We are maximizing impact of solar thermal technology
by breaking solar thermal’s cost and complexity barriers

To do this, we have built an ecosystem of own brands and partners.

As an Impact Engineering firm we are dedicated to develop whatever is necessary to have a significant impact on climate change and poverty, globally. To this end we have developed our Lytefire solar oven, roasters and Saunas, our GoSol education program to create entrepreneurs and strong partnerships to scale.

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Latest Press

Paris Normandie

Tuesday 22 September 2020

"Un four à pain solaire de 11 m² construit dans la région du Havre, et c’est une première !"

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Prättigau

Thursday 17 September 2020

"Solar Sauna - Lytefire Sauna; A sustainable, powerful and silent wellness experience at 2000 meters above sea level: The Lytefire Sauna heats up (...)

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jump-tv

Friday 4 September 2020

"so-talk Urs Riggenbach, Lytefire und GoSol.Solar"

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First Class

Tuesday 1 September 2020

"Saunaing with the sun"

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Basler Zeitung

Saturday 8 August 2020

"New development of the Solar Sauna, based on a technology that also helps with sustainability in the developing (...)

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Solothurner Zeitung

Saturday 8 August 2020

"New development of the Solar Sauna, based on a technology that also helps with sustainability in the developing (...)

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Swiss National Television RTR

Friday 31 July 2020

Swiss National Television (German subtitles): https://www.rtr.ch/play/tv/sil-punct/video/sauna-solara-sin-la-muntogna-da-fideris

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HotellerieSuisse

Wednesday 29 July 2020

"Im Bergresort Heuberge steht die erste Solarsauna der Welt"

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Hotelier.de

Wednesday 29 July 2020

"World’s first solar sauna in the Swiss Alps"

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Company News

Followup visit in the Philippines: 8 months later

Monday 27 April 2020, by Eva Wissenz

We recently revisited our partners USTP (The University of Science and Technology of the Southern Philippines) and CarbonCycle in Cagayan de Oro, (...)

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Crowdfunding for a Solar Bakery in Burkina Faso

Wednesday 1 April 2020, by Lorin Symington

We are very happy to have launched a small crowdfunding campaign to support two dynamic guys in Burkina Faso to create a solar bakery and (...)

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Powerful talk: it’s all connected.

Tuesday 31 March 2020, by Eva Wissenz

You need to take 7 minutes and watch this, it’s definitely worth! Here’s our Chief Operating Officer Urs Riggenbach talking about solar, climate (...)

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We’re coming to your doorstep !

lundi 30 mars 2020, by Eva Wissenz

Last Christmas, as an act of faith in people’s empowerment and in our solution to play a significant role in climate change crisis resolution, we (...)

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Building in Burkina Faso with Remar

Thursday 27 February 2020, by Lorin Symington

We launched a new project with Remar International in Burkina Faso to empower women entrepreneurs. As always we fabricated the solar units (...)

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Lake still not frozen in Finland!

Monday 10 February 2020, by Eva Wissenz

Video Message from Eva, chairperson of GoSol / Solar Fire: My hope is not an illusion, it’s real and strong but today I’m sad, and angry. Everybody (...)

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Happy New Year 2020 !

vendredi 17 janvier 2020, by Eva Wissenz

Dear Friends, Clients, Partners, Followers and Supporters, We wish to see more peace and more justice everywhere. We wish that change makers do (...)

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Our Gift to the World:
The Lytefire Construction Guide Available Now!

Tuesday 24 December 2019, by Urs Riggenbach

Today we release the Lytefire 4 Construction Guide to help solve the climate change crisis. It is immediately available for free on the (...)

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Best Validation Ever in Kenya

Tuesday 12 November 2019, by Eva Wissenz, Jared Omondi

For a company, especially an impact company like ours, the best validation comes from the field. Last week, our representative in Kenya, Mr Jared (...)

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GoSol showing off in Switzerland

mardi 5 novembre 2019, by Eva Wissenz, Judith Bernet

This autumn is so exciting that we didn’t get any chance to blog and share a bit more with you guys !! Some of our GoSol-team came together in (...)

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GoSol Event on 14th of November at ResponsAbility, Zurich

Sunday 3 November 2019, by Urs Riggenbach

Swiss Impact Investing Network (SIIN) and GoSol are welcoming you to join us for an impact talk on the topic of How to Build a Business Model for (...)

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GoSol on display in Switzerland!

Sunday 22 September 2019, by Judith Bernet

GoSol on display in Switzerland! Solothurn is not known for being the most sunny place in Switzerland – but yesterday it could not have been (...)

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Strike if you wish but more than this: take action.

Friday 20 September 2019, by Eva Wissenz

It is now 7 years since we created Solar Fire and GoSol. As friends, we are more than happy. Our team is still united no matter what. We (...)

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Several GoSol Events are happening in Switzerland this September

Wednesday 4 September 2019, by Urs Riggenbach

Read in German We are excited to extend our invites for two events that will happen in Switzerland this September. Since a few days (...)

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Solar Entrepreneurship: GoSol’s SOL5s maximise profits
for cashew nuts producers

Tuesday 20 August 2019, by Lorin Symington

The Best Agri Products Processing Cooperative (Bappco) is a busy hive of activity. Six days a week the men and (mostly) women of Bappco are hard (...)

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This was TBLI Conference Zurich 2019

Saturday 20 July 2019, by Urs Riggenbach

Last month I attended the TBLI Conference in Zurich. The conference brought together impact investors and companies with a commitment for real (...)

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Forest Trends about GoSol in the Amazon

mercredi 26 juin 2019, by Urs Riggenbach

We started our cooperation with Forest Trends last year in the Amazon with the Surui. Today, the US based NGO reported that "The pilot (...)

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Solar charcoal, cashew nuts process and new evolutions

Monday 20 May 2019, by Lorin Symington

Prototyping: beautiful (sometimes frustrating) and creative (sometimes repetitive trial and error iteration) prototyping! Building innovative new (...)

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Partner spotlight: CarbonCycle Processing Inc.

Wednesday 8 May 2019, by Lorin Symington

Writing to you from the Philippines, we’re entering the most exciting phase of this collaboration. The construction of 4 Sol5 units is complete, (...)

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Impact Finland next week

mardi 30 avril 2019, by Eva Wissenz

I’m very excited and happy to represent my team at the InnoFrugal 2019 pitching contest on May 7th and to be invited as a speaker at Waves (...)

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Sometimes it only takes a poem, a garden and a few heroes.
A note from Oxford, Skoll World Forum.

Monday 29 April 2019, by Eva Wissenz

I’m here, in the garden of Rhodes House, in Oxford. After three days only, I’m already adapted to this old town where so many amazing people have (...)

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Announcing GoSol - USTP University Collaboration

samedi 27 avril 2019, by Eva Wissenz

We are happy to announce the start of a collaboration with the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines. Carbon Cycle ltd is (...)

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GoSol’s Guest Lecture at University of California, Berkeley

Saturday 27 April 2019, by Urs Riggenbach

UC Berkeley campus, California. © Wikimedia In February 2019 we kicked-off a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s MDP department, focused on (...)

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Grand Challenges of Sustainability

Thursday 18 April 2019, by Eva Wissenz

I’m honoured and happy to be invited by the Lappeenranta University of Technology to be part of the panel discussion on Grand Challenges of (...)

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Why GoSol

Friday 12 April 2019, by Eerik Wissenz

This is a key reading to understand our work and our vision. This text is a short version of a much longer text that unpacks all the arguments (...)

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"You have the energy right over your head, so you have to utilize it"

Friday 5 April 2019, by Lorin Symington

This is an interview with Derrick, one of the youth mentors at the Gulu SmartUp Factory, Uganda. In the video, he discusses why entrepreneurs (...)

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USTP’s Innovation Summit 2019 in the Philippines

Tuesday 2 April 2019, by Lorin Symington

Last week I was honoured to be invited as a speaker to the 2nd Innovation Summit 2019 hosted by The University of Science and Technology of the (...)

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"I want to be one of the youths who are job creators"

Thursday 21 March 2019, by Lorin Symington

Meet Angella, one of the young women at SmartUp Factory Tororo who participated in our solar entrepreneurship education training. Angella was one (...)

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GoSol.solar starting in the Philippines

Tuesday 19 March 2019, by Lorin Symington

I’m extremely excited to be travelling to the Philippines to work with our new client and partner, CarbonCycle. I’ve never been anywhere in Asia (...)

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CEO impact events : SDG’s workshop in Helsinki and Skoll forum

vendredi 15 mars 2019, by Eva Wissenz

Yesterday I have attended a nice workshop about SDG’s organised by Finnpartnership and Beam. It’s really great that impact is spreading in Finland (...)

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"I’m enjoying being in business and I believe I’ll prosper"

Monday 4 March 2019, by Lorin Symington

Meet Janet from SmartUp Factory Gulu Hub in Uganda. Janet was one of the most energetic participants of our solar entrepreneurship education (...)

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Our Experience with +Impact by Danske Bank

Monday 18 February 2019, by Eva Wissenz

Since a few months we are part of the +impact platform created by Danske Bank and we wanted to share our experience with that. Many tools and (...)

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Announcing GoSol - UC Berkeley MDP Collaboration

Friday 15 February 2019, by Urs Riggenbach

We are happy to announce the start of a collaboration with the MDP program at UC Berkeley, California. UC Berkeley’s Master of Development (...)

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GoSol Solar Training Highlights

Tuesday 12 February 2019, by Lorin Symington

We’re happy to share with you this video which shows some great moments from the Solar Entrepreneurship Training we conducted in Uganda with Plan (...)

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GoSol Evening Reception at Autodesk Gallery
San Francisco, February 25th 2019

Wednesday 6 February 2019, by Urs Riggenbach

GoSol & Autodesk Foundation invite you to join us for refreshments and learn about GoSol’s solar concentrators developed to empower millions (...)

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Starting in the Philippines with Carbon Cycle

mercredi 6 février 2019, by Eva Wissenz

All the team is very happy to announce our new project in the Philippines with CarbonCycle, a recycling company and a renewable energy startup (...)

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The Inspiring Image of the Day !

samedi 26 janvier 2019, by Eva Wissenz

We are happy to share this image sent by World Vision Kenya. These are solar baked buns produced and sold by our friends at Yier Ngima in Siaya, (...)

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Indigenous Suruí using the SOL5 & Dehydrator in the Amazon

Saturday 19 January 2019, by Will Cleaver

The first phase of our project in Brazil with Forest Trends to empower indigenous Suruí peoples with solar thermal energy shows a great success. (...)

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7 Sustainable Development Goals made real for Eva Nangira, a young solar entrepreneur in Uganda

Thursday 20 December 2018, by Lorin Symington

We’d like to introduce you to Eva Nangira, one of the youth mentors at the SmartUp Factory Tororo Hub. Eva is a very attentive student and really (...)

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SOL5 in the Amazon: solar drying nuts for Suruí Indigenous People

Wednesday 19 December 2018, by Will Cleaver

After building the SOL5 solar concentrator and dehydrator in Cacoal, I was ready to take and install them for the Suruí people that live 3 hours (...)

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Invitation to Guest Lecture at TAMK:
Direct Solar Energy - Theory and Practice

Saturday 24 November 2018, by Urs Riggenbach

This Friday November 30th, Eerik Wissenz, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of our project has been invited to give a lecture at Tampere (...)

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Solar Forest - Evening Reception
November 27th, San Francisco

Tuesday 20 November 2018, by Urs Riggenbach

GoSol.solar and Forest Trends are hosting an evening reception to celebrate our partnership to reduce deforestation and empower local communities (...)

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The Inspiring Image of the Day!

Monday 19 November 2018, by Eva Wissenz

This is from Uganda, were Lorin has now completed the trainings of Smart Up Factory groups of young students entrepreneurs managed by Plan (...)

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Starting in Brazil

Saturday 17 November 2018, by Will Cleaver

In the background of the above photo you can see Cacoal city. I’m in Cacoal building a solar concentrator and food dehydrator for the Surui people (...)

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Meeting UN Agencies in Copenhagen

Tuesday 13 November 2018, by Eva Wissenz

I’m in Copenhagen at the UN procurement seminar, surrounded by people who deeply want this world to be a better place, meeting different agencies (...)

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GoSol.solar Showcase at SOCAP’18 San Francisco

Thursday 1 November 2018, by Urs Riggenbach

Last week we got to showcase GoSol at the SOCAP conference in San Francisco, October 23rd to 27th, 2018. Autodesk Foundation hosted an evening (...)

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Uganda: Follow-Up and Follow-Through

Friday 26 October 2018, by Lorin Symington

I’m following up & following through with our young solar powered entrepreneurs at the SmartUp Factory Tororo Hub. I’ve been receiving small (...)

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Announcing Partnership with Forest Trends

Saturday 20 October 2018, by Eva Wissenz

GoSol is landing in South America! We are very happy about our latest partnership with the organization Forest Trends and excited to start in (...)

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Transition Time for GoSol: New Video,
Scaling the Direct Solar Economy

Friday 19 October 2018, by Eva Wissenz

Dear Friends, Partners, Customers and Followers, It’s an important moment for us: GoSol has achieved the Direct Solar Economy vision! By (...)

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Second Training in Uganda Completed!

Wednesday 10 October 2018, by Lorin Symington

I’m happy to report that there is a new solar powered bakery business operating in Gulu, Uganda! Our two-week training course in cooperation with (...)

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Let there be Solar Fire!

Tuesday 25 September 2018, by Lorin Symington

I’m now well into the training here in Gulu, Uganda, training entrepreneur students from the Smart Up program set by Plan International. The (...)

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Solar training in Uganda: Happy Future Entrepreneurs!

Tuesday 18 September 2018, by Lorin Symington

Two weeks ago I arrived to Tororo, Uganda, to a warm welcome from the Plan International and SmartUp Factory teams. My mission was to train (...)

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Plan International’s Clip after a day of Educational Training

Wednesday 5 September 2018, by Urs Riggenbach

Watch this very first video of entrepreneurs getting trained at Smartup Factory in Uganda to run solar bakeries with our SOL5! It’s great to see (...)

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GoSol’s full vision starting in Uganda
with Plan International

Tuesday 4 September 2018, by Eva Wissenz, Lorin Symington

Since the very beginning, the way we see it at GoSol is that we must deliver an efficient and powerful solar concentrator, and a training to (...)

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Longan, a Vietnamese fruit that could go solar

Saturday 1 September 2018, by Trân Ngô

In her previous post, Tran Ngo, our Junior Project Manager, shared about Vietnamese SME’s that could greatly benefit from GoSol solar (...)

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Can GoSol be useful in South East Asia?

Thursday 30 August 2018, by Trân Ngô

Sponsored by our partner Autodesk Foundation, our Junior Project Manager is just back from her field trip to Vietnam for the second phase of the (...)

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Video: A Solar Bakery Run by Women in Tanzania

Monday 23 July 2018, by Eva Wissenz

We are thrilled to share this film showing how these Tanzanian Entrepreneur Women are using our SOL5 technology to run their bakery. Listen to (...)

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Announcing Partnership with Plan International Finland and SmartUp Factory programme in Uganda

Friday 13 July 2018, by Urs Riggenbach

In partnership with Plan International Finland and Plan International Uganda, we are starting a new cooperation in Uganda providing our SOL5 (...)

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Farmers Days in Kenya

Monday 25 June 2018, by Eva Wissenz

On June 19th, World Vision Kenya presented the SOL5 oven at Misire Afmaga group in presence of 350 people, including many students. This event (...)

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This was AU London 2018

Friday 22 June 2018, by Urs Riggenbach

This week Eerik and I got to attend the Autodesk University conference and Impact Summit in London. Autodesk University brings together industry (...)

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Greening the Blue in Kenya

Friday 8 June 2018, by Eva Wissenz

World Environment Day was celebrated on June 5th in Kisumu thanks to our cooperation with World Vision. About 500 persons attended the event. (...)

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In Kenya, rural solar entrepreneurs share on SOL5

Tuesday 29 May 2018, by Lorin Symington

We’re pleased to bring you the latest footage from our end user entrepreneurs in Western Kenya. Our partners at World Vision Kenya asked the (...)

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Back in San Francisco, Interviewing Near Future Summit
and Autodesk on Sustainability and Impact

Monday 21 May 2018, by Urs Riggenbach

Interview with Zem Joaquin, founder of Near Future Summit as she mentions her favourite quote by Bill McDonough: “We need to love all children of (...)

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Showcasing the SOL5 at Near Future Summit

Friday 11 May 2018, by Urs Riggenbach

Today we had an amazing showcase of our SOL5 at Near Future Summit! Everyone got to experience the power of the sun, snack some tasty solar (...)

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Solar Baking Demo at Pier 9, California

Friday 4 May 2018, by Urs Riggenbach

Today we did a solar bake at Autodesk’s Pier 9, as part of our preparation for next week’s Near Future Summit. A curious crowd of people stopped by (...)

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Our Californian Solar Concentrator turns One Year Old!

Thursday 3 May 2018, by Urs Riggenbach

The SOL5 solar concentrator we built during our Impact Residency at Pier 9 last year just turned 1. It was safely tucked away in storage taking (...)

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GoSol Showcasing at Near Future Summit, California

Tuesday 1 May 2018, by Eva Wissenz

We are very happy to announce our participation in this year’s Near Future Summit. Thanks to Autodeks’s support, we’ll be showcasing our SOL5 unit (...)

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Finland-Vietnam IPP program selecting SolarFire/GoSol again

Monday 30 April 2018, by Eva Wissenz

Another recent reason to share happiness is that we have been selected for the second phase of VMAP+, a program from Finnish Innovation (...)

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Announcing Partnership with TAMK

Friday 27 April 2018, by Urs Riggenbach

Tampere University of Applied Sciences is a higher education institution oriented towards working life and RDI co-operation. Their strengths are (...)

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Autodesk Foundation renewing support for 2018

Thursday 26 April 2018, by Eva Wissenz

Last February, Autodesk Foundation team visited 2 groups of entrepreneurs in Kenya and they were fully convinced by the impact of the SOL5. On (...)

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GoSol.solar Launched!!!

Tuesday 24 April 2018, by Eerik Wissenz

It’s been a great experience designing the new site and we’re super excited our new website GoSol.solar is now launched. For longterm followers I (...)

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Update from Kenya projects: Training Entrepreneurs

Friday 23 February 2018, by Lorin Symington

Last week, members from all the GoSol projects participated in a capacity building training session on Village Savings and Loans Methodology (...)

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Update from Musoma, Tanzania

Thursday 1 February 2018, by Eva Wissenz

After three months of rainy weather, the sun is back in Musoma and Alpha Women’s group is back with delicious solar baked breads! We’ve just got (...)

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Wärtsilä’s video introducing our project

Thursday 18 January 2018, by Eva Wissenz

After a year of cooperation in East Africa, Wärtsilä Corp. is promoting our initiative in their own words. Watch their video presenting our work (...)

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Video: Impact Residency at Autodesk Pier 9

Tuesday 19 December 2017, by Urs Riggenbach

Watch how Autodesk Foundation and Pier 9 supported GoSol.org this year on our path to design, develop and spread our entrepreneurial solar (...)

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Flagship video of projects in Kenya and Tanzania

Tuesday 31 October 2017, by Eva Wissenz

After a year of operation with support of our sponsor and with our local partners, we are happy to present our achievements in Kenya and (...)

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Very dynamic solar bakers in Tanzania

Tuesday 10 October 2017, by Heikki Lindfors

Buy what’s available, refine it, sell it for profit. Do it over and over again and support your family and community. This seems to be the (...)

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GoSol speaks at Autodesk University

Wednesday 4 October 2017, by Urs Riggenbach

Our Executive Chairman, Eerik Wissenz, was a speaker invited to the last Autodesk University in Cape Town, South Africa, on September 7th and (...)

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Global Resource Alliance and GoSol in Tanzania

Wednesday 27 September 2017, by Heikki Lindfors

Global Resource Alliance (GRA) is a small international NGO located in Musoma, Tanzania. They work on issues of orphan care, water supply, (...)

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The First Solar Bakery in Tanzania

Sunday 10 September 2017, by Heikki Lindfors

.embed-responsive-4by3::before padding-top: 75%; Gosol arrived to Tanzania in June 2017, with the goal to replicate the success of the (...)

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Landing in Tanzania: Butiama Environmental Expo

Monday 4 September 2017, by Heikki Lindfors

.embed-responsive-4by3::before padding-top: 75%; When GoSol arrived in Tanzania in May 2017, the goal was to replicate the success our (...)

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Fish dehydrated with solar energy at Bao Beach, Kenya

Monday 28 August 2017, by Lorin Symington

.embed-responsive-4by3::before padding-top: 75%; Food dehydration is an important part of food security and solar thermal tech is the (...)

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Global Ressource Alliance: Our Partner in Tanzania

Tuesday 8 August 2017, by Eva Wissenz

After a successful mission in Kenya, working with World Vision Finland and World Vision Kenya, and with sponsorship from Wärtsilä, we have piloted (...)

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1 Year After: Expanding Solar Bakery in Kenya

Thursday 29 June 2017, by Eva Wissenz

Thanks to Wärtsilä, our founding sponsor, we were back to Kenya, collecting a lot of data after 1 year of almost daily use of the SOL5 Oven by (...)

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Yier Ngima - Solar Peanut Butter

Thursday 8 June 2017, by Urs Riggenbach

In this video we’re back at the Yier Ngima cooperative in Kenya, to follow up on their feedback after using the Sol5 for a year. (...)

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GoSol.org at Maker Fair 2017

Tuesday 23 May 2017, by Urs Riggenbach

Last weekend GoSol.org had a booth at Maker Fair Bay Area, sharing about our impact in Kenya and inviting people to our live showcase on May 25th (...)

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Preserving the green beauty with the power of the sun

Friday 19 May 2017, by Heikki Lindfors, Heikki Lindfors

Misire youth group is an agricultural community in Nyamira County in southwest Kenya. The area is known for its rich agricultural production. The (...)

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San Francisco Showcase, May 25th

Friday 12 May 2017, by Urs Riggenbach

Come and join us for delicious solar cookies as we demonstrate the Sol5 Solar Oven at Autodesk Pier 9 on May 25th! Experience the power of solar (...)

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You make the world a better place by working...

Friday 28 April 2017, by Heikki Lindfors

You make the world a better place by working together, and sometimes small local partners can provide the best value for the local people. Like a (...)

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Presenting Results and a New Application in Kisumu

Saturday 15 April 2017, by Eva Wissenz, Lorin Symington

Last Friday, on April 7th, at the World Vision Lake Region compound in Kisumu we presented 3 SOL5’s to around 65 representatives from a wide (...)

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Solar for All – From Vision to Reality

Wednesday 5 April 2017, by Urs Riggenbach

Today we are looking back at a year of intense R&D, prototyping, piloting and partnership building in Kenya, Finland and the US, taking us (...)

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Return to Solar Oven in Kenya

Tuesday 4 April 2017, by Lorin Symington

Thanks to the support of our founding sponsor Wärtsilä we are back Kenya since two months, following up on the pilot projects that we started in (...)

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Video Blog: OCTO, Autodesk’s Digital Fabrication Lab at Pier 9

Wednesday 29 March 2017, by Urs Riggenbach

Last week we had the opportunity to visit Autodesk’s OCTO lab. At the lab, Autodesk researches emerging methods of fabrication, looking at (...)

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Wärtsilä sponsors GoSol in Kenya and soon in Tanzania

Wednesday 29 March 2017, by Eva Wissenz

All the GoSol.org team is happy to announce that Wärtsilä is now sponsoring our work to empower entrepreneurs in Kenya and in Tanzania. Check out (...)

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SOL5 Oven a Kakuma Refugee Camp with UNHCR

Tuesday 28 March 2017, by Urs Riggenbach

This is the first time we demonstrated a SOL5 inside a refugee camp, marking an important milestone on our path to make solar energy more (...)

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First demo of solar oven for refugees

Wednesday 22 March 2017, by Eva Wissenz

Lorin Symington updates on experience in and around Kakuma refugee camp in Turkana region of Kenya. The Oven is complete and a local Turkana (...)

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Video Blog: Introducing the Electronics Lab at Autodesk Pier 9

Friday 3 March 2017, by Urs Riggenbach

Apart from CNC machines, 3D printers and laser cutters we’ll be working in the electronics lab at Pier 9, which has everything needed to rapidly (...)

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Video Blog: Welcome to Pier 9!

Wednesday 1 March 2017, by Urs Riggenbach

The first month at Pier 9 have gone by in a breeze. Here are some impressions from the amazing workshops at the Pier. Everything from laser (...)

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Solar Oven Landing in Refugee Camp

Monday 27 February 2017, by Lorin Symington

Our team is honoured and excited to be installing our Sol5 baking system at Kakuma in Northern Kenya in the Turkana region. Trees are slow to (...)

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First days at Autodesk Pier 9, San Francisco

Thursday 16 February 2017, by Urs Riggenbach

It has just been a few days that Will Cleaver and Urs Riggenbach have touched down in San Francisco and started their Impact Residency at (...)

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Impact Residency Program Starting at Autodek Pier 9

Thursday 2 February 2017, by Urs Riggenbach

Two of our team members just reached San Francisco, where they’ll be working at the Autodesk Pier 9 facility as part of the Impact Residency (...)

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Solar Fire at AutoDesk University

Tuesday 22 November 2016, by Eerik Wissenz

We just got back from the Impact Summit organized by Autodesk Foundation in parallel to AutoDesk University in Las Vegas. We participated as a (...)

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Update from Kenya: The SOL5 generates income
and supports the entrepreneurs

Wednesday 12 October 2016, by Urs Riggenbach

It is one thing to build and install the SOL5 solar concentrator, but it’s another one to use it. Knowing this, we did our best to train the two (...)

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Predicting the Next Billion Solar Concentrators

Thursday 11 August 2016, by Urs Riggenbach

Solar concentration is going to change the world, period. There, we said it. And we want to make it very clear: Solar concentration will play a (...)

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Autodesk Foundation supports GoSol / Solar Fire

Wednesday 3 August 2016, by Eva Wissenz

Our team is very happy to announce that the Autodesk Foundation (USA) has committed to support our work with a USD 100,000 grant and a very (...)

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SolBook: Preparing the Next Generation
of Solar Builders and Entrepreneurs

Tuesday 2 August 2016, by Urs Riggenbach

The SolBook is a resource for integrating GoSol.org’s empowering knowledge into school’s curricula. It will contain lessons on the physics, (...)

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World Vision’s video presenting our work in Kenya

Tuesday 28 June 2016, by Eva Wissenz

In this beautiful video you are invited to understand fully what we have achieved in Kenya with the cooperation of Weconomy and World Vision (...)

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Solar Cooking Chef in New York!

Monday 27 June 2016, by Eva Wissenz

More than a year after we gave a Sol4 to the Teaching Garden of GrowNYC, on Governor Island, it still works well and is being used regularly! (...)

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Building the Direct Solar Economy

Thursday 26 May 2016, by Urs Riggenbach

Discover what has been accomplished in Kenya in partnership with Weconomy, Suomen World Vision and World Vision Kenya. It’s so powerful to see (...)

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Meeting the Kopitge Bakers in Kenya
and First Solar Bread Testing

Monday 2 May 2016, by Will Cleaver

We are proud to be able to help the Koptige Bakers by providing them with the knowledge to build and maintain a solar powered bakery that they (...)

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Thank YOU!

Sunday 1 May 2016, by Eva Wissenz

We are thrilled!! Our #FreeTheSun video presenting our project, tech and spirit has reached 46 749 views on Youtube... Wow!! Let’s hope the coming (...)

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Building Sol5 Solar Concentrators in Kenya

Wednesday 27 April 2016, by Will Cleaver

Our best solar oven and roaster builder Lorin Symington has been in Kenya for a few weeks making our Sol5 solar concentrator to roast peanuts and (...)

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Les Vagabonds de l’énergie reprennent la route !

Monday 18 April 2016, by Eva Wissenz

Souvenirs, souvenirs... Il y a quelques années, Robin Deloof et Arnaud Crétot terminaient leurs études et avaient décidés de faire un périple autour (...)

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GoSol - What We Do and Why

Friday 15 April 2016, by Will Cleaver

At GoSol team spirits means a lot to us. Since a few years now, no matter if we work together from different corners of the globe or not, no (...)

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Two Inspiring Events Upcoming in Helsinki

Friday 15 April 2016, by Eva Wissenz

"Are you “Value Conscious” and “Values Conscious”? Do you want to learn how to do more with less? Do you want to know how to innovate under resource (...)

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Meeting a Courageous Kenyan Women’s Community

Wednesday 13 April 2016, by Eva Wissenz

Our whole team is thrilled to be watching Lorin’s first footage from Kenya because these women are the reason we all joined this amazing solar (...)

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GoSol on the road to Kenya

Friday 1 April 2016, by Eva Wissenz

In this vblog, Lorin Symington is sharing his concerns, determinations and... tiredness before leaving to Kenya for our project in cooperation (...)

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Starting in Kenya with World Vision

Tuesday 29 March 2016, by Eva Wissenz

Almost all our team was in Paris to meet with our partners, Fondation Rexel and Fondation Deloitte, and briefed Lorin before his departure to (...)

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Sol4 Save Trees

Wednesday 9 March 2016, by Lorin Symington

After moving to the city for school, Nayazim Raouzi Peskala is thinking about green ways to build businesses back home. Hear him share his (...)

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First Replication of Sol4 Model in Palestine

Tuesday 8 March 2016, by Urs Riggenbach

Welding shop in Palestine Moutasem returned to his home country a few months ago with nothing but a vision: To make sustainable energy (...)

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In Nigeria with SF Green Resources

Thursday 4 February 2016, by Eva Wissenz

We are so happy to announce the beginning of the project in Nigeria with our partner SF Green Resources ltd. Abiodun Alabi and Funsho Folabi are (...)

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Drying Fruits With Solar?

Thursday 14 January 2016, by Lorin Symington

After seeing the Sol4 in action at The Innovation Hub in South Africa, student of entrepreneurship Bobofranz Mafendela was excited to share with (...)

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Happy New Year!

Wednesday 6 January 2016, by Urs Riggenbach

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Sol4 Demo to Entrepreneurs & Students

Thursday 31 December 2015, by Lorin Symington

Together with our #FreeTheSun partners in South Africa, Sunfire Solutions, we demonstrated the Sol4 solar concentrator to students and (...)

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Post COP21 Ecology Strategy Review

Sunday 27 December 2015, by Eerik Wissenz

We are still in the magic of Christmas and I think it’s a good time to reflect on whether Santa will grant the COP 21 wishes. As all children (...)

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The COP21 Agreement: A Letter to Santa

Thursday 17 December 2015, by Eerik Wissenz

The COP21 agreement is filled with all sorts of legalese that may be difficult for the average person to understand. A great deal of press has (...)

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Early Adopter Participates in Startup Program

Wednesday 9 December 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

Our early adopter Moutasem Hassan took part in the cewas Middle East startup course in Palestine. Moutasem (front-right) wants to take GoSol.org (...)

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Backyard Baking in Joburg

Tuesday 1 December 2015, by Lorin Symington

Here’s a fun little video of GoSol’s Lorin Symington baking with the Sol4 + oven in Johannesburg. Whether you bake mountains of muffins, scads of (...)

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Aaron Langa from Forum4Change

Wednesday 25 November 2015, by Lorin Symington

While at the Siyakhana gardens, we met up with Aaron Langa, a serial social entrepreneur and longtime advocate for the rights of the poor. He’s (...)

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Deloitte Foundation becomes a GoSol.org sponsor

Monday 23 November 2015, by Eva Wissenz

We are happy and honored to announce that the Fondation d’entreprise Deloitte is becoming a new supporter of the GoSol.org initiative. Deloitte (...)

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Siyakhana vBlog

Friday 20 November 2015, by Lorin Symington

The Wits Siyakhana Initiative for Ecological Health and Food Security is a 2 hectare garden and eco-center tucked away in a Johannesburg city (...)

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Meeting the Yier Ngima Support Group in Kenya

Tuesday 17 November 2015, by Eva Wissenz

World Vision is one of the biggest NGOs in the world, in the field every day to support compassionate, educational and sustainable actions. (...)

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Rorisa At the Innovation Hub

Monday 16 November 2015, by Lorin Symington

While we were at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria, South Africa, we got a chance to talk with some of the students there and we asked them what (...)

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Wandie’s Place - Going Solar?

Thursday 12 November 2015, by Lorin Symington

Recently, we teamed up with restauranteur Wandile Ndala, owner of Wandies Place, the most famous township restaurant in South Africa. Wandies has (...)

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GoSol.org and SunFire Solutions on CCTV’s "Africa LIVE"

Monday 2 November 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

We blogged earlier on our solar showcase at Siyakhana where we hosted a film crew from CCTV Africa doing a piece on renewable energy and (...)

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Solar Energy and Food Gardens Are a Natural Fit

Friday 30 October 2015, by Lorin Symington

Community gardens are dynamic, important spaces that improve food security, increase access to nutritious and sustainably grown foods, and raise (...)

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10 Km from Civilization - the GoSol Solution

Tuesday 27 October 2015, by Eva Wissenz

We are very honoured and happy to publish this blog post from Gabriel Ojobo, Country Manager at SF Green Resources Nig. Ltd., our partner for our (...)

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Baking in Johannesburg

Monday 19 October 2015, by Lorin Symington

After completing the Sol4, I started to test the oven we’ve built at SunFire Solutions. First thing in the morning I decided to bake scones. Did (...)

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Inspiring Innovation in Pretoria

Monday 12 October 2015, by Lorin Symington

The Sol4 is done, and the oven won’t be far behind! Excited to get out and show off, we presented the solar concentrator to the students of the (...)

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GoSol.org in the Johannesburg Workshop

Monday 5 October 2015, by Lorin Symington

Johannesburg is a great place to build. South Africa is the industrial heart of Southern Africa and JHB is where the action is. In the industrial (...)

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Solar and the Meaning of Life

Monday 28 September 2015, by Eerik Wissenz

We have many ecological and social problems. Some say we’re doomed. Solar is expanding exponentially. Some say everything will be fine. We (...)

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Starting in South Africa with SunFire Solutions

Sunday 27 September 2015, by Lorin Symington

Thanks to the ongoing success of our #FreeTheSun campaign and the determination of SunFire Solutions, we’re finally on the ground in RSA. We’ll be (...)

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Rexel Foundation becomes a GoSol.org Sponsor

Wednesday 16 September 2015, by Eva Wissenz

We are proud to announce that the Rexel Foundation for a Better Energy Future is reinforcing their support for the GoSol.org initiative by (...)

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Solar Eggplant at GrowNYC

Tuesday 15 September 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

The guys at GrowNYC just cant be stopped. Another tasty solar snack directly harvested and cooked in their solar (...)

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Solar Breakfast at Surface in Hamilton, Canada

Friday 4 September 2015, by Lorin Symington

I’ve just completed another Sol4 model based on the most recent early-adopter construction plans here at Surface Design Space in Hamilton, (...)

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Connecting Builders: Switzerland meets Togo

Thursday 27 August 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

Recently we connected the two early adopters Kurt Baumann, who built a Sol4 with his school-class in Switzerland and Boris Awume from Togo, whom (...)

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Solar Popcorn and Greens at GrowNYC

Tuesday 18 August 2015, by Lorin Symington

Earlier this year we built a Sol4 solar concentrator at SI Makerspace and installed it at the Teaching Garden of GrowNYC. Shawn Connell, staff (...)

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Boris Awume, Entrepreneur from Togo

Friday 7 August 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

Boris Awume is our most recent early adopter. He is an entrepreneurially-minded Togolese working in Switzerland but excited to make new things (...)

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Engineering Students Complete Solar Concentrator in Pakistan

Friday 31 July 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

The engineering students at Air University completed their final project of a hybrid solar-biomass system. Their model used our Sol4 solar (...)

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Solar Energy for Palestine

Saturday 25 July 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

After studying abroad and working in the solar industry in the US, Moutasem Hassan is ready to return to his conflict-ridden home country and (...)

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First Sizzle with the Sol4 in Switzerland

Monday 20 July 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

After setting up the solar concentrator in the school’s yard, the students had to calibrate the mirrors. Soon enough the vegetables, burgers and (...)

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Hybrid Power Generation at Air University, Islamabad

Friday 17 July 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

Muhammad Hassaan is a 23 year old engineering student from Pakistan. For his final project, Muhammad and his two other teammates Zia Bakht Butt (...)

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Swiss Schoolclass is Building a Sol4

Monday 13 July 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

Kurt Baumann is a handicraft teacher in Langenthal, Switzerland. He is our first MultiPass supporter, and wants to build a solar concentrator as (...)

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L’entreprenariat solaire accessible aux plus pauvres

Monday 6 July 2015, by Arnaud Crétot

L’article ci-dessous est la version complète d’un article de deux pages qui sera publié dans la revue du réseau "Sortir du nucléaire" cet été 2015 : (...)

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Sol4 Guide Ready for Early Adopters

Sunday 5 July 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

We’ve just finished the first version of the Sol4 guide and now all our Early-Adopters get to download it and start building right away! (...)

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Mackenson’s Solar Pizza

Tuesday 9 June 2015, by Lorin Symington

Mackenson, the first GoSol.org technician in Haiti is back on the GoSol.org blog with a message to all our viewers and potential supporters: (...)

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Baking Cake in Haiti

Thursday 14 May 2015, by Lorin Symington

We met Fabienne Dorlean through Robillard Louino, a young leader from Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She’s a graduate from a hotelery (...)

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Rexel Foundation (Paris) is supporting us

Monday 27 April 2015, by Eva Wissenz

We are honored and happy to count the Rexel Foundation among our partners for the campaign and to be part of the Rexel Foundation Platform for (...)

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SOS Energie, Burkina Faso

Sunday 26 April 2015, by Eva Wissenz

Vincent Nikiema, the President of SOS Energie Burkina Faso (SOSEB), is happy to support our campaign and we hope we can start together some field (...)

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GrowNYC Goes Solar

Thursday 23 April 2015, by Lorin Symington

We’re so happy to introduce our new partner GrowNYC, a non-profit which improves New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs (...)

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Jeunes Verts Togo

Wednesday 22 April 2015, by Eva Wissenz

The Jeunes Verts Togo are a youth association created in December 2009 with currently more than 500 members (students, youths, and women from the (...)

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Meeting Patricia Mc Ardle, the Solar Lady

Tuesday 21 April 2015, by Eva Wissenz

I’ve met Patricia McArdle a few years ago through her novel Farishta, where she shares about her experience in Afghanistan as a diplomat and the (...)

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SunFire South Africa Supports the #FreeTheSun Campaign

Thursday 16 April 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

Crosby Menzies, founder of SunFire Solutions in Johannesburg, South Africa, is supporting our #FreeTheSun campaign. It’s an important partner for (...)

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World Vision and the Weconomy Program

Saturday 4 April 2015, by Eva Wissenz

Juha-Erkki Mäntyniemi, COO and Innovation Director, is presenting shortly the Weconomy program powered by the NGO World Vision. We plan a (...)

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Finnish Cleantech Delegation to San Francisco and L.A.

Monday 30 March 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

Last week I visited California as part of a Finnish cleantech delegation led by Ms. Lenita Toivakka, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign (...)

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Baking Experiments in Haiti

Friday 20 March 2015, by Lorin Symington

Here, our budding entrepreneurs Mackenson and Island are preparing more treats in the 3m2 solar oven on the roof of Haiti Communitere, in (...)

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Boond - Every Drop Makes a Difference

Tuesday 17 March 2015, by Eva Wissenz

We are proud and honored to announce a cooperation with Rustam Sengupta, Founder and CEO of Boond for the crowdfunding campaign we are launching (...)

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Interview with Alan Bigelow, PhD, Columbia University

Wednesday 4 March 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

Alan Bigelow is a physicist that develops optical and ion-beam technologies at Columbia University. Passionate about solar energy and what it can (...)

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Solar French Fries

Monday 2 March 2015, by Eva Wissenz

Funny... I’ve found this oooooold video of Solaire absl (a non-profit association based in Belgium) cooking French Fries with our solar (...)

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Mackenson Has Seen the Future, the Future is GoSol!

Wednesday 25 February 2015, by Lorin Symington

Meet Mackenson, the first GoSol.org technician in Haiti and a dear friend of mine. He’s a good man with a kind heart who has lived a difficult (...)

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Arnaud Crétot’s Interview for Libres! Le Film

Tuesday 24 February 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

Our thermal engineer Anaud Crétot talks about our energy future in this interview for Libres Le Film (in French). Arnaud Crétot, ingénieur (...)

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Staten Island Cookoff with GrowNYC

Monday 16 February 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

See the results of Lorin’s training and demonstration day with GrowNYC at the Staten Island Makerspace.

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The New Global East Africa Event

Thursday 12 February 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

Yesterday we attended an event hosted by The New Global at Aalto University. Solar entrepreneurs Patrick Ngowi of Helvetic Solar and Rustam (...)

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GoSol.org International Team in Tampere, Finland

Tuesday 3 February 2015, by Eva Wissenz

Meet the GoSol.org team in this short film by French filmaker Basile Remaury.

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Grilled Cheese in the Freezing Cold!

Tuesday 3 February 2015, by Lorin Symington

Saturday was freezing cold (-10°C / 14°F) but Lorin & co. were cooking up a storm at the Staten Island Makerspace in New York. Want to check (...)

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Concentrator Ready at Staten Island Makerspace

Monday 26 January 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

Lorin has finished building one of GoSol.org’s solar cookers in record time! Have a look at his video introducing some of the people at the (...)

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"Libres!" Trailer with English Subtitles

Sunday 25 January 2015, by Eva Wissenz

Energy is very closely connected to freedom. And private economy and freedom are contradictionary in many ways. So bring back the energy to (...)

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Les Vagabonds de l’Énergie on Samsø Island

Wednesday 21 January 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

Yesterday Arnaud Crétot from France joined us in Finland. Arnaud is a thermal engineer with keen interest in the global renewable energy (...)

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Arnaud Crétot Joins Us from France

Wednesday 21 January 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

We are very excited to have Arnaud Crétot from France over with us in Finland. Now, for the first time, the team is all in one place (Well, except (...)

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GoSol.org at Staten Island MakerSpace, NYC

Monday 19 January 2015, by Urs Riggenbach

Progress update from Lorin Symington’s quest to build a solar concentrator in NYC. Lorin is working with the Staten Island MakerSpace in (...)

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Mackenson and Guerline baking at Haiti Communitere

Friday 16 January 2015, by Lorin Symington

Yesterday Mackenson and Guerline baked up some delicious goodies for the fine people at Haiti Communitere. Mackenson has been experimenting and (...)

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Lorin’s Update from NYC

Monday 12 January 2015, by Lorin Symington

Here’s a quick update from our technologist in the field, Lorin, who is in NYC spreading the GoSol.org goodness. Today marks an important day for (...)

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Meet Mackenson, the first GoSol.org Technician in Haiti

Tuesday 6 January 2015, by Lorin Symington

It’s through Haiti Communitere that I met Mackenson. This was back in 2012 when I was checking out Haiti for a solar energy mission. He was hard (...)

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Back in Haiti and Working with the Sun

Monday 5 January 2015, by Lorin Symington

The flight from Miami to Port-au-Prince is a lively one. A colourful mix of Haitians returning to their country, aid workers, missionaries and (...)

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GoSol.org Sponsors Libres! - a Great Documentary about Energy

Wednesday 31 December 2014, by Eva Wissenz

GoSol.org is proud to be a partner of the documentary LIBRES LE FILM. We are happy to be one of the 2088 supporters of this great documentary (...)

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Solar Pizzas in Haiti

Monday 22 December 2014, by Eva Wissenz

The first milestone of the Haiti project: The team baked pizzas with our solar oven at Haiti Communitere. Yummy... and (...)

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First Days in Haiti

Wednesday 17 December 2014, by Urs Riggenbach

Lorin Symington has reached Haiti safely after long hours of travel. He is now working with Haiti Communitere to install a solar oven in (...)

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Cooking Solar in... Finland?!

Wednesday 10 December 2014, by Urs Riggenbach

"You’re a solar company, and you’re based in Finland?!" ­­­We get to hear this one a lot! This video right here should pose a big "why not!", as it (...)

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Partner Spotlight: BioSampo FREES

Tuesday 6 May 2014, by Urs Riggenbach

Currently we’re building a training program specific to Solar Fire Technologies with our partner KSAO BioSampo as well as integrate the technology (...)

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GoSol.org Site has Launched

Saturday 5 April 2014, by Urs Riggenbach

The whole team is proud to launch the GoSol.org site! Between Finland, Switzerland, UK, and Canada it’s been a great collaborative effort needing (...)

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