The SolaRoof guy´s first trip to Iceland

Richard was interested in Icelandic architecture, specially the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík City. 

Richard was interested in Icelandic architecture, specially the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík City. 

Visit to the greenhouse/restaurant  at Friðheimar (Peace-world)

Visit to the greenhouse/restaurant  at Friðheimar (Peace-world)

Richard Nelson with his hosts from the Icelandic Start-Up Center

Richard Nelson with his hosts from the Icelandic Start-Up Center

Meet-up with Eivind, the Norwegian permaculturist.

Meet-up with Eivind, the Norwegian permaculturist.

At the event on Earthday, with the Icelandic Permaculture association, and the Horticulture society in Iceland.

At the event on Earthday, with the Icelandic Permaculture association, and the Horticulture society in Iceland.

When you get a visit from visionary inventor, you will take a trip to the local hardware store to explore opportunities to build and design systems.

When you get a visit from visionary inventor, you will take a trip to the local hardware store to explore opportunities to build and design systems.

We at the Icelandic Start-Up Center want to thank Richard Nelson for a great visit here in Iceland, and we look forward to welcoming Richard again to Iceland,  to share his knowledge and experience in building next generation regenerative buildings. 

In this trip we traveled and explored greenhouses in Iceland.  We held meetings with future collaborators and Richard presented lectures about global problems and offered solutions that we can apply to solve future need for clean local food.

It is clear that much effort is needed to modernize the greenhouse infrastructure in Iceland. The greenhouse and food growing industry is in many ways outdated, and technology currently in use was not originally developed for Arctic climate.

We need to explore collaboration to implement innovative solutions like the SolaRoof technology. SolaRoof is new open source design platform that allows us to collaborate to create and share optimal solutions, especially the AgriPOD that optimize yield and energy savings.

We consider the trip to be great success and hope that it will become one step toward opening the door to start a food revolution in Iceland; to inspire and enrich those pioneers that take action and apply the PODnet solutions to grow fresh local food for them-self and their society.

We share the solutions, it is up to the people to open their eyes and take action to secure sustainable flow of fresh local food. Early adopters, who we call PODpioneers, are those who are first to invest in their communities' regenerative food infrastructure. 

Soon we will found the PODworks Icelandic national PODnet product and service hub. In the future we plan to build effective network of PODworks hubs all around Iceland. Therefore we seek to explore opportunities to collaborate with both public and private partners. Connecting together what is needed to secure fresh local food for all people in Iceland.

Soon Richard will come back to Iceland and join the Icelandic PODworks team - collaborating with the team while we engage in building the first regenerative SolaRoof POD´s in Iceland.