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Production of the 1500GSHE (High performance SolarSheat)

Yesterday marked the first order and production of the 1500GSHE SolarSheat. 

 Collector facing down with absorber in place

Collector facing down with absorber in place

 complex baffle system added under the 1 inch of polyiso 

complex baffle system added under the 1 inch of polyiso 

 Aluminum back sheet added

Aluminum back sheet added

 Collector flipped over and ready to remove protective coating 

Collector flipped over and ready to remove protective coating 

 Protective coating remove and glazing tape added to side channel - reading for glazing.

Protective coating remove and glazing tape added to side channel - reading for glazing.

Installation of SolarSheat 1500GSHE

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. 

1500GSHE Angle Side Shot.JPG
1500GSHE profile behind collector.JPG

Evolution of the Winter Garden

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.  

Introduction of the Winter Garden lite

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. 

 Front view of the Winter Garden lite

Front view of the Winter Garden lite

 Winter Garden lite lid open 

Winter Garden lite lid open 

 Winter Garden lite side view 

Winter Garden lite side view 

Summer Garden - test of the 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. 

  Planted with Scotts premium soil and three types of seeds. Cucumber, lettuce, swiss chard

 Planted with Scotts premium soil and three types of seeds. Cucumber, lettuce, swiss chard

 The Winter Garden 

The Winter Garden 

From your farm to Table - Eating from the Winter Garden

I got home last night and picked fresh greens from the Winter Garden. I realized that there was something fundamental about this and took some pictures of the process. Just going outside after a long day and getting some food, shaking off the dirt from the greens gave a sense of this is mine and I grew this myself.  

 Washing Winter Garden Vegetables 

Washing Winter Garden Vegetables 

 On my table - Winter Garden greens planted February 22, 2016 

On my table - Winter Garden greens planted February 22, 2016 

Winter Garden 4-20-16

I checked the progress of the Winter Garden yesterday. Everything seems good and should have a crop to harvest in about 2 weeks.  I watered everything twice this week due to the warmer temperatures.

Spring Weekend April 16 with the Winter Garden

I worked outside most of the weekend and watered the Winter Garden.  I checked the plants growing inside and most seem to being doing well. I planted the one half in February under cold conditions -15 C and the second have a week later.  

SolarSheat in Southern California

A customer who has a number of SolarSheat systems installed on his home in southern California recently sent me this photograph of the installation. Both external and internal shots. 

 SolarSheat 1500GS Souhern California

SolarSheat 1500GS Souhern California

 Interior of SolarSheat 1500GS-DC

Interior of SolarSheat 1500GS-DC

The Winter Garden

I checked the Winter Garden on late yesterday afternoon. It has been a cold week with lows at night to -15 C.  Friday afternoon was +2 C.  Everything growing well. 

SolarSheat in Antarctica

Back in November I constructed two ruggedized 1000GS units for a customer in Antarctica. I wrote about this is a previous blog during the development of the two units. I did receive an image of the bridging station that the customer uses for transport between their final destination and where supplies are dropped. I found out the customer had been using two SolarSheat 1500G series units for a number of years to heat a shelter.  The result is below. 

 2 x 1500G SolarSheat South Pole - Antarctica 

2 x 1500G SolarSheat South Pole - Antarctica 

Production of the Winter Garden

i have started the production of the first Winter Garden system. I am applying the same rules and process that was used in the prototype. The size has increased in depth but the length has remained the same. I am using a natural stain vs. a coloured stain on the prototype. This gives the unit a more natural look and feel. 

 The Winter Garden Serial no. 1 

The Winter Garden Serial no. 1 

SolarSheat 1500GS HE

I have been working on a high performance air collector for over 5 years now. The result is the SolarSheat 1500GS HE (High Efficiency). Advanced simulation and modelling shows an efficiency between 75-80.2 %.  This is the result of five elements:  superior absorber technology(TINOX), new glass, insulation material patented SolarSheat frame/mounting system and customized air direction technology.  The SolarSheat 1500GS HE has the same great patented frame/ mount technology and along with these new elements can provide a 50% increase in efficiency.  I expect the energy delivered can be 1.5 kW/hr or approximately 5000 BTU/hr on a clear sunny day. 

 SolarSheat 1500GS HE

SolarSheat 1500GS HE

SolarSheat 500

I had been working on a concept to introduce a smaller version of the SolarSheat for over 3 years now. I realized that the importance of having a smaller more affordable SolarSheat was critical for reaching customers who were either unable to purchase the existing product line because of financial reasons or were not prepared to invest in a technology that was unproven to them.  After several designs and sizes the SolarSheat 500 was born.  The size is 33 1/4 x 34 34 3/4 inches. (84.4 cm x 88.26 cm)

 SolarSheat 500

SolarSheat 500

The Winter Garden after the ice storm March 24/25 2016

We had a big spring ice storm on March 24-25 2016 and it had rained over 12 hours continuously. Many people were without power in southern Ontario. I checked the Winter Garden today and found about 1 1/2 inches of crusted ice build up. I broke the ice and then opened to see if everything was still okay for my late spring harvest.  Everything protected and cosy inside. 

 Winter Garden ice storm March 24,25 2016

Winter Garden ice storm March 24,25 2016

 The Winter Garden lid open after ice storm, Love the Winter Garden.

The Winter Garden lid open after ice storm, Love the Winter Garden.

The Winter Garden

 

The Evolution of The Winter Garden

During the winter (our off season at Your Solar Home of 2013) I had an idea to build two planters for my backyard out of some old material wooden crates so I could grow some herbs for cooking. I completed and installed in the backyard. I had decided to replicate the design and give one to my mother in the spring of 2014 for Mother's day.  This attempt provide better than using old wood and purchased locally from the lumber supply store in town. 

 Backyard planter 

Backyard planter 

After I completed the planter, I had some extra time between the SolarSheat production and decided to continue my woodworking venture. I had decided to compliment my backyard planters with a table and bench.

Table 

 bench  This exercise continue to provide inspiration for my woodworking outdoor creativity for the home and garden. Several months went by and after the annual busy summer season and late fall of November 2014 I had a break through idea about a garden that could be used in the winter time.   I asked myself what if people could grow food or vegetables in the winter time. i started to research this idea and build a prototype.    

bench

This exercise continue to provide inspiration for my woodworking outdoor creativity for the home and garden. Several months went by and after the annual busy summer season and late fall of November 2014 I had a break through idea about a garden that could be used in the winter time.   I asked myself what if people could grow food or vegetables in the winter time. i started to research this idea and build a prototype. 

 

 Outline of Winter Garden prototype   I needed a good strong UV grade polycarbonate lid to make certain it could stand up to the environment and sun's intensity. I selected a 16 mm polycarbonate lid and cut to size.    

Outline of Winter Garden prototype 

I needed a good strong UV grade polycarbonate lid to make certain it could stand up to the environment and sun's intensity. I selected a 16 mm polycarbonate lid and cut to size. 

 

 Winter Garden with polycarbonate  Next I need a material for the prototype that would allow for moisture. I selected rubberized coasting and applied. (note: I will be using a different coating in the production version). 

Winter Garden with polycarbonate

Next I need a material for the prototype that would allow for moisture. I selected rubberized coasting and applied. (note: I will be using a different coating in the production version). 

 Winter Garden with coating, electronics  I started thinking about how you could not have to lift the lid so the system would automatically ventilate itself. I also determined that it was absolutely necessary to have no additional power source to run the system. With my experience with the SolarSheat I used the electronics and thermostat-sensor based technology.    

Winter Garden with coating, electronics

I started thinking about how you could not have to lift the lid so the system would automatically ventilate itself. I also determined that it was absolutely necessary to have no additional power source to run the system. With my experience with the SolarSheat I used the electronics and thermostat-sensor based technology. 

 

 Winter Garden with Lid, Solar panel and electronics

Winter Garden with Lid, Solar panel and electronics