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Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator

We provide the worlds maybe most inexpensive, versatile, massively scalable, modular, artificial intelligence AI driven solar concentrator

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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.

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.

www.rain.yt

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

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 :-(

Geographic Focus

Global Focus:
Europe: Retro-fit
USA/Canada: New-fit
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)

  • No

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This will definitely be a great idea.Looking forward to the partnership and also kickstarting it from here. I will put it up with my team.

A chat via whatsapp will be appreciated:

+2348038188699

Also available on slack.

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Dear Willoughby Eunice - Whatsapp is too heavy for us, and is barely known in Northern Europe - this typing on flatscreens goes too slow for me. The Whatsapp sound quality is poor compared to Skype or Zoom.

Your proposal of Slack is great - ... Could you maybe send an invite to your Slack-group/team and the dialogues where I can make a positive contribution? Please send to our leader team in Nexus 7: jerngreb@gmail.com (Thomas Høyer) and david.t.svarrer@gmail.com (David Svarrer) ??

We are eager to connect up. We should open those slack groups for the participants of OpenIDEO, such that we can receive contributions from outside and also such that we share our dialogue with those who may be interested???

Sincerely
David / Thomas

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Sent a message via EumidConsult@yahoo.com on behalf of the team.
Hope this clarifies the email.

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This is great proposal, looking forward to working with you too. It is very interesting that investors apparently finds the unique collaboration created on this OpenIDEO between our many projects worthy their investments. It is also interesting how the new investment models such as cooperative investments, and Crowd are going strongly forward compared to "Venture Vapitalist Takes It All". I guess it is also based on that many of the new and very aggressive sales methods is apparently similar to our model, where everything but a few parts are being given away to those where it practically would be most smart that those parts are being produced, thereby we hold on just to a few components which then are linked to a miniscule profit, keeping us alive. Our profit per unit is reduced by factors 20, 30, 50 - while due to the scale of the business, we earn some 30% or so compared to traditional expansion strategy, however, as we reach the market much much faster, like in 18 to 36 months, we have a larger profit over 36 months than we would have over 20 years, and, with much less work, and a price per unit much more affordable per user, than compared with the normal expansion model, due to that not only is the profit lower (causing lower price), but also production cost, transportation cost, trade cost, distribution cost are lower, thereby the final price for the consumer is by factors lower in the Give Away solution, while we still earn much more per year with much less work. It is interesting...

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Dear Bremley Lyngdoh and many with you,

How terribly I do not want to say "What did I say?", I am here posting to all of you, the sad sad news, that again the Cryptocurrency is displaying its complete and utter lack of controls.

I am a cryptographer by profession, which is just a little corner of the business I do, but, it is with all my professional background, some of it in complex areas so difficult to deal with so that I hardly can explain in layman terms, but here is yet a tragic, terrible event, where thousands if not millions of people have lost money. This time not in small quantities, this time the sum of losses is USD 17 Billion.

See link: https://www.ccn.com/17-billion-deleted-from-cryptocurrency-market-in-24-hours-as-ethereum-falls-7/

This is the reason that I do not encourage use of the high risk, speculative crypto currency in any way, for good purposes.

Questions are welcome. I am able to respond.

Sincerely
David Svarrer, Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator project

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Dear Christina Schwanke - thanks a lot for your links despite you being very busy on your project! It is indeed not good to "grill" birds like this.

It is my general take without praising ourselves too much - that our model where we send the solar beam down underground, to a stone storage, is better. I will take up with Thomas, what we can do on OUR side, such that we do not - even in our diminished scale - face this problem.

We have - in our standard setup - likely some 8 to 16 mirrors concentrating into the same point. This produces a strong heat - but - even with 16 mirrors concentrating to the same point, you can still hold your hand in the reflection, for some 1 minute, after which you will feel too hot. It means that indeed one can fly through with no problem. For the eyes it is ALSO not a problem. Because on the retina, if you look towards the reflectors, all you see is 16 different images of the sun - on each their part of the retina. So there is also no risk of blindness as the strong light is so irritating so that one does not stand there looking into the 16 suns.

We will be checking out this, if we receive requests for higher concentration than a factor 16.

I share into the concern that we shall not create so called "renewable" energy, which as a side effect kills off animals.

Thanks.

David Svarrer

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David / Thomas Svarrer / Høyer 

I am so glad this is something you will address! I want to make sure you know that I think it is great you are addressing solar. Please do not take my negative comments toward solar as negative toward your work, in fact it is quite the opposite. I am not willing to post on an open forum but if you would like to set up a time to talk I may have some leads for you to investigate within the United States....and perhaps abroad.

Best,
Christina

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Dear Christina Schwanke - oh my goodness, we are so happy for your comments because we will have to create something which does not kill while it helps. I can illustrate this with another creation which we are working on, on the side: Its an insect trap, but another one than the usual ones. It traps insects, within a net, by use of all means available, and then .... It sends them back out in nature, via air ventilation, and a long, smooth tube, with no corners, just softly bent. Well, we want to put this sich that it does neither kill the insect, nor bend a hair, tentacle or leg or wing on it. Our houses are death traps for insects. So are our lights. We as humans then spend millions of tons of insect killing means, one more brutal than the other. I learned only recently the dark facts, that insect sprays simply are nerve agents, like Novichok used against the Skripals. So, when you mention these adverse effects of some solar energy installations, I flap our my ears and listen, because, we need to begin to respect life, not only in lip service, not in any way dramatic, just like that.

Some people thinks that our insect trap is ridiculous. However, while people to begin with may not use the insect trap and other inventions based on the survival of insects, they may see that it is indeed not good to spray nerve agents around in spaces where we live. Later maybe, by just curiousity, they may see and understand that life should be treated well.

So, Christina, we consider it of utmost importance with your and others comments, and we will, for instance for the industrial version, create it in ways which will not have these side effects, ie by focusing the hest downwards.

However, generally, large scale industries are likely soon going to be some relics of the past, as several, no, countless, studies show that the vast majority of any kind of centralized, industrialized, products are being produced with huge environmental negative impacts.

I learned recently that cement factories are so big, due to the optimizing of energy consumption which is huge in cement manufacturing while, the size is indeed not a necessity. Thereby, when we shift to solar concentrator, where we can add 10,000 Watt by USD 300, it is not so necessary with large scale, and it is, as I understand it, possible to make quality cement home in your backyard, with a few raw materials, a few tools, machines, and then solar power.
So, Christina, when you mention such issues, we are happy in our team, due to that we had not thought about that, people we have involved had not mentioned this, and we had not come across the issue.

Yes, Christina, we would love to be linked up with people who either can guide us, or whom we can help, or partner with. I have personally thought about the insects, being trapped by light in our concentrator, however, when we send the light in through a narrow hole, in the ground, there is no big, white object attracting insects. We will carefully monitor this. Within the ground, we are not using any barriers, so, when we start heating up the stones, the insects in the soil surrounding the stones can escape same way they came from. The heating up will be slow, compared to the crawling speed of ie. worms, caterpillars and beetles etc., so they will have ample time to get away.

It is in general a very important philosophical question which has no simple response, what is right to do on Earth. On one side one could resignate as we inevitable kill other species with our mere presence, on the other hand, if one does not resignate but take a view of saving what is reasonably possible, and avoid killing unnecessarily or thoughtlessly, maybe one can strike a balance which measured in weight, can maybe save some millions of tons of living beings per year, all species equal :-)

So please indeed let us know your thoughts, Christina and others, do not feel shy. We will do our part.

Thanks for bringing your heart into this. It must be with us in everything we do no matter how we as humans often see people arguing about how it is not important in exactly THEIR case...

Sincerely
David and Thomas
Rational Intuitive IVS

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Dear Christina Schwanke 

What are your thoughts in regards to the insect solution, where we do not kill them, but simply blow them out of our houses after having been trapped?

I would guess - that if we remove insects via such traps, around the solar concentrator, then also the number of birds would be tremendously reduced??

What do you think about the "solar concentrator beam through a hole" down to a stone storage - where no light is produced and thereby does not attract birds or insects?

Sincerely
Rational Intuitive IVS

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David / Thomas Svarrer / Høyer 

While I appreciate your inclination to think outside the box I am not educated enough on wildlife and ecosystems to comment on your insect idea. My understanding with the current solar construction is birds are getting fried by simply flying to close. I think it is important to realize that when dealing with energy (no matter the sources) there are consequences. Unfortunately power lines sometimes kill people, sometimes they kill wildlife, it is a matter of assessing risk and serving the greater good. This may sound harsh but I live with the reality every day. My husband builds power lines. We have assessed the risk to reward and deemed it a worthwhile career.

My contention with current solar infrastructure is that it is getting sold as a eco-friendly source of power and there is not transparency with the consequences. I truly believe it is beneficial to develop solar (which is why I love your idea) but it is important to improve and be transparent about pitfalls. I see all to often in multiple sectors people determine their way is the best way and will not acknowledge need for improvement to the detriment of themselves and others.

I think your path is amazing and it is refreshing to know that you are examining every angle to improve and provide something great to the world!

Christina

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Hi again, Our Workshop  - now you mention something so true - that collaboration is difficult. Now - what is key in YOUR way of establishing collaboration?? Sincerely David Svarrer

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TIME xxx

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Am not getting you, please elaborate in full :-)

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Dear Our Workshop - don't worry about the confusion about speaking to 2 people. It is also difficult for Thomas and I to write exactly every second letter, each of us. So when writing the word "Dear", then David types D, Thomas types e, David types a, Thomas types r. Very very difficult to synchronize, but - every time we manage it anyway. So, we understand you in full.. Sincerely David/Thomas.

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you guys. DRY as stale bread!!! I love it. I'm LOLing...

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You guys too, I like your humour!!! Imagine, how technology and dry bread can bring the smile on someones face who has the right mindset :-)

A pleasure knowing you. Good day!

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So, please feel welcome to Send a skype invitation to david.t.svarrer as skype ID, then we can have a chat on how we start??

Sincerely
David Svarrer

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great... heathnashabroad@gmail.com and or ourworkshopct@gmail.com and what about facebook? do you use? Instagram??
we are ourworkshopct on both insta and facebook...

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Excellent, we are neither on instagram nor facebook. We use slack, zoom, etc, and Skype ... Can we skype on Saturday 1400 GMT??

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Hi Heath Nash - YOu mentioned Slojd in your mail. I guess it is WOOD WORKS in English, is that true? Sincerely David Svarrer

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No its more like craft work... there was a nice definition I saw:
practical wisdom

which I really loved

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Dear WarmLife - we had started and taken a few steps - however, we have not moved on. How would you see us continue the collaborative start, from your point of view? I am asking because obviously we had some connection points, however, we have not heard from you how you could see us work together. We are able to produce heat in almost any form, and would like us to start talking about how we could provide such hear for your project? Sincerely David - Thomas - Rational Intuitive IVS / Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator 

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Hey - I've been offline for a week - apologies for the delay in response.
From my perspective, I am trying to build a public team for the presentation of fundraising for a business system. This would be based on franchising of units and using a tokenized share structure involving cryptocurrencies. I'm working on a white paper describing the business structure and offering circular information. If you'd like to look that over, I can link it here or post it here.


I'd like:
- to list you as team members - meaning I'd need bios and listing on LinkedIn.
- A technical paper for the details of the system - can be extremely technical as it will add credibility and be focused on experts. Included would be estimates of efficiencies and quantity of heat and heat storage potential.
- A development roadmap.
- Estimated costs of builds after technical development - with breakouts for materials, equipment/machinery, and labor. Any thoughts on economies of scale
- pre-built equipment description that can be shipped to field installers

I'd like to meet on Skype because I strongly prefer to speak with people personally and get to know them a bit.

If my part of this works, then it should provide a high level of funding for technical development - we'd need to discuss your needs vs what is feasible.

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Thanks for your encouraging reply.

We would indeed like to be listed, but not as team, but as Rational Intuitive IVS. We are teaming up behind Rational Intuitive, not as individuals.

On the technical paper - it is publicly available - and it is not technical at all. Our expertise has come out in that we have combined some 50 expired patents (of very complex nature) and have added some 40 simplifications of many sorts - some of which have taken even a year or more to get to - and that we have created a very very simple system which responds correctly and accurately to the - on the other hand - extremely complex astronomic reality of how Earth actually orbits the Sun...

The development roadmap - please let us know what you would want on that, then we can indeed provide it for you.

The estimated cost of build is a bit different for each country. We are giving it all away, publishing it, so each country (and region within countries) will find their own pricing.

The field installers will find everything available, online, on the internet, when we go public with it. We expect that the system can be sold mainly via supermarkets as a consumer product.

We can indeed meet on Skype. Wait until I am in Denmark in a few days time, then we can meet on video skype if that is workable for you?

We are almost at the end in terms of that we are seeking funding simply to get this here to become produced - and we are seeking partners who do other things (water, power, heating, sterilizing etc.) - such that we can go-to-market with them, and promote them as they will promote us.

What are your thoughts about this way?

Sincerely
Rational Intuitive IVS

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We would be happy to receive your proposal on business structure - just share the link that is fine.

SIncerely
Rational Intuitive IVS

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Delighted to list Rational Intuitive IVS as a partner, but also would like to list individuals to show the skill set and personalities involved. Investors look at both - so we should show both I think. I can just put in RI as a team collaborator and list individuals under that so we get the best of both approaches. Will that work? If so, send me your bios.
Do you have LinkedIn profiles?

You had mentioned a storage solution integrated into your collector - concentrator. Do you have documentation on that?

In terms of mutual promotion - that is a good approach and I heartily endorse it.
I have seen ICO fundraisers that combine multiple companies and ideas - they do well - that is an idea to put out there to your partners.

Contact me when you return to Denmark and we can talk on Skype and consider how to move this ahead. Very exciting.

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Dear Kelly,

Did you have a chance to see our response?

Sincerely
Rational Intuitive IVS
Thomas / David

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Dear Kelly,

We will list with you as partners in form of Rational Intuitive IVS, while the individuals will be hidden. Our team have voted, and the majority saying that this is how they want it.

We will also be collaborating with your team as in your project, somevwn though we will as individuals naturally talk in our very capacities, we all talk under the respective organisational flags, so to say.

You can list us under solar concentrator and storage, and we are also very solidly founded within Water technologies, power technologies, cooling technologies..

Sincerely
David Svarrer / Thomss Høyer

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Thst said,when can we Skype? Please send an invitation for Skype to skype ID david.t.svarrer ... IF POSSIBLE we can skype with Thomas too.

Sincerely
David Svarrer

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Thinking through possible collaboration right now as am judiciously reading through the project.
 A lot of potential and improvement of living standards awaits. I will like to know how plastic recycling works, probably link up with registered plastic collectors here and sourcing from locals is also available.

 This is very very good. Keep up the good work.

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Dear Willoughby Eunice - thanks a lot for your kind words. We humbly have to tell you, though, that our good Solar Concentrator is only one of the crucial pieces necessary to turn the development around. We are planning on massive collaboration with other of the OpenIDEO projects.

I can recommend, strongly, to go through earlier years projects. We are right now following up on projects all the way back to 2015, because really many great projects were carried through back then, and it is our qualified guess that teamwork with those projects which survived after 2015, would be of great value.

We hope that you too will go through these great older projects. SOME of them do not exist, while others are working very well.

You are also asking about Plastic Recycling. We propose that you contact those who are experts in that one. We just know, that we are able to do 3D printing and/or Plastic Injection Moulding by use of recycled plastic. We also know that it is possible to reuse/recycle plastics such that the cost of 1 kilogram of recycled plastic is less than a third of the cost of "new" plastic.

For us it matters a lot, because, no matter how few kilograms we are recycling, it is an added benefit.

We are, ourselves, in talks about taking recycled plastic with www.avl.dk and others. We were recommended to contact Precious Plastics too - and we will do that, when we are ready.

We are ALSO working with a Palestine project (under 2018 OpenIDEO), doing recycled plastics in Palestine.

Keep in mind, that our project will not own the production. So we will not be directly involved in sourcing the recycled plastics. We will work this way such that we can start up several hundreds of parallel projects in different countries with minimum resources.

The alternative is that we set up offices everywhere - which would also secure us a much larger profit - but - we would end up impacting only some 11 to 15% of the need - in 10 to 25 years, while - if we give away the production for free, we lower the profits to less than 1/3, while we ought being able to start up - globally - within some 3-5 years, and thereby we would be able to positively impact the livelihood of a much larger group of people in a much shorter space of time, while having an extremely small footprint.

Furthermore our approach will see us creating a line of short instruction videos, which can be watched globally via YouTube (for free), thereby ensuring that we can do world wide education in how to setup the Solar Concentrator, and how to link it up with Water production, Energy production, Power production, Cooling, Heating etc. etc. - again with possibility of promoting the other OpenIDEO projects.

So, on your response in regards to recycled plastics - we actually think that the local plastic manufacturers in each country, are in a much better position to find sources of recycled plastics, and then all we need to do is to do quality control/assurance of the production.

Sincerely
David and Thomas, Rational Intuitive IVS

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Thank you for the prompt reply. Team work and community involvement is the key.

The collaboration in context here is basically with able youth groups in Nigeria. Having grown up in the system here, I realized that percentage of youths willing to learn one thing or the other is high.

The main focus of my team and I is the involvement of the youths because that will also contribute to the sustainability of any project executed and we try as much as possible to make it flexible in such way that execution still continues without us being physically there or handing it over to each community.

We will go through the previous projects as suggested and also check out the links.Believe we will learn more from them.
Thanks for the info,very much appreciated.

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Hi Willoughby Eunice - you are most welcome. Interesting that you have this same positive experience in Nigeria as I have here in Kenya. Willingness - genuine active willingness - is at a very high level amongst the youth.

Youth here in Kenya are also normally much less soaked into corruption, so it is better to work with them.

Looking forward to working with your team.
Sincerely
David / Thomas,
Rational Intuitive IVS

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Dear Willoughby Eunice  - what is your experience in regards to creating cooperative movements in Nigeria? Would you think that it is possible in Nigeria where you are, to establish cooperatives such that we can provide the solar concentrator for power generation, heat, cooling, a/c, etc.? This would go a long way in establishing this low-cost, top professional solar concentrator solution.

Here in Kenya Cooperatives are a very well known way of collaborating and the laws have sections covering cooperatives.

Sincerely
Rational Intuitive IVS
Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator 
Thomas Høyer / David Svarrer

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Creating cooperatives here in Nigeria is procedural as registeration needs to be done. Before then, a form of mass awareness is created and a platform made for interactions and objectives spelt out so that every volunteer is aware. This awareness will have targeted audience mostly youths and it's taking right from the grassroots then gradually to the state , geopolitical zone level and nationwide coverage.

At the grassroot level,participants are trained and from there, they are spread out to coordinate the state level till nationwide spread. Though, room is giving for creativity and flexibility so it's not just centralized to a specific few.
  
 Then stakeholders are invited on the platform to share in their experiences and training commences. In the course of the training,registeration of the cooperative commences and is completed so that it's recognized fully as a body. Also, some registered cooperatives here are included and also trained.

There are are laws here covering cooperatives too and as the Nigerian economy is at the moment, SME's are getting assistance from relevant authorities, government and from the Bank of Industry.

This initiative will very well work here in Nigeria as more consumers are moving to the use of solar energy as means of power supply. Also,some farms in the southwestern part of Nigeria are upgrading to solar system access to the general government power supply is limited due to the location of their farms.

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Dear Willoughby Eunice - wow, that is a positive surprise. Then, if this is the case, how would you like a scenario where we give away the production to you to begin with, would you be able to find manufacturers in nigeria who can reliably produce cradle 2 cradle plastic in ways where we can float the market upfront, and as time goes by, recycle in a safe way, and even if we wind up, all our products can then be returned for 100% recycling?

There are part, very few, but they exist, which are not yet cradle 2 cradle, however, we expect these to become cradle 2 cradle before 1Q2020, that is within 18 months, as we are working on this. We are here discussing printed circuit boards and chips, from the Arduino board, and a few sensors etc., where we are right now in conversations with the manufacturers about a verifiable recycling, its a tiny bit like the US/NKorea negotiations, ha ha, well, not exactly, but its the same. A side effect of this is then, that we will be establishing a recycling and C2C process with manufacturers who right now do not exactly get the point. An exciting process in itself :-) ...

So, I would be happy to hear from you aboit if you would be interested in that? There will be nothing to pay to us, all we need, which is not a small requirement though, is guarantees for recycling. We will assist you on all the administrative content in this, such that you would be implementing it fitting culturally to your community/region/market, and we would make all changes or modifications in collab with your team, and resend drawings etc.

???

Sincerely
David Svarrer / Thomas Høyer
Rational Intuitive IVS (Denmark, Kenya)

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Dear Beth,

Imagine, we are in the same situation like many, that we also have to earn money for our project development, and you recall I told you I have been offered a position here in Kenya, so they requested on Tuesday that I postpone my travel such that I could meet with their board today, So it was a great meeting, where we were able to get to the tasks at hand, then I will need to meet with the strategic team behind the activities, before I travel to Kenya.

So, I am still here :-) ... I expect to travel to Denmark by next week then, after July 1st. We can likely meet with Thomas before then, or, I can meet with you guys here, Skyping in Thomas. So we have an extended time of some 10 days here.

If we win the competition, we will be 100% on the task, as we are right now earning our living plus covering expenses from our daytime jobs. So, let us make good use of the available time thewe next 10 days.

Anything new in Gearbox?

Anything I or we can assist with subsequent to our great meeting with your tech guy mr Pascal?

I have had interesting talks with this good guy Bremley (one of those behind the Myanmar drone planting), and I hope we will be working with them to create a solution for their financial/economical backbone, so they can avoid use of Blockchain, as I foresee such technology being premature, while they are in dire need of something working like that :-).

We are living in exciting times.

So, let me know when you want to meet? Or news from Gearbox? Or dialogue with your tech guys?

Sincerely
David

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Hey Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator ,

Hope David you got to Fenmark safely and enjoying seeing your family.

Could we organise a skype call between you and Thomas or one of you and whole technical team at Majik Water ? Say Tuesday?

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Dear Mr. Charles Betterton, MSCED - we had started taking a few steps - and within our Nexus 7 project, we are following up now for the 2nd time on all our prospect collaborating partners. We would love to hear from you, such that we can continue planning the collaboration - if possible. Sincerely David/Thomas, Rational Intuitive IVS, Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator 

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Greetings David and Thomas, Thank you for following up. Yes we are certainly interested in continuing to explore possible collaboration as that is a key strategy for all of our enterprises. However it may be a few days before I am able to fully engage as I am still out of town on a family medical emergency. Please do keep me/us in the communication loop and thanks again for including us!

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Dear Mr. Betterton,

We are sad to hear that you have a continued medical emergency. May God be with you, we pray for the situation to be normalized. Yes, we will keep you in the loop, and do not hesitate to come back when your situation (soon!) has become better...

Sincerely
David / Thomas

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Hi Isaac Jumba - we are waiting for a response from you in regards to the possibility of opening for the TEAM-registration (without editing allowed), such that we can build our teams meanwhile we are reviewing each other's solutions. Have a nice day - David / Thomas - Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator...

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Hi David / Thomas Svarrer / Høyer 
Would it possible to include your updated team info here? Will flag the team about your insight. Thanks

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Hi @Kelly - my SKype ID is david.t.svarrer - please send an invitation with your name on, then I shall accept fast. Kindly David Svarrer

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Dear Erin Burba - came to think of, if you have dropped out of the OpenIDEO challenge, then naturally we can continue outside, however, dont drop out!! Stay put, and join forces with us. :-) Greetings, ..

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Ahaha thanks for your encouragement, I'm still participating in the challenge :) I will find time in the next few days to post more in-depth responses

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Phewx, thats good! The world cannot get enough good people, working for good causes... Looking forward to your sharing. Can we do something for you or your team, dont hesitate. We have partnered with Majik Water and are working on 4 more partnerships, to ensure success within renewable, clean, environmental resources, tree planters etc.

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Dear Erin Burba - please just comment here, because really many are reading, and you had such good points, so let everybody, not only us, benefit from your comments, if ok with you?? Sincerely David

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Dear Erin Burba - we were in communication recently, and you commented on our idea. Now, how can we continue? I would be very happy for your critical questions as to our prospect solution (the Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator )... Sincerely David / Thomas, Rational Intuitive IVS, Denmark-Kenya, ...

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Hello again, sorry for my delayed response! I will be more accessible via email, please feel free to reach me at burba.e@husky.neu.edu and I will be happy to continue our conversations

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David / Thomas Svarrer / Høyer 

This is a very interesting proposal. I have worked in electrical construction and design. I believe solar power is one of the most misunderstood forms of generation. In the U.S. it is sold as cost effective clean energy, unfortunately more often than not it is more expensive than traditional sources of generation, probably because of the things you mention in your idea. The other problem is large solar project take up a huge land mass and often burn animals to death.

I am glad you are thinking through and affordable and trustworthy way to implement solar!

Christina

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Dear Christina,

I have not heard that solar systems burns animals to death - can you elaborate a bit on that?

In our system, we have modelled both practically and theoretically and even mathematically - and even though our system due to the mechanically interconnectivity cannot focus elsewhere than at the absorber, we have in our Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator system made security measures which releases the control, after which each reflector due to a constructed imbalance automatically moves to a neutral position where each mirror is in parallel with all other mirrors - thereby there is no focal point, and thereby should anything happen which represents that even 1 reflector is "out of control", then the system goes to neutral.

Now, in our system - it is practically impossible, because the reflectors are all of them driven by the same motor - a piece of art which is unprecedented in any of the more than 1,000 patents which we have been through over the most recent 18 years.

The majority of the solar concentrator reflectors we have seen, are technically able to place the focal point anywhere, based on software configuration. This is naturally very flexible, however, it is also potentially dangerous.

We have spent maybe 15 years (not full time though, but lets say - net 4 to 5 man years of work spread over those years), creating a FULLY MECHANICAL solar concentrator reflector system - and once adjusted, it simply cannot focus the sunlight on any other point than the focal point. This is a very important and desired side-effect of our controller.

However, back to your mail. I am surprised about that these systems have burned animals. That is terrible, cruel and thoughtless. These systems we have seen are much more technically advanced than ours - maybe that is the beauty of ours, that it does its job, in an extremely (!!) simplistic way, though - perfect and to the dot.

So, again - back to your mail - what has happened in those cases? Do you know where this has taken place?

Sincerely
David / Thomas
Rational Intuitive IVS
Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator 

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David / Thomas Svarrer / Høyer 
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-solar-bird-deaths-20160831-snap-story.html

Here is one of many resources about the birds. This article expounds a little bit more on animals. Admittedly my sources were from men who had seen it in the field. The land mass piece is something I have seen, though I have read articles it could take less. I am wondering what is stopping the process if that is the case? In my limited experience in the US it is much more cost effective to use traditional methods of electricity generation and transmission, that being said I don't live in a state that the rates are high. I like your concept of decentralizing the power. There is actually a great need for that here.
Personally I have looked at living off the grid a few times. I live in a rural part of Nevada. My main concerns always boil down to reliability and cost.

I apologize for my short response. Our project is in a growth spurt which is very exciting but time consuming. I would like to connect for further discussion and to follow your project. I can be found at:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/christina-schwanke-3660b468/
https://www.facebook.com/christinamworley

Christina

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Dear Our Workshop - what would be your comments in regards to which things you think that we must improve on? Things where you think we have not explained well? Areas where you think - THIS cannot work in this context. Please do not hold back. You appeared to us to have great insight in how to make things "cook" well between people. You referred (quite right!) to our project as a bit "dry"... Which other comments would you have, which would make us able to improve our solar concentrator? Your response is already appreciated :-) :-) .. SIncerely Thomas / David...

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Hi David, Thomas
Cool to meet you. It's a bit confusing to speak to 2 people!!
But no problem.

I need to review the proposal again and in more depth!! I will try to do that tomorrow and get back to you...

soon,
Heath

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Dear Christina Schwanke - I just checked - and a 1 Gigawatt solar farm would take up less than half the space of a similar sized nuclear site. Besides which, the solar farm would not require security measures, just fully normal security which would be put in any power plant - to protect against vandalism and against electric shocks etc. - Now - we are not working with large plants, because we sincerely do not believe in centralized power, as it is very easy to abuse. Furthermore in international conflicts, such plants: Water, Power etc. - are very easy to destroy.

So, we are thinking in local, in small communities - and in massively distributed solutions... - then we are furthermore thinking in LOCAL production - no central manufacturer with all the problems that brings. ANd finally we are thinking in cradle 2 cradle - we want that even though we are distributing to thousands of manufacturers - our demand to them is to create a huge incentive (economically) for returning the components of our design, to the manufacturer, such that even if all components are being returned - then these components will return to a natural form (ie. pure H2O and CO2) which they came from... I hope this makes sense?

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Dear Mr. @Premalal, I forgot one last thing - WHICH EXPERIENCE do you have with Stirling Engines? Sincerely David Svarrer, Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator 

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Dear Heath Nash - thanks for your great email, and thanks for joining in with us. We are looking forward to your comments as to how you see our solar concentrator becoming more "Wet", ... I like your thinking. It is great. I would like to Skype you guys up, when I am in Denmark with Thomas, Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator - that would be somewhere, after the 25th of June, I guess. We would like to skype with you while you are in Our Workshop ...

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Dear Majik Water - Thanks a lot for our good meeting in Java House, Nairobi, today Sunday. It was MOST enlightening, and I must commend you for your great project. I am happy for our collaboration, and we are looking forward to our mutual linking up via the generic interface, where we can then deliver energy to you. We will be looking into the material in the coming week, and when Thomas and I are meeting, next week, we will go through what we can do for you with the few minor details on the vaporization/condensation. Thomas and my aim would be to just assist you taking your existing working solution and try if we can make it just a tiny tid bit smaller, and thereby squeeze a few more drops out, of water :-) :-) ...

It was impressive what you presented today, and we are so much looking forward to integrating our solar concentrator with your water magic's :-) ...

The thing we discussed today, simply taking water out of the air, bottling/canning it up, and simply PLANT TREES IN RAW DESERT - for instance a small colony of 1,000+ trees, watered by the Magic Water of yours - powered by our solar. We did a small investigation subsequent to our meeting today, and we ought to get away with 33 square meter of solar concentrator to feed 1,000 trees with water, in the middle of the desert.

It is natural, that MANY MANY parameters can change this figure - however - 1,000 trees put here and there and everywhere, step by step - can create oasis after oasis, in the middle of the desert.

It is our take, that a tree would need some 1.5 ton of soil surrounding it. If we start this desert-reversification from the "edges" of the deserts - that is - from where the roads end in the arid regions, then it should be possible to expand the project step by step, as time goes by, with tremendous impact for the area.

Well, again, thanks for today. A pleasure!
Sincerely
David - Thomas says hi, and thanks for the Skype Video meeting today.
Rational Intuitive IVS

Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator

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Dear Our Workshop - you wrote about how we can bring North and South together. Now. May we challenge you a bit? HOW could we in terms of Solar Concentrator solutions assist YOU and YOUR project doing what YOU intend to do? Maybe this is far fetched, however, ...

We - in our project - see projects like yours as crucial in that your project build bridges. We see our projects in making peace as we will reduce the tension around energy/water resources - and as part of that, YOUR project is crucial. Well - that is fine - now - is there something which in YOUR project would add value, from OUR project???
Sincerely
David / Thomas / Rational Intuitive IVS

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Dear Ashley Tillman - we are following up with you in regards to that you asked us a very good question in regards to how we bring peace and prosperity to our good Earth by providing solar energy. I referred you to the slide show, attached to our project description. Now, I would like to know if that was clear talk, or, if there are more things - we did not hear from you again :-)... We are intensively collecting all sorts of critique, roses, comments - such that we do not start a production with a flaw we have overlooked. Have a good day. Sincerely David/THomas, Rational INtuitive IVS. https://www.rain.yt

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One more thing, Mr. Premalal,

I don't know if you are aware of that a SIDE EFFECT of our solar concentrator is to produce EXTRA energy out of already existing Photo Voltaic Cells and Solar Heating panels... ??

We will simply concentrate the sun light on the existing panels, and get more energy out of the already existing installation, at a cost of USD 0.03 per Watt extra energy added to the solar panels.

However, even though this is very lucrative for both us and these people who already owns solar photo voltaic cells, and solar heating panels, our main focus remains on working out a solution to protect our remaining trees from rogue and rough deforestation.

It does not mean that we are not going to address this interesting segment of a 2 figured millions of installed solar energy systems - we are - but first things first. The deforestation and desertification is alarming, and we will NOT be doing a thing about that by spending time on western world (easy-to-go) markets.

We are in Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator focused on stopping the onslaught on the trees, as we are convinced that it is the lack of trees - not the CO2 consequence - which heats up the globe.

Sincerely
David - Thomas
Rational Intuitive IVS
www.rain.yt

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Sorry, we forgot to ask you if this answered your question????

Warmly
David / Thomas

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Hi David / Thomas Svarrer / Høyer , It's great to see these advanced technical solutions being proposed in the challenge. I'm interested to know more about the technology here. Are you working with stirling engines as well? In that way electricity can be generated using the concentrated solar energy, right?

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Dear Gayanjith Premalal,

Imagine - our solution is PRI-MI-TIVE. It has taken us some 22 years of work in all, to create a mechanical solution which is doing its job perfectly, flawlessly - but is so primitive so that one can wonder how come it has not been patented before.

We are solely working on concentrating solar energy. We are working with Genius in Sweden, who makes mid range stirling engines. One of the projects here, INSTAPOWER - will be working with us to make a generic interface between our project and their project, which can be used also in interfacing other projects.

And in order to get stability, we store the concentrated energy in a stone chamber which we insulate with dry soil. This produces a storage which can be tapped 24/7, and as you mention it, then it can generate power via Stirling Engines - cooling via either of the equilibria CaCl/Ammonium or Carbon/Methanol.

Thereby families can cook whenever they want, take hot shower when ever they want. Thereby sterilize in a hospital whenever they want. Extract water from the air (see the Majik Water project) whenever they want.

And wherever we are, we can be the first "avantgarde" before tree planting, in that we - together with the other projects (Stirling Engines, Power Systems, Cooling, Water pumping etc.) can provide massive and economically competitive solid substitutes for fossil fuel (hereunder firewood, kerosene), which means that when the tree-planters are taking over, their newly planted trees, bushes and forests will not be destroyed by the populations demand-driven onslaught on the trees and forests.

We believe that until we have a massively wide-spread solution which effectively replaces fossil fuel for as many of the 2 billion people using fossil fuel as simply possible, any tree planting will be futile, because - agroforestred' trees are NOT competitive with the firewood the poor families are collecting by involuntarily destroying nature. This means that we cannot create solutions based on agroforestry....

So to your question: Our solution can indeed work with any and all sorts of energy converting means, including PV-cells, solar panels, stirling engines, water condensers, fridges, etc.

It is generally our take in our project that a lot of electricity is consumed in producing heat in various forms. This is rather silly. So, we are also focusing on producing direct heat for cooking (from the stone storage), and not for "3rd world countries" alone - but for highly industrialized settings, where the families want to use PV for light and other light weight power consumption (TV etc.), while, water heating and cooking, will then be provided from the stone chamber...

I hope this makes sense? You are most welcome ...

Sincerely
David - Thomas
Rational Intuitive IVS
Nexus 7 Solar concentrator

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I mean WOW...

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Hi, Our Workshop - thanks for your WOW :-) ..

DO you have any comments as to what we can improve on, or observations, or particular things you are in doubt about?

You likely know yourself too, that nothing is perfect, and that even though our prototype works, and even though we have even tested in reality, "Wisdom comes not from boasting, but from listening".

So, we are hereby humbly flapping out our ears to hear, opening our eyes to see, and open our hearts to be with you.

Sincerely
David Svarrer / Thomas Høyer
Rational Intuitive IVS
Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator

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:D its super-ambitious, and technical, but I do trust you and the intentions you have.

I would like to learn more but i find the proposal quite dry and would much prefer a conversation!!!

One thing i do have to offer is that I've worked a lot with Scandinavian people and in the far North (Finland mostly), and I love it... But sometimes theres a problem with the connection between people from up north and people in and from Africa because of a simple lack of understanding or even a lack of the ability to understand each others' contexts and mind-sets.

Its something that fascinates me, and I would like to help to allow MUCH MORE collaborative work between N and S but it's not an immediate and/or easy thing to just jump into... So I suppose it's a bit of a warning to you to tread very very carefully and respectfully when working elsewhere.

And I'd love to help if I could. Our Workshop is exactly about allowing this kind of connection between VERY different people and attitudes OVER TIME... parachuting anything into any place is not necessarily a great idea... I.e. over time one could build a trust and a respect between the people and slowly understand why each party should bother and why there could be beneficial growth for everyone...

I hope you get what I'm saying???

Let's chat more.

Heath Nash Our Workshop: Making Togetherness Our Workshop 

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So, ..

We have invited others to work with us ln the more dry aspects as you have put it. How would you see, or propose working with us? On the more WET aspects, naturally?

Which country are you from?

Please elaborate extensively what are your thoughts!!

Whst would you like us to do? Whst would you like to do? How can we work not only with you, so we work also with your project ?

We will now study your project too, after receiving your much more elaborate proposal. Let me say upfront that we like your approaching us, especially due to that your proposal is very different than others!

And it is nice that you mention more controversial things upfront. We are looking forward to hearing from you how you see the whole thing and how we can maybe remove the dryness :-)

Sincerely
David Svarrer / Thomas Høyer
Rational Intuitive IVS
Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator

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hello again gentlemen

wet aspects HAHAHAHA
I've got a really busy weekend, but lets continue this for sure... I seriously believe in connecting Scandinavia and SA.

I actually got a lot of inspiration from an exhibition about slojd i saw in Stockholm once - i was amazed at the history and growth that the system of 'practical wisdom' seems to have had a huge impact on the growth of individuals in Scandinavia since WW2... I would really like to connect directly with 'SLOJD' as a concept and find ways to take what has been learned by iterating the system; and then NOT replicate but innovate from there - but in an African context (and with waste materials)...

Glad to hear you're so open to chatting!

soon,
Heath

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Dear Heath,

On the "Wet aspects".. I quote you here: "find the proposal quite dry" - so I thought that surely we shall learn from you and become a bit more wet. Truth to be told, sun in unabridged form, dries. Water wets :-)... And combining the two, we can really produce most of all the conditions necessary for life on Earth in its current form.

Yes, Heath, we are very open for chats, and we would very much like to learn from you how you build your workshop.

On your being busy - yes, that is what happens when we are engaged with our hearts in what we do. It is a good sign. I recommend to you, though, that you do not get so totally immersed in being busy, so that you do not take yourself the time, with your peers and maybe with your community, to have a conversation about Thomas and my question:

HOW will you guys make this scale? Such that you can take your concept, wrap it into a seed, (ie. a manual of some sort, a set of videos, a home page, a cook book on how to get started...) - such that you can promote other communities to do what you did - in THEIR way ??

Because - an idea like yours deserves to grow, and it is key for this world that oasis'es like yours exist, and that you spend maybe 10% to 20% of your time, actively wrapping up what you do into small seedlings, chocolate-bites, coffee cups, etc. and send them out in the world for sprouting - or what do you think?

We would here love to receive your initial scriblings on the same, respond to them, maybe based on a "Problem Based Learning" concept, where you teach how these communities could define their goals, their problems, and how they can, themselves, via their own resources, learn? I learned about PBL back in 2003, in Geneva, from a professor DIrckinck-Holmfeld from Aalborg University. I came across this, later again, in 2013, working with professor Koi from Inoorero University.

There are indeed many ways one can take on this - my point is - choose one - and if none of the existing ways works, then make your own road...

Sincerely
David Svarrer
Rational Intuitive IVS
www.rain.yt
Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator

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Hello my new friend.
I am enjoying your metaphors and your use of language.
I'm in.

About your question: how we will scale...

thats entirely the point, now that we are really starting to function. And thats also why we are NOW looking for some support - because all our energy goes into existing right now... not into recording or even really being able to think much about how and why we are working...!

I would like to get support from this platform (and here it is starting - thank you!!!) to start (over the next year I suppose) to 'catch' these chocolate, coffee cups and seeds with the crew at OW and find ways to seed bomb other space in Cape Town for starters - and then in a few years with that knowledge spread further into other spaces by allowing them the same opportunities we are somehow allowing here in Langa!!

I'll be looking into Problem Based Learning now.

soon,
Heath

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Dear Colleagues on OpenIDEO.

My colleague Thomas Høyer from Rational Intuitive IVS (Denmark), and I have had a lengthy Skype meeting this evening, and we are pleased to share with you all a request to collaborate, all of us, as the world and those around 2 billion people who have limited access to either power, heat, cooling, sterilization, water - would benefit tremendously from one thing:

IF WE FIND OUT TO COLLABORATE.

HOW will that happen? It will happen in that if we can find out how to collaborate, if WE can find out how to learn from each other, then:

A) Our products will be less expensive
B) We will get faster to the market, thereby provide solutions globally, already by 2020
C) We will be showing the world, the results from opening up (Thomas and I are saying: This is what OpenIDEO is all about...) - and sharing
D) We will, ourselves be stronger until next time we see problems in the world to solve
E) We will LIKELY be able to REALLY do something (globally) about it all, by forging ahead - together - each of us doing what we have set out to do - but - now together, united, with all the benefits.

We therefore, hereby, invite you all to join forces with us.

We can unfortunately - in the current 2018 session - not make teams on OpenIDEO, but what we can do, is to use some of the team-tools available, and then share what we do, in pure public - and then publish the link to that team-tool here in OpenIDEO, such that the 690 other projects and the OpenIDEO guys can both follow us, contribute, be inspired, and inspire us back.

It is Thomas's and my take, that we shall not "go via email" - because then the whole idea behind OpenIDEO (which has fascinated us all in Nexus 7) would be depleted.

So.

Hereby we initially invite the following projects to now team up with us (The Majik Water and Nexus 7 have already met - we met yesterday and it was a smash of a meeting!) Majik Water have already formulated a proposal for our collaboration - and we are co-editing that one in Google Docs, as we speak. We do not know if that could have your interest - if so, then click on this link - then you can see what we are contemplating.

But - now it is the bigger picture. ANyone who read this and who would like to join in, are welcome - and if not participating - then you are welcome for a sneak peek :-)..

So, hereby we invite the following projects to join forces with us:

INSTAPOWER - Power from heat via Stirling Engine
Cosmos (Compact Solar Modular System) - Integrated education station
Majik Water - Water out of the blue air
Abeer - Recycling of Plastic
Borislav Zlatanov - perspectives on how to work together

The above is the beginning. Please remit to me, if you are interested, then I propose that we try out one of these group / team tools, and see how far we get.

I propose that we as an initial thing makes a "We Provide", "We need" matrix with our services or productions, such that we can see matches. In that matrix I propose that we also mention technologies which we can provide, due to knowledge we have gathered.

IN example, we can from Nexus 7 provide certain technologies to Majik Water. We will provide such technology / knowledge for free even if there is no counter-offer the other way around. So sometimes we give away, sometimes we receive, sometimes we exchange.

Sincerely
Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator
Thomas Høyer / David Svarrer
Rational Intuitive IVS (Denmark, Kenya)

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Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator 
Majik water is really excited about this collaboration and we are looking forward to our next meetup.

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Thanks, Majik Water Beth Koigi . We too. We can maybe, when we meet, do a video-skype with thomas, and thereby get faster to the goals? You guys in Majik appears to be having already a working principle, so I would guess that we could work something out during the weekend which your tech team can then easily finish on. If we meet in Gearbox, we could discuss very hands on practical production issues, and this would surely be beneficiary for the talks Thomas and I will have in Denmark on how we smartest possibly interfaces to Majik Water.
Sincerely
David Svarrer

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This is interesting too.

HOW TO COLLABORATE isn't an easy thing... People throw the word around like it's an everyday occurrence.

But it's not.

This is really what Our Workshop exists for - to actively investigate and learn about ways to do REAL collaboration.

xxx

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Dear "Our Workshop".

It is a beautiful thing you have created. Am looking forward to hearing from you what you think about putting your wisdom into small seeds and sending them out?

Have a wonderful day.

Sincerely
David Svarrer

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Hi David / Thomas Svarrer / Høyer hope you are all doing well! Would love to better understand how your team thinks about generating peace and prosperity for the people you serve?

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Dear Ashley,

Lovely question, and we shall elaborate a bit on that here, and welcome any questions and subsequent dialogue.

There are many aspects of the same, and besides what we will write here, please also take a look at the attached PDF presentation, where we have a slide with 12 of the maybe more important benefits for the world, which includes peace and prosperity, though, we may have used slightly different words.

Resource Perspective

Most wars in this world have been caused by fights over resources, and the more life necessary the resource, and the more scarcity of it, the fiercer the war. While we recognize that Earth cannot accommodate much more people, despite growth fixated economists claiming the opposite, we want to contribute to a peaceful and societal and controlled reduction of the number of human beings on Earth by starting with making access to these resources available for all, by providing means which are so low cost, yet top quality, so that the most primary of those resources are generally available for everybody in ways which does not destroy nature. We are here discussing heating, water, cooling, power. We intend to have solutions ready by 2019, where we are able to absorb some 98% of the platics types (being ABS, CP-PET, HDPE1/2, PEX), and thereby we will net reduce the amount of plastics in uncontrolled circulation every time our partners produce a solar concentrator, and bring those same absorbed plastics into a controlled cradle 2 cradle circuit. Naturally we cannot make all the plastics in this world into solar concentrators, however, the fact that we would net reduce the free plastic in circulation is one goal in itself as a desired sideeffect.

We have created our solar concentrator modular to the bone, such that it can easily be made to adapt to other technologies, ie water pumps, water extractors, filters, water distillers, sterilizers, cooling machines and systems, and thereby we can provide plug and play energy to these many diverse purposes. A huge problem in the current world is lack of jobs due to automation. Due to that we do a 100% outsourcing of all production to each country, we expect that the production and later maintenance of solar concentrators world wide will create hundreds of thousands of jobs. This will also contribute to peace.
When primary resources such as energy and water is available at costs strongly competitive with the currently cheapest but very environmentally damaging fossil and nuclear fuels, this releases resources in each family and household enabling education, which we see as one of the strongest factors for peace, when (!) the primary resources are available. Our solution can scale up to large industrial scale, in particular the cement industry, which will provide inexpensive housing as energy is the vast major component in the cost of cement. We are discussing possible price reductions of 60% or more, which will see also cost of living now coming down. We are in Nexus 7 having a holistic view of how we create impact, and we see peace and prosperity as necessary side effects of doing the right things.

In terms of prosperity, all economies are relative phenomenons. This is not widely known, but it means, that it is naive to think that for instance a general reduction of price of energy will in itself result in a prosperity for the families who embrace solar concentrators instead of kerosene/charcoal. This is due to that in many markets there is a scarcity of houses, leading to a landlords market, and thereby the reduction of cost of energy and water can be absorbed in unscrupulously increased lease (!). It is our take that therefore one incentive cannot stand on its own, and therefore we made the model able to provide enery also in industrial scale, such that the relative cost of housing could come down, thereby production of houses would go up, thereby in the period of time while we are still working on getting the Earth population to stagnate, we would see the equilibrium of supply/demand of housing skew, and market mechanisms would reduce this cost, by sheer competition.

When especially women do not have to walk more than a third of their day to find water or firewood, this releases resources too, to do other things, including participating in education, and education is one proven factor causing prosperity.

Besides this, there is a direct correlation in all societies between the energy consumption per capita and its prosperity. Therefore, by making renewable energy generally available at a low cost, this uplifts the familys living standards. Access to cheap, boiling water, light beyond daylight, mobile communication without daily charging complications, are all proven vectors directly propelling prosperity into higher levels.

It is key, as mentioned on a ligt note above, not to be naive. However, it would also be naive to just stand still and not do anything while we know so empirically what works.

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Dear Ashley,

I have finally arrived back home, and am now on my laptop. Did you have a chance to see the slides for the Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator ??

If not, here is a link to the Google Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ZSLQqM5ny7TzLN9yF-fhM71wCxJzQ54byH4t-xh9iFM/edit#slide=id.p where I propose that you look at slide 5, in regards to some of the desirable side-effects of what we intend to do.

My colleague Thomas Høyer and I have had a lengthy meeting today (Skype), and we agreed that we will try to join 6 projects together as we see scaling opportunities together, and technology exchange, as I see that each project is mastering technologies which can benefit another project.

We will likely be using SLACK, as it, if I remember right, is able to provide public access, and thereby we can invite everybody to join in, even though it is not on this platform.

My aim doing so, is to keep everybody who are on OpenIDEO, engaged and involved, and together, instead of what I have seen quite some of the projects doing - proposing to get off-site and dive into private emails. I think it would really be great with a team based OpenIDEO account - maybe OpenIDEO could even use Slack (?), or agree with Slack to donate accounts for free to all participants for this noble cause????

On the prosperity side, we have another side of our Solar Concentrator which we have not focused on - due to that THAT is particular for the Western (1st) World: Namely that our solar concentrator can boost already existing solar heat panels and solar photo voltaic panels up to a level where an owner will see his efficiency going from 6-8 months per year up to 12 months per year, for a minimal cost of some USD 0.03 per Watt delivered to his/her solar energy system. Thereby they receive a doubling, tripling or even quadrupling of the power, which is important especially during winter time, thereby providing possibility that those same houses can become either 0-energy or plus-energy houses.

Our aim is not the above - the above is a side-effect, a very desirable one - but due to that we do not believe that it is the CO2 emissions which are the biggest culprit in the climate problem, but the trees - then we would make the biggest impact on the climate change by doing the big scale intervention - going for the 2 billion people who actually due to dire need, are cutting down our (Planets) trees, and provide prosperity for them by relieving them of this enormous work it is to find firewood, and instead provide them with a solution which over a 10-year period cost them only 8% of what it cost them to use firewood/charcoal/kerosene - and which will provide them with solid, simple, inexpensive, renewable, energy, throughout the year, 24/7.

As it appears from our initial collaborations with OpenIDEO projects from this year, we will ALSO contribute to the prosperity by providing energy to projects which would otherwise be forced to use Photo-Voltaic cells - and thereby we bring their cost down - thereby we provide the energy such that for instance making water available in deserts will be factors cheaper for those projects - and such that producing power with a Stirling Engine (as other of the projects intend to do) - become cheaper too.

As we can apparently provide energy to quite some of the other projects and as we can go-to-market together, we are creating a win-win-win-win situation which in the end makes the consumer / farmer save drastically when getting access to renewable water, solar, power etc.

We are - as I write these lines here - in talks already with Majik Water - where we are ALSO discussing technology platform sharing - such that either they or we will provide the controller computer in cases where the customer/user wants BOTH concentrator and water - thereby we save 1 computer, 1 communication unit, 1 controller - as we can simply make our software to work on their compputer - or they on ours - again benefitting the end user by reducing initial cost (and reducing Total Cost of Ownership too).

As an example: Our computer (an Arduino Uno R3) is idle maybe 99% of the time, and can easily do water-control too, and likely the water program is also only putting load on the computer in short time every minute - thereby giving space such that we can also link up with the Stirling Engine project - still with the same computer.

In short, we expect that if we all share our ideas - in the way we have started, here - then we will all of us benefit, and the world will benefit in that instead of we all building our own corporate structure - which collapses under its own global weight - we have existing businesses in each country to deal with production of all these components - thereby reducing a typical 10-15 year timeframe for going global, to maybe 12, 18 or 24 months.

Well, Please feel welcome if you have other questions. Hope I have given a workable response to you. Have a good day!

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Hi Isaac Jumba -

We are a bit in doubt about how to join a team and how to invite others to join our team. When we click on the "Team" button, it says that the project is kind of closed for updates, yet, it also appears that I can join other teams. Can you assist me explaining a bit on this ??

We have another question: It appears to me, that we could divide the 690 contributions up into some 30, 40 or maybe 50 groups, as they have particular purpose and direction.

We appear to be some 10 to 20 participants doing Solar Energy / Water / Environment.

I would love if we could have some kind of group sessions, such that all of us could work together as a large team - thereby we all still do what we set out to do, but by collaborating, we can achieve a tremendous reduction of the total cost for each of us, and we can get our projects to really reach out, with much less cost, and thereby bigger impact.

In example - I am already by now in communication with some of the projects on further collaboration - but, I would like if we could have some kind of thematized forum, where we could define the theme, and then join forces.

Well, thanks in advance.

Sincerely
Rational Intuitive IVS
Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator 

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Hi David / Thomas Svarrer / Høyer 
Thank you for bringing this out.
1. Unfortunately, one is not able to edit their ideas while it is still in the Review Phase, that's why at the moment people are not able to join your team, but they can if the ideas are selected for refinement.

2. I love your idea of dividing the contributions into groups(maybe something we can think about and implement in the future). Unfortunately, the OpenIDEO team does not have the bandwith at this point in time to organize additional groups. This is great feedabck.
I can however encourage self-organizing on the platform, as you are already doing or even better you could join find and join an OpenIDEO local chapter in your city where from time to design you can organize and carry out workshops in relation to the challenges. You can see more about the chapters here: https://beta.openideo.com/chapters?

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Dear Isaac,

In regards to the team button - we are actually not interested in editing the idea, but we are interested in, that we during the review phase (this phase here) are able to form teams, that is - we would be happy if the team button works in isolation during the review phase.
I would guess that it is a relatively small thing, taking 15 to 30 minutes for your IT team to revise that particular part with the team button, such that we, during this review period can add members to our team.

Sincerely
David Svarrer / Thomas Høyer
Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator
Rational Intuitive IVS (Denmark, Kenya)

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Dear Charles Betterton, MSCED 
Thanks for your message on CED's, under the other solar project.

We think there are many possibilities for collaboration. We find your view very inspiring, and we would like to explore possibilities of collaboration with you.

It is also very encouraging that you like our "Giving away the production". Our philosophy is a bit simple: Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator Now, someone like you who are apparently an expert in CED and such things, how can we work together such that you do not work for free, and such that when we begin to have results trickling in, then "when it rains on us, it drips on you" ?

We do not believe in charity in terms of giving away to solve persistent problems. To feed someone who is temporarily sick is indeed a good deed. But to feed someone who is fresh and in full capability is waste of good resources. This is also an outlier of Lao Tse's clever philosophy of teaching someone to fish rather than giving him fish every day.

I would like if you can set up a proposal for how you may be able to join us, and maybe list 3, 4 or 5 things which you would like to contribute, and how you could see this happen in a way where we have Win-Win-Win-Win: You win, We win, the society win, the customer wins..

Sincerely
David Svarrer / Thomas Høyer
Rational Intuitive IVS
@nexus

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Thank you David and Thomas, I and we are honored to explore possible collaboration! However as a serious family medical situation has come up, I have to fly to Chicago tomorrow to help a couple of loved ones. It may be a few days before I am able to respond to this and your more recent (and also most welcome) message!

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Dear Charles,

Travel safely and may you all get well soon. Nothing runs away, so we will be all here when you are back again. We pray that your loved ones will be fine again soon. Gods blessings.

Sincerely
David Svarrer

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Thomas and David,Kelly Mitchell here with WarmLife. Thanks for getting in touch. It's awesome that other people are thinking along these lines. I'm still at concept, research and design level in terms of the technology, so you're probably ahead of me there. My expertise is in business development and financing. I'm a cryptocurrency analyst and I'm looking to start WarmLife on that basis. A well-presented project (I can do that part) with a good team could bring in around $8 million in funding, by my calculations. I'd love to join forces - in in fact, I've been looking for a dedicated team in my free time.You can email me directly at misterkel@gmail.com or contact me on Telegram @misterkel Hope to hear from you soon. Sounds like a cool project you have going - definitely a Proof of Concept for me!

Kelly

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Dear Kelly Mitchell,

We would be delighted to assist you, in your WarmLife project, and we would also be delighted to receive your input in regards to our solar concentrator. We are sure that when people with the right mindset come together, big things can happen.

So where do we start? Are there some things which we can do for you at this stage? We will do all communication within this framework of OpenIDEO, such that we can expand the exchange with everyone whom we team up with.

On our side, we would like to see where we can work together, either technologically, business wise, or both.

We are starting up with full scale prototypes in Denmark at 55th latitude and in Kenya at Equator. Our solution has over the most recent 3 years been split up in modules such that it can be implemented in very different contexts and constellations.

How far are you in your process? Are you currently facing certain issues you would like us to explore a bit, together?

In our end, we are working on the software part of it. We have a system which is largely self configuring and self calibrating, and this process will continue to be a matter of getting it more and more accurate. Right now we can pretty surely say that we can calibrate and configure the system to an accuracy between 1.5 to 2.5 degree precision, with only part done by human intervention, being the fixation of the reflectors upon setting up.

This is done via a purely mechanical tool, right now.

We are working on a version where this calibration can be done by an automated tool, which is put on each of the reflectors, thereby the manual intervention can be reduced to fitting the tool to each reflector in turn, then the tool will calibrate the reflectors.

On the software side, we are right now using something we call the STARK method, which helps us analyzing the tasks, objects and properties - this provides several thousands of combinations, and we are somewhere halfway through. (STARK was developed as a supportive method to achieve better quality in innovation, by Thomas and I, for the Danish Inventors Association).

Let the show begin.

Sincerely
David & Thomas
Rational Intuitive IVS

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Hi David and Thomas, thanks for reaching out to me on my project page. Your solar concentrator project is inspiring, an excellent application of engineering principles applied to a very humane business model. Could you tell me more about how you're using artificial intelligence in this project?

You mention that the cost of energy will go down substantially when manufacturing with recycled plastics - you might be interested in the resources available through Precious Plastic (https://preciousplastic.com/). They are an organization dedicated to empowering people around the world to get involved in recycling and repurposing plastic. On their website, they have complete plans, instructions, and technical drawings for how to build machines involved in plastics recycling and reshaping: shredder, extrusion, injection, and compression machines, all for free. This could be a resource for setting up manufacturing within the communities and further improve the project's environmental impact.

The concept of harnessing solar energy for convenient use can address so many sources of waste and emissions, and I especially like that you're designing the product and business model to be sustainable in many parts of the world. I'm not sure what you've observed in Kenya, but I know in Tanzania there is a widespread shortage of employment, despite many people being eager to work. I think your model of outsourcing production, installation, and maintenance will be greatly successful and beneficial to these communities.

My project has mainly worked on PV solar electricity, doing well to introduce safe lighting but not addressing heat and its various applications. I think there's definitely an opportunity for collaboration between our projects, I'd be happy to chat more. Please contact me at burba.e@husky.neu.edu and we can find a good time to chat.

Thanks and all the best!
Erin

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Dear Erin,

Thanks for your kind response. It is terrible how "wrong industrialization" almost all over the world has competed with "wrong communism" in other countries, while in fact, all of them, alienating large scores of human beings as "useless", or "unemployable".

The situation you describe for Tanzania has its parallel even in USA, where failed educational policies throughout a criss cross of governments on all sides of the political divides, have diluted the educational level of the American population. Without being prejudgmental in regards to the particular president, lack of education in any country results in the populations choice of populist leaders, with simple (if not primitive, inconsiderate) opinions and hard headed and hard handed treatment of people with different opinions.

The current wave of industrialization, has left a large minority of the population without work. Fact is that 46% of the american population is either unemployed or partially unemployed.

There is nothing wrong with industries as such (except that they should adjust their production towards cradle 2 cradle methods/processes). But there is something wrong with the picture of automating in order to be producing for these so called masses, at huge profits, (profit maximizing), and then thinking, that when the automation have left 80% of the lower levelled educated populations unemployed, then there is money in the hands of people to BUY those wonderful products being spewed out from those fully automated factories.

It is so bad in practice, so that we within the most recent 2 decades have seen larger minorities of people with lower educations, having nowhere to go to get a work, and thereby get any income. We cannot all of us live from cutting each others hair, or servicing each others cars, and we can also not have a global economy which depends on this so called growth - because this growth depends on a net addition of human beings to the surface of Earth, which is a non-sustainable growth criteria.

Therefore, since you have addressed this unemployment scenario, we have in our own project group worked for quite some years on the side of SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIAL INTEGRATION in societies.

This space of OpenIDEO, is a bit outside of scope for this conversation, so I will only address in short, what we have discussed of opportunities on OUR side (the Nexus 7 project):

We have reached the conclusion that we ideally want that the users of the solar concentrator (and other of our products), will be OWNING the manufacturing companies producing the solar concentrators, in a cooperative setting. This would mean that if the company make a profit, this will be paid out as a dividend to the hundreds of thousands or millions of owners, PRO RATA the individuals purchase of solar concentrator.

This would ensure that if someone buys a solar concentrator, he or she will profit throughout the years from this business together with everybody else.

Imagine a society where each person owns shares in the more than 1200 companies producing the products each person is consuming. This will have everybody having a trickling in of money, which they can then use to buy products, and thereby a circular economy is being established, where for instance 20% or more of the economy recycles back and forth between consumers and cooperative corporates.

We expect, in Nexus 7, to go fully cooperative around 2020/2021. We will do this by establishing production facilities in the various countries, by gathering thousands of prospect consumers, and have them invest in already existing manufacturing companies - on a cooperative basis.

Lets take Tanzania as an example. If you imagine that each local in Tanzania invests something like between 5,000 and 25,000 Tsh or even more in a factory, and we have 10,000 investors, then these people can for the maybe Tsh 360 million they have gathered together, buy an existing manufacturing plant which owns maybe 3 plastic injection moulding machines, and then take charge of the production of the solar concentrator, there.

In your case, you can likely produce quite a lot of the equipment you use to setup, locally. Once you have your production ready / your product ready - then you can setup in a similar way, and then anchor it locally.

Does it make sense?

Sincerely
David / Thomas
Rational Intuitive IVS
Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator 

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Dear Erin,

On Artificial Intelligence:

We will collect vast amounts of data from the solar concentrators setup, including temperature, humidity, wind power and direction, solar influx, light intensity, rainfall, GPS coordinates, local time/date, angle of mounting (azimuth angles etc.) and so on. Now, together with the movement data from the solar concentrator, where we also register solar position calculated astronomically, and the REAL position (as being measured) of both solar concentrator, solar height/azimuth etc., we will now be able to correct the formulas such that they become more and more accurate as time goes by.

Our experience is that the many many hundreds of astronomical formulas available world wide in a ton of software libraries, are not accurate. Our Nexus 7 system is designed such that it can place a reflection of the sun within 0.5 degree accuracy. This resembles that a reflection of the sun - reflected by the solar concentrator - can be placed within 0.25 centimeters accuracy at the absorber, over a distance of 100 meter from the reflector, by an equipment which cost less than USD 100 for the controller.

So, instead of putting an extremely expensive super computer at each solar concentrator, and then try to find power for it, we have chosen a model where the calculations are done centrally. This means that we will get access to thousands of production data (online, via GPRS, as mobile phone + SIM card is built in), then we crunch those data, and can now feed back to all installed solar concentrators, how to deal with various issues.

We will be able to compensate each setup for its own limitations. We will be able to collect data about performance from each setup, and from there, we can also now begin to predict based on empirical data from the field, and can simply optimize the solar concentrator such that every solar concentrator over the years will become more and more efficient.

A lot of inefficiency arise from inaccurate formulas for how to operate the control of the relectors. around 50% of the energy on existing solar cells / panels on existing buildings worldwide is wasted due to that the system is simply being setup in a fixed position and never compensated by measuring impact and then correcting the setup.

So, the AI is based on collecting a vast range of data from each solar concentrator, statistics, empirics, and then compiling what the solar concentrator did, what the result was, and what we can correct to make it better tomorrow.

We expect being able to update each solar concentrator every some 2 to 3 months, with fresh data, and thereby optimize them from the currently some 85% of maximum performance to somewhere near 100%.

Similarly our setup allows for connecting heat storage sensors to our system, and then we can also tell the owner if the solar concentrator is too big, too small, or sufficient, and if the heat storage is too big, too small or sufficient, and we can tell if the degree of insulation is OK etc.

We measure temperatures and all environmental data too, and as we know exactly which version of the solar concentrator which is sending which data, we can thereby also after some years calculate if there are certain of the components which are weaker than expected, and then we can predict failures and actually send for instance extra spare parts to certain owners of certain versions before they even break down or spoil.

We therefore are based on collection of vast arrays of data, compilation of these in a business intelligence like fashion and then we take them through certain AI calculations, providing us with correctional data which we then use to reduce spillage, reduce loss, prevent damages, predict developments.

For instance: If a particular part seem to have a life span of 7 years instead of the expected 10 years, in certain parts of the world, then we have VAST amounts of weather/climate/environmental data, and we will then maybe discover that in regions where the temperature in periods are above 32 degrees of Celsius and the humidity is above 96% for more than 2 months of the year, this has a deteriorating effect on life span of that component. We can then ACT on facts, instead of guessing. It also means that we can then at early stages predict, for other regions with similar setting, that we need certain changes to be made - maybe a certain encapsulation, or a certain varnish to be applied for this particular region. We can then tell the manufacturers in that region what to do.

We hope this gave you a clue about where we are heading?

Sincerely
David / Thomas
Rational Intuitive IVS
Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator 

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Dear Erin,

Thanks for the link to Precious Plastics. We have checked it out and we will contact them with the aim of seeing if there is something we can do with them. Wonderful.

We are in contact with AVL plastics in Denmark already, but, the Precious Plastics have a different angle to it. AVL are more used to produce "lower grade" plastics out of a range of plastics. Precious Plastics seem to have a far more sustainable solution and recyclable solution.

You can check out https://www.avl.dk for further information on them (It may not be relevant for you, but as an example). Again, thanks for the link.

Do you have any connection within Precious plastics?

Sincerely
David / Thomas
Rational Intuitive IVS
Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator 

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Dear Erin,

We may have expressed ourselves unclear. It is not the cost of energy going down, but the cost of production capability which goes down when cost of plastic goes down.

So, production capability of 1 Watt can cost very very little, when produced with recycled plastics.

As our system is created to be durable - and explicitly quality controlled to use plastics which do not disintegrate after between 180 to 360 days in direct sunlight (at Equator), then we expect to get systems cost for a small Nexus 7 system to come down under USD 100.

We are on the exact same path as yourselves, in terms of financing, in that with the right financial model, we can make the system payable on a monthly basis over maybe a year or two.

Due to that we have an ultimate control over the system remotely, we can link the systems ability to work, with the payments, and provide the user with a personal home page where all payments can be viewed at all times via his/her smartphone, or can be queried via USSD commands (which are widely used in Africa).

Sincerely
David / Thomas
Rational Intuitive IVS
Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator