Energy: Global energy demand is at an unsustainable rate. At this rate, the world will lock itself in an insecure, inefficient, and high-carbon energy system. Thus, innovations are needed to produce energy without consumption of non-renewable energy source. Free volt technology can be a solution to such a problem.
Clean water is a scarce or unaffordable resource for people in developing countries. Further, natural disasters or man-made crises such as war place millions of people in new refugee camps that lack infrastructure to provide water to all of the residents.
Technology and how it connects to problem
Purelives is a 5 gallon water filtration and transportation system allowing it to be used at home or at a water source and carried back to the home.
The filter can work with any fresh water source (wells, rivers, etc) and removes 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, heavy metal and other contaminants
Filter lasts for 3000-5000 gallons and stops allowing water through when it needs to be changed so there is no risk of using filters that are no longer appropriately cleaning water.
NGOs, especially disaster relief
Residents of developing countries with poor water sources
Workers in fields away from water sources
Rebrand the company and product. “Portapure” reminds readers of sanitation (portapotties) and Pure Life is a name for a number of organizations (some religious) that focuses on sexual issues.
Partner with NGOs to pilot the usage and understand real world challenges for using the system- how do you supply replacement filters, etc?
Develop a pricing model that can meet low income people in developing countries, for example, microfinance leveraging community peer groups to ensure repayment.
What the technology does – The technology is artificial photosynthesis where solar energy is used to split water and carbon dioxide into hydrogen, oxygen and carbon. A catalyst then recombines the molecules to create liquid fuels, such as methanol. Methanol is the simplest hydrocarbon that works in internal combustion engines.
How the technology addresses the problem – The technology greatly reduces our dependence on crude oil and make use of the growing amount of manmade carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change
3) Stakeholders include: HyperSolar, University of Iowa, Solar Fuels Institute, the US Department of Energy, Sweden’s Uppsala University, Total France, Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, and Caltech’s Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis
4) Three steps to deploying this technology include:
Step 1 – Develop public-private partnerships to perform research on the developing technology.
Step 2 – Determine viable options to fund and/or finance research.
Step 3 – Once a team and funding is in place, determine a timeline for a pilot product to be complete.
1) Many app services are reflexive and passive neither allowing the individual nor the project to achieve full realization, whereas Cycle Atlanta makes normative claims of what is happening and what is needed proactively.
Power plants around the country use a centralized scheduling approach to forecast and distribute energy. This centralized approach does not support the integration of renewable energy systems and battery storage systems. The rise of on-site energy storage technologies makes centralized scheduling calculations significantly more complex.
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for scheduling energy in electric grids that moves away from centralized management by tapping into the distributed computing power of energy devices.
By having each device communicate with its immediate neighbors, the device can calculate and schedule how much energy it will need to store, how much to contribute to the network, and how much to draw from the network. In this way, the program can determine the optimal schedule for the entire grid.
Distributed computing seeks to replace the traditional control center with a decentralized approach. This approach advances the smart grid concept by coordinating the energy being produced and stored by both conventional and renewable sources.
The technology has been validated in simulations, and the researchers are in the process of implementing it in an experimental smart grid system at the National Science Foundation FREEDM Systems Center on NC State’s campus. They expect to have results in 2016.
Government and government regulators of utilities
Alternative energy and battery storage companies
Distribute paper for peer review
Get data from multiple tests and report out results