Like 50% of mankind we are living in a city and don't have a garden or backyard to BBQ. That's why we had the idea for PhotonGrill:
PhotonGrill is a fuel-free BBQ that comes in a lightweight backpack, enabeling you to BBQ wherever YOU like, regardless of fire bans. It doesn't need any fire as it is powered entirely by the raw power of the sun.
PhotonGrill reaches incredibly high temperatures in minutes, thanks to its revolutionary, highly precise inflatable mirror! This pioneering technology makes it extremely portable and very easy to use. Thus PhotonGrill is the perfect BBQ for both urban areas and the outdoors.
Tailgating, hiking, biking, fishing, camping, relaxing beachside or simply chillin' in the park next door have never been that delicious before!
We had three outcomes that we always wanted to achieve on our journey to create the perfect fireless portable BBQ: High power, max portability, and super ease of use!
Finally, it is so easy, it's for everyone. It is so leightweight, you can easily take it anywhere you go. And it's so powerful, you will have your meal ready much faster than on a traditional BBQ!
Taste the Sun
We like it fast and hot roasted! That's why we'd never compromise when it comes to power. With our groundbreaking technology PhotonGrill reaches 260°C / 500°F within less than 5 minutes; that's much faster than an ordinary charcoal grill.
Hello mouthwatering aroma in the air! Depending on the type of food, after only 5 to 15 minutes it is grilled to perfection. Darkened on the outside, well done or bloody on the inside, whatever you like best. Yummy!
We will deliver the PhotonGrill with a solar optimized pan with a special exterior coating for max solar absorbance (diameter of 28cm / 11inch). There is plenty of space for at least 6 big sausages or 5 burgers. And if there are even more peope to feed, the pan is immediately ready for the next load of food as long as the sun shines.
Although the PhotonGrill comes with a solar-optimized aluminium pan with non-stick coating, we've designed it to hold most of the standard pan sizes with its smart docking system. This leaves you free to explore your personal PhotonGrill BBQ style.
The pan docking system can be replaced easily by a pot holder which comes together with a very well suited pot in the DELUXE rewards.
As new technology often is not so easy for first time users, we put a tremendous effort in user-friendliness. Now it takes only a few simple steps until you are ready to BBQ, which can easily be done in three minutes. Actually it's as simple as: Setup - Inflate - Align - BBQ!
After a lots of delicious food, when you are fully satisfied and ready to go, there is no dirt to throw away, no dangerous glowing charcoals and no sticky sooty grill. Simply fold the PhotonGrill and put it in it's convenient backpack and you are ready to hit the road to your next destination.
Generally only the pan will require cleaning. If the mirror or other parts happen to get dirty, they can be easily cleaned with your everyday household cleaning products.
For our Kickstarter backers we are offering the PhotonGrill for an incredible low price. And as the PhotonGrill is so small and lightweight, shipping is extremly inexpensive! That's why we have been able to even eliminate the shipping costs for our first supporters. Subsequently, shipping rates will vary by location, but will be capped at € 20 / $ 22 per PhotonGrill. Shipping will be calculated during the backer survey in order to ensure the fairest and most up-to-date rates.
A mirror reflects the sunlight's photons into focus. A grill pan is put onto the focal point and light energy is instantly converted into heat.
However, we have completely redesigned the way reflectors are constructed. And thats how it all came to be:
We love to BBQ, but when we were forbidden from BBQing in public due to a fire ban, we had an idea: We wanted the freedom to BBQ in any place!
Thus we set out on a journey to create a fireless, fuel-less, super-portable BBQ! People said we wouldn’t make it, but after years of research and development we made THE breakthrough.
As you can see, Photongrill does not need heavy rigid big mirrors that can easily break. Why not? Because it doesn’t need to!
We expanded upon NASA experiments and combined and transformed highly robust foils throughout a special heat-tempering process, so the resulting mirror remembers the perfect reflective shape once inflated.
That’s why the mirror is highly precise while also being lightweight and foldable. This makes PhotonGrill smarter, while costing less. We could set the price higher but we want everyone to have a PhotonGrill.
It all seems so simple and every part fits to the next like it had never been any different. However, perfection has been reached throughout a long process of development. Trial and error, dissatisfaction with mediocre results and a constant endeavor for the best left nothing but pure simplicity, functionality and ease of use.
If there is one thing we love quite as much as we love to barbeque, it is technological perfection and a high-standard of manufacturing. That's why for PhotonGrill we have used only the best materials: lightweight and resilient anodized aluminium for a stable framework, durable stainless steel for persistent connecting parts, and a solar-optimized aluminium pan for the most even heat distribution and an easy-to-clean non-stick (teflon) coating on the interior.
At the heart of our technology is a lightweight inflatable mirror. It is made out of a special combination of robust flexible and sturdy polymers which have been coated with vaporized aluminium. The mirror retains its high-precision shape through a special heat-tempering process, designed for high performance throughout years.
Under normal conditions the PhotonGrill is very stable on its wide tripod. For more windy situations you can easily fix the ends of the legs to the ground with the included tent pegs, or simply weigh it down with some stones or heavy items that you have with you.
The polymer foils used are highly robust. We did a tremendeous amount of research to find the right material, including colaboration with an institute for scientific research, specialized in material science. Finally we identified the best material among countless samples of polymer foils. We conducted lots of tests to ensure it can withstand all contingencys. Not even large splashes of boiling grease will destroy the precious mirror.
Stretch Goals: With the power of more backers and the price reducing effects of upscaling production we can make each PhotonGrill even more awesome. So tell your friends and ensure that you both will receive the abolute best PhotonGrill!
Meet the Team behind PhotonGrill
At PhotonGrill we love to BBQ! And we are engineers! So we combined our passions and our skills and created the PhotonGrill!
After working at Fraunhofer Institute, Europes largest research institute for solar energy, Clemens Lehner gained invaluable experience as a product designer and received scientific awards for two radically new solar concentrator systems. One of them was the starting point of PhotonGrill. He put everything aside for making this dream come true. Along with a strong technical and scientific background, he also has a fondness for user-centered design.
As an expert in energy systems and engineering with an incredibly creative mind full of new ideas, Fabian Massiczek is responsible for most of the countless inventive steps, from the origin of the idea to the refined details realized in PhotonGrill. His passion lies deep within the imaginative yet laser focused world of 3D CAD engineering, where countless prototypes have been brought to life.
With his marketing and business skills, Michael Albrecht completes the founders team and raises it to a whole new level. His profound knowledge of supply chain management, and his priceless experiences gained from prestigeous companies and other startup companies helped to overcome many obstacles in a very short time. His strategic and focused way of thinking is inspiring and motivating for the whole team.
From the origin of the idea to todays fully functional, ready for production PhotonGrill it took us several years, thousands of concentrated working hours, many bright moments and much more trying hours, to bring this completely new technology of the inflatable mirror to life and transforming it into a alluring consumer product.
Once the final form of PhotonGrill was refined, it didn't turn out to be too hard to find qualified manufacturers for the more conventional components of the grill. Only a few state-of-the-art production molds and assembly devices need to be built by our manufacturing partners before production of the whole framework can start. The inflatable mirror itself, due to its pioneering novelty, will be produced at our own production site. Therefore we need to build an efficient production machine, relying upon our extensive expertise which we acquired through the development process and many machines built for prototype production.
All molds and machines necessary for production will be finished and tested in January 2016, which will allow us to launch production in February and start shipping in early April, ensuring you will receive your PhotonGrill in a timely manner by May 2016.
With PhotonGrill we have created one of the most innovative and future-oriented BBQ and cooking devices available today.
However, from the early stages of this idea we have seen much more in it, and we are going to reveal its incredible versatile potential within future add-on products: The massive amount of concentrated sun-power in PhotonGrills focus could be utilized to power an adsorption cooling process for fresh food and drinks in the outdoors. And it could feed a small yet very powerfull concentrator photovoltaic cell for a mighty source of grid-independent electricity. Also, its parabolic shape predestines the inflatable mirror for being used as an uplink to modern communication satelites, when the cellular network is out of range.
And even much more to come...
But first things first:
Right now we need you to make this happen so that we are able to start production of the PhotonGrill! Back this Project, get a PhotonGrill and share it with your friends!
Let's kickstart PhotonGrill together!
Risks and challenges
If PhotonGrill is successfully funded, we will do our best to make sure everything goes according to plan to meet the promised deadlines. We have the plans for manufacturing, assembling, operations, and logistics set up and ready to go. With the funding raised on Kickstarter we can build the tools and molds needed for production and are able to bring the very first production series out to you.
Our biggest challenge lies within the creation of an efficient production machine for the high-precision inflatable mirror. We have detailed plans based on extensive knowledge which we acquired through the development process and many machines built for prototype production. However, as perfecting mass production machines for groundbreaking technologies isn't a quick or easy process, there is always a small chance of unforeseen obstacles occurring. This might cause some delays in delivery, as we will not release a PhotonGrill that doesn't meet our high standards. If needed, we can always rely on our strong network of experts who have built dozens of production machines with resembling demands, to research institutes and universities, and of course our skilled manufacturing partners.
We feel confident about our timeline as we have included enough time for testing the production machines and for refining the process. We also calculated the time for production itself generously. All our production partners are located in central Europe and they see it as self-evident to deliver high quality within the scheduled delivery dates. Our manufacturing partners have a short distance to our company site based in Vienna, Austria, at the heart of Europe. This results in very close relationships and transportation routes, fast problem fixing and a straight personal quality control.
We promise we are doing everything in our power to bring you the PhotonGrill as quickly as possible. And we know the importance of being extremely accurate and completely transparent with our backers regarding the latest developments.
If necessary, we are always capable of putting in an extra amount of effort in order to achieve preset goals.
Other than that, you can sit back and relax—with PhotonGrill, you’re going to get everything you hoped for and then some!
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Excellent Question! Usually, the pan reaches 260°C/500°F. Depending on weather conditions and the region you are going to use the PhotonGrill, you can even exceed those values. By now, our temperature record is 363°C/685°F.
Excellent Question! The mirror is the surface that reflects the sunlight. It only gets hot where the sunlight is focused and absorbed, that means the only thing getting hot is the pan. In fact, due to its reflective surface, it even feels slightly cooler than ambient temperature.
Excellent Question! The only way to get one is through our Kickstarter page here! People who back the project on Kickstarter will receive the very first PhotonGrill and save a bunch of money on the future retail price of €349. Just click on the ‘Back This Project’ button on the right hand side of the campaign page.
Excellent Question! Yes, www.photongrill.com will carry the full line of options and accessories related to the PhotonGrill. However, we encourage customers to purchase through Kickstarter since these are our best prices.
Excellent Question! We designed the PhotonGrill in such a way that it fits multiple pans so you can use your own as well. The PhotonGrill Deluxe package also includes a cooking pot as well as a universal pot holder.