Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator
We provide the worlds maybe most inexpensive, versatile, massively scalable, modular, artificial intelligence AI driven solar concentrator
This is a presentation for normal human beings of what it is we intend to do, a little on a higher level of what we want to achieve. THe video has subtexts in Danish, English, French, German and Spanish, so it should be possible to get an understanding no matter what.
We want to make the presentation non-pretentious, so we have worked it out to be as neutral as possible while still being correct from both technical and business perspectives.
This is a component overview of the current state of this art, these components have been 3D printed, assembled and tested, it is revision 91, which is working, however, still need refinements. These components are printed in 3D in 1:1 (that is full scale model). There are several details in regards to the assembly which makes it possible for normal human beings with very little education to buy, assemble, setup, operate, maintain this solar concentrator.
This is a fully self-configuring, self-calibrating unit, still built with the LEGO Modelling tool, you see the Arduino Uno R3 at the front, and many of the sensors can be seen. Self calibrating means that you pretty much set it up, it senses where it is, configures accordingly, instructs the owner what to do, to direct the beam to the absorbers, with a JoyStick, then it can start operating.
This is a single mirror, full scale, mounted on the main axle. This particular version here, does not have the storm protection, which we are developing right now. These components will be publicly available for those manufacturers who as the only requirement subject themselves to 100% cradle 2 cradle (with deposit refunding) and our quality control, and then they will sign off to environmentally friendly production. (We would like the rest of you to help us on this, to make it workable).
This is a few of the 3D printable parts. These parts are designed such that they can be produced in a so called "simple plastic injection mould" process - that is - without retractors. A BOY 20 injection machine can spew out 5760 units per 24 hour cycle, resembling . The production cost goes down to US Cents per piece when producing > 100,000 pieces. The pieces are fully recyclable. 10+ years durable due to UV/Water protective additives.
Here a photo of one of the most recent working prototypes (revision 91), scale 1:30.
This is made in the modelling tool LEGO ROBOTICS, controlled by an Arduino Uno R3 processor, with real mirrors, and real world sensors.
The general rule of this game is, that if you can make something work in LEGO (that is not easy!), then you can indeed implement in reality, too.
Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)
Generally, more than 1,000 patents exist within solar energy, out of which 250 have been implemented, and out of which, some 200 of them works technically speaking, but, they are too expensive, thereby not feasible, or too complex, thereby they cannot be maintained, or, they work technically, while culturally they do not fit.
In example: In Japan, direct solar heaters without insulation, works well, as the Japanese culture takes shower in the evening, after work, before bedtime. In Africa (generally), the vast majority of Africans take shower in the morning, and therefore the solar systems not work there, as very few of the systems can preserve the heat over night.
Our system is designed with the aim of storing the heat over night in a stone chamber, insulated by soil.
Our system may be one of the least expensive solar concentrators, as it, in the 3D printed version, provides energy at 0.15 USD per Watt, while in the manufactured version provides energy at 0.03 USD per Watt. When using recycled plastics, the price gets under 0.01 USD per Watt.
Many solar energy systems are polluting, in that they do not fit a Cradle 2 Cradle principle. We are working into this system Cradle to Cradle, thereby it is our aim, over the foreseeable future, to establish full cradle 2 cradle, by ensuring that all our prefabricated parts are part of a Cradle 2 Cradle product.
We have a very unique business model, where we, instead of setting up business in all countries, which would severely delay the implementation by even up to a decade, we can expand extremely rapidly by simply linking up with the plastic industry in each country. We simply give away all drawings for free, against that we do the quality control.
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Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)
We have targeted particularly those estimatedly 2 billion people, who can only afford charcoal and kerosene. Our solution is designed to be such inexpensive, so that it can financially compete with these two fossil fuels. In the period between 1978 and 1998 it is one of the worlds best documented terrible events, that use of firewood depleted Somalia of virtually all its forest.
One of the successful solar power systems. Similar to the MKopa Solar, it is selling like 500,000 units (per 2018) in which they fulfil certain needs for light in the house, Television, and mobile charging. Like most of other successful systems, these are not fulfilling on certain very basic needs, because solutions to do so, are traditionally very expensive (USD 2,000+), and depends on connectivity to the grid. Nexus 7 (Our solution) does not have such dependency.
One of the successful solar power systems. However, it cannot produce enough for heating water, cooling, cooking, bathing, sterilizing. Furthermore it is quite expensive, so eventhough it has sold in around 500,000 units, it is our take that Nexus 7 has a mission with the poor, to ensure that millions and millions of people get access to these basic needs: Hot bath, hot dish washing, cooling, sterilizing - at negligible cost.
Charcoal burning is - even in 2018 - depleting the scarce resources of arid and semi-arid bushes and trees. The Sahara desert is moving south with a speed of approximately 1 kilometer per year, a development largely spurred by the charcoal burning.
So the direct first-in-line beneficiaries are those most in need.
The beneficiary - directly in one way, but indirectly due to that they benefit from the 2 billion taking up this new water heating model - are the rest of the world. Each unit installed, resembles 290 trees planted. (Not 100% accurately, we will work that out precisely, together).
How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)
As mentioned before, there are more than 1,000 solar energy innovations, however, they are expensive, clumsy, complicated, complex.
Ours is extremely simple, is stand alone, in that once installed, it runs until a component breaks (and we aim for 10+ years before that happens, due to our strongly simplified, refined design, reusable, user-changeable components), where we have built in security, anti-breakage, all-weather properties into the design enabling operations from dry deserts to wet, icy or snowy or stormy mountain-sides, with extensive use of structurally embedded features (ie. magnets) which are crucial but not "touchable" by weather. It has no physically "outdoor" electrical connections, as all such contacts are embedded (Reed relays etc.) or optical/digital.
In a nutshell - the idea is a concoction of 50+ expired patents plus some 40+ enhancements. Business wise, we give away 98% of the production simply to make this happen!
Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)
Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.
Pilot: I have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users.
Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)
Rational Intuitive IVS is as the name implies an innovation corporate which takes a rational view on creative ideas with the aim of implementation. We implement affordable, workable, verifiable, versatile, global solutions to big global problems, which are owned by the public or by people themselves. Beware that Rational Intuitive IVS is running this Solar Concentrator under the project name Nexus 7.
Organization Filing Status
Yes, we are a registered company.
In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.
Thomas Høyer and I (David Svarrer) started working on this Nexus 7 project 22 years ago. We have worked on it, since then. We are now ready to take it to the world. We find the OpenIDEO being one of the great, ideal platforms to do this. We are looking very much forward to the collaboration with the other after the deadline. We are ready also - naturally - humbly - to provide what we can of help / assistance if we can to the other projects as proposed. "Bring it all on" :-) - Greetings all!
Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).
Provision of Sustainable, culturally fit, low cost, durable energy for Cooking, Sterilization, Cooling, Bathing, Washing from Europe to Africa. This is how:
*Culturally: Bathing, Cooking, Cooling when people need it, not only when the sun is up.
*Durable: Aiming at 10 to 50+ years durability in all weather. Repairable in modules, bits & pieces.
*Environmentally safe: Use of Cradle 2 Cradle processes/materials/business. 100% reusable.
*Inexpensive: The factory made solution competes price-wise with charcoal/kerosene
*Sustainable: We give away 98%+ of the production business to each country
See the attached presentation, we have a slide with 12 Directly Intended side-effects for the world, in terms of: Earth as such, Peace, Growth and Environment.
It is our humble take, that our 22 years doing this, has had at least some great prospect.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
We have worked with many so far - not exactly partners - but willing-to-be partners when this takes off.
We have worked with a range of suppliers of equipment, with a plethora of government and environmental people who have willingly volunteered to assist us - and who would continue to support the process.
We have received a tremendous support from almost anyone we have ever approached. I guess that we can muster more than 150 people to join in, when this goes hot.
In terms of organization - as mentioned in the slide show - we intend NOT to build a global organisation. We will outsource - for free - to manufacturers world wide who will produce the system - and we shall - for free - provide the production details.
Examples of such producers are those who right now produce consumer plastic. Our solar concentrator is intended as a consumer product, sellable via super markets!!!
THis will shorten the Time To Market to maybe 6 to 18 months, while going global could take 10 years+
Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)
We have spoken with Danish and Kenyan communities:
Denmark: Owners Associations are interested in promoting retro-fit for members to utilize solar energy 12 months per year, 8 hours per day.
Kenya: Solar heated water for use 24/7 is hot. Solar cooking outside of sun-shining hours is hot. Solar cooling via Carbon/Methanol or CaCl/Ammonium equilibria is hot.
We have discussed with Cement factories (Kenya), and paper mills, who are very interested. European ones refuse even to meet :-(
Equatorial Zone: Home/Industry fit
How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)
We expect to implement the first, initial, workable and full scale 10,000 Watt prototype in Denmark before end 2018, and the first full scale, 4,000 Watt prototype in Kenya, in 1Q2019. We expect to spend a vast amount of time
Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)