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Joseph Kinley

Joseph F. Kinley - Special Projects Co-ordinator

Joseph KinleyJoseph was born in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and was brought up on the family farm. From an early age he began working with his hands and developed a knack for fixing things. As he grew older repairing the farm equipment became just another chore.

During the summer of 2000 he took a Marine Engineering course in Comox, British Colombia where he learned how to operate and maintain marine diesel engines and systems. With his knowledge of diesel systems operation he took a position as an Apprentice Diesel Mechanic at LIFE in 2003 where he converted truck engines to marine engines and helped to install them in fishing boats.

In 2005 Joseph enrolled as a Maritime Surface and Sub-Surface officer in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and finished his training in 2009. He continues to work with the Naval Reserve at his Unit HMCS SCOTIAN, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Joseph completed his Mechanical Engineering Degree at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick and works full-time with LIFE and ProSolarTec as a Project Engineer.

Prometheus News

Gamma II Vaporizes Steel

The LIFE Prometheus team inadvertently vaporized steel using the Gamma II prototype on the 10th of February 2010.  The test, which had initially been intended to be the first steel pour using Prometheus solar technology, quickly became the first vaporization of steel when the steel sample was left in the light focus for a couple extra minutes.  In the time between determining that the sample was ready to pour and preparing an appropriate sand bed for pouring, the steel completely vaporized.  All that was left when the contents of the crucible were dumped out was some slag, the steel had vaporized into thin air.

To read more on metal melting and the temperatures achieved click here.

 
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