Sydney, Aug 1, 2007_ Colin Gillam's Sun
Lizard solar heater and cooler invention won accolades
tonight on the ABC's television program the "New
Inventors." The Sun
Lizard won the show's expert
panel vote as the night's best invention.
"We were honored to have the Sun
Lizard on the program, Australia's premier showcase
for new ideas," Mr. Gillam said after the show. "We're
even more honored the Sun
The Sun Lizard is a
solar-powered space heating and cooling device for buildings.
The roof-mounted Sun Lizard uses
nature's greenhouse effect to convert sunlight into thermal energy.
It then uses solar-powered fans to pump that heat into buildings.
In summer, the solar fans operate in reverse, venting rising
warm air from a building to the outside.
On tonight's program, the Sun
Lizard competing against a pivot device that makes transferring
loads from a wheelbarrow to a skip bin more easy and an exhaust
pipe for horse trailers that keeps dangerous engine fumes away
from the animals.
The show's three-member expert panel concluded the Sun
Lizard's heating and cooling capabilities represented
a major advance in passive heating and cooling. All of them
praised it as a timely invention as Australia battles global
A video of Colin's appearance can be viewed on the New
Inventor's website by typing "Sun
Lizard" in the left-hand search field
of the home page.