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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.

sun-atmosphere-earthHere 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.

My backyard install of PyraPOD4 Tall: site preparation continued with some minor adjustments

My backyard install of PyraPOD4 Tall: site preparation continued with some minor adjustments

To get the needed financial support, I have started a cloud funding campaign at GoFundMe. Here is the link: gofundme.com/f/juns-p4t-all-climate-fireproof-greenhouse....
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Followup on my DIY backyard PyraPOD4T project: site preparation design with simplest solar thermal and geo thermal synergy

Followup on my DIY backyard PyraPOD4T project: site preparation design with simplest solar thermal and geo thermal synergy

Yestoday, our design team met the local metal fabricator Tim Allen in Kelowna and discussed a few minor things about...
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Geometry and Transparency: which is more important?

Geometry and Transparency: which is more important?

Corin Smith sent me a video clip, which is the first part of this video, looks at nature from geometric...
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Yes, we’ve got our free Discourse forum granted

Yes, we’ve got our free Discourse forum granted

While I have been thinking about setting up a self-hosted version of Discourse, I got great news from the Discourse...
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Solid proof that greenhouses with and without soap liquid foam filling in the double-layer cavity is CRITICAL and makes a huge difference

Solid proof that greenhouses with and without soap liquid foam filling in the double-layer cavity is CRITICAL and makes a huge difference

Today I would like to compare two greenhouses with similar structures - in both cases a double-layer cavity is formed....
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Just got the BubbleBox frame from a metal fabricator in Kelowna, showing what I will do with it

Just got the BubbleBox frame from a metal fabricator in Kelowna, showing what I will do with it

For now I will use it to build a mockup for the bubble generator and fine-tune it for optimized performance....
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Must View: The Critical Issues with Conventional Chinese Style Passive Solar Greenhouses Revealed – How to Solve with an Easy Retrofit Plan

Must View: The Critical Issues with Conventional Chinese Style Passive Solar Greenhouses Revealed – How to Solve with an Easy Retrofit Plan

In the following video, we compare the performance results between the traditional Chinese style passive solar greenhouse and the SolaRoof...
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Historic triple projects accomplished by Richard Nelson & his team: SolaRoof 1982, 91 & 97 plus today

Historic triple projects accomplished by Richard Nelson & his team: SolaRoof 1982, 91 & 97 plus today

The above video is the combination of the following three important videos, with the addition of current full line of...
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BubbleBox simplified further: now it is even easier to build and test the SolaRoof bubble generator

BubbleBox simplified further: now it is even easier to build and test the SolaRoof bubble generator

Today three of us, Richard, Yang and I, had a short session simplifying the Bubble Box design even further so...
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Complete line of designs for PyraPOD 4 and 8: Bubble Box, Bubble Tower, 4Tall1, 4Tall2, 4Grande1, 4Grande2, 8Tall and 8Grande

Complete line of designs for PyraPOD 4 and 8: Bubble Box, Bubble Tower, 4Tall1, 4Tall2, 4Grande1, 4Grande2, 8Tall and 8Grande

Yes, we line them up all in one Sketchup file. Check the video out: Let us know what you think...
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SolaRoof inventor Richard Nelson and wife JeraldinePyraPOD (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!

Closed Controlled Ecological Environment

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. A simple platform that goes up and down in the middle can be added for convenience.

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.

SolaRoof in action for night and cold winter

We have finish the designing work for a full line of products for backyard use as all climate greenhouses. These proactive solar greenhouses come with these features that tackles 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 greenhouse air temperature swing, (4) low cost in building and operating, (5) easy to adapt for vertical growing and other soil-less growing system, (6) can be easily adopted to transform how we build houses for human habitat.

Full line of PyraPOD4 and 8

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:

RetrofitFor 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.

Kat and Ross ElliottHarvey RaynerWant 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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