At the beginning of the innovative start-up Nova Somor in July 2014 it was planned to produce for the first few years a single model: the Eliopompa NS1. We had to handle one type of engine with the variables related to the hydraulic pump, useful to choose flow rate and hydraulic head. Only a frame with over a single type of solar collector made tile-shaped and coated polycarbonate. We studied a series of simple steps for the tropicalization of the machine to make it suitable for use in harsh environments such as those rustic emerging countries with a warm climate and with people little or not educated . Some simple accessories were to complete our offer. It was a choice due to the initial limits of our industrial capacity and also by the need to simplify the communication to the market.
But as often happens with the passage of time, we realize that it is desirable, and sometimes necessary, to change the company’s strategy. Two contributing factors have led us to change our mind and to start at the end of July 2015 a different product policy. The first is related to some problems emerged in June in the use of technology roll bond aluminum in the solar collector. Some strains due to the pressure and a lower performance than the calculations made in autumn of 2014 have created problems for the beginning of the production of the NS1.
Meanwhile however some experimental models in multiple flat panels of NS2, that we had realized as examples out of range at the request of a missionary, gave good results. Considering the many customer requests, we have started to offer them instead of NS2 NS1 not yet available. The second factor is instead linked to the fact that requests for the product by potential customers, accumulated in hundreds in the first year of existence of Nova Somor, showed a tremendous amount of variables. One model, the NS1, would never have been able to meet so many needs and so different from each other.
So we happen to have the material to correct the defects of the sensor of NS1 at least until October, while NS2 is already being developed. Meanwhile, thanks especially to the suggestions of some missionaries working in Africa that love our product, we developed the idea of NS3. It’s the “frugal” version of NS2, more flexible, economical and potentially more powerful, since it can also work with numerous flat panels . Finally it has already been developed and sold at the University of Bologna the first NS4, the model with two heat exchangers and without panels, which works with the use of waste heat. Some burners and boilers and a kit ready and complete for drip irrigation complement our product range. At least for now!