High Temperature Light Catcher

What is it?
The High Temperature Light Catcher is an open air solar workbench. This workbench has a fixed access point for concentrated solar energy. A multitude of devices can be plugged in at this point. For instance glass ovens, ceramic kilns or Stirling engines. This enables sustainable artisan production. For example glass or metal melting, black- or goldsmithing, or making ceramics.

How does it work?
The High Temperature Light Catcher concentrates sunlight in a fixed point, independently of the sun’s position in the sky.

The High Temperature Light Catcher consists out of two parts. The first part is constructed from two parabolically bend mirrors. This parts focuses the sunlight at a spot above a workbench.

The second part is the workbench. Here you can perform your work, connecting the machinery or ovens you need to the solar access point. The High Temperature Light Catcher can be used for high temperature processes, up to 1200 °C.

Possible uses of the High Temperature Light Catcher:

• casting of aluminum, tin, bronze or zinc, recycling of metals, and the production of parts for new Light Catchers

• glass melting and forming, glass recycling, and ultimately the production of mirrors for new Light Catchers

• blacksmithing

• gold- and silversmithing

• welding

• metal cutting

• outdoor kitchen

• baking bread

• sunlight photography

 

Testen van het prototype in de Alentejo, Portugal. De felle lichtplek is het geconcentreerde zonlicht.
Testen van het prototype in de Alentejo, Portugal. De felle lichtplek is het geconcentreerde zonlicht.