Blog of Urs Riggenbach

Announcing GoSol - UC Berkeley MDP Collaboration

Posted Friday 15 February 2019 by Urs Riggenbach.

We are happy to announce the start of a collaboration with the MDP program at UC Berkeley, California.

UC Berkeley’s Master of Development Practice (MDP) equips the next generation of professionals with the knowledge, skills and interdisciplinary experience needed for sustainable development in the direction of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

GoSol’s work has been documented to impact 7 SDGs and our experience and unique model make for a great collaboration case with the master students interested in both theoretical and hands-on experiential learning.

Our cooperation will focus on the development of impact measurement and modeling methodologies and systems. As GoSol’s impact scales, so do the challenges of tracking and modeling the impact of our technology, products and projects.

We’re excited about the cooperation start and look forward to start engaging the students very soon.

More about the MDP program: https://mdp.berkeley.edu/


GoSol Evening Reception at Autodesk Gallery
San Francisco, February 25th 2019

Posted Wednesday 6 February 2019 by Urs Riggenbach.

GoSol & Autodesk Foundation invite you to join us for refreshments
and learn about GoSol’s solar concentrators developed to empower millions of entrepreneurs and slow climate change.

After proving their unique model for scaling solar thermal energy with Autodesk Foundation’s support, GoSol is entering their Series A to scale across Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and South America.

Join us February 25th, 6PM in San Francisco!

Space is limited, please RSVP!

GoSol Evening Reception

Scaling Solar Thermal Technology for Business and Impact

Monday, February 25th, 2019
6 - 8:30 PM
Autodesk Gallery
One Market (2nd floor)
San Francisco, CA 94105

Space is limited. Please RSVP below.

 

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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.


Solar Forest - Evening Reception
November 27th, San Francisco

Posted Tuesday 20 November 2018 by Urs Riggenbach.

GoSol.solar and Forest Trends are hosting an evening reception to celebrate our partnership to reduce deforestation and empower local communities with our innovative solar thermal solution. The event will bring together project supporters, impact investors, leaders from the environmental conservation community and friends of the Amazon.

Join us November 27th, 6PM in San Francisco

Solar Forest

An Evening Reception
Empowering Indigenous Communities in the Amazon

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
6 - 8 PM
26 Buena Vista Terrace
San Francisco, CA 94117

GoSol and Forest Trends would like to thank Z Woodman for generously opening her beautiful home to raise awareness for our critical work.

GoSol’s solar thermal solution is providing access to clean heat for farmers, entrepreneurs and SME’s in the developing world. With our SOL5 solar concentrator, entrepreneurs are baking, roasting and dehydrating food and boosting their income. Over the last two years we’ve empowered communities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Now we are bringing our positive impact to the Amazon.

Through the Communities Initiative, Forest Trends supports the Yawanawa and the Surui people of the Brazilian Amazon to conserve their forests and improve their livelihoods. Agricultural expansion for soy, cattle ranching and illegal logging and mining are rampant in the Amazon, but indigenous communities are fighting against the loss of their forests and cultures. Forest Trends works with local communities in securing their rights, livelihoods and culture.

Globally, indigenous people are at the frontlines, protecting 60-80% of our world’s biodiversity but at the same time have very limited access to the world’s resources. By enabling them to tap into the power of the sun, create local wealth and run value-adding food processing without burning wood but direct sunlight, we aim to prove a new and scalable pathway to support forest-based livelihoods.

We will watch a short presentation, showing how high tech and low tech is working hand in hand to empower people. The project started October 2018 in the state of Rondônia, Brazil, working with the Surui indigenous people. We would love you to join us at this celebratory event. There will be drinks and light refreshments, and maybe even some of our solar baked cookies!

We look forward to seeing you there!


GoSol.solar Showcase at SOCAP’18 San Francisco

Posted Thursday 1 November 2018 by Urs Riggenbach.

Last week we got to showcase GoSol at the SOCAP conference in San Francisco, October 23rd to 27th, 2018. Autodesk Foundation hosted an evening reception at their Gallery on One Market, in collaboration with Acumen, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Village Capital.

For the showcase I prepared a table-top version of our solar concentrator, using the CNC laser-cutters at Autodesk’s Technology Center where we did a 4 month impact residency last year. It was great to be back for a short afternoon in this amazing CNC workshop and fabricate high-precision pieces based on the Fusion 360 CAD I prepared during my flight to the US.

The showcase was a great opportunity to connect to investors, NGOs and partners to scale our impact after completing the piloting phase earlier this year. In addition, SOCAP conference had over 3000 attendants and gave us a great overview over the who’s who of the social capital / and impact investing landscape globally.

I’m excited to follow up on the many connections made that will play a big role in scaling our impact. Stay tuned!

Images courtesy of Jenny Jiang, Autodesk Foundation.


Plan International’s Clip after a day of Educational Training

Posted Wednesday 5 September 2018 by Urs Riggenbach.

Watch this very first video of entrepreneurs getting trained at Smartup Factory in Uganda to run solar bakeries with our SOL5!

It’s great to see the young participants of the educational training in Uganda getting boosted!

Video curtesy of Omalla Johnson, SmartUp Factory Uganda, Plan International Uganda.


Announcing Partnership with Plan International Finland and SmartUp Factory programme in Uganda

Posted Friday 13 July 2018 by Urs Riggenbach.

In partnership with Plan International Finland and Plan International Uganda, we are starting a new cooperation in Uganda providing our SOL5 solar concentrators and educational trainings to the SmartUp Factory program.

SmartUp Factory is driven by the idea that "since the poor and marginalized youth experience the challenges in their community and society first hand they are in a crucial position to identify those challenges and come up with innovative solutions to them."

Every month, Plain International Uganda is welcoming 20-30 new youths to the
venue and they receive full access to the mentoring, trainings and equipment. The program is currently running in six locations in Uganda.

In this project, GoSol is providing SOL5 units, hands on trainings, theoretical lessons and support with the incubation of solar bakeries.

We are excited about this partnership and the potential to empower more and more entrepreneurs with our SOL5 through education.

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SmartUp Factory has empowered over 3500 young people from Uganda with the skills needed for social entrepreneurship.


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