1. It measures the temperature of the cooking element.
2. It provides user feedback in the form of LEDs letting you know what temperature ranges you are in.
3. it measures voltage output by the solar panel. (This helps for testing purposes).
4. It shuts off the burner circuit when it reaches an unsafe temperature (still needs final implementation).
The image above shows an image of the current physical system. An Arduino Uno was used as the micro-controller; it is essentially the brains of the system. This is meant to merely serve as a functional prototype; in the future, a proper printed circuit-board and housing should be used for this application. (A completed prototype with more substantial detail and documentation will be provided before April 1st).