Call it the George Foreman Grill for the solar set. Unlike most solar cookers–which tend to be some variation on a box lined with tin foil–the Solar Ibex solar cooker concept resembles a small satellite dish, offering outdoor meals that are both stylish and carbon-free.
This unique design by Nir Beit-av (which comes to us via Yanko Design) features an auto-tracking sun ray concentrator that drives the parabolic reflector towards the sun at all times, so you won’t have to worry about the “heat” getting turned off on your dinner as it cooks throughout the day. There’s an adjustable timer (presumably so you can follow solar cooking recipes, which tend to call for many hours of untended cooking time). The grill has three safety pins that adjust to the size of your pot-of-choice, and the adjustable height mechanism works to create different heating characteristics, such as a concentrated beam for boiling and a more distributed beam for baking.
The Solar Ibex is lightweight and portable, which makes it ideal for developing countries where wood is scarce and long hours are spent in the business of gathering it. But we’d like to see this design catch on in the US, too–on apartment patios and backyards, as a clean, green alternative to the old gas-fired grill. (And should your solar-cooked meal cool off prematurely, remember, you can also reheat it, carbon free.)