College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering

College - Author 2

College of Engineering

Department - Author 2

Biomedical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Biomedical Engineering

College - Author 3

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 3

Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Program

Degree - Author 3

BA in Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies

College - Author 4

College of Engineering

Department - Author 4

Mechanical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 4

BS in Mechanical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Jim Widmann, College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department


The purpose of this Final Project Report is to highlight the work completed by the interdisciplinary engineering capstone project for the Insulated Solar Electric Cooker (ISEC) at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo under the supervision of Professor Jim Widmann (Mechanical Engineering) and Dr. Peter Schwartz (Physics). Dr. Schwartz, better known as Pete, has been working on the project with a team of students for the past five years and is working to integrate the ISEC in Ghanaian communities. This project focuses on making the ISEC mass-manufacturable and making the transition from biomass cooking to solar cooking as familiar as possible. Our concept chosen is called the Sugar Oven, which has been designed to optimize and simplify usage to be an inexpensive and easy alternative to biomass cooking. The design we chose will also feature a standardized manufacturing process and reduces risk of injury. This report features the calculations for the thermal conductivity and thermal battery and addresses the possible risks of diode failure. It also will cover the best materials to build the Sugar Oven. Due to the current nature of COVID-19, the planned building, testing, and analysis could not be done. This report instead will cover how to build the sugar oven and detailed descriptions of the tests that need to be conducted. It will lastly touch base on further research and work that can be done in furthering the development of our design.