Solar Well-being, inspiring and sustainable

 

 

 

The Lytefire Saunas are ecological and powerful. At 2000 meters altitude a completely new wellness experience is waiting for you at Heuberge in the Swiss Alps. The saunas are entirely powered by direct solar energy. They enable an authentic, sustainable and relaxing hot steam experience.

Our Goals

We are crowdfunding to spread solar wellness throughout Heuberge and beyond!

  • We want to collect pre-orders to launch batch production of the Lytefire Sauna.
  • We want to raise awareness of the amazing potential solar energy has and inspire.

Join us on our quest!

 

The Spirit

The Solar Fire / GoSol team that has created the Lytefire products and the Heuberge owners are joining forces to start a new Swiss-Finnish activity with this solar sauna.

We connected immediately not just because both our companies have Finnish roots. The sauna is one of the pillars of the Finnish culture and their connection to nature. Back in time, women were giving birth there and nowadays saunas are everywhere in Finland as a big part of a healthy lifestyle. Why not make them more sustainable for resorts like Heuberge or for your backyard?

The mojo is so good between our companies that within a month we went from an idea to a first prototype, then a second one, the MVP (minimum viable product). Are you in with us to spread the good spirit of the solar sauna?

 

How to get involved

We already built two working prototypes and now are crowdfunding to spread this technology. Help us reach our goals by booking a visit to the sauna. Get the plans to build yourself, or spend an awesome day in the Alps with your family or group. The Lytefire Sauna can also be pre-ordered to launch production.

 

Technology

Lytefire Sauna is powered by Lytefire technology, a cost-efficient solar concentrator that uses mirrors to concentrate sunlight to reach high temperatures. The light goes through a window and hits the sauna-rocks. Lytefire is powerful, silent and completely sustainable - that’s why we thought it is be the ideal way to power a sauna.

Temperature

The Sauna reaches regular sauna temperatures between 60 - 100°C. The temperature can be regulated both with the amount of steam produced and amount of sunlight focused.

Energy Storage

Prototype 1 and 2 have limited thermal storage of about 1 hour past sunset. Our goal is to optimize thermal storage to be able to allow saunaing 6 hours past sunset.

Durability

Snow and wind do not harm Lytefire Sauna. Lytefire Technology has survived many storms, but the mirrors can optionally be detached and safely stored. Lytefire is adapted to many climates.

 

Impressions

Lytefire Sauna v2.0

Installation & Setting

Lytefire Sauna v1.0

Project Milestones

Financial Milestones

We are able to deliver the orders of this campaign even at small scales but we want to reach a minimum of CHF 150 000 to scale our operations and maximize the impact of the technology.

 
Timeline

Fall 2020

Shipping of first batch of Solar Saunas, Heuberge open for sauna visits until 13th of October (season finale).

Summer 2020

Construction of solar saunas at Heuberge resort. Heuberge open for sauna visits from 1st of June 2020.

March 12th to May 31st

Crowdfunding and construction of summer saunas to accomodate visitors to Heuberge.

1st-11th of March

Construction of second prototype that is mobile in the snow and can be pulled anywhere in the Heuberge. Contact us if you want to join our solar test day on March 15th!

10th-28th of Feb

We are working on launching the crowdfunding campaign. On Saturdays we opened the solar sauna on Heuberge to the public.

8-9th of Feb

The first test of the solar sauna shows an immediate success of solar steam experience and necessary cool-down jumps into the surrounding snow.

1st to 7th of Feb

Eerik and Urs build a solar sauna prototype at Heuberge’s workshop at 2000 meter altitude. To minimize the footprint of the operation, the wood and materials are recycled from a former electric sauna that was not in use anymore.

22 of Jan

Heuberge owners Sara and Henrick show up at Lytefire co-founder Urs’ farm in Solothurn Switzerland, to pick up a solar concentrator and bring it to the moutain resort.

13-16th of Jan 2020

At Heuberge Ecologic Forum, hosted by Heuberge in collaboration with Circular Economy Transition, our Solar Sauna partnership is formed to bring to life this idea!

 

Background

Small Swiss ski resorts, such as the Heuberge, feel the climate change and winter seasons are becoming increasingly difficult without the possibility of artificial snow. It takes innovative minds and exciting offers to get visitors up the mountain while reducing emissions. The Lytefire sauna was created to address this need and offer a new possibility for a sustainable and self-sufficient stay in the beautiful Alps.

Worldwide, we are all confronted with the noticeable consequences of climate change. Globally, direct solar energy, such as the one that makes Lytefire technology cost-effective, has enormous potential. Just like the sauna at 2000 m above sea level, the same technology is currently used in sunnier countries such as Kenya, Brazil or the Philippines to provide small businesses with sources of income based on clean energy and circular economy.

As a practical example and with a positive solar sauna experience, the Lytefire Sauna enables people to regain hope that concrete solutions for climate policy can emerge within a very short time.

The project is a collaboration between Heuberge AG and Solar Fire Concentration Oy, a Finnish impact company with the goal of promoting direct solar energy globally.

 

Project Partners

 

Solar Sauna Campaign

CHF 276

 raisedCHF 150 000 Goal

Be the first to experience the solar sauna and be part of an amazing new wellness and health lifestyle!

Our Goals

We are crowdfunding to spread solar wellness throughout Heuberge and beyond!

  • We want to raise awareness of the amazing potential solar energy has and inspire.
  • We want to bring more people to the beautiful Heuberge mountains.
  • We want to collect orders to launch batch production of the Lytefire Sauna.
  • We want to make a contribution to reducing carbon emissions.

Join us on our quest!

 

How to get involved

We already built two working prototypes and now are crowdfunding to spread this technology. Help us reach our goals by booking a visit to the sauna. Get the plans to build yourself, or spend an awesome day in the Alps with your family or group. The Lytefire Sauna can also be pre-ordered to launch production.

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Sauna Postcard

Just want to support us? Enter any amount and get a post card from us!

Solar Pass 1-2 Persons

Come to Heuberge, stay for the night and get exclusive use of the Solar Sauna!

Solar Pass 3-5 Persons

Come to Heuberge, stay for the night and get exclusive use of the Solar Sauna!

Solar Sauna Family Day

Come and spend a day with the solar sauna with your family. Includes 2 overnight stays!

We make solar pizza in the oven and roast peanuts to take home. Have fun in and around the sauna with your family or small group.

In the evening enjoy a delicious fondue at Heuberge Hotel.

Solar Sauna Group Day

Come and spend a day with the solar sauna with your group. Includes 2 overnight stays for the entire group!

The day starts with roasting and brewing solar coffee, followed by a solar energy workshop, solar lunch cooking and then sauna instruction and use in the afternoon.

In the evening enjoy a delicious fondue at Heuberge Hotel.

Sauna Construction Kit

Get the solar sauna construction plans and video tutorials to build your own solar sauna!

Lytefire Sauna

Get a solar sauna for your backyard! Hosts 1-4 people and is run entirely with solar energy.

Aurinko 1 - Prototype

Buy the original solar sauna prototype built in February 2020.

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