Lorin Symington has been innovating in the low-tech solar cooker field since 2003 when his grandfather, Fraser Symington, taught him the ways of the Symington Solar Array, which has since come to be known more generally as Solar Fire. Since then, Lorin has travelled to Mexico, Cuba, France, Mali and Haiti doing research, R&D, and awareness raising. Lorin has worked independently as well as with a number or organizations including the Solar Fire, Chocosol, Surface Systems , CETER , Haiti Communitere , and MFC Nyetaa.
Lorin is the Vice-President of ASTRA , a Canadian Corporation without Share Capital (Not for Profit). Together, they are attempting to secure funds to mount a pilot project that would see developing world craftsmen trained to fabricate solar arrays like ASTRA's Phaeton , and demonstrate the incredible potential of Solar Fire technologies.
Lorin is always willing to correspond, especially for technical help regarding solar thermal systems; whether you're looking for detailed advice about building a trough, a dish, a butterfly, flat panel, box cooker, heat exchanger or DIY energy solutions.
News and recent developmentsEdit
- July 2012 - The results of Lorin's trip to Haiti are positive, though mixed. Excellent friends and contacts were made, people were trained and Solar Fire technologies were built and promoted but an unfortunate fire at Haiti Communitere cut the solar focus short. Nonetheless, Lorin and ASTRA are preparing submissions and requests for funding to various agencies.
- January 2011 - Lorin has bought a plane ticket to Hispaniola and will spend much of 2012 In the Dominican Republic and Haiti. An NGO in DR called Adesjo is implementing a pilot project to determine the viability of Solar Fire arrays in mountain communities near San Jose de Ocoa. Lorin will also be traveling to Haiti, where solar cooking could play an instrument role in the country's sustainable development. He is seeking sponsors, investors, collaborators and people with experience on the ground.
- March 2011 - Lorin is now working with ASTRA , the Agency for Solar Technology Research and Application, an Ottawa based not-for-profit, to raise funds for a technology transfer / microenterprise project.
- Feb 2011 - Lorin and Fraser have finished a tropical winters season of productive solar cooking R&D in Mexico and are returning to Ottawa, Canada with their newly developed community cooker called the Phaeton, which will boil 8L in 40 minutes.