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  • Alakananda Deonath

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The Idea

The Idea

 

Australia is blessed with clear blue skies
and bright sunny days. Australians are aware of this and they pride themselves by
harnessing sun energy. This is visible clearly as we see more and more rooftops
adorned with solar PVs. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg told ABC Q&A that
Australia has more household solar panels per head of population than anywhere
in the world.. Statistics shows that 10% of Canberra households are taking
benefits of solar energy such as lower electricity bills and reducing carbon
footprint. While there are efforts to use solar power to generate electricity, use
of solar energy in cooking is not common in Australia.


This is where Solargy chips in. Our
innovative appliance will use solar energy to cook food and in the most
efficient way. We use technology to get the most out of the sun and make the
appliance useful under various situations.

 

The Market

 

1. Ordinary Household

Australian families want to contribute to
lowering of carbon footprint of the planet and save on energy costs. This is
evident from the fact that more than 1 in 7 Australian household had installed
solar PV. Solar PV is very popular with retirees and with mortgage-belt
consumers (Source: ABC news). Solar PVs are still expensive to install. Many households
are constrained because of less useable rooftop space. Further, many
Australians are unable to avail the solar PV technology as they are either
renting or living in apartments.  In NSW
alone, 2.6 million people are renting or living in apartments.

 

By cooking food in our solar cooker they
can directly see the benefits that they are not having to use electricity or
gas. Our cooking appliance will be affordable to a low-income
family/individual. Non-permanent house or apartment dwellers can also utilize
their limited sunny space.  The only
space required is a spot where the small appliance can be placed under direct
sunlight. No installation and maintenance is required. The appliance also
provides a built-in health benefit as all nutrients and natural flavours are
retained in the closed containers.

 

2. Day-trippers

The only way to have hot food is by cooking
on public barbeques or their own stoves or by buying food. Some locations such
as beaches may not have the facilities. A lot of time which could be used for
recreational activities is wasted in cooking.

 

Our easy-to-carry appliance can heat your
pre-cooked food or cook fresh food while you enjoy your day. All it needs is
sun.

 

3. Campers

Campers too have issues similar to
day-trippers. In addition, there could be fire bans while they are camping. Or
they may be in a remote location where fuels and food are not easily available.


 

Our environment-friendly appliance comes
handy in such a situation. It not only uses renewable energy, there are no fire
hazards because of use of the appliance.

 

4. People living in remote places

Fuel is expensive and not easily available
in locations far from towns.

 

Day to day cooking at such places becomes
much cost-effective when they start using solar energy for most of their
cooking needs.

  

 

The competition

Solar cookers of various sizes are
available mostly from overseas producers not available in Australian outlets.
These imported appliances are mainly of three types – solar ovens, panel
cookers and parabolic solar cookers. Each of these suffer from some drawbacks
in terms of cooking ability and portability. Solargy appliances – designed in
Australia – will be easy to use and efficient because of innovative application
of technology, scientific principles and materials.

 

Other cooking methods such as gas and
electric ovens are also competitors. However solar cooking offers huge benefits
over other methods as described in the Market section.

  

The vision

Australia is blessed in two ways – the Sun
generously bestows its energy onto this land and the people of this country are
switched on to the cause of protecting environment. We at Solargy would like to
enable Australians make a bigger impact by embracing solar cooking.

 

In solar PV technology, the solar energy is
converted to electric energy which is then converted to heat energy. By
reducing the intermediary step and directly using the Sun for its heat energy,
we are increasing the efficiency. We will integrate the operation of the
appliance with modern technology to make it even more user friendly.

 

Our vision is to make a difference to the
people living in the remote areas of Australia or people who are struggling to
arrange fuel to cook their food.

 

Mentor pitch

·
At Solargy, our
vision is to enable people contribute towards a sustainable future by using
solar energy. We use electricity or gas to cook our everyday food. Will it not
be nice to have food cooked  in an
environment friendly way and that too at no cost? Australia is sun baked
country. On average, we have more than 250 sunny days a year. Solar cookers are
not readily available in Australian outlets. The appliances available from
overseas are not efficient and easy to use.

·   


We are
proposing an appliance based on our prototype that will use solar energy to
cook everyday food. This low maintenance appliance is compact, easy to carry,
easy to set up and more importantly there is no running cost.

·


We will be leading the way in Australia’s solar cooking industry
which is still in its infancy. Supporters of this venture will be part of a
groundbreaking industry. We would like to make this unique product available to
all Australians. After successful launch in Australia, we would like to take
this product to overseas markets.

·


At Solargy, we have
very strong science background coupled with innovative mind and risk taking
attitude. We love thinking outside the square and we are passionate in
renewable energy and cooking. We are working on the provisional application for
patent. In Australia, our startup company produced the first Hindi film made in
Australia. We have experience of business set up and its financial and legal aspects.

·


We are looking for an
enthusiastic mentor who is interested in technology projects and who has
industry contacts. We need help in finding reliable and reputable suppliers. We
are looking for a mentor who can guide and help us take this product to
Australia and overseas market. Would you like to be our mentor?

The Market

1. Ordinary Household

Australian families want to contribute to lowering of carbon footprint of the planet and save on energy costs. This is evident from the fact that more than 1 in 7 Australian household had installed solar PV. Solar PV is very popular with retirees and with mortgage-belt consumers (Source: ABC news). Solar PVs are still expensive to install. Many households are constrained because of less useable rooftop space. Further, many Australians are unable to avail the solar PV technology as they are either renting or living in apartments. In NSW alone, 2.6 million people are renting or living in apartments. 

Wouldn’t it be nice if the majority can cook food using heat from the Sun? Our cooking appliance will be affordable to a low-income family/individual. Non-permanent house or apartment dwellers can also utilize their limited sunny space.  The only space required is a spot where the small appliance can be placed under direct sunlight. No installation and maintenance is required. The appliance also provides a built-in health benefit as all nutrients and natural flavours are retained in the closed containers.

 

2. Day-trippers

The only way to have hot food is by cooking on public barbeques or their own stoves or by buying food. Some locations such as beaches may not have the facilities. A lot of time which could be used for recreational activities is wasted in cooking. 

Our easy-to-carry appliance can heat your pre-cooked food or cook fresh food while you enjoy your day. All it needs is sun.

 

3. Campers

Campers too have issues similar to day-trippers. In addition, there could be fire bans while they are camping. Or they may be in a remote location where fuels and food are not easily available.

Our environment-friendly appliance comes handy in such a situation. It not only uses renewable energy, there are no fire hazards because of use of the appliance.

 

4. People living in remote places

Fuel is expensive and not easily available in locations far from towns.

Day to day cooking at such places becomes much cost-effective when they start using solar energy for most of their cooking needs.

The Competition

Solar cookers of various sizes areavailable mostly from overseas producers not available in Australian outlets. These imported appliances are mainly of three types – solar ovens, panel cookers and parabolic solar cookers. Each of these suffer from some drawbacks in terms of cooking ability and portability. Solargy appliances – designed in Australia – will be easy to use and efficient because of innovative application of technology, scientific principles and materials.

Other cooking methods such as gas and electric ovens are also competitors. However solar cooking offers huge benefits over other methods as described in the Market section.