I recently received an email from Marco Zagaria, a student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome who has a very clever idea called Egloo.
According to Marco: ‘Egloo is an excellent solution to continuous waste of electricity while heating rooms. A candle-powered heater, Egloo will take advantage of the heat retention capacity of terracotta to provide a cheaper and more ecological energy alternative. Terracotta is a non-metallic, inorganic compound with a high melting point and extraordinary chemicophysical features. Often used for heat-resistant covering, this material helps Egloo gradually distribute the stored energy by thermal radiation.’
‘The major components of Egloo are the base, the grill, and the two domes. The base is an area where the candles are positioned. Once the candles are lit, the domes are warmed up. The domes are supported by metallic grills placed on the base. To ensure optimum functioning, Egloo requires four candles with an average life of five hours. There is a thinner dome on the base that stores heat quickly and conveys the same to the external dome. Warm air stored between the covers results in heating of the room by thermal exchange with the environment. When functioning optimally, Egloo can adequately warm up a 20mq room.’
Egloo can be used simply by positioning the four candles on the base, inserting the grill, and placing the domes on the grills. It takes only five minutes for Egloo to start functioning. Some of the most important features of the product include
- Overall weight of just 1 kg.
- Each refill has a life of 5 hours with less than 10 cent.
- Requires only 5 minutes getting to the right temperature.
- Available in various versions: Natural, Colored and enameled.
Marco has launched an a Indiegogo campaign to collect the funds required for the completion of this project. You can pre-order egloos there! Personally, I think this is a great idea at many levels and wish him all the best in getting this venture off the ground.
The following excellent video illustrates how Egloo works and how it is manufactured. It also shows that Marco has a great sense of humor (at around 2:50 of the video). Marco, thanks for sending this in to us. Good luck!
Please be sure to visit Marco Zagaria’s website – egloo!
All photos courtesy of Marco Zagaria – All Rights Reserved