Powering Life With Fuel-Free Technology
GoSun is a young company comprised of designers, engineers, and change-makers, intent on serving the world with unparalleled green cooking solutions. We are passionate about our products and how they power our customers’ lives. Founded in a small suburban garage, we grew quickly thanks to our community of committed customers, who not only believe in our products, but also use them to bring people together.
At GoSun, we are big believers in nourishing the good things in life and helping others do the same.
After a long morning disassembling a solar water heating device, GoSun founder and solar energy expert, Patrick Sherwin, realized that the vacuum tubes sitting next to him might be able to reheat his lunch. When the food came out hot and roasted, it was an epiphany. Having lived extensively off the grid and working on solar energy projects around the world, he knew that he was on to something.
While volunteering with non-profits in Haiti and Latin America, Patrick experienced first-hand the vulnerability of energy poverty. Touched by the resilience and happiness of those living on just $2.00/day, he spent years facilitating technology, energy and social innovations in the developing world. These efforts, including many failures to introduce typical solar ovens, led to the realization that his solar hot dog cooker invention could be something more, serving a great need in emerging markets.
For the full story, listen to this interview with Patrick on the Inside the Adventure podcast. To see his latest adventure living off only solar cooked food for 40 days take a look at the 40 Days Of Sunshine Blog.
Many organizations are striving to create fewer emissions or less pollution in their products. Many are striving to do better. GoSun believes that there are way too many things in the world these days that really don’t contribute to society or help alleviate the major environmental problems that are threatening the world that we all live in.
So why a solar cooker?
1) It can help people cook without any fossil fuels, charcoal, or wood.
According to the United Nations, one of the largest problems facing the world today is clean cooking. Every day 3 Billion people (40% of the Earth’s population) are still cooking on open fires that consume forests and waste money.
2) Solar cooking produces NO harmful smoke or emissions.
The World Health Organization estimates that 4 million people die prematurely as a result of illness attributable to household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels.
3) GoSun helps prevent CO2 and global warming.
In Paul Hawken’s latest book “Drawdown”, he outlines how getting people off of open cookstoves in developing countries is one of the best things we can do to help slow down global warming. Indeed, solar cookers if used daily can save two metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year per household!
4) Designed to Work.
Using the best solar cooking design amplifies all the above benefits, which is why the GoSun line of products incorporates clever design to provide the most versatile and useful solar ovens.
PLANT MORE TREES
Data also shows that one of the best things we can to help the planet and to help combat climate change is to plant more trees. Why? According to CarbonFootprint.com, a tree can offset 48 pounds of CO2 per year, or 2,000 pounds (one ton) of CO2 during a tree’s life. To these efforts with our partnership with Trees For the Future, GoSun has helped plant over 20,000 trees to date.
Good Global Citizen.
Although GoSun is still a small entrepreneurial business, we believe we should all do what we can, when we can. Since our inception, we have worked with dozens of nonprofit organizations to provide discounted solar cookers to those that need them most. In 2017, GoSun has provided funding to support the efforts of The Houston Food Bank, Global Giving, and Operation BBQ Relief, in 2018 we made donations to The American Red Cross and World Central Kitchen to assist in Hurricane Florence relief efforts. And we made a donation to the California Community Wildfire Relief Fund to aid in the the camp fire relief efforts. We are committed to doing more and welcome your input about how we can accomplish this. Please get in touch with us and let us know your ideas and projects.
GoSun - Use More Sun!
In 2014, we received a grant from the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves for our pilot program in Guatemala. Although we have now shipped our products to over 60 countries, we are seeking partners throughout the world to locally assemble and distribute our breakthrough solar technologies all over the world.
GoSun's patented technology allows anyone to bake or cook anything, using just the sun even in the clouds and freezing cold. GoSun is driven to provide more consumer friendly solar solutions to the people who need them most.
MEET THE TEAM
FOUNDER AND CEO
Driven by passion and purpose, Patrick brings to the table decades of experience in solar energy, electric vehicles and youth wilderness education. His favorite GoSun recipe is a medley of seasonal root veggies with a light seasoning.
SOCIAL IMPACT DESIGNER
An industrial designer by training, Matt manages GoSun’s media presence as well as developing business opportunities in emerging markets. Matt’s favorite recipe is simple Asparagus fried on the GoSun Sport with salt, olive oil and a sprinkle of el ras hanout.
Proclaimed by the team as the company “mid-fielder” Peter holds our operations together with an impeccable attention to detail. His favorite GoSun recipe is hearty chicken parmesan on the GoSun Grill.
GoSun’s silent MVP, Thomas manages product fulfillment, shipping and more, cycling to and from work every day. His favorite recipe is curried sweet potatoes fries with a simple aioli prepared in the GoSun Sport.
A master of the office, Nikki brings more than a decade of customer service and office experience to the GoSun team, as well as a creative hand in the kitchen pushing our recipes to the next level.
OUTSIDE SALES EXECTUIVE
Perhaps GoSun's most animated character, Davey is not only a skilled salesman but a force of nature in the kitchen. His favorite GoSun dish is lamb meatballs with freshly ground spices baked in the Sport with a mint-cilantro cream sauce. His curried Welsh pasties are a close second.
A master designer, Nate can singlehandedly take most any design from concept and ideation to manufacturing reality. With multiple award winning designs under his belt, Nate is a professional explorer of what’s possible. His favorite recipe is most anything that’s fresh in the garden with salt and oil.
A student from Loughborough University, one of the UK’s top ranked industrial design programs, Edison has been exploring the cutting edge of fuel-free cooking throughout his year long internship. His favorite GoSun dish is farmer’s market sausage and local eggs with hot sauce in the GoSun Sport.
ACCOUNTING AND FINANCES
With more nearly 20 years of professional accounting experience, Nick keeps the GoSun ship pointed straight and the tax man happy. Nick’s favorite recipe is vegetable korma in the GoSun Grill with a healthy serving of coffee on the side.