Blog of Will Cleaver

Starting in Brazil

Posted 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 that live in the jungle a few hours by car from Cacoal, State of Rondonia.

It’s been a week and a half since I arrived in Cacoal. The project is to introduce the indigenous Amazon Surui people to our solar technology, a solar concentrator and food dehydrator that I’m in the process of making. They plan to use them to speed up the process of dehydrating the babassu nut.

Cacoal is quite an industrial city with a population of around 80,000 people so it’s been easy to find materials to build with. We are working in partnership with Forest Trends and local Forest Trends employees Marcio, Carlos and Maria have been supporting me during this project; sourcing materials, communicating in their local network to find a metal workshop for me to use and connecting me with the leaders of the different Surui families that live in the jungle. They are in contact with about 25 Surui families that live in different villages near each other.

So far the build is going well. The weather is hovering between 30 to 35°C and the tropical clouds and rains visit once or twice a day, generally after sundown. The Surui people normally take 4 days to dehydrate the babassu nuts they gather from the jungle floor. The project is to see how much we can speed that process up. Stay tuned to find out!

View looking away from Cacoal, the jungle is in the foreground and in the distance behind the farmland.

Meeting the Kopitge Bakers in Kenya
and First Solar Bread Testing

Posted 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 can use on a daily basis regardless of the power cuts they sometimes suffer, that can last for days.
Baking with solar ovens, watch the video below to see the first results of working with the clean renewable energy source that is the sun!
Their work is supported by the NGO World Vision Kenya. World Vision Kenya is working closely with Word Vision Finland where the Weconomy Start supports social impact companies to meet their market and lean on their extensive experience in the field.

Building Sol5 Solar Concentrators in Kenya

Posted 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 bake bread. After having sourced all material for the solar concentrator locally and worked with a local team of metal workers great success has been achieved and two fully functional Sol5 solar concentrators with oven and roaster are now ready. Get a feel for the construction process in this short video:

GoSol - What We Do and Why

Posted 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 matter the huge ups and downs of every project, we share the same spirit and working together on our own solar projects around the world was and still is a deep joy.

With the idea of creating simple and efficient solar technology that can be built easily we want to provide clean energy to anyone that wants to use it. We are now at the stage where we have, with the SOL4, a great simple design that works wonderfully, and is very powerful and cost effective.

What we wanted to share with you in this video is the path we have walked. It is immensely satisfying to have gotten to the point where we are now with the coming release of the SOL4 guide. It’s all about providing the knowledge for people to create solar energy powered options to live in a sustainable way.