The University of St. Thomas

School of Engineering

A Solar Roaster for Peanuts

Tom McCulloch ('10) has built a solar parabolic trough for the roasting of peanuts, a major source of protein in Haiti and many African nations. The first prototype roaster was successful in roasting peanuts using renewable solar energy in less than 30 minutes. The research will continue emphasizing less expensive materials and a more portable and lightweight design.

Advisors are Dr. Camille George and John Angeli. In partnership with Compatible Technologies International.