KingSSS is a self-financed start-up company that was created from a unique Curbside Recycling business in Camrose, Alberta. Our passion and dedication to protecting the environment is the main focus at KingSSS. In 2007, we set out to develop an inexpensive, simple machine for heating water for Canada’s cold winter months, and today we have the Solar Heat Collector and ElectroCrown which we believe, are more practical, efficient, Solar Power technologies than most others and the future for CCHP production.   


The Solar Heat Collector (SHC) works like a giant magnifying glass and uses custom made components to work. A large lens concentrates solar rays onto a target/receiver which gets incredibly hot. The target is a specially designed, sealed, Dewar chamber that acts as a heat exchanger and allows the full spectrum of sunlight to enter. Inside the chamber, a black, highly thermally conductive material is used to heat a liquid instantly as the direct sunlight hits it. The liquid is continually pumped to the ElectroCrown which makes electricity.


The Dewar chamber is capable of producing 7100 PSI of on-demand steam pressure when water is used as a liquid. Our prototype has been used to boil water and glycol and various Heat Transfer Fluids (HTF)s and it can also be used in conjuction with machines to produce electricity, as demonstrated on the homepage video.


Milestones 

2007-work begins on designing and building a large pyramid shaped steel tank for heating water with a large Fresnel lens. The tank is filled with water and only heats slightly as we learn how the Fresnel works. The tank is used as a housing for several different prototypes.

2008 to 2010-Several concepts are considered and target/receivers are made for use with the tank. An automated tracking system is incorporated to help the Fresnel lens follow the sun and a peristaltic pumping system for fluids is added to the system .

2011-a portable foam housing is made to replace the tank and to be used for demonstrations at trade shows. It is learned at Solar Power International 2011 in Dallas that people are not as interested in solar hot water as the are in making electricity. A patent is applied for IP that is created in the new SHC.

2012- In March, work begins on different ways of creating electricity using the SHC using heat engines. Research into Stirling engines reveals that they are complicated and expensive so, by using the laws of thermodynamics, a new way of making electricity discovered using a Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) with no moving parts.The device is named the ElectroCrown.

Without undergoing full testing, the ElectroCrown prototype is unveiled to the world at Intersolar Europe 2012 in Germany. Unfortunately, components damaged in transport/customs overseas make it inoperable. Curiosity and interest is high due to the limited number of new technologies at the trade show.

2013- Several different methods of controlling the temperature of the fluids entering the ElectroCrown are investigated. Another prototype of the ElectroCrown is made using pyrogel for insulation and a fiberglass shell. A PCT patent is applied for the Intellectual Property of the ElectroCrown. A new target is made using a small glass Dewar. The device is named "the Kaboomer" due to some unexplained results during testing.

2014- work begins on implementing Project Hummingbird to offer a new method of transporting small packages over long distance by air at low altitude. It will have no fuel costs and King Sunshine Solar Systems will provide all necessary equipment.The disruptive nature of this technology will help bring the company’s unique solar products to market.

2015-patent pending status in Canada and USA. Shopping for and testing CPV modules to add more electrical power to our system.

JUNE-We made and are testing a more powerful Fresnel lens to maximize the power output of the ElectroCrown. The lens works very well and we are now enlarging the target/receiver to collect more heat after it was discovered that heat energy was being lost behind the target. Estimated total power output is 198 Volts from this small ElectroCrown

July-parts are arriving for the new target receiver and a unique design has been created for testing. Please, let there be good sunlight when we are ready to go.

August-testing of the receiver was excellent! Temperatures of over 200C were recorded. Video may be uploaded after IP has been protected

Sept 8-we recorded the highest electrical output to date of 1V 750mA from the ElectroCrown. Surprisingly, it is also discovered that the HTF used in this test deteriorated after a few days of rainy weather thus resulting in a much lower boiling point. After much reanalysis of our process, and discussions with Dow Corning and the manufacturer of the silicone tubing, it is determined that silicone tubing is not adequate for our application and needs to be changed to a different material. The two companies recommend fluorosilicone tubing and neither manufacture it.

October and November-the search for a new transparent tubing material is identified shortly after it is learned that fluorosilicone is very expensive and difficult to manufacture with clarity. We wait for our custom fluoroelastomeric tubing to be manufactured with a higher temperature range and no permeability. A different HTF with a higher boiling point is also acquired to run in the system when ready.  

December-new tubing samples, expansion tank, and compression fittings arrive and we learn to work with them. Various tools and equipment are sourced for shaping the new tubing and for constructing the system.

2016

January- the tubing is shaped for the system using new custom made jigs. Standard brass compression fittings are also modified to make connections of the tubing to the copper tubing of the ElectroCrown and new expansion tank. Some tubing connections are also welded together using a hot air welder. The silicone tubing of the peristaltic pump is replaced with opaque fluorosilicone tubing.

February-all the silicone tubing is disconnected and removed from the heat transfer system and replaced with the new tubing. The system is filled using the new HTF however, as testing begins, the fluid is too thick at startup and flows poorly in the system. The HTF is purged from the system and replaced with what we were using before.

March 5-we got some sun today and had our first no fail test ever.About 750mv at 2A. The temperature will be increased over the next few days because we will be insulating the return line to the Solar Heat Collector from where it exits the ElectroCrown. This means that the entire HTF system will be completely insulated, except for the peristaltic pump, and the HTF will probably need to flow faster through the system once it reaches 200C. 

March 10-the new insulation for the return line is made and ready to install tomorrow. Let's see some sunshine!

March 11-the insulation is installed and holds the temperature in the system much better. It was not necessary to have full sunlight to test the system's electrical output. The Sun was close to sunset (5:30PM). We have now decided to insulate the entire system including the peristaltic pump soon after testing.

April-Testing of the tubing shows that it can not handle the high temperatures continuously in concentrated sunlight. We will experiment with metal tubing in this area. 

May thru June-copper tubing is shaped and installed to replace the PFA tubing at the focal point of the concentrated sunlight. A flat black paint is applied to the surface of the copper.

July-the copper tubing is satisfactory and performs well. Another HTF provided by Dow Chemical is tested and exceeds the performance of the HTF that we have used from Germany. Things are beginning to look much better. We are insulating the entire hot side of the HTF system including the peristaltic pump. Awaiting new high temp parts for the pump.

August-testing of the insulated system was initiated and the fluorosilicone tubing of the peristaltic pump has failed. After 5 years of tinkering with the pump, it was decided to retire the peristaltic system and look for another pump style to work with that can withstand the harsh environment is it used in.

After contacting numerous companies locally and around the world, we discovered that no standard pump is suitable for our system mainly due to the extreme temperature of 200C. we are now designing our own pump that will handle this temperature and it is similar to a solenoid pump.

September-we are bench-testing our new solenoid pump and it looks promising. The power consumption to run it, is far less than the peristaltic pump which is terrific. We are using the same PFA tubing that we use for the HTF lines so it can handle the high temperature of 200C. The softening point of PFA is about 300C so it should be fine for the heat. After 48hrs of continuous dry operation, the tubing is showing no signs of wear due to the slick physical properties of PFA.  This new pump is unique and once completed and tested, will have other applications for moving high temperature HTFs for many industrial applications.