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Untapped Energy


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Untapped Energy

  1. 1. Untapped Energy ctrl.electricity
  2. 2. Introduction • What can I as a designer do regarding renewable energy at home. – Production & Reduction – The family (w)as a context • Change existing preconceptions and challenge current paradigm. • Earth 3.0 (American Scientist 08/09)
  3. 3. What have i done? • Searching for ”state of the art” in Design and Technology • Interviews • Stats • Where to start? – Fuel cell? – EcoGadget? – ”Magic Bullet?” – Toy? – Off Grid?
  4. 4. Sareptas bowl • One variable: The powermarket in Norway: – Price • Lack of control • Lack of consciousness • Un touchable • Who made my electricity?
  5. 5. Stats
  6. 6. HYMINI /stephpoon
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  8. 8. Energizer
  9. 9. Medis/flickr:textopus
  10. 10. Regenerative fuel cell a magic bullet? Kilde:CRM Prototech
  11. 11. (New Scientist 2008)
  12. 12. Lord Kelvin: ”If you cannot measure it, you cannot change it”
  13. 13. Measure and Visualize • Awareness through visualization reduces electricity consumption with up to 15% • As a “Microgenerator” you reduce consumption with a total of up to 20% Sarah Darby, ECI 2006 Lucid design group DIY Kyoto Current Cost
  14. 14. Keep it simple … • Started with a battery. An idea that evolved while researching the gadgets. – Why all the inbetween stuff? • After two weeks of incubation the development took two hours and i chose the DIY Blog format to spin it the best. – Flickr, MAKE pool, • Hack A Day – Gizmodo, Wired, Cnet, Inhabitat …the works • 23000 hits in a few weeks
  15. 15. Some comments “I am so glad I found you. I'm based in Haiti, West Indies, and we're totally dependent upon sporadic electricity and carcinogenic crude oil. Blessings upon your brain cells, your article is great. I've been living here for 3 months now, and I'm starting an NGO dedicated to solar energy. How can we distribute your products through our schools and churches? Thanks. Cheers. Claude-Michel“ “Hi .. thats quite stupid.. cause u dont want the batteries to get hot.. and if u place them in the sun to charge.. well they will get pretty hot… but nice design though.” “Love the concept! Would it be possible to convert old rechargeable batteries to operate like this? You could sell kits even. I'm also picturing something like a small tube lined with reflective film on the inside to allow light reflection all the way around the cell for faster charging. You'd need some sort of ventilation to keep the battery cool enough though.” “get your self some radioactive waste, mix it up into a paste. Then smear the radioactive goo alover the face of the solar cell. Finally roll up the solar cell into the size of your desired battery. Viola, THis will work during cloudy das too” Posted at 6:32 pm on Feb 16th, 2009 by ABeagle
  16. 16. Control & Ownership • Production • Storage • Consumption
  17. 17. Production & Storage •PV Panel •Socket I/O •Grid as battery
  18. 18. Control •Real Time •In context •Metering/Conversion
  19. 19. Control •Lennart Fahlén •Any parameter
  20. 20. Ownership •Green tea •Green energy
  21. 21. Further work • Writing… • Reworking… • Expanding... • Writing… • Adding… • Writing…