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What is Solar Fire

I would like to use this space to recognize the amazing contributions of thousands of people who are out in the world promoting solar cooking. Solar cooking to most people means variations on Hotpots and SunOvens (there are hundreds of designs). For hundreds of millions of people, these solar cookers are the best option, but the path to sustainable development is long. Such solar cookers are a step in the right direction, but a higher level of power and control is needed to sustain a developing economy.

Solar Fire’ is a family of open-source (freely shared) solar concentrating technologies that use globally available off-the-shelf materials arranged in relatively simple ways to harness large amounts of solar thermal energy at low cost. In many high energy-cost environments, Solar Fire techs can pay for themselves in as little as 3 months of operation.

The potential for explosive growth is very real and is one of the most exciting and promising solutions to energy poverty.

My grandfather Fraser Symington developed the Symington Solar Array seen here..

Inventor Fraser Symington with his Helios concentrator and attached bread oven

The core of his design philosophy concerning solar thermal technology remains largely unchanged, but since activity passed beyond a family affair, the technology came to have the name Solar Fire. A variety of people and organizations around the world are developing Solar Fire. Solarfire.org | ChocoSol | Tinytech | ASTRA|  Open Source Ecology  Lorin Symington is VP at ASTRA but is also an active citizen of the web, eager to talk shop with others online.

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