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ENERGO
Let’s Energize!




       PHASE1: DISCOVERY




                  Team DeLorean
                       Aravinthan ...
Contents
Objective ..........................................................................................................
Objective

        In the future there is the potential for a device that will be able to capture and store the energy
cre...
Consumer Insight


                                                         Energy                           Impact Intens...
being alive which makes it a renewable form of energy. However, the industrial revolution and the
technological advances t...
driven primarily by global warming. The world’s temperature has increased by 0.8 degrees Celsius over
the last century and...
Recently, there has been a major shift in the focus of the energy generation industry with the trend
moving more towards e...
Renewable Energy – The Ultimate Source
        As has been established so far, there has been a major shift towards renewa...
Technology Possibility


                                                            Social                           Disr...
Energy Storage
        After energy capturing, energy storage will be next challenge that would need to be addressed. .
A ...
Opportunity Maximization


                                                                                               ...
Humans are faced with the challenge of poverty. Over 3 billion people are living on less than
$2.50 a day.12 Many children...
for farmers to make more money during off peak seasons as they can raise the animals to generate
revenue by selling the el...
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  1. 1. ENERGO Let’s Energize! PHASE1: DISCOVERY Team DeLorean Aravinthan Ehamparam Ayana Robertson Gagan Bawa Hussein Jamal Michelle Cain Siddharth Vishwanathan
  2. 2. Contents Objective ....................................................................................................................................................... 3 Consumer Insight .......................................................................................................................................... 4 Energy and Humans…Yesterday ................................................................................................................ 4 Energy and Humans…Today ...................................................................................................................... 5 Electricity is Energy.................................................................................................................................... 5 Energy Conservation ................................................................................................................................. 5 Renewable Energy ..................................................................................................................................... 6 Trends ........................................................................................................................................................ 7 Renewable Energy – The Ultimate Source ................................................................................................ 8 Technology Possibility ................................................................................................................................... 9 Energy Capture .......................................................................................................................................... 9 Energy Storage ........................................................................................................................................10 Energy Transmission................................................................................................................................10 Combination with other Technologies ....................................................................................................10 Opportunity Maximization ..........................................................................................................................11 Anyone and Everyone can be Economically Viable .................................................................................11 Portable Energy .......................................................................................................................................12 Energy Pooling .........................................................................................................................................12 Energy Farms ...........................................................................................................................................12 2|Page
  3. 3. Objective In the future there is the potential for a device that will be able to capture and store the energy created by the everyday movements of the body. On a daily basis each individual burns approximately 1200 calories [reference?] (Or 5028 Joules) and most of this energy is expended on movement whether this entails walking, climbing stairs or playing sports. The existence of nanotechnology has made it possible to conceptualize the idea of a device which will now convert energy that humans expend through movement into energy and store it in a device that could be used to power anything from small appliances such as computers, cell phones, and lamps to medical devices. Individuals with this device will also be able to connect to a larger power grid and transfer energy to a shared system in order to power larger scale items such as office buildings and homes. The ability to absorb kinetic energy and convert it to electrical energy has endless possibilities and uses. This revolutionary system is called ENERGO. 3|Page
  4. 4. Consumer Insight Energy Impact Intensification Conscious Healing Comfort Travelling Thinking Creatively Healthier Living Heating/Cooling homes Helping Others Living Longer Sacrificing Hopeful Going Harnessing Surviving Cooking Green Recycling Thriving Energy Environmental Awareness Self Sufficiency Choices Enjoying Recreation Energy Smiling Conservation Greed Increased Drilling Saving Spending Physical Frugality BEHAVIOURS Wastage Interdependency Activity Extravagance TOOLS Deforestation Famine ENERGO Corporations Convenience Renewable Heat Energy Harnessers Money Energy End of Oil WWF Personal Energy Climate People Electric cars/ Rainforests Converters Change Oil Reserves Al Gore Trains Doctors Electricity Power Cheap Electricity Outages Coral Reef Energy Greenpeace Retail Outlets Destruction Ingenuity Shortage Scientists Universal Air Conditioning/ Nanotechnology Necessity Motion Heating Design Engineering Distribution Increased Disposable Marketing Finance Income Energy and Humans…Yesterday Since the advent of mankind, humans have relied on Earth’s natural sources of energy. Humans are resourceful by nature and have found ways to harness natural sources of energy to power a variety of activities ranging from drying clothes in the sun to transporting items downstream along a river. Whether humans have realized it or not, a significant source of energy which is easily accessible to them was in fact the kinetic energy in their own movements and those of the animals around them. From ploughing the fields and transporting the crops to producing metal tools, humans have always utilized the power of their bodies. Although the energy from their bodies is ultimately derived from food, the human energy source is ubiquitous and conveniently available. Its availability is simply a by-product of 4|Page
  5. 5. being alive which makes it a renewable form of energy. However, the industrial revolution and the technological advances that came with it pushed us to forget about this abundant and widely available energy source. Energy and Humans…Today The world changed with the discovery of electricity. The development of the steam engine marked the start of the industrial revolution signalled the point which humans went from being energy- sufficient to energy-hungry. Our seemingly never-ending thirst for energy drove us to seek new and more innovative sources of energy. Once it became evident that wood and coal could not meet their power needs, fossil fuels and nuclear energy became the standard even though using these energy sources was destructive to the environment around us. Rain forests have been destroyed, the ozone layer are been almost irreparably damaged and wars have been instigated in our continuous search for new energy resources. In recent years in the developed world, the general trend has been progressing to noticeable decreases in physical activity. Consequently, humans have steadily decreased the utilization of a readily source of energy in our bodies and becoming increasingly dependent on alternative sources of energy. Electricity is Energy The discovery of electricity was the most important discovery in the last millennia. Both the electric motor and the electric bulb were derived from the discovery of electricity. Electricity allowed humans to break the cycle of day and night and effectively work when they wanted to. The electric motor made activities that were previously difficult easy and activities that were too slow much faster. Access to electricity is essential. Imagine a day without electricity. Imagine a day without the ability to cook a meal on your stove or talk to your friends on your cell phone or watch your favourite movie on your television set. The use of electricity is so heavily ingrained into human culture that if we suddenly did not have it, it would be nothing short of a disastrous situation. The quest to find new sources of energy like wind and solar energy is driven by our need to production vast amounts of electricity to power the millions of electric devices in the world today. The kinetic energy found in human movement has been virtually ignored. Where does this leave us? It leaves us on the brink of destruction. Energy Conservation As Earth’s most intelligent creatures, humans have participating in a never-ending quest to discover new and innovative techniques to improve the way they work and live. This search has been 5|Page
  6. 6. driven primarily by global warming. The world’s temperature has increased by 0.8 degrees Celsius over the last century and this has adversely affected the northern hemisphere. According to UN reports, if our planet’s temperature continued to increase at this rate, we could expect Alaska to be ice-free by 2040, if not sooner.1 The adverse effects of global warming are endangering many animal species besides the humans. For example, the polar bears are now considered an endangered species because the ice in their habitat in the northern hemisphere is continually melting. In addition, the coral reefs in the oceans have been adversely affected by the temperature changes and have reported some of the worst damage, with some animals species within the local ecosystem centred on the coral reefs becoming extinct. Coral reefs are home to many species, including algae which are a major producer of oxygen.2 Furthermore, corporations and countries are adamant against signing a treaty which emphasizes and will enforce climate change because they fear the consequences of such a treaty on their respective profits. However, excessive use and over-dependence on fossil fuels have depleted the earth’s supply and consequently, a new solution will be required to overcome the depleted supply of natural energy resources. Logically, the first logical step would be to conserve energy, but conservation alone will not be sufficient to meet our energy demands. We need to look for new and innovative sources of renewable energy. Renewable Energy Renewable energy constitutes energy generated from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat, which are classified as renewable because they are naturally replenished.3 Hydro-power is another source of renewable energy. While hydro-power has been exploited extensively, other under-utilized sources such as wind and geothermal energy present a great opportunity to drastically reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. The limitation of these renewable sources of energy is their unreliability in terms of availability. For example, there is no guarantee that there will be wind flowing through giant wind farms because we don’t control the weather, although we have spent millions if not billions of dollars to discover ways o manipulating the weather. The unreliability of natural these natural and renewable sources of energy can be mitigated by utilizing an optimal mix of different energy sources to complement one another. 1 http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/12/1206_041206_global_warming.html 2 http://coris.noaa.gov/about/what_are/ 3 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_energy 6|Page
  7. 7. Recently, there has been a major shift in the focus of the energy generation industry with the trend moving more towards energy creation from renewable sources as humans become more aware of the damage that we have been inflicting to our planet which has activated the human being’s innate natural tendency to engage in self-preservation. Trends An increasing number of companies are creating gadgets that will last longer while using less power. Computer companies are working on longer-lasting batteries and improving their computers to do more with less power. Builders are using better materials to insulate homes and buildings so that less energy is required to heat them. Although conservation is an acceptable first step, there will still be the need to make the transition away from fossil fuels to prevent continuous global warming. In another attempt at conservation, in addition to finding new energy sources for combating heating and power, companies are working to reduce the fuel consumption of transportation vehicles with automobile producers leading the charge by developing and releasing hybrid cars. Although there is a slight reduction in fossil fuel usage on a per vehicle basis, the overall amount of fossil fuel being utilized in cars is still fairly substantial when you look at the problem on a global scale. There are companies that are currently working on creating solar powered cars. However, there is no substantiated evidence to support the viability of using solar energy to power cars. Other developers have invented methods of using solar power to complement other energy sources, thereby creating more fuel efficient vehicles. There is also a large amount of research being done in the areas of global warming and reducing the usage of fossil fuels to generate power. Terrapower is a concept that uses uranium instead of coal to produce energy. Uranium produces 1 million times more energy than coal and produces zero carbon emissions. 4 . The goal is to simplify the process and use a nuclear power plant that is its own waste disposal solution.5 However, you are again using a limited resource whose costs are substantially more than the current systems. In addition, countries and corporations are not yet willing to significantly invest in a potential idea. While there are other companies looking at substitutes for fossil fuels there are no substantial proven technologies expected on the market in the near future. . 4 http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/bill_gates.html 5 http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/bill_gates.html 7|Page
  8. 8. Renewable Energy – The Ultimate Source As has been established so far, there has been a major shift towards renewable sources of energy as we have become aware of the dangers of our dependence on non-renewable sources, primarily fossil fuels. However, the most abundant power sources – our bodies – still remain unexploited. In fact, one of the major the side-effects of their underuse, obesity, is the reason for the existence of the health and fitness industry. While we spend hours as slaves to the treadmill, and thereby create energy in abundance, we have failed to recognize this output as the ultimate renewable energy, and failed to harness this energy and put it to use. Our revolutionary product will change all this. In fact, it will allow each individual to tap into this unlimited source of energy and be able to transfer her excess energy to another individual in the most versatile form of energy known to humans – electricity. 8|Page
  9. 9. Technology Possibility Social Disruption Amplification Responsibility Improved Health Smaller Carbon Footprint Less War Equality Solving Wicked Problems Conservation Redistribution Advancement Sacrificing Durable Going Harnessing Environment Possibilities Distribution Green Less lazy Restitution Energy Environmental of Wealth Awareness Energy Survival Joy Active Saving Balance of Power Facilitation Self Aware Awareness Exercise Growth Revenue Stream BEHAVIOURS Money Savings Interdependency Extravagance Connected TOOLS Friction ENERGO Internet Energy Recycling Transmission Convenience Renewable Nanotechnology Personal Energy Energy Solar Fabric Body Heat People Converters Electric cars/ Energy Low Power Trains Capture Energy Electric Products Electricity Low cost Storage Cheap Electricity Energy Energy Grid Conservation CapturePortable High Efficiency Grid Technologies Revenue Energy Storage Banks Personal Outlet Animal Energy Capture Universal Air Legislation Energy Farms Conditioning/ Engineering Electric Water Distribution Heating Cleaning Energy Markets Marketing Energy Capture Nanotechnology researchers are working on developing a cloth that will harness your physical energy and convert it into electrical energy that can be used to power small devices.6 7 The physical energy captured could be from any physical movement ranging from twists and turns to full-blown workouts. The idea could be further expanded to include other uses of fabric such as curtains in which case wind, sound and other forms of energy causing the fabric to move could be used to generate electricity. 6 http://gtresearchnews.gatech.edu/newsrelease/power-shirt.ht 7 http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=36748 9|Page
  10. 10. Energy Storage After energy capturing, energy storage will be next challenge that would need to be addressed. . A group of Stanford researchers has created a product called Etextile by using their understanding of battery power, and integrating the knowledge into textiles to create clothing that can store power. The group has been working with regular textiles that they dip into a nano-particle infused ink which gives the textile the ability to store power. .8 Energy Transmission The electricity generated from the kinetic energy our bodies produce through motion would only be useful if it could be transmitted. One interesting and convenient technology that would address the issue of transmission to say, a human grid is wireless electricity transmission. Wireless electricity transfer is the ability to transfer electricity without the use of any wires and is safe for all animals. WiTricity Corporation is a company that is making this a reality as their technology uses power sources and capture devices that have specially designed magnetic resonators that efficiently transfer power over large distances via the magnetic near-field. These proprietary sources and device designs, and the electronic systems that control them support efficient energy transfer over distances that are many times the size of the sources and devices themselves.9 Combination with other Technologies The ability to harness the kinetic energy of our bodies and convert that into electric energy can be combined with other technologies to make it even more effective. For instance, this technology could be combined with technology that converts solar energy into usable electric energy. A recent discovery10 involving nano-particles embedded in fabric which otherwise looks ordinary and can be tailored into clothes, presents the possibility of generating electricity from solar power. Another company in Japan designed a bra which generates power from solar energy11. 8 http://www.physorg.com/news184594396.html 9 http://www.witricity.com/ 10 http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/science-technology/Scientists-Develop-Fabric-That-Can-Power-Music- Player-Monitor-Vital-Functions-87325192.html 11 http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,355737,00.html 10 | P a g e
  11. 11. Opportunity Maximization Market Maximization Connecting Surviving Family Interdependency Meeting People Marriage Saving Lives Communicating Loving Socializing Joy Entertaining Dining Prospering Employment Peace Designing Travelling Exploring Inventing Constructing Purchasing Enjoying Lighting Longevity Buildings Cooking Cooling Trading/ Dating Bartering Healing BEHAVIOURS Competing Heating Educating Exercising TOOLS Currency Media ENERGO Nanotechnology Creativity Medicine Skype Money CarsUniversities Energy Grids Energy MSF Art Portability Converter Internet Energy Storage Globalization Eharmony Theatres Hospitals Planes Professional Computer Government Restaurants Sports Global Warming Marketing Apple Television Greenhouse Effect Google End of Oil World Hunger Kyoto Hurricanes Earthquakes Anyone and Everyone can be Economically Viable The ability to collect and convert kinetic energy into electrical energy that can also be stored will have many benefits. Firstly, it will allow people to create their own electrical energy at no cost (after purchasing the device). This will be beneficial as people will become self sufficient in creating and using their own power. Secondly, by having the devices with the ability to transfer energy to a larger grid, there exists the ability for any person to trade the electrical energy produced and use it as a form of currency. This will help reduce unemployment as anyone who is physically able to make any sort of motion will be able to earn money by selling the electrical energy they produce. Furthermore, people in developing countries that are unable to earn enough money for the basic necessities will be able to earn money by selling the electrical energy they can produce. 11 | P a g e
  12. 12. Humans are faced with the challenge of poverty. Over 3 billion people are living on less than $2.50 a day.12 Many children in developing countries are malnourished because of the lack of a proper diet and health care. This is a major reason for the death of millions of children in developing countries. The proposed device will help alleviate the effects of poverty (as long as the device can be made and is sold for a reasonable price) as anyone will be able to earn money by producing kinetic energy that is converted by the device into electrical energy and then sell it to companies and people who need the extra energy. Portable Energy Being able to carry a machine that is collecting and storing electrical energy will make it easy to have electricity in hard to reach places and anyone will be able to continuously fuel the electrical energy by producing any motion. This would be highly beneficial in mining as people will be able to power their own lamps by making motions. Furthermore, the portability aspect will allow a person to use their electrical devices in any situation as they will not have to worry about a power shortage. This can be useful for people going to places to do research that are not highly developed. In developing countries, energy can also be used to power heat sources for cooking and sanitation which would immediately raise the standard of living. Energy Pooling A key potential use for the device is as a tool that pools the energy from various devices into a larger hub in order to be able to power larger equipment. For example, employees of a company may be able to sell their electrical energy to their company, so that the company can power the building. This can be highly useful for large corporations that are being held more responsible for their energy consumption and their pollution. Furthermore, large buses, trains and planes could use energy produced by passengers in order to operate. The energy may not be adequate to run the equipment but it could help reduce the dependence on fossil fuels. Energy Farms Since the device converts kinetic energy to electrical energy, there is the potential of raising animals whose sole responsibility is to move around all day and the electrical energy from their devices are collected and sold to companies that require more electrical energy. There are more opportunities 12 http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats 12 | P a g e
  13. 13. for farmers to make more money during off peak seasons as they can raise the animals to generate revenue by selling the electrical energy produced through their devices. 13 | P a g e

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