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By Henrik Jimenez Pranov
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About

Source: WHO

Half the World today live without access to electricity.

Their only energy source is burning of wood, charcoal, kerosene, animal dung or garbage. Burning of these fuels on open fires causes extreme particle generation, CO2 and nitric oxide generation, damaging the local and global climate, adding up to between 1 and 2 times the total greenhouse gas emissions of the US, as well as being responsible for over 4 million deaths every year due to pneumonia, stroke, lung cancer and other particle caused diseases. 

A typical family in the developing part of the world spends between 1/3 and half their income on fuels. Becoming independent of fossil fuels will help the local economy, help the local environment and have a significant impact on the global climate.

Most solar reflectors are made from glass. Glass is heavy, expensive and brittle. To overcome this challenge we have developed a flat plastic foil with micro mirrors to focus the sunlight. It is light, robust and cheap to produce. To further increase robustness and efficiency, we have embedded the micro mirrors within the foil, thereby protecting them from wear and scratches, and simultaneously increasing efficiency by around 50% by allowing for lower mirror tilt angles due to the extra refraction when the light leaves the foil.

To manufacture the micro mirrors in the polymer foil, we have combined state of the art industrial packaging technology with the latest advances within micro and nanotechnology, allowing roll-to-roll production of well defined micro or nanostructured foils at throughput up to 10 m2/s.

NOTE on approximate reward costs / currency exchange rates:
65 DKK ~= $10 / €9
330 DKK ~= $50 / €44
500 DKK ~= $75 / €67
650 DKK ~= $94 / €87
2000 DKK ~= $290 / €268
2200 DKK ~= $320 / €295
Of which approximately $50 is allocated to shipment where applicable.

We are Heliac, a Copenhagen-based company founded in 2014. Our business revolves around developing polymer foil based solar reflectors. 

The main focus is Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) in both medium scale automated installations (50 kW units) and smaller, independent and handheld systems for the developing part of the world. 

Heliac has 7 employees with background within optics, polymer processing and nanotechnology. Heliac is a member of the Global Alliance Clean Cookers backed by the United Nations.

Here is a timeline for Heliac and the future product development of SMILE:

  • April 2014: demonstration of a 1*1 cm structure capable of deflecting the light
  • May 2014: Founding of Heliac 
  • August 2014: First partly structured foil manufactured on pilot line
  • October 2014: First fully covered foil manufactured with linear Fresnel gratings on pilot line
  • December 2014: First handheld demonstrator tested 
  • April 2015: First foil manufactured on production line 
  • May 2015: First fully covered foil manufactured on production line
  • June 2015: Launch of Kickstarter Campaign
  • August 2015: Kickstarter Campaign concluded 
  • September 2015: Final specifications for SMILE foil ready 
  • October 2015: SMILE foil produced, DIY kits shipped 
  • November-December 2015: SMILE complete products shipped to backers and the developing world
Image credits
Rod Waddington -Fish Market khym54 - The Kitchen used for Cooking Food for the Orphans oneVillage Initiative - Jukwa Village & Palm Oil Production, Ghana Sanjoy Ghosh - The Kitchen Heather Thorkelson - mountain kiln CIAT - Uganda contd TREEAID - Cooking for a living PACAF - 120915-F-CP197-655 David Rosen - Cooking on the street Ben Grey - Cooking Andrew Dyson -cooking Charlotte Nordahl - Spis


Risks and challenges

Final specification of the foil needs to be made, but is based on known packaging manufacturing technology, and the main technological risk will be delays in the manufacturing due to extra iterations to optimize the product.

Much work will be put into making a product that is user friendly and intuitive, while simultaneously being robust and affordable.

The highest risk here is that the product will not be used due to cultural or traditional issues, and here ideas, comments and suggestions from the Kickstarter community will be as valuable to us as monetary contributions.

We are also looking for ambassadors for SMILE who are willing to teach others how to use it for both cooking, heating, cooling and clean water production.

We will establish an online community where people can connect, share ideas, recipes, drawings etc to fulfill the potential of solar power plants in the developing part of the world.

There has also been questions about safety issues and risks of using concentrated solar power (CSP) regarding burns and eye damages. Things get hot when you cook or boil water, regardless of using CSP or open fires. Caution has to be taken and common sense needs to be taken into account when using the SMILE, such as not touching the hot surfaces or staring directly into the (reflection of the) sun. However, we have ensured a relatively large focal area, in order to keep the intensity so low that it will not burn skin or damage the eyes during short time exposures. We are testing the use of the SMILE ourselves before releasing the product in order to minimize risks of use.

There has also been questions about used/broken SMILE's and the durability and garbage issue. The SMILE is made from 99.9% thermoplastics that can be recycled and 0.1% aluminum that can also be recycled. We estimate a durability of 5-10 years, if properly used and stored. We will make a refund model, so a small refund (a few $) is given when returning the used or broken SMILE to the reseller (once we have established such a network in the developing countries).

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    Pledge DKK 65 or more About $10

    BACK our project
    Support us and get your name on the website, a backing certificate and access to the online SMILE community.

    - support the development of the SMILE product and help us to reduce the use of open fires globally

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    Pledge DKK 330 or more About $49

    HELP the developing World
    Send one SMILE to the developing part of the world and get an electronic certificate.

    - help a family to get independent of fossil fuels and improve their health

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    Pledge DKK 500 or more About $75

    HELP the developing World
    Send two SMILEs to the developing part of the world and get an electronic certificate.

    - help two families reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and become CO2-neutral indirectly

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    Pledge DKK 650 or more About $97

    BUY the product
    Buy two SMILE DIY-kits (foil only + instructions).

    - get the foil and make your own SMILE solution and share it with the SMILE community

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    Pledge DKK 650 or more About $97

    BUY the product
    Buy one SMILE and become a member of the SMILE community and get blueprints and DIY tips for making your own accessories.

    - get the coolest personal power plant for yourself and create accessories in collaboration with the SMILE community

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    Pledge DKK 2,000 or more About $300

    HELP the developing World
    Send 10 SMILEs to the developing part of the world and get an electronic certificate.

    - help 10 families to reduce global GHG emissions with the average emission of an US family and on statistical average save half a person from dying from particle pollution

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    Pledge DKK 2,000 or more About $300

    BUY the product
    Buy one SMILE DIY-kit competition pack (at least 10 pieces of foil only + instructions).

    - get plenty of foil and compete against your friends or collegues to make the best SMILE DIY solution and share it with the SMILE community.

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    Pledge DKK 2,200 or more About $330

    BUY the product AND HELP the developing world
    Buy one SMILE and become a member of the SMILE community and get blueprints and DIY tips for making your own accessories.

    - get the coolest personal power plant for yourself and create accessories in collaboration with the SMILE community

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    HELP the developing World
    Send 10 SMILEs to the developing part of the world and get an electronic certificate.

    - help 10 families to reduce global GHG emissions with the average emission of an US family and on statistical average save half a person from dying from particle pollution.

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    Pledge DKK 10,000 or more About $1,500

    Corporate sponsor pack 1 -
    Sponsor one village pack of 50 SMILEs with company logo and get the rights to advertise the sponsorship

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    Pledge DKK 25,000 or more About $3,750

    Corporate sponsor pack 2 - DKK 25.000
    Sponsor two village packs of SMILEs with company logo, get footage, user quotes/interviews and right to advertise the sponsorship

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    Pledge DKK 50,000 or more About $7,499

    Corporate sponsor pack 3 - DKK 50.000
    Sponsor three village packs of SMILEs with company logo, go there with company representatives and one Heliac representative, get footage, user quotes/interviews and rights to advertise the sponsorship. Visit the Heliac team in Denmark, get the full story. Travel and accommodation for own representatives not included.

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Funding period

- (60 days)