Blog of Eva Wissenz

Solar Cooking Chef in New York!

Posted 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!

During summer time, for students and the general public, Shawn Connell of GrowNYC says "it is an impressive and popular tool. Making popcorn with it or stir-frying from the garden are the most common ways that we use it."

This summer the number of people coming out to the Teaching Garden has tripled (which is excellent news for sustainability awareness) and a beautiful workshop about cooking from the garden was proposed. A few weeks ago, a chef from the city’s Department of Education cooked with the solar concentrator SOL4.

As Shawn explains: "This chef does trainings and workshops for school teachers and their students about how to get produce that they have grown in their school gardens, into their school’s cafeteria. GrowNYC works with the city’s public schools to help them start school gardens and encourage healthy eating, as well as an interest in the sciences, and workshops like this are a great way to inspire teachers and their students to grow and consume more of their own healthy foods, and explore the potential of renewable energy."

Isn’t it beautiful! :-)

Thank YOU!

Posted 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 gifts and products will spread like this and there will be for sure a much more optimistic energy future for humanity (and forests, and plants).

Les Vagabonds de l’énergie reprennent la route !

Posted 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 du monde pour explorer les diverses solutions énergétiques à l’oeuvre. Ils ont alors créé "les Vagabonds de l’énergie" et ont posé leurs sacs à dos en Allemagne, en Finlande, en Turquie et dans plein d’autres pays. Leur périple s’était arrếté net en 2011 au moment de l’accident nucléaire de Fukushima au Japon.

Suite à leur lecture d’un de mes articles paru dans la revue alternative Silence, ils décidèrent d’inclure leur stage de fin d’études dans ce périple des Vagabonds. Et ce strage, ils décidèrent de le faire en Inde du Nord, à Rajkot, chez un entrepreneur très habité par la vision de Gandhi. A cette époque, les tous premiers développements de Solar Fire avaient lieu là aussi, chez cet entrepreneur. De cette rencontre avec Eerik, naquit une amitié forte et aujourd’hui Arnaud est Directeur Scientifique de notre entreprise.

Ingénieur libéré, Arnaud incarne (à mon humble avis de DG) les ingénieurs du futur - je veux dire le type d’ingénieurs dont l’humanité a besoin pour se sortir de la mouise. Vous verrez ce que je veux dire en visionnant ce film, édité à la sortie du film Libres ! de J.-P. Jaud.

Aujourd’hui, les vagabonds se sont Clément Bresciani et François Glaizot, qui reprennent la route et le flambeau, parce que la problématique énergétique est toujours aussi actuelle et brûlante.

Soutenez-les pour qu’ils puissent partir, étudier, rencontrer, apprendre, partager !

Two Inspiring Events Upcoming in Helsinki

Posted 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 constraints and cost controls?
Are you already working on or want to learn more about high impact, new tech, sustainable and affordable solutions?
Then, InnoFrugal during April 25-26, 2016 in Helisnki is your answer."

Thanks to Weconomy, we are more than happy to be part of this great InnoFrugal event in Helsinki on April 25. The title of the discussion is: ‘Beyond Gift in Kind – Creating Shared Value in Development and Humanitarian Assistance’.

"Private sector can add tremendous value, innovation, and competence to overall humanitarian capacity. The private sector brings skills, experience, and expertise, and possibly new practices and perspectives to the humanitarian aid community. The session will highlight, how partners from the private sector can collaborate with global NGO WV in its responds to humanitarian disasters."

Check out the programme here, with plenty of creative people sharing about Frugal Innovation, Circular Economy, Open Innovation and more.

We’ll be also sharing our current project with World Vision Kenya with the Weconomy team during a workshop at Bronda’s on April 27.

Meeting a Courageous Kenyan Women’s Community

Posted 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 adventure. We have dreamed and developed our tech to meet their needs, the daily needs of people having a productive activity that can be fueled with local solar energy.

The Yier Ngima Group you’re about to meet is producing organic peanut butter. They support HIV affected people and orphan kids. They are big hearted people. Their work is supported by the NGO World Vision Kenya. World Vision Kenya is working closely with Word Vision Finland where the Weconomy Start program supports social impact companies to meet their market and lean on their extensive experience in the field. We started cooperation with the Weconomy team about a year ago and we can’t wait to share with you more videos presenting another group of bakers and the solar concentrators built and working!! Stay tuned!

GoSol on the road to Kenya

Posted 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 with the Weconomy program of World Vision Finland.
It’s not an easy life to try solving energy poverty!! Lorin is our best builder. He prototyped, built, maintained and improved dozens of solar concentrators in Mexico, Canada, Haiti, Mali, South Africa, France and Finland. As we are a team of field people, we all would have loved to be with him in Kenya but even at distance the connection is strong and we share our best vibes with him!

Starting in Kenya with World Vision

Posted 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 Kenya to start a great project in cooperation with World Vision Finland and World Vision Kenya. Here is for you a short glimpse of this prep moment.

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