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These 16-square-meter reflectors help to harness the sun’s energy and direct it into Gregor Schappers’s home in El Sauz, Mexico. Schnappers runs Trynysol, a company whose claim to fame is producing the world’s first industrial-size solar kitchen. The residential setup at his home includes a bread oven that takes advantage of a series of mirrors that bounce the sun’s rays indoors.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.