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    Brilliant idea. I can see this being useful, for example, in hospitals or clinics that need ice, but don t have electricity. Nice job, scientists!

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  • Critik

    And if they build a few hundred million of them they can reverse global warming!

  • Ali

    I would to have a solar ice making machine at our ruefegee camps in Kenya, any oene who can help how to get an effecteive and convienent macehine please do it and send ethe detals.


  • Maikahl

    Interesting that everyone can see to obvious uses such as for remote locations, 3rd world countries…blah blah blah….Personally I have some far higher personal aims with such a device. Such as replacing/ supplementing current home refrigeration and cooling- if not replacing it all together…both being the more demanding electic needs of a household. I have already gotten my gas bill down into the 15 to 20 dollar range adding a simple homemade solar water heater out of spare parts, the only part that wasnt already in my workshop was a combiner valve to keep myself from being burned by too hot of water it generates. I thought that the attic space in my home would be perfect to use as the heating source for making ice, since even on a not so hot day, an attic will easily reach the temp needed for the process. Want to reduce fuel demand in the nation by massive amounts…rather than invest millions in gov. programs to figure out what to do…why not make it mandatory that all water heaters be converted to solar water heaters when they need to be replaced..why do the solutions to so many problems need government and corporate oversight and investment????Is it because there is no true interest in doing anything about it???

    • Keith Pinster

      before I could put my solar water heating system up on my house, I lost my job and ended up having to move into an apartment. but I still have all the parts for my solar furnace and most of the parts for a solar water heating system. As soon as I get another house, I will put those into place.

      But consider something else: how about solar water heating for apartment buildings? As an apartment owner, I know one consideration is keeping your costs as low as possible, but why not incorporate solar water heating systems and then raise the rent slightly? Seems to me like they would be able to easily and quickly recover the cost of installation and then the extra rent would be nothing but profit.

      I guess there just isn’t enough “forward thinking” in this country.

  • http://www.cerd.dj Mr Said Ismael

    Dear Manager;
    Having found your address in the internet, I have decided to write you this email. In fact, we are currently developing the fishing sector and we are interested in your solar powered equipment. We need a reliable supplier that can offer quality price competitive for a complete hybrid solar/wind powered system for ice flakers. This ice will used for fish conservation by village communities plus brackish water desalination system connected together. The capacity of the hybrid system we are targeting is 20 KW. The system must include an insulated or tropicalized ice conserving box. Likewise the mean measured direct solar radiation of the site is 23.4 MJ/M2. day with a wind speed of more than 5 m/s.
    I would very much like if you could provide me with a quotation regarding such a system. I look forward in making business with you. Thank you in advance.

    Best regards
    Mr Said Ismael Awaleh
    Director of the Institute of Earth Science
    Republic of Djibouti (North East Africa)

  • jim

    Are you saying, a working gas is not part of this process or if one circulates that not a moving part? If so, then I say the writer used no working parts to write this.

    • Keith Pinster

      The term “moving parts” implies mechanical working parts. A moving gas or liquid is not considered a “moving part” that can physically break. Nor is electricity considered a “moving part” when it goes through a circuit board.

      What they are saying is that there is no engine to compress the gas, it is done solely using thermodynamics and values.

      To be honest, I’m not quite sure why you are quibbling about terminology. Do you think this is useless because you disagree with what the term “moving parts” means?

      The bigger picture here is that the system doesn’t require any external, man-made energy source, which is the most important aspect of the system. And there are no machine parts to break down. Just simple hoses and values that are cheap and easy to replace, as opposed to high-cost, hard to obtain machinery parts.

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  • Saurabh

    Great job done I really appreciate your work and congratulate you for your success. I am also interested in doing this solar ice maker. So can you please help me in doing so.

  • Jim

    Are their any designs available for the DYI folks to follow in building one of these for ourselves?

  • Robert

    is this brilliant idea allready commercialized? Wher can i buy such equipement or are ther assemblingplans available?

  • reynoldsstacie

    They totally ripped this idea off from the Vanek brothers and Moth Green

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    • Roger, in Bangkok

       I don’t see it as ripped off at all, although a proper citation back to the source would have been most appropriate.  In the original article it is specifically pointed out the drawbacks being “bulky and nonportable”

      In the above article the device has been clearly optimized and highlighting the portability and application in 3rd world and mobile applications.

      Excellent work on the part of both groups!

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    Using Solar heat instead of a compressor.   Smart idea.   I wonder if you can just ‘shade’ the device during the day for a bit to get ice rather than have to wait for nightfall.  During the day is when you will need the ice the most.    If you just need cooling, use a zeer, or clay pot refrigerator.   That will keep food cool, maybe around 52. 

  • Dinah

    Are the plans available or did the oil industry buy the rights to them so they never see the light of day

  • Sachin Patil

    I need full constructive information on solar ice maker. So please sent your reply.

  • Emerald

    WHERE is the ice produced? On the outside of the piping? Need a better explanation…

  • Thedoodster

    Sounds like you could use this multiple times a day if you had a way to stop the heating process once it reaches its peak, let it cool and get your ice. Then turn the bad boy back on.  I have seen many plans using old refrigerator coolers using salty water to freeze suspended buckets which could also work with a solar charged batteries/inverter but this concept is way simpler with the lack of moving parkets

  • Jeff

    Does it use anhydrous amonia or methyl bromide for cooling?

  • Jeff

    Company I used to work for made air conditioners that ran on waste motor oil.  Same concept as this.  Very efficent cooling system.  Brilliant idea to use solar to generate the heat. What a huge boon to the third world. 

  • Lovie_snippets

    I saw plans for this in “Home Power” magazine, published in 1997.

  • timallard

    May I suggest that the average propane refrigerator can be heated by a small dish collector aimed at where the propane heated the unit.

  • Jury Po

    May I know the full information about this topic? I hope you can send me a reply. Thank you!

  • jack

    And where can we buy one or get the plans to build one? As a first responder in disasters I am frustrated by a lot of Talk and Not a lot of Walk…

  • David Shaw

    I can build one of these…Damn-IT! another great idea already had at by folks that will do little or nothing with it…….

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