Blog of Urs Riggenbach

Staten Island Cookoff with GrowNYC

Posted Monday 16 February 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

See the results of Lorin’s training and demonstration day with GrowNYC at the Staten Island Makerspace.


The New Global East Africa Event

Posted Thursday 12 February 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

Yesterday we attended an event hosted by The New Global at Aalto University.
Solar entrepreneurs Patrick Ngowi of Helvetic Solar and Rustam Sengupta of Boond gave excellent presentations. This was followed by a discussion with renewable energy developers of Finland about their cooperation with Eastern Africa.

Picture courtesy of Petri Allekotte.


Concentrator Ready at Staten Island Makerspace

Posted Monday 26 January 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

Lorin has finished building one of GoSol.org’s solar cookers in record time!

Have a look at his video introducing some of the people at the Staten Island MakerSpace.

The north east United States is expecting a big snowstorm in the next few days but as soon as the sun shines again we’ll be bringing you footage from New York’s most powerful solar cooker!


Les Vagabonds de l’Énergie on Samsø Island

Posted Wednesday 21 January 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

Yesterday Arnaud Crétot from France joined us in Finland. Arnaud is a thermal engineer with keen interest in the global renewable energy transition, and before getting involved in GoSol.org, he traveled the world as part of Les Vagabonds de l’Énergie, a project documenting energy inventions, technology and infrastructure across the globe.

Here is a teaser from their documentary featuring an interview with Søren Hermansen of Samsø, the island that is producing more energy than its inhabitants consume. Mr. Hermansen of the Energy Academy played a key role in the islands energy transition.

The rest of the footage comes from Arnaud’s travels in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Last part of the Vagabonds project was India where we met. After that they were supposed to go to Japan but the Fukushima-Daiichi catastrophe happened a few days before the scheduled flight.


Arnaud Crétot Joins Us from France

Posted Wednesday 21 January 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

We are very excited to have Arnaud Crétot from France over with us in Finland. Now, for the first time, the team is all in one place (Well, except Lorin, who’s in NYC building another machine...). Arnaud is our thermal engineer and scientific director. You can find out more about him on the About section.


GoSol.org at Staten Island MakerSpace, NYC

Posted Monday 19 January 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

Progress update from Lorin Symington’s quest to build a solar concentrator in NYC. Lorin is working with the Staten Island MakerSpace in NYC.


First Days in Haiti

Posted Wednesday 17 December 2014 by Urs Riggenbach.

Lorin Symington has reached Haiti safely after long hours of travel. He is now working with Haiti Communitere to install a solar oven in Port-au-Prince. We are all looking forward to the pictures of their first solar lunch!


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