Lytefire Posts

Announcing new Partnership with Plan International to Empower Entrepreneurs in Uganda

Posted Monday 1 November 2021 by Urs Riggenbach.

We are excited to announce this new partnership to empower entrepreneurs to run solar bakeries and food businesses across 11 locations in Uganda. The project will allow existing bakery cooperatives to transition from daily charcoal burning to using our powerful Lytefire 5 solar concentrator. In addition, we deepen our cooperation with Plan International’s SmartUp Hubs that started back in 2018: There we will equip the SmartUp Hubs with more Lytefires and train unemployed youths to become solar bakers.

It is a great opportunity to spread our entrepreneurial spirit to help boost incomes, grow local sustainable businesses, and at the same time reduce people’s exposure to toxic smoke from charcoal and other polluting fuels. Not to mention the carbon emissions this will reduce at the same time.

The cooperation is a collaboration between Plan International Finland as project initiator, Plan International Uganda as local implementation partner and Solar Fire, the creators of the Lytefire technology and the GoSol educational trainings to create solar entrepreneurs.


Announcing new Partnership with Solarstart in Switzerland

Posted Wednesday 28 July 2021 by Muriel Fuhrer.

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Solarstart, a Swiss non-profit association focused on raising awareness on solar energy and empowering entrepreneurs.

Next summer, the association will install a solar bakery at Switzerland’s largest youth camp bringing together more than 30’000 youths (covid permitting). Solarstart will be running what will probably be the largest solar bakery ever installed, supported by over 200 volunteers to run solar ovens to produce snacks and baked goods for the two-weeks camp.

Beyond that, the association aims to maximize impact by facilitating solar entrepreneurship in Switzerland through projects and partnerships, as well as help finance and facilitate similar solar-entrepreneurship projects in other countries of the world.

The association was founded by Solar Fire’s team members Muriel, Judith and Urs, and is proud to have Eva, Lorin and Arnaud as key advisers in the development of their activities.

More about Solarstart can be found here (in German): https://solarstart.org/de


Happy New Year 2021!

Posted Tuesday 12 January 2021 by Eva Wissenz.

Dear Friends, Clients, Partners, Followers and Supporters,

In 2020, the Lytefire Solar Sauna and the Lytefire Solar Oven have been featured in 32 articles in the media in France, Switzerland, Finland, Germany and USA. National newspapers as well as national TV shows :)

Thank you for your amazing support because yes, we survived 2020. We are stronger, and we are ready for growth with now 17 beautiful persons working with us, directly or not, as team members of Solar Fire Concentration Oy, booster of local Solar Fire’s or super motivated interns staying with us in Finland in our HQ set in a great eco-village.

The Lytefire solar solutions are one of the best options to create a decentralized solar economy.

We wish you all courage and peace.


First Wood-Based Lytefire 5 Unit to Make Pizzas in the Swiss Alps!

Posted Wednesday 9 September 2020 by Urs Riggenbach.

Since a few weeks we have the first wood-based solar concentrator installed at Heuberge Mountain Resort in Switzerland, where we have also installed our Solar Sauna. As reported earlier, in April 2020 we held an online design course with the Berne University of Applied Sciences to create wood-based solar designs.

So, when we were in the process of designing the Lytefire 5 unit to power a Solar Oven for Pizza and Bread making at Heuberge, we took inspiration from the students’ work and quickly moved to build the first wood-based prototype.

The solar concentrator is basically an adaptation of the solar concentrator for which we sell construction plans, but instead of using metal for the basic frames, here we use wooden beams. From our experience building this unit for the first time, the basic frame is assembled really quickly. We still followed the original construction guide steps for all the other parts, such as the mirror rows which still require a bit of welding.

Actually, the welding that needs to be done on the mirror rows is the perfect way to learn welding – during the course of the fabrication, solar pioneers Jiri Ucen from Heuberge and Lucas Castro from Solothurn came visiting and we instructed them in the welding process – and by the end of the mirror-row welding the quality of their welds was good enough to take on the more critical welds, such as the two supports that hold an entire mirror row – here we have to make sure the welds are structurally sound, and they were! It’s really exciting to see people pick up welding skills just like that to build a solar concentrator.

And that’s how the first solar pizzas on with the wood-version of the Lytefire 5 turned out (impossible to get a picture before people started eating the delicious pizzas!):


Crowdfunding for a Solar Bakery in Burkina Faso

Posted 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 cultural space.

Adama Bafiago, an artist and activist, was an early supporter of our first crowdfunding campaign in 2015. He immediately saw the potential for Lytefire technology in his home country of Burkina Faso. Ever since then he has been messaging us a few times a year asking when we would be able help him and his friend Issaka to stop baking like this:

As luck would have it, our new partner Remar selected us for a project in Burkina Faso and so we finally have a chance to help Adama and Issaka to go solar and stop burning so SO much wood!

As you’ll hear in his videos, Adama has a vision for Burkina Faso. He wants to raise the standard of what bread is. In Burkina, the ‘baguette’ is the standard form of bread, though it hardly resembles the tasty, substantial loaf you would find in Paris. Here, it is a fluffy, snow white cloud with a crisp outer shell that tastes of cardboard. It is baked industrially and with chemical yeast.

Head over to their campaign page to read more about them.

Adama’s vision is to create a bakery that turns local produce like maize, sorghum, millet and mooring into healthy, substantial sourdough using solar energy. As an artist he wants to capitalise on all the attention that they will get and create a cultural space where people can come together to be nourished body, mind and soul, with good food, music, theatre and knowledge sharing.

Here’s a little taste of music from Burkina Faso:


Powerful talk: it’s all connected.

Posted Tuesday 31 March 2020 by Eva Wissenz.

You need to take 7 minutes and watch this, it’s definitely worth it!

Here’s our Chief Operating Officer Urs Riggenbach talking about solar, climate crisis, sustainability and entrepreneurship.

"My hope is that we’re not just fixing the carbon issue. We’re fixing, along with this carbon issue, we’re fixing the other issues that got us here. … You can’t separate poverty and inequality, women empowerment and carbon emissions and corruption, those are not separate issues in a way. They are very much connected.”


Lake still not frozen in Finland!

Posted 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 can have an impact. Wake up. Speak up.


 

 

 

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