Solar Scorcher In Action


Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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Ever tried to melt a stack of pennies, burst a glass bottle, or incinerate wood using the power of Sun?!

Periodically I ‘d like to remind us the power of our Sun in a great variety of places. For a change of pace, I’d like to share this interesting video of Grant Thompson, who created his sun-scorcher from a part he found inside a 13-year old Toshiba 50-inch flat screen TV (picked it up for free, hacked it open, and used only the large and flexible plastic sheet that is effectively a giant Fresnel lens.  When placed under the sunshine,  take a look how quickly and hot this Fresnel lens or Solar Corcher focuses the sunshine on one spot (boiled water in less than a minute, welded a nickel to concrete, and instantly torched any piece of wood in its way).

Warning: Do not try this without adult supervision and adequate training. Misuse, careless use, of tools or projects may result in serious injury property damage or death. Concentrated solar energy can start fires and cause personal and property damage. Extreme caution is always advised.  Now, you should be ready to view this video, below:

Legalities: As for treating pennies, the federal law states that there are exceptions made for use as “educational, amusement, novelty, jewelry, and similar purposes as long as the volumes treated and the nature of the treatment make it clear that such treatment is not intended as a means by which to profit solely form the value of the metal content of the coins.” For more information, please visit:

Grant Thompson also shared the steps how he obtained his Solar Scorcher  by hacking it out of an old TV:

Hope you’ve enjoyed this slight diversion and had just been reminded of the power of the Sun.

~have a bright and sunny day~

gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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