This topic provides information and discussion regarding implementation of Air Heating Solar Panel in Greece and beyond, by the local OpenTech community in Thermaikos near Thessaloniki.
All individuals and small groups are invited to contribute and support this project on an informal basis. You are also encouraged to visit us on the spot and meet the people who are actual boots-on-the-ground.
This topic is an offspring of more general discussion about possible involvement of RH community in creation of self-organized economy in Thermaikos region. See here for the broad picture: Greece - Groundwork for Freedom: Discussion
For the current context of Greece as a transit area for the long-term migration stream, see Greece - Groundwork for Freedom: Discussion
Project home page: https://anabasis2015.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/solar-power-to-the-people/
Panel design home page: http://www.iedu.com/Solar/Panels/index.html
A lot of pictures and the relation of Morris Dovey: http://www.iedu.com/Solar/Panels/Greece2015/
It is my pleasure to inform that on Sunday, 27.09.2015, in Anexartiti Protovoulia in Thermaikos we have fully assembled and installed (inside the office big window) first European prototype of a passive air heating solar panel, developed by Morris Dovey, who was here in August to teach us how to build it.
The panel is working very well despite the fact that it doesn’t exactly follow the design specification.
I am really happy we managed to finish the ‘canonical’ prototype and it works. This is the kind of small, practical success needed to restore self-esteem and stamina among people.
Next steps (funds permitting):
– an advanced, sensory-saturated optimization lab unit;
– design mutation to use more standard parts;
– aberrations like an all-transparent module, @hexayurt Hexayurt wall section module, self-contained module to be placed on the roof, for example.
– Mass production DIY kit specs.
This is the beginning of huge project introducing open technology for Greek communities.
We now aim on
– preparing a measurement set (sensors to monitor temperature and airflow) which would tell us what is ACTUAL heating power of the device.
– building another prototype based on more standard parts (tailor-made metal fins accounted for half of the cost at the first time)
– building a lightweight version, for presentations in various places.
– building an externally mounted version, for the houses not having South facing windows.
Direct quick funding is needed at the level of 200-500 E per case (we
did the first prototype at 400E, another one I plan do make at 200-250; the sensor / RasPi set – another 200 etc etc.).
It is possible to obtain by pooling the money here locally (slow and painful, as the austerity keeps choking the economy) or by various channels outside.
So if you want to help us with money, parts or tools, please contact me for arrangements.
More details to follow.