Finland Posts

Solar Fire chosen as TOP NORDIC 50 IMPACT COMPANY - 2021!

Posted Friday 3 December 2021 by Urs Riggenbach.

We are honoured to announce our company Solar Fire has been selected as one of the Nordic’s top 50 impact companies! Since 2017, The One Initiative has assessed over a thousand companies from the Nordic and Baltic regions, for their impact scalability and commercial viability. We are deeply grateful that our important work is more recognized today. On December 9th in Copenhagen, we will get to connect with fellow impact companies and investors, to build synergies needed to scale our impact.

To learn more about The One Initiative, and see the other top impact companies 2021, visit: https://www.oneinitiative.org/top-50-impact-2021/

We look forward to join the event in Copenhagen on December 9th, 2021.


Solar Fire is now spreading through a podcast

Posted vendredi 15 octobre 2021 by Eva Wissenz.

We are so happy to start a series of podcast. We are on journey to share more and more about our vision and our energy, everything that is behind the scene of Solar Fire. From solving energy poverty to personal empowerment, from gender equality in the team to specific feminin challenges in the renewable energy field, from a backyard in Canada to several countries in Africa.

The first three episodes are :

1. Solving energy poverty
Our Chief Operations Officer, Lorin Symington, shares how his family came up with the idea of this solar concentrator, how he gets to know the cultures in the different countries he visits and what motivates him. It was recorded between Burkina-Faso and Finland at the end of 2020.

2. Solar Fire Women : A conversation
Finally, Solar Fire reached gender equality ! For many years, Solar Fire was a team of six persons with only one woman. Nothing in her previous life prepared her to be one of the co-founders of a tech project meant to solve energy poverty. In this second episode, the 7 women working now for Solar Fire or who are promoting the Lytefire tech are sharing their experience, challenges and hopes from Finland, Switzerland, Kenya and France.

3. Can we accelerate the transformation of society by accelerating our own change ?
Our CEO, Urs Riggenbach, shares about the change dynamics and whether we are ready or not for climate change, developing an interesting and deep perspective based on his decade of work serving Solar Fire with the purpose of developing an energy tool that is truly empowering people. As he says, “the growth of an organization literally is the growth of the individuals within the organization.”

Listen here. We hope you’ll like it !


The French solar connexion : entrepreneurship and education

Posted dimanche 30 mai 2021 by Eva Wissenz.

We guess you’re now familiar with our Chief Innovation and Tech Officer, Arnaud Cretot, who’s based in France and who pushed the #lytefire to become a great tool for his solar bakery - the 1st in Europe !

Depending on the season, with the Lytefire 5, Arnaud gets from 50kg to 110kg of bread per day and from 110kg to 250kg with the Lytefire 11. Even in winter and with negative température outside and unperfect weather, he can bake his yummi recipes ! Look at his winter breads !

Thanks to his work with NeoLoco, his dedication and the demo days he’s organizing in Normandy, more and more people are getting familiar with the new super sustainable jobs of solar baker and solar roaster (roasting seeds to produce snacks and even a lentils based coffee...).

Inspired by his energy (and financial results), 2 other French solarpreneurs decided to start their solar journey in South and East France.

In the sunny Barcarès, Mr Luc Fournaux started this year to sale his delicious solar snacks on the local market places.

With Le Comptoir d’Hélios, he’s a pionner in his region for sure !

In East France, Lydiane Tyrel started her roasting activity as well, with Du Soleil et des graines.

She’s elaborating delicious recipes and we’ll share more about her very soon !

Another initiative is led by the association Vagabonds de l’énergie, co-founded by Arnaud loooong time ago. Nowadays, Clément Bresciani and his friends are using a Lytefire 5 for education to climate change in schools.

This year only, they got 24 classes, from 1st grade to 6th grade, meaning about 600 kids exposed to this new tech in 4 school nearby Louviers, France.

Clément is organizing a 3hrs workshop for kids during which they learn about energy, direct solar concentration and tehn go outside to experiment with the Lytefire. The workshop is structure for small teams of 2-3 kids with 5 missions.

Obviously, they all cooperate and are so happy to taste their solar cookies !

Contact the Energy Vagabonds for more info here.

To discover the Lytefire solar oven, here is a cool video for you :


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

Posted 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 University of Applied Sciences (TAMK). The lecture is following our previous collaboration with TAMK where we supported students’ thesis projects related to solar thermal energy. Eerik will cover the energy situation in the developing world and the interdisciplinary process of creating real world solutions.

 

Open Invitation:

This lecture is open to the public and visitors are welcome.

Time: 12:15-15:00

Classroom: B420

Campus: Kuntokatu 3, 33520 Tampere, Finland

 

About our Cooperation with TAMK:

Tampere University of Applied Sciences is a higher education institution oriented towards working life and RDI co-operation. Their strengths are multidisciplinary education, creativity, and a strong international dimension.

Our cooperation with TAMK is focused on advancing sustainable development through final theses projects, lecturing and co-creation projects.


Finnish Cleantech Delegation to San Francisco and L.A.

Posted 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 Trade of Finland. The business delegation was attended by industry leaders and newcomers in the Finnsih cleantech sector.

Finland hosts a surprising lot of cleantech companies, ranging from sustainable mobility solutions to cloud-based energy monitoring systems and a variety of net-zero technologies and products. In 2014, Finland was ranked second globally in cleantech innovations.

Mr. Juha Markkanen, Consul General to Finland in L.A. supported the delegation by pulling in various authorities from the state. It was distinguishing to see the support of the Finnish embassy. "Every embassy should do this", Markkanen says when asked about his proactive stance in supporting Finnish business abroad.

The highlights of the trip were a visit to Google with a pitch session at Google Green, visiting Tesla’s headquarters and taking part in the Nordic Green Tech Forum organized by Team Finland.

Team Finland is promoting Finnish industries and know-how abroad. Finpro, as a member of Team Finland, organized the trip. We want to thank FinPro and Team Finland for this excellent opportunity and we look forward to being part of upcoming delegations.

Image: ©Idean, Opening Ceremony in L.A.


GoSol.org International Team in Tampere, Finland

Posted Tuesday 3 February 2015 by Eva Wissenz.

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


Cooking Solar in... Finland?!

Posted 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 shows how easily we can harness the power of the sun even in Nordic countries like Finland.

There are a few other reasons, but the fact is, if our solar concentratos work even under these harsh conditions, we can make them work everywhere.


 

 

 

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