Current Projects: Piloting in Kenya & Tanzania

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Users of our solar concentrators are rural businesses that currently rely on charcoal, firewood and unstable electric grids (for now, other uses are also possible).

Our machines can power bakeries, nut & bean roasteries, and fruit and fish drying businesses.

By using our technology daily, entrepreneurs save money and use charcoal or electricity only during rainy days. They breath cleaner air, have lower costs and are empowered with energy independence.

Check out what the Media says and what Users say.

 

GoSol.org Projects made possible with support from:

Founding Sponsor

Wärtsilä is committed to support African societies and businesses and is backing the piloting and scale-up of this local solar technology through education in Africa and beyond.

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Wärtsilä Energy Solutions is a leading global supplier of ultra-flexible power plants of up to 600 MW operating on various gaseous and liquid fuels. Their portfolio includes unique solutions for baseload, peaking, reserve and load-following power generation, as well as for balancing intermittent renewable energy. Wärtsilä Energy Solutions also provides utility-scale solar PV power plants, as well as LNG terminals and distribution systems. As of 2016, Wärtsilä has 60 GW of installed power plant capacity in 176 countries around the world.

Sponsors

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Latest Updates

Video: Impact Residency at Autodesk Pier 9

Posted Tuesday 19 December 2017 by Urs Riggenbach.

Watch how Autodesk Foundation and Pier 9 supported GoSol.org this year on our path to design, develop and spread our entrepreneurial solar thermal solution!

Listen to Sherry Wong of Pier 9, Zoé Bezpalko of Autodesk Foundation and Eerik Wissenz, William Cleaver and Urs Riggenbach of GoSol.org talking about our achievements in Kenya, Tanzania and how Autodesk’s technology center Pier 9 supported the innovation process.

 

More about Autodesk Foundation and the Impact Residency at Pier 9:

The Autodesk Foundation supports the design and creation of innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. The Impact Residency provides a unique opportunity for Foundation grantees to use the resources of the Autodesk Pier 9 Technology Center in San Francisco to iterate on their own designs aimed at having a positive effect on the future of our planet and in our daily lives.

Impact Residents have access to the training, tools and machines, software, and human expertise Pier 9 offers. The ability to iterate and deploy solutions quickly is made possible by rapid prototyping on-site, direct access to the teams who built the software used in the design process, and expert workshop staff.

 

Further Links:

Autodesk Foundation

Autodesk Pier 9 Technology Center

Pier 9 Residency Program

GoSol Milestones

Building the Direct Solar Economy

Achievement in Kenya: World Vision’s Video

Autodesk Foundation supports GoSol / Solar Fire

SOL5 Oven at UNHCR’s Offices at Kakuma Refugee Camp

Wärtsilä sponsors GoSol in Kenya and soon in Tanzania

Very dynamic solar bakers in Tanzania

Flagship video of the projects in Kenya and Tanzania

Recent Posts

Video: Impact Residency at Autodesk Pier 9

Flagship video of the projects in Kenya and Tanzania

Very dynamic solar bakers in Tanzania

GoSol speaks at Autodesk University

Global Resource Alliance and GoSol in Tanzania

The First Solar Bakery in Tanzania

Landing in Tanzania: Butiama Environmental Expo

Fish dehydrated with solar energy at Bao Beach, Kenya

Global Ressource Alliance: Our Partner in Tanzania

1 Year After: Expanding Solar Bakery in Kenya

Yier Ngima - Solar Peanut Butter

GoSol.org at Maker Fair 2017

Preserving the green beauty with the power of the sun

San Francisco Showcase, May 25th

You make the world a better place by working...

Presenting Results and a New Application in Kisumu

Solar for All – From Vision to Reality

Return to Solar Oven in Kenya

Video Blog: OCTO, Autodesk’s Digital Fabrication Lab at Pier 9

Wärtsilä sponsors GoSol in Kenya and soon in Tanzania

SOL5 Oven at UNHCR’s Offices at Kakuma Refugee Camp

First demo of solar oven for refugees

Video Blog: Introducing the Electronics Lab at Autodesk Pier 9

Video Blog: Welcome to Pier 9!

Solar Oven Landing in Refugee Camp

First days at Autodesk Pier 9, San Francisco

Impact Residency Program Starting at Autodek Pier 9

Solar Fire at AutoDesk University

Update from Kenya: The SOL5 generates income
and supports the entrepreneurs

Predicting the Next Billion Solar Concentrators

Autodesk Foundation supports GoSol / Solar Fire

SolBook: Preparing the Next Generation
of Solar Builders and Entrepreneurs

Achievement in Kenya: World Vision’s Video

Solar Cooking Chef in New York!

Building the Direct Solar Economy

Meeting the Kopitge Bakers in Kenya
and First Solar Bread Testing

Thank YOU!

Building Sol5 Solar Concentrators in Kenya

Les Vagabonds de l’énergie reprennent la route !

GoSol - What We Do and Why

Two Inspiring Events Upcoming in Helsinki

Meeting a Courageous Kenyan Women’s Community

GoSol on the road to Kenya

Starting in Kenya with World Vision

Sol4 Save Trees

First Replication of Sol4 Model in Palestine

Starting in Nigeria with SF Green Resources

Drying Fruits With Solar?

Happy New Year!

Sol4 Demo to Entrepreneurs & Students

Post COP21 Ecology Strategy Review

The COP21 Agreement: A Letter to Santa

Early Adopter Participates in Startup Program

Backyard Baking in Joburg

Aaron Langa from Forum4Change

Deloitte Foundation becomes a GoSol.org sponsor

Siyakhana vBlog

Meeting the Yier Ngima Support Group in Kenya

Rorisa At the Innovation Hub

Wandie’s Place - Going Solar?

GoSol.org and SunFire Solutions on CCTV’s "Africa LIVE"

Solar Energy and Food Gardens Are a Natural Fit

10 Km from Civilization - the GoSol Solution

Baking in Johannesburg

Inspiring Innovation in Pretoria

GoSol.org in the Johannesburg Workshop

Solar and the Meaning of Life

Starting in South Africa with SunFire Solutions

Rexel Foundation becomes a GoSol.org Sponsor

Solar Breakfast at Surface in Hamilton, Canada

Connecting Builders: Switzerland meets Togo

Solar Popcorn and Greens at GrowNYC

Boris Awume, Entrepreneur from Togo

Engineering Students Complete Solar Concentrator in Pakistan

Solar Energy for Palestine

First Sizzle with the Sol4 in Switzerland

Hybrid Power Generation at Air University, Islamabad

Swiss Schoolclass is Building a Sol4

L’entreprenariat solaire accessible aux plus pauvres

Sol4 Guide Ready for Early Adopters

Mackenson’s Solar Pizza

Baking Cake in Haiti

Rexel Foundation (Paris) is supporting us

SOS Energie, Burkina Faso

GrowNYC Goes Solar

Jeunes Verts Togo

Meeting Patricia Mc Ardle, the Solar Lady

SunFire South Africa Supports the #FreeTheSun Campaign

World Vision and the Weconomy Program

Finnish Cleantech Delegation to San Francisco and L.A.

Baking Experiments in Haiti

Boond - Every Drop Makes a Difference

Interview with Alan Bigelow, PhD, Columbia University

Solar French Fries

Mackenson Has Seen the Future, the Future is GoSol!

Arnaud Crétot’s Interview for Libres! Le Film

Staten Island Cookoff with GrowNYC

The New Global East Africa Event

GoSol.org International Team in Tampere, Finland

Grilled Cheese in the Freezing Cold!

Concentrator Ready at Staten Island Makerspace

"Libres!" Trailer with English Subtitles

Les Vagabonds de l’Énergie on Samsø Island

Arnaud Crétot Joins Us from France

GoSol.org at Staten Island MakerSpace, NYC

Mackenson and Guerline baking at Haiti Communitere

Lorin’s Update from NYC

Meet Mackenson, the first GoSol.org Technician in Haiti

Back in Haiti and Working with the Sun

GoSol.org Sponsors Libres! - a Great Documentary about Energy

Solar Pizzas in Haiti

First Days in Haiti

Cooking Solar in... Finland?!

Partner Spotlight: BioSampo FREES

GoSol.org Site has Launched

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Video: Impact Residency at Autodesk Pier 9

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The First Solar Bakery in Tanzania

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GoSol.org at Maker Fair 2017

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Solar for All – From Vision to Reality

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Return to Solar Oven in Kenya

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Video Blog: Introducing the Electronics Lab at Autodesk Pier 9

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Impact Residency Program Starting at Autodek Pier 9

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First Sizzle with the Sol4 in Switzerland

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Hybrid Power Generation at Air University, Islamabad

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Finnish Cleantech Delegation to San Francisco and L.A.

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GoSol.org International Team in Tampere, Finland

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Meet Mackenson, the first GoSol.org Technician in Haiti

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Back in Haiti and Working with the Sun

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Solar Pizzas in Haiti

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First Days in Haiti

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Cooking Solar in... Finland?!

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