So, it’s official, we’re announcing the installation of our first Sun Simba HCPV demonstration facility at the Earth Rangers Centre just outside of Toronto in Woodbridge, Ontario. This is exciting for a couple of reasons.
Our strategy has been to make it to the demonstration prototype stage prior to seeking external funding – demonstrate our technology before we start talking to investors. (What we can do is pretty amazing, so a little proof to quell people’s healthy scepticism is a good thing.) We’ve been developing the Sun Simba HCPV for a while, and we’re going to be releasing details on how it works in the next few weeks.
It’s one thing to say that we’ve built a low-cost, high-efficiency CPV system with a long list of advantages over other systems, we’re looking forward to showing people.
The other reason this is exciting is that Earth Rangers will be hosting the demo. Earth Rangers, if you haven’t heard of them, are a non-profit organization dedicated to children’s environmental education and action, and to demonstrating cutting-edge environmental technologies. In the words of one of their engineers, they believe in implementing smart environmental technologies now, and they believe in walking their talk.
The Earth Rangers Centre is a certified LEED Gold building that is an amazing model of environmental technology in action. After discussions and a tour of the facility, we’re most likely going to be installing our demo system just south of a building on the site that already features a rooftop PV installation. Our demo will be tied into the existing system. In addition to hosting the demo system and providing us with a beautiful location, they’re going to be providing us with monitoring support as well as access to their facilities. Their enthusiasm to support cutting-edge solar energy technology research translates into a perfect setting for us to showcase the Simba.
It’s a beautiful spot too. We’ll be installing the demonstration system in mid to late September and releasing more details soon.