I completed the prototype final unit with stand and lettering. The lettering will be pressed with hot stamp on the wood once I get the stencil outline. I may also use CNC letters.
Just finishing the Winter Garden Lite Dual Lid unit
Shot this last night on Winter Garden Lite
I had another idea for the Winter Garden; a double lid. This is ideally suited for the larger Winter Garden but decided to prototype it on a Winter Garden Lite. The dual lid can be used for one side of the garden that is opened more regularly for accessing herbs for cooking while the other side can be for growing vegetables.
SolarSheat at Greenland National Science Foundation. This year marks 8 years since the SolarSheat 1500G series was installed in Greenland. Polycarbonate was added due to the severity of the local weather. 10551 ft above sea level
I planted the Winter Garden Lite in the late spring with parsley, chives,thyme and basil.
Our partner Norellagg in France recently had a SolarSheat 500 installed flush with the building wall, This will be used for the building showcase of new home buyers.
I lined up my three Winter Gardens over the weekend. All three were the original prototypes. The Winter Garden in the middle is the original flanked by the Winter Garden lite on the left and the larger full size on the right.
I ran this first water test of the Winter Garden Friday.
I built and installed a 1/4 inch micro watering system for the Winter Garden lite unit. This should do the trick for watering the Winter Garden without having to lift the lid. Recommended for the spring through fall season.
I visited and upgraded a solar panel that powers the Winter Garden at a customer site. The customer has limited sunlight in the winter time is his backyard but planted late spring. Should be a good crop of vegetables and lettuces.
I planted the Winter Garden year 3 in February and this is some of the harvest. I find that the vegetables are very colourful. This must be due to the cold and concentration of the sugars.
Just dropped shipped tempered glass SolarSheat 500GS-DC SolarSheat 500GS-DC is designed for rooms less than 100 square feet
Yesterday marked the first order and production of the 1500GSHE SolarSheat.
This weekend marked the first installation of the forthcoming SolarSheat 1500GSHE (High Efficiency) collector. Installation took place at a residence, ground mount, horizontal orientation southern exposure with duct work entrance through a false window into the basement. This system represents approximately 3 kW of heating.
I took this shot over the weekend after moving the next generation prototype size of the Winter Garden(far right) beside the first prototype(middle unit) . The very first idea was the herb box(far left) which I planted a variety of herbs.
Today marked the very first unit of the Winter Garden production.
I completed the production model of the Winter Garden lite last week and shot various pictures of the unit in the shop and video outside. The Winter Garden lite is a half size gardening system based on the same principles of the full size Winter Garden.
I had an opportunity to setup and plant the Winter Garden in the back courtyard. I added a drain, and water grid to test for automatic watering.
Today we officially built the first SolarSheat 500 with tempered glass. The process is relatively the same as the polycarbonate model with the glass being cleaned before placing on the collector.