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ProSolarTec News

The Prometheus Project is an ongoing Research and Development program that has spawned powerfully innovative solar technology. Prometheus is a two-stage solar concentrator that uses the Sun's energy to produce high temperatures sufficient to melt metal! The patented technology is the intellectual property of Lunenburg Foundry & Engineering Limited and the inventor, Peter J. Kinley. Even with this relatively northerly location, in Lunenburg Nova Scotia Canada, various prototypes of this novel technology are producing remarkable results.

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Prometheus is a device that concentrates the Sun's energy. Much like a magnifying glass, the Sun's light is concentrated at a point focus. The difference is that Prometheus does this more efficiently creating extremely high temperatures near the focus. These high temperatures have potential for many different applications: melting metals in a casting facility, creating steam to turn turbines to generate power, heating your home, or even cooking food!

UNB Student Design Teams

Two separate student teams from the University of New Brunswick took on Prometheus themed design projects for the 2009 fall term. One team focused on the tracking mechanics while the other team analysed the collapsable structure of the Gamma II prototype. Over the term the students collaborated with the Prometheus team and produced great results. UNB and LIFE look forward to collaborating on more projects.

 

Thermocouples

As the ProSolarTec continues to improve its solar concentrating technology, the technologies used to measure and record data must also follow suit. Prometheus field tests currently use data acquisition software coupled with high-grade thermocouples to accurately measure temperatures of up to 8 different locations simultaneously. The testing has recently surpassed the upper limit of K-type thermocouples and in order to record these higher temperatures the Prometheus Team is now using platinum based R-type thermocouples. As the accuracy of the tests improves, more detailed fine-tuning can be executed on the prototypes, further increasing the success of the project's experiments.

 

ARC Experimental Research

Prometheus Solar Technologies has signed a collaborative deal with Alberta Innovates Futures (formerly Alberta Research Council). The Beta-Gamma prototype was transported to Edmonton, Alberta in March 2010, where AIF will verify ProSolarTec's scientific results. This will act as a demonstration spot for potential western investors. The Prometheus Team is very excited to have a prototype up and running in a largely sunny climate, and look forward to the scientific credibility such collaboration brings.

To read more on the Prometheus Team and Partners please click here.

   

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.

 

Dalhousie Collaboration

Various collaborative projects have been conducted between the LIFE Prometheus team and Dalhousie University. Heat of fusion and ray tracing research, conducted by faculty and students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, have been used to both measure the current power of Prometheus prototypes, and project the potential of prototypes in the future. The consensus of these research projects: Not only is this technology already incredibly powerful, but there is potential for even more growth.

For more on The Prometheus Team and Collaboration with other groups please click here.

   

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