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Plans for solar concentrator are released to the public, allowing people to build their own solar setup

Alternative World News NetworkJan 11, 2016

Open Source Ecology, an organization that promotes free and open source technology throughout the farming world, has successfully crowd sourced the prototype for their solar concentrator, a device that can absorb sunlight and turn water into steam to produce electricity.

In particular, it is the French branch of Open Source Ecology (OSE) that has developed the concentrator. One of founders of the branch, Andrea Sannuto, explains that it is not meant for large scale endeavor such as to extract petrol, but rather for small scale craftsman.



The water that flows through the pipes is heated by reflected sunlight and can produce up to 5kw of power. It may not seem like much on one level, but the product can be constructed simply and the plans are available free for people to use. One man, for example, grows apples, potatoes and lavender and sells his crops raw. With this concentrator he could "cook the fruit, sterilize jars and turn the lavender into essential oils," says Sannuto.

Here's an image of the working prototype.



Open Source Ecology is a movement that encourages developing all the tools you would need to run a sustainable homestead and is committed to keeping all the plans online for anyone to use for free.

The plans for the solar concentrator can be found here.

Here is a TED talk from 2011 where OSE founder, Marcin Jakubowski, explains the tenets and desires of the organization.


https://www.minds.com/blog/view/533497852521881600
 

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It's worth mentioning that most of the public this is open for can't change their own oil on a regular basis. Running a steam power plant even of minimal size is begging for disaster.
 

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I just went through reading the details that they posted on Instructables ...http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-OSE-Solar-concentrator-for-steam-generation/

While an interesting project ... they're depressingly overthinking it. They have joints in the frame drilled and bolted together ... just weld the damn thing. Then they have laser cut wood plates to hold the actuators .. you've got access to a laser cutter and you're bolting joints ... and using wood? Reading it, it sounds like many projects coming from liberal universities. It brings to mind an old 'canadian heritage' info spot that used to run on TV up here where bunch of guys in suits are trying to build a pump for third world villages that's simple to maintain and they keep failing until one of them spots a hand pump made of wood at an old farm.


A basic understanding of tools would have saved them much time and money. They propose 3-4 people taking a week to do this. IMO, this is less than 2 days work for any competent handyman with a half decently equipped workshop. And their estimate cost ... 2000 euros. Gotta be kidding me. And this is just to generate steam ... not even to use it for electricity.


This very much brings to mind what Scotty once said. "The more they over think the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain"