applications. For example, already in the pipeline is a concentrated photovoltaic module (CPV) that could charge smartphones and tablets.
Crowdfunding at Kickstarter.com

Crowdfunding will be the only chance to make the production of PhotonGrill come true and we are hoping to excite BBQ enthusiasts worldwide to contribute a small amount and in return, receive an exclusive reward. Until October 29th 2015 everyone can support the project on Kickstarter.com and be among the first to receive a PhotonGrill in time for the 2016 BBQ season. Once we reach our goal, every supporter will also receive a special start-up discount.

Clemens Lehner says "This will be the first real market test for the product, in whose development we have put all our energy and passion into in recent years." The campaign has a set number of days to raise 115,000 USD, or the project receives nothing. If the allotted budget is not raised within the time frame, all pledges are cancelled and the project will not be funded. "We are tremendously excited that the initial launch was received positively by our supporters and we have raise 30,000USD to date! While it is exciting to see that the sum of small contributions have the power to make this exciting product come true, we need to turn up the heat and encourage further support in order to reach our final goal!

To donate please visit: http://www.photongrill.com/kickstarter/