Solar Fire

A modular, high temperature, fixed focal point, Solar Concentration System designed for scalability at low-cost

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Solar Fire website is maintained by SiSustainable, a communication agency based in Finland.
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Web http://www.solarfire.org/
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Mature

About the project Edit

We would like to reinforce autonomy and democracy by offering a free access to a free and powerful energy.

Solar Fire concentrators produce thermal energy with steam (Solar Fire Vertical 32m2) or with a big solar oven (Helios horizontal concentration). There are no patents. It's a simple technology to DIY with local stuff (steel, mirrors...).

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

It's an open source energy project.
Construction guides are open source for free on the website.
There is also a program to help with size and orientation of mirrors.
3 kinds of people can use these machines :
-DIYers
-groups, farms, villages, small scale industries
-larger prod

What is the social value of this project? Edit

1.Develop applications for the energy needs of users.
2.Make solar attractive for everyone because it can be a bonus to a lot of activities (ex. In Canada, Chocosol co-op that sells a Mexican chocolat with beans roasted with an Helios by farmers who can then avoid paying for this and do it themselves).
3.Train people and then create new jobs.
4.Fight deforestation, purify huge amounts of water.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

All the Mediterranean, Africa, India, Asia, South America, Australia, Oceania, Middle East, southern US.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

There are so many! Altruism I suppose and the need to participate in ecological change with a very concrete and efficient low tech.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

For many years, there was no business model at all! Since 2007, everything has been made in open source with self-financing.

Passionate and crazy people have started to build Solar Fire concentrators in villages (Mexique, Mali, Madagascar), with unis (Cuba) or in their backyard (Canada, France, Texas...).

Between 2007 and 2010, a non-profit association existed and then we met an Indian and Gandhian entrepreneur who offered us to use one of his factories to develop steam prod.

We have now an open business model to finance the documenation, other construction, etc. Our work will remain open source and non commercial and if someone wants to make business with it, we can sell licensces. With this money, we could get paid for our work and finance other solar social projects.


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