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FreeFuelForever Ltd.

Company name(s)

Legal/Operating Name
FreeFuelForever Ltd.
Alternate Name
Seabird Solar-Aboriginal Business PBI 824778658PG001

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Company contact information

Mailing address

2872 Chowat Rd
Agassiz , British Columbia
V0M 1A2

Location address

2872 Chowat Rd
Agassiz, British Columbia
V0M 1A2

Company Profile


FreeFuelForever sells and installs high quality solar water heaters and solar water pumps. Home solar energy systems using vacuum tube solar water heater panels are explained, along with prices and assembly instructions.

· Do-it-yourself home solar hot water.

· Swimming pool solar panels

· PV Solar Panel Water Pumps

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Walter Gillies
Title:
Engineer
Area of Responsibility:
Research/Development/Engineering.
Telephone:
(323) 366-8777
Facsimile:
(206) 201-5095
Email:
walter@freefuelforever.com
Sydney Gillies
Title:
Manager - Shipping
Area of Responsibility:
Customer Service.
Telephone:
(604) 796-2649
Facsimile:
(206) 201-5095
Email:
info@freefuelforever.com

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Country of Ownership:
Canada  
Year Established:
2000
Exporting:
Yes  
Quality Certification:
ISO 9001.
Alternate Industries (NAICS):
454111 - Internet Shopping
Primary Business Activity:
Retail  
Total Sales ($CDN):
$1 to $99,999 
Export Sales ($CDN):
$1 to $99,999 
Number of Employees:
Aboriginal Firm:
Registered Aboriginal Business under the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB)
Product Name:
Solar Water Heater Electronic Controller
Multi-functional electrical controlling device, combining a controlling chip and up-to-date pressure sensor, which ensures the regular operation of your solar water system. This controller and heater fit into the 21 tube JR158 solar water heater with heat pipes. Controller can turn on electrical heating to prevent freeze up of low pressure systems and send an alarm if the system has a problem. The electric element is built to plug directly into the tank supplied with the evacuated tube solar water heater and comes complete with extension cord.


Product Name:
Solar Water Heater Panels, 3.5 square meters, Heat Pipes 1.8 m tubes
Heat Pipe Solar Energy Water Heater Panel, 3.5 Square Meter Area
20 Vacuum tube, 1.8 meters each
Fully certified, highest efficiency lowest cost per square meter

SRCC Certified Heat Pipe Solar Collector Panel
1.8 meter long tubes, copper heat pipes
Optional stand for flat roofs
Highest pressure of any panel
Complete freeze protection
Excellent for drain back systems
Assemble on roof
Highest efficiency panel available, fully SRCC and Solar Keymark certified with lowest cost per square meter of panel-an obvious first choice for split systems.

How it works:
The vacuum tubes absorb solar energy and aluminum wings transfer the heat energy to the heat pipe. The liquid in the heat pipe boils and the steam travels up to the top of the heat pipe. The top bulb of the heat pipe (the condenser bulb) is in contact with cool water, which causes the steam to condense flows down the heat pipe. This cycle repeats so long as sunlight keeps heating the pipe and the top of the pipe is cool enough to condense the steam.


Product Name:
Solar Water Heater System, 27 Glass Heat Pipes, 170 liter, Gravity
Complete solar water heater system, 170 liter tank, 27 Glass Heat Pipe solar collector panel, Gravity Drain. No water in tubes, so can never freeze. Fast heat transfer with heat pipes.

By far the most common type of integrated solar water system in the world, the standard gravity drain, or vented, system delivers the lowest cost hot water of all designs. 27 tube solar water heater all-glass evacuated tubular collector design with sealed all glass heat pipes. 170 liter stainless steel inner tank, aluminum stand, air vent, water inlet and outlet fittings, tank cover, foot cushions, end caps and automatic filler valve mechanism are all included.

Vacuum tubes can never freeze, since they contain no water. Optional auxiliary electric heater and controller can keep water temperature constant. Manual filling and draining possible, or connect directly to pressurized water with auto-filler valve to keep tank full.

- Low pressure system, vented to atmosphere, gravity drain.

- Water pressurized by gravity, or pump downstream from tank.

- 90% of integrated systems sold due to lowest cost per liter hot water

Package contains a complete solar water heater:
· Stand alone system, no additional parts

· Economic system for typical house

· No electricity or pumps required, but can be added.

· Assemble yourself in 3 hours

· Optional electronic controller-heater

· Graded Al-N/Al selective coating, high energy absorption and low heat transfer losses

· highly evacuated with pressure 5×10-2 Pa in the space between outer and inner covers, so no heat loss

· All Glass Heat pipes transfer heat energy in one direction only

· High transparency with boron silicon glass, high resistance to cold water shock

More people in the world use gravity drain solar systems than any other kind. Gravity drain is the standard system for most economical solar hot water.

Type Gravity System, 170 liter (45 gallon)
Tubes 27 tubes, 47 mm diameter, 1.5 meter length, all glass heat pipe
Aperature Area 2.29 square meters, standard frame at 45 degree angle
Water volume 170 liters (45 gallon)
Net Weight 76 kg (no water)
Gross Weight 268 kg (full of water)
Electric heater 1500 W or 2000 W, with electronic controller
Automatic filler Option available; mechanical design, lifetime of greater than 10 years
Water level overflow Water level greater than 360 mm

See prices and additional details here: http://www.seabirdsolar.com/scripts/gravity_system.php

Product Name:
Solar Water Pump, 15 W
Solar Water Circulation Pump, PV (Photovoltaic) Direct Drive

15 Watt nominal power solar water pump, optimized to run off a solar photovoltaic panel. This solar pump is designed as a circulation pump for a solar thermal water heater system. The special feature of this pump is the ability to adapt to the changes in power from a PV panel as the amount of sunlight changes (Maximum Power Point, MPP, tracking). This means that this pump will start and run when the sun is not strong enough to run other pumps, and will run faster with more sun. The most common pump application is for water circulation in a split solar thermal water heater system. The great advantage in a solar water heater system is that this pump runs when the sun shines, eliminating the need for an electronic controller in the system.

Makes simple split solar water heater system.
Runs with a 10 W solar PV panel
Circulation pump runs when the sun shines
Runs faster when more sun, more hot water
No controller, no probes, no grid power needed

Pump electronics are specifically designed to run with variable output from a solar photovoltaic panel. This pump is specifically designed to work as a circulation pump for solar thermal water heater split systems. Pump can start with little sun and uses Maximum Power Point (MPP) tracking to run faster when there is more sun, and therefore more heat to be taken from the solar thermal panels.
Eliminates the need for an electronic control system for solar energy water heaters. Radiant floor heating also possible.

Electronic controllers historically cause the most trouble in a solar water heater system. Eliminate the controller with a solar PV direct pump, and the largest source of solar water heater system failures is eliminated.

Features:

8V~24V DC as solar PV panel output varies
Max open flow rate: 20 liters/minute
Directly powered by PV panel
Brass head with 1/2" female NPT Inlet/Outlet
Max system pressure: 10 Bar
Max working temperature: 110°C (230° F)
DC brush-less motor with micro processor control
Minimum start-up power: less than 3 Watt
Soft start at very low in-rush current
Automatic overload protection
Automatic temperature protection
Durable permanent magnetic rotor/impeller and fine ceramic shaft
Advanced magnetic drive technology, no seals, no leakage
Long life brush less pump, ideal life for 30000 hours
Heavy duty work, can sustain continual 24 hours' work
Low noise: ≤45dB far from 1m distance
Low or no maintenance
Low power consumption
Can be customized

See system photos here: http://www.seabirdsolar.com/scripts/pump_solar_water.php


Understanding Pump Specifications:
( http://www.seabirdsolar.com/downloads/PV_direct_solar_pump_TS5.pdf )

In the specifications and pump flow curve, notice that voltage varies from 8 to 24 V DC and the maximum head (zero flow) is around 2.25 meters.

The flow rate is zero at maximum head. Look at the bottom of the flow curve graph-there is no flow at maximum head; this just shows what the pump could do if it hummed away, maximum power in, and just pushed a water column up as far as it could, say up a pipe that was open at the top. The water column would reach 2.25 meters. No water would spill out the top.

12 Volt is nominal voltage. Power is equal to current times voltage (P=IV). On page 1 of the same brochure, voltage for all models of the pump varies from 8 V to 24 V DC, which is, of course, the great advantage of the PV direct pump, which adjusts output based on a varying solar input. Solar panel output varies in both current and voltage. To achieve maximum power point (MPP) tracking, the pump adjusts both torque and speed. The pump can run fast, high RPM with a high flow, at low head: this works with a lower voltage and high current. Torque required is small at lower head. Even at a fairly low voltage, the pump could absorb 10 W; the power is all going to high flow. The converse is true as well: to get the maximum head, which requires maximum torque, the voltage would have to be at a maximum value, closer to 24 V, and the current would be low, just enough to turn the pump fast enough to prevent back flow. But nobody does this because flow rate is zero.

This pump is built to circulate water from a solar collector on the roof to a tank that is usually in the building below. The pump needs to have a closed loop; which means water pressure in to the pump, coming from the roof, is almost the same as water pressure out of the pump going to the roof. This is a circulation water pump, built to overcome the friction of circulating water in solar water heater system.
If water circulates from the roof back down to the tank, then the pump is only overcoming friction in the pipe, not the head to the roof. The water coming from the roof has almost the same pressure as the water going back up. The pump just has to help it along, overcoming the turbulence and pipe friction losses. There has to be water in the return line and no air gaps, otherwise this little pump--only 10W--would not have the power to push water all the way to the roof. Once the whole line is full of water, though, then all the pump has to do is overcome friction, not gravity. This is the secret to being able to use such a small pump to circulate water to a high roof: there is no head to overcome because the system is closed loop.


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FreeFuelForever Solar Energy-Specialized in Solar Hot Water using evacuated tubes. - Do-it-yourself home solar hot water. - Swimming pool solar water heater vacuum tube panels - Hotel and industrial solar hot water systems. All systems use solar vacuum tubes. Systems with solar thermal tanks and solar thermal panels. Solar heat pipes are used on direct (integrated) systems, indirect (split) solar systems use u-tubes or direct water circulation in tubes. Locations in Canada, USA and Middle East, direct deliveries in western Canada. Dealer network and shipping worldwide.

Aboriginal dealer in Canada is Seabird Solar, PBI 824778658PG0001, pre-qualified supplier on Aboriginal Business Network.

Alliances:

Strategic alliances:

A variety of dealers around the world carry Freefuelforever solar water heaters, cooperating on marketing and distribution for enconomy of scale.

Industry sector market interests:

  • Environment

Geographic markets:

Export experience:
  • Afghanistan
  • China
  • Pakistan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States

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Total plant size:

10,000 sq ft production plant for evacuated solar tubes, annual production of 7 million vacuum tubes per year.

Distribution of employees:

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Third-Party Information Liability Disclaimer

Some of the information on this Web page has been provided by external sources. The Government of Canada is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information supplied by external sources. Users wishing to rely upon this information should consult directly with the source of the information. Content provided by external sources is not subject to official languages, privacy and accessibility requirements.

Contacts

Contact information

Walter Gillies
Title:
Engineer
Area of Responsibility:
Research/Development/Engineering.
Telephone:
(323) 366-8777
Facsimile:
(206) 201-5095
Email:
walter@freefuelforever.com
Sydney Gillies
Title:
Manager - Shipping
Area of Responsibility:
Customer Service.
Telephone:
(604) 796-2649
Facsimile:
(206) 201-5095
Email:
info@freefuelforever.com
Description

Company description

Country of Ownership:
Canada  
Year Established:
2000
Exporting:
Yes  
Quality Certification:
ISO 9001.
Alternate Industries (NAICS):
454111 - Internet Shopping
Primary Business Activity:
Retail  
Total Sales ($CDN):
$1 to $99,999 
Export Sales ($CDN):
$1 to $99,999 
Number of Employees:
Aboriginal Firm:
Registered Aboriginal Business under the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB)
Products, services and licensing

Product / Service / Licensing

Product Name:
Solar Water Heater Electronic Controller
Multi-functional electrical controlling device, combining a controlling chip and up-to-date pressure sensor, which ensures the regular operation of your solar water system. This controller and heater fit into the 21 tube JR158 solar water heater with heat pipes. Controller can turn on electrical heating to prevent freeze up of low pressure systems and send an alarm if the system has a problem. The electric element is built to plug directly into the tank supplied with the evacuated tube solar water heater and comes complete with extension cord.


Product Name:
Solar Water Heater Panels, 3.5 square meters, Heat Pipes 1.8 m tubes
Heat Pipe Solar Energy Water Heater Panel, 3.5 Square Meter Area
20 Vacuum tube, 1.8 meters each
Fully certified, highest efficiency lowest cost per square meter

SRCC Certified Heat Pipe Solar Collector Panel
1.8 meter long tubes, copper heat pipes
Optional stand for flat roofs
Highest pressure of any panel
Complete freeze protection
Excellent for drain back systems
Assemble on roof
Highest efficiency panel available, fully SRCC and Solar Keymark certified with lowest cost per square meter of panel-an obvious first choice for split systems.

How it works:
The vacuum tubes absorb solar energy and aluminum wings transfer the heat energy to the heat pipe. The liquid in the heat pipe boils and the steam travels up to the top of the heat pipe. The top bulb of the heat pipe (the condenser bulb) is in contact with cool water, which causes the steam to condense flows down the heat pipe. This cycle repeats so long as sunlight keeps heating the pipe and the top of the pipe is cool enough to condense the steam.


Product Name:
Solar Water Heater System, 27 Glass Heat Pipes, 170 liter, Gravity
Complete solar water heater system, 170 liter tank, 27 Glass Heat Pipe solar collector panel, Gravity Drain. No water in tubes, so can never freeze. Fast heat transfer with heat pipes.

By far the most common type of integrated solar water system in the world, the standard gravity drain, or vented, system delivers the lowest cost hot water of all designs. 27 tube solar water heater all-glass evacuated tubular collector design with sealed all glass heat pipes. 170 liter stainless steel inner tank, aluminum stand, air vent, water inlet and outlet fittings, tank cover, foot cushions, end caps and automatic filler valve mechanism are all included.

Vacuum tubes can never freeze, since they contain no water. Optional auxiliary electric heater and controller can keep water temperature constant. Manual filling and draining possible, or connect directly to pressurized water with auto-filler valve to keep tank full.

- Low pressure system, vented to atmosphere, gravity drain.

- Water pressurized by gravity, or pump downstream from tank.

- 90% of integrated systems sold due to lowest cost per liter hot water

Package contains a complete solar water heater:
· Stand alone system, no additional parts

· Economic system for typical house

· No electricity or pumps required, but can be added.

· Assemble yourself in 3 hours

· Optional electronic controller-heater

· Graded Al-N/Al selective coating, high energy absorption and low heat transfer losses

· highly evacuated with pressure 5×10-2 Pa in the space between outer and inner covers, so no heat loss

· All Glass Heat pipes transfer heat energy in one direction only

· High transparency with boron silicon glass, high resistance to cold water shock

More people in the world use gravity drain solar systems than any other kind. Gravity drain is the standard system for most economical solar hot water.

Type Gravity System, 170 liter (45 gallon)
Tubes 27 tubes, 47 mm diameter, 1.5 meter length, all glass heat pipe
Aperature Area 2.29 square meters, standard frame at 45 degree angle
Water volume 170 liters (45 gallon)
Net Weight 76 kg (no water)
Gross Weight 268 kg (full of water)
Electric heater 1500 W or 2000 W, with electronic controller
Automatic filler Option available; mechanical design, lifetime of greater than 10 years
Water level overflow Water level greater than 360 mm

See prices and additional details here: http://www.seabirdsolar.com/scripts/gravity_system.php

Product Name:
Solar Water Pump, 15 W
Solar Water Circulation Pump, PV (Photovoltaic) Direct Drive

15 Watt nominal power solar water pump, optimized to run off a solar photovoltaic panel. This solar pump is designed as a circulation pump for a solar thermal water heater system. The special feature of this pump is the ability to adapt to the changes in power from a PV panel as the amount of sunlight changes (Maximum Power Point, MPP, tracking). This means that this pump will start and run when the sun is not strong enough to run other pumps, and will run faster with more sun. The most common pump application is for water circulation in a split solar thermal water heater system. The great advantage in a solar water heater system is that this pump runs when the sun shines, eliminating the need for an electronic controller in the system.

Makes simple split solar water heater system.
Runs with a 10 W solar PV panel
Circulation pump runs when the sun shines
Runs faster when more sun, more hot water
No controller, no probes, no grid power needed

Pump electronics are specifically designed to run with variable output from a solar photovoltaic panel. This pump is specifically designed to work as a circulation pump for solar thermal water heater split systems. Pump can start with little sun and uses Maximum Power Point (MPP) tracking to run faster when there is more sun, and therefore more heat to be taken from the solar thermal panels.
Eliminates the need for an electronic control system for solar energy water heaters. Radiant floor heating also possible.

Electronic controllers historically cause the most trouble in a solar water heater system. Eliminate the controller with a solar PV direct pump, and the largest source of solar water heater system failures is eliminated.

Features:

8V~24V DC as solar PV panel output varies
Max open flow rate: 20 liters/minute
Directly powered by PV panel
Brass head with 1/2" female NPT Inlet/Outlet
Max system pressure: 10 Bar
Max working temperature: 110°C (230° F)
DC brush-less motor with micro processor control
Minimum start-up power: less than 3 Watt
Soft start at very low in-rush current
Automatic overload protection
Automatic temperature protection
Durable permanent magnetic rotor/impeller and fine ceramic shaft
Advanced magnetic drive technology, no seals, no leakage
Long life brush less pump, ideal life for 30000 hours
Heavy duty work, can sustain continual 24 hours' work
Low noise: ≤45dB far from 1m distance
Low or no maintenance
Low power consumption
Can be customized

See system photos here: http://www.seabirdsolar.com/scripts/pump_solar_water.php


Understanding Pump Specifications:
( http://www.seabirdsolar.com/downloads/PV_direct_solar_pump_TS5.pdf )

In the specifications and pump flow curve, notice that voltage varies from 8 to 24 V DC and the maximum head (zero flow) is around 2.25 meters.

The flow rate is zero at maximum head. Look at the bottom of the flow curve graph-there is no flow at maximum head; this just shows what the pump could do if it hummed away, maximum power in, and just pushed a water column up as far as it could, say up a pipe that was open at the top. The water column would reach 2.25 meters. No water would spill out the top.

12 Volt is nominal voltage. Power is equal to current times voltage (P=IV). On page 1 of the same brochure, voltage for all models of the pump varies from 8 V to 24 V DC, which is, of course, the great advantage of the PV direct pump, which adjusts output based on a varying solar input. Solar panel output varies in both current and voltage. To achieve maximum power point (MPP) tracking, the pump adjusts both torque and speed. The pump can run fast, high RPM with a high flow, at low head: this works with a lower voltage and high current. Torque required is small at lower head. Even at a fairly low voltage, the pump could absorb 10 W; the power is all going to high flow. The converse is true as well: to get the maximum head, which requires maximum torque, the voltage would have to be at a maximum value, closer to 24 V, and the current would be low, just enough to turn the pump fast enough to prevent back flow. But nobody does this because flow rate is zero.

This pump is built to circulate water from a solar collector on the roof to a tank that is usually in the building below. The pump needs to have a closed loop; which means water pressure in to the pump, coming from the roof, is almost the same as water pressure out of the pump going to the roof. This is a circulation water pump, built to overcome the friction of circulating water in solar water heater system.
If water circulates from the roof back down to the tank, then the pump is only overcoming friction in the pipe, not the head to the roof. The water coming from the roof has almost the same pressure as the water going back up. The pump just has to help it along, overcoming the turbulence and pipe friction losses. There has to be water in the return line and no air gaps, otherwise this little pump--only 10W--would not have the power to push water all the way to the roof. Once the whole line is full of water, though, then all the pump has to do is overcome friction, not gravity. This is the secret to being able to use such a small pump to circulate water to a high roof: there is no head to overcome because the system is closed loop.


Technology

Technology profile

FreeFuelForever Solar Energy-Specialized in Solar Hot Water using evacuated tubes. - Do-it-yourself home solar hot water. - Swimming pool solar water heater vacuum tube panels - Hotel and industrial solar hot water systems. All systems use solar vacuum tubes. Systems with solar thermal tanks and solar thermal panels. Solar heat pipes are used on direct (integrated) systems, indirect (split) solar systems use u-tubes or direct water circulation in tubes. Locations in Canada, USA and Middle East, direct deliveries in western Canada. Dealer network and shipping worldwide.

Aboriginal dealer in Canada is Seabird Solar, PBI 824778658PG0001, pre-qualified supplier on Aboriginal Business Network.
Market

Market profile

Alliances:

Strategic alliances:

A variety of dealers around the world carry Freefuelforever solar water heaters, cooperating on marketing and distribution for enconomy of scale.

Industry sector market interests:

  • Environment

Geographic markets:

Export experience:
  • Afghanistan
  • China
  • Pakistan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
Sector

Sector information

Total plant size:

10,000 sq ft production plant for evacuated solar tubes, annual production of 7 million vacuum tubes per year.

Distribution of employees:

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Last Update Date 2017-11-01
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