List of PyraPOD designs with built-in SolaRoof to utilize the free solar energy up there

Note: The following list will help you get a big picture of what PyraPOD can help you grow your own food and even design your own shelter. The code in brackets is for each particular design with specific dimensions and use. Note that all the following designs intrinsically incorporate the collection of clean distilled water and snow melting functionalities. Off-grid solutions can be easily added to each design as SolaRoof runs on low-cost blowers and water pumps.

(2) PyraDEMO (P4A34x42cm) is the smallest model we have developed so far. We have reduced its size to 34 cm in length and width, and 42 cm in height. The whole is crystal clear without bubble filling and white sparkling with bubbles filled inside. Click to learn more about PyraDEMO.

(2) PyraPOD4x4m (P44x4m) is so far the easiest to make using regular pipes and connectors for its frame. To make it even easier to make for DIY, we have a version that contains only straight edges and surfaces, we call it P4x4m. To make it easy to grow vegetables and fish inside, we incorporate Mark McMirtry’s Afriponics (previously iAVS) into the design as vertical grow towers. Click to learn more about PyraPOD4x4m.

(3) PyraTENT (P4T2m) is another version of the PyraPOD structure utilizing Richard Nelson’s SolaRoof technology. Its square footing is still 4×4 meters. Since it is a tent, there is no second level floor. Click to learn more about PyraTENT.

(4) Backyard PyraPOD (P4V17f) is a slightly bigger and taller version than PraTENT, designed to have a second floor for backyard vertical growing such as iAVS sandponics and aquaponics to get both fresh vegetables and fish. Click to learn more about backyard PyraPOD.

(5) PyraFARM (P4T48x12m) is a much expanded tent-like canopy that is rectangular in footing and is meant for large-scale farm operations. It can collect rain water on roof for growing. While it is designed to house iAVS sandponics and aquaponics, it can be used for other farm operations or to be adjusted as roofing systems for supermarkets, factories, stadiums, and community centers, etc. Click to learn more about PyraFARM.

(6) PeachPOD (PR1.5×1.5m) is designed based on the “orange theory” of the universe. It gives soap bubbles the smoothest passage and the iAVS sandponics the best shape for fish tanks and grow beds. Two levels of sand beds rotate slowly for maximum sun exposure to all plants. Click to learn more about PeachPOD.

(7) PyraBnB (P4B24f) is a 2.5-level building designed for gardening on the top level and living on the main and second levels. A large swimming pool is on the ground level with room for fish underneath the floored area. The main level walls can be built with opaque structural insulated panels (SIP) for privacy and quick assembly. Click to learn more about PyraBnB.

(8) PyraFLOT (P8W12f) is a house that can be built directly on water or buried half in the ground so that it can float up in a sustained flood. This is useful for those who live near the sea, the lake and in low grade areas that tend to have seasonal flooding. Two, four or more units can be joined together for expanded families or communities. Click to learn more about PyraFLOT.

(9) PyraTOPE (P16W12m) is simply a much expanded version of PyraFLOT that can house up to 96 families in one structure. It is meant for a large community of people who would like to live together on still water. Many functions can be built in to meet the community needs. Click to learn more PyraTOPE.

Beside these designs, we have PyraCAR which adds wheels to PyraPOD, and PyraLEV which adds wings to allow PyraPOD fly over the clouds in the sky.

P.S. Meanings of letters in the above design codes: P for PyraPOD, 4 for square or rectangular footing, 8 for octagon footing, T for tent or tent-like structure, V for vertical growing or structure, B for BNB, W for water floating capabilities, F for Farm use, m for meters in edge length, f for feet in edge length.

By Jun Aubrey Zhang

Since obtaining PhD in Electrochemistry in 1994, I have been through many things, such as post-doctoral research work using STM to study atomic level electrodeposition of Cd on Ag(111) surface at UIUC (Urbana-Champaign at University of Illinois), lifetime free-lance preaching, CEO of TheoLogos Publications and PyraPOD Global Inc, former salesman of diamond tools for Superprem Industries, former CEO of DiaSolid Kitchen & Bath, finishing carpenter, working for CRE Green, a solar company in Kelowna, BC. Now I have started this new business along with Richard Nelson, designing and manufacturing PyraPODs. After all these experiences, my life motto is this: sharp mind must combine with skilful hands. With my wife Margaret we have three kids - Riley, Grace and Anita.

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