SolaRoof focuses on the sun & water in creating a winter-warm/summer-cool and night-warm/day-cool canopy (PyraPOD), utilizing soap bubble thermodynamics to mobilize & store day time solar energy for night time use with high heat insulation & solar/geo thermal synergy built in.
Here we showcase a simple and smart way to dynamically mimic our unique atmosphere around the earth to capture the free solar energy we call Solar Fire in a double-layer structure. We use it to create a comfortable zone in which you can grow your own food fresh or simply use it as an energy efficient dwelling place.
PyraPOD (meaning Fire in POD) is the embodiment of SolaRoof technology invented by Richard Nelson to create a series of POD shaped buildings. Shape and size can be different. PyraPOD4 and 8 are meant for backyard use, AgriPOD for farmers, and CityPOD with unlimited expansion potentials to produce fish, vegetables, mushrooms and other forms of food for an entire city!
We are in the process of building PyraPOD’s prototypes almost simultaneously in several locations of the world. You can see the following image depicting the basic structure of PyraPOD4.
However, while the above image reveals its physical structure, it does not show the core of SolaRoof technology. For that matter, this single page is loaded with texts, pictures and videos, explaining how SolaRoof in PyraPOD works in mimicking the nature, that is the atmosphere around the earth, to create a zone suitable for plant growing or even for human habitat. If you cannot wait, take a look at the following schematic showing how SolaRoof works. Video pages are also available for you to watch – use the top menu to pick your favorite category.
We have finished the design work for a full line of products for backyard use as all climate greenhouses. These proactive solar greenhouses come with these features that tackle conventional greenhouse problems right from the root: (1) use mainly the Sun and water for heating and cooling, (2) no need for air ventilation, (3) smoothing out huge air temperature swing inside conventional greenhouse, (4) low cost in building this type of greenhouses and year-round operation, (5) easy to adapt to vertical growing and other soil-less growing systems, (6) easy to guide and transform how we build houses for human habitat.
Want to see the three historic projects that Richard Nelson had done in the past, click to read this ariticle: SolaRoof 1982, 1991 and 1997. Under the FAQ menu, we have a page answering common questions and also displaying three major White Paper documments written by Richard Nelson.
What else you build beside PyraPOD greenhouses? The answer is SolaRoof Village. The following video shows that four cube like mini houses we call LifePODs can be placed at four corners of AgriPOD, an enlarged version of PyraPOD8:
For those who want to see solid proof and temperature curves, we have prepared a case study page here: With and without soap liquid foam filling is CRITICAL and makes a huge difference. Note that for newly designed products, more information will be presented as soon as they are available.
For those who seek to retrofit and convert existing greenhouses, please read this post that explains how to modify the Chinese style passive solar greenhouse to turn it from passive to proactive so that it performs much better than you think.
Want to see the real life use of this type of greenhouse? Click here to read how an Ontario couple, Kat and Ross Elliott, use this technology to grow crops even in winter time when the outside temperature is as cold as -30 degrees C in Eastern Canada. Harvey Rayner of England is another one who works with the technology extensively but sadly his website does not give any temperature curve data :-(
The largest DIY structure that was built to utilize SolaRoof technology is found in the following video in Chinese, reporting a man in China who started in 2008 to replicate what Richard Nelson teaches. Due to DIY build without direct consulation, certain issues exist, like 100% total filling is hindered and only partial filling can achieved. This is not an issue with the region showing in this video, but a major one for those who live a much colder regions:
There are also other parties, DIYers and group of companies, who have tested the technology. Some like Ross and Harvey, are willing to share to the whole world. Some just want to keep it for themselves. We at PyraPOD Global Inc will do as the inventor intends. Richard Nelson is the CTO of our company. He is the chief architect for what we do and all others are simply helpers to make sure that PyraPOD structures are designed and built properly. We work under the guideline given here at the PODnet Network.
We will also document the whole process of PyraPOD backyard and field installation in real time. Note that the octagon shaped PyraPOD can be expanded to much larger sizes and forms, such as the bunker type of building shown (click on the thumbnail to see a larger picture).
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