This will be my first Burning Man and I want to showcase a new technology. I want to build a solar power generator to provide clean electricity for free at the festival.
The generator will be a relatively simple steam generator powered by SolarFlowers, which are easy-to-make parabolic solar collectors constructed using scrap materials (see http://solarflower.blogspot.com
for details). The system incorporates proven technologies.
The situation is, I am out of the country until August 3. I need to find US-based people, preferably in the Western states, who can help me build the SolarFlower power generator.
I can provide schematics, instructions, money for materials, and a perhaps even a small stipend (though this is all coming out of my pocket, so goodwill time donations would be ideal).
Completed machines are needed by August 15, or the appropriate amount of time that allows me to drive the trailer to Burning Man. Could you or anyone you know possibly help me out?
Skills needed for steam generator: general metalworking, fitting, brazing
Tools/facilities needed: a home metalshop with hand tools (donâ€™t need a lathe or milling machine), hacksaw, blowtorch, angle grinder, drill, gas brazing set
Number of people needed: 1-3 in the same geographic area
Time needed: 3 weeks â€“ 1 month
One person could do the job in a month, or a few people working together in a few weeks (for example, one person doing the steam part, one person doing the boiler, and one doing the electric).
Even if you canâ€™t help with building, you can help by asking around, spreading the word about SolarFlower, or contributing financially to the project (Iâ€™m going to start a Kickstarter campaign in the coming week).
I'd greatly appreciate any ideas, advice, connections, spreading the word, etc. Reply to this thread or send me a private message.
Help bring clean energy and an awesome DIY solar project to Burning Man!