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A traditional solar stick burning in Puerto Peñasco!

December 2, 2010

The long and short (how does that expression make any sense?) of it is that my grandfather and I are in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, building solar arrays with the intention of starting a business around them. The most likely business model is that of drying fruits and vegetables and selling them to wholesalers/bulk food stores/health food stores in the US and Canada.

To that end, we’re building a series of Vesta’s and applications for them (drying kiln, oven, nut roaster, boiler) with which we will then proceed to experiment with a variety of produce in the hopes that we will develop a salable product.

We’ve just finished the first Vesta, and I thought I’d share those pics with you…

The flash point of wood is ~300C and we’ve got heat to spare!

More on this project soon… if you want to find instructions on how to make your own high powered solar concentrator, visit

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