Last updated: January 27, 2016
Pete Schwartz is an Associate Professor in the Physics Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California, USA. His involvement with solar cooking began in 2007, with particular interest in Scheffler Reflectors and other polar tracking heliostats. His hope is to empower people everywhere to build their own high performance solar concentrators.
He has helped organize a program at the university with the goal to build a simpler Scheffler system by laying up fiberglass parabolic reflector shells. Their tracking system employs tensioned strings that run vertically and horizontally accross the sun-gathering side. Additional study has been given to adding thermal storage to the system.
His research group has recently published in an online library a design for a polar tracking concentrator: Redirecting Sunlight with Polar Tracking in Developing Countries and Elsewhere.
Recent news and developments
- September 2014: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, USA, Solar Cooker Research
Audio and video
- September 2015:
- August 2015:
- July 2014:
- August 2012: Pete Schwartz discusses fixed reflectors in his paper, Concentrating sunlight with an immobile primary mirror and immobile receiver: Ray-tracing results
- Redirecting Sunlight with Polar Tracking in Developing Countries and Elsewhere
- 2-square-meter Aluminum Scheffler Reflector
- Construction and Improvement of a Scheffler Reflector and Thermal Storage Device, 2010
Tel: +1 805-756-1220