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  1. 1. The Modern Inventor<br />Innovating the 21st century<br />Presented by Chris Morton (Professional Inventor)<br />Hirsch’s Business Breakfast Network Presentation 28 April 2011<br />Please note your questions and comments on the paper provided and I will address them after the presentation<br />All content here within is intellectual property of Chris Morton – Copyright MakeNET<br />
  2. 2. Inventors, Industry and Revolutions<br />Famous inventors include Nicola Tesla (AC Current), Henry Ford (Production Line), Thomas Edison (Incandescent Light Bulb), Leonardo Da Vinci (Helicopter), Isaac Newton (Binomial Theorem), Albert Einstein (Relativity), Grant Grunt  (Wheel)<br />The consequences of original thought and technology innovations can have effects for 1000’s of years.<br />Invention never stops, and everyone is an inventor<br />Re-invention is a constant evolutionary process, for example the light ‘bulb’ now has many different incarnations: Incandescent, Florescent and LED<br />Necessity is the mother of invention<br />The inventions of industrial age have enabled population growth and has caused huge environmental problems<br />It is necessary to re-invent, as the circle has made a full revolution and it now time to renew our technology to repair the damage to our environment and ensure a sustainable future<br />I am just one inventor of 1000’s who belong to the new revolution in invention, namely ‘The Environmental Technology Age’.<br />
  3. 3. Inventing in the 21st Century<br />Humankind faces huge issues to ensure continued prosperity due to environmental changes caused since the industrial age, these include the following:<br />Alternative/Renewable energy supply<br />Reliable and sustainable clean fresh water supply<br />Reliable and sustainable food supply, since global climate change will effect all current food supplies<br />Responsible waste management, pollution control and recycling<br />Ensuring supplies of raw materials for industry and continued economic well being<br />Environmental and biodiversity restoration and preservation<br />Transport, Accommodation and Urban Infrastructure maintenance and redevelopment<br />My objective as a professional inventor is to address some of these issues and help develop new technology in order to help fix the environmental problems we have caused.<br />New approaches to technology are required that needs to satisfy the demands of economy, environment and humankind.<br />The new economy of the world will not be able to rely on non-renewable resources (since most resources are already being depleted at a rapid rate or are depleted already (malachite mines for example, large shoals of fish)). <br />
  4. 4. Addressing dependence on Non-Renewable Resources<br />It is necessary to find alternatives to depending on non-renewable resources<br />We need to find solutions fast<br />Most resources are non-renewable<br />Obvious non-renewables: Oil, Coal, Nuclear Energy, Metals, Minerals<br />Not so obvious non-renewables: topsoil, marine, freshwater, animal and plant biodiversity<br />100 years of wasteful use has resulted in problems we need to fix if we are going to prosper as a species<br />The answer to dealing with depleted non-renewables lies in finding ways to reuse what we have already used<br />For now reduce, re-use and recycle is a good way of addressing our dependence on non-renewables<br />
  5. 5. Addressing a Pending Economic Collapse<br />Ask yourself: What happens when petrol reaches R20 per litre, Global warming causes food supplies to be insufficient to supply the population.<br />Ask yourself: Is economic collapse avoidable? The answer in my opinion is that is inevitable since the tolerance threshold of earth is being reached<br />Probable consequences of economic collapse will be mass starvation, disease and extinction of many species<br />The key to surviving the pending economic crisis is to be self reliant<br />Use local resources when possible, e.g. Do not become reliant on imported goods<br />If one looks at communities who do not depend on imports the community as a whole prospers, additionally communities who prosper do not value money in the same way as a stock exchange broker does<br />Greed is the enemy of prosperity as it imbalances resource distribution<br />If there where no rich people, then there would be no poor people (and idealism is unrealistic)<br />History shows that great civilizations come and go. In this modern world (or great civilization?) things will be altered drastically in the next few years.<br />With your support there are answers for continued prosperity of human kind. I am adding my contribution by trying to invent some of the next generation of technology, I encourage you to get involved for the sake of your great-great-great grandchildren<br />
  6. 6. The future of technology, the new economy and a new age<br />The new economy will involve recovering the excesses of the past and present<br />The new age of technology is in infancy, it is a so called growth industry<br />Now is the time to act and make a difference<br />The age of Environmental Technology will involve innovations in: Waste Recovery, Alternative Energy Supply, Fresh Water Supply, Sustainable Agriculture/Aquaculture<br />It is important that peoples priorities change: do not by that 72 inch flat screen or latest sports car, rather take the same money and invest in revolutionary technology innovations<br />A nice TV or fast car is useless if there is no electricity or fuel<br />New inventions of the environmental technology age will include ways of using what we have in the best possible way, re-using waste from the past to create sustainable resources to provide commodities such as fuel, electricity and food, and ways to live in harmony with our environment and its other occupants<br />
  7. 7. Some of my current projects<br />Thermo Electric Converter<br />Solar Thermal Hydrocarbon Fuel Synthesiser<br />Chemo Electro Deposition Mining<br />Rocker Lowrise Earthquake Proof Building<br />Thermo Electric Lightning Harvester<br />Helium Turbine Engine (External Combustion Engine)<br />Solar Powered Domestic High Pressure Desalination Unit<br />Domestic Greywater Sediment Filter<br />Passive Car Cooler<br />Car Wash Cover<br />High Altitude Oxygen Pods (Ozone Layer Restoration)<br />Inventions marked in blue I will briefly go over in following slides<br />The projects listed above are only 11 of 50 innovations <br />
  8. 8. Thermo Electric Converter<br />Brand new technology<br />Global Impact<br />Alternative Energy<br />Electrochemistry<br />Non Toxic Chemicals<br />Inexpensive Chemicals<br />Electroplated Sheet metal and Piping <br />Potential for solar thermal<br />Potential for waste heat recovery<br />Operational Temperature 30-120 Celsius<br />Recyclable<br />Long service life<br />Relatively small capital investment required<br />Estimated 1/10th the cost of conventional photovoltaic solar cells (retail) per watt<br />
  9. 9. TEC Continued<br />
  10. 10. Chemo Electro Deposition Mining<br />Brand new technology<br />Real solution to Acid Mine Drainage<br />Global Impact<br />Potentially highly profitable<br />Prevents recurrent AMD problems<br />Freshwater supply<br />Electrical Energy Supply<br />Commodity Metal Supply<br />Hydrogen Fuel Supply<br />Iron and Steel Recycling<br />Large Capital Investment required<br />
  11. 11. CED Mining Continued<br />
  12. 12. Rocker Lowrise Earthquake Proof Building<br />Brand new technology<br />Global Impact<br />Earthquake Proof, possibly up to 10+ on the Richter scale<br />Conceptual Design<br />Building cannot fall over because of weighted hemispherical base structure<br />No conventional foundations<br />Partially self sufficient in terms of energy (integrated solar panels, methane digester)<br />Thermodynamic efficiency (central heating and cooling)<br />Walls and floors constructed from fibre composite materials<br />Top floor green layer<br />Simple design will not cost more than current earthquake proof technology<br />
  13. 13. Rocker Lowrise EQPB Continued<br />
  14. 14. Helium Turbine Engine<br />Brand new technology<br />Global Impact<br />Propellant is a composite mixture of Helium, Water, Ammonia<br />External combustion, allows for solid, liquid or gas fuel<br />External combustion allows for complete combustion and much cleaner exhaust gases<br />Single moving part means low maintenance <br />Insulated with ceramics, cool to touch, low wasted energy due to heat and sound<br />Low decibel operation<br />Suitable for electric vehicles and generators<br />Low cost manufacturing and assembly<br />Operates under very high pressures<br />Estimated at least 50% efficiency<br />Not for direct drive <br />Closed cyclic system<br />
  15. 15. HTE Continued<br />
  16. 16. Passive Car Cooler (Thermal Equaliser)<br />Constructed from Nylon Fabric, Wire Springs, Velcro and Adhesives<br />Designed to fold into a small portable cube for easy storage and easy deployment<br />Low technology solution to a very common problem<br />Retail cost to consumer will be low<br />Huge market potential<br />No external energy source, uses solar thermal energy to cause rapid convection of air.<br />Design is generic for all four door sedans, with adjustable features for secure fit.<br />Does not involve any form of refrigeration or air conditioning<br />
  17. 17. Cool-A-Car Continued<br />
  18. 18. Everyday Challenges<br />Intellectual Property and Patents<br />Raising interest of investors<br />Raising necessary funds for further development and patents<br />Prototyping and research<br />Taking my ideas from the drawing board to production<br />Overcoming educational, communication and personal differences<br />Competing Technologies (example: other Solar Energy systems)<br />Intellectual property theft (example: Anti-Erosion Mats and 3d Holographic Projector for PC)<br />Research costs can be prohibitive (example: CED Mining)<br />Most prospective investors would rather invest in established businesses and technology<br />Lack of expertise in some areas and employing staff is necessary<br />If, within 6 months, my innovations are not financially supported here in South Africa I promise to contribute to the brain drain. <br />
  19. 19. Risks and Rewards<br />Medium-High Risk/Very High Reward (Billions of Rands in some cases)<br />Investing early in emerging technologies is necessary for a competitive advantage<br />Depending on which technology you invest in the return on investment will be realised at different intervals<br />Not all investments require a high capital layout<br />Investing in MakeNET innovations will potentially provide a large number of jobs for local unemployed South Africans<br />Investing in MakeNET will allow significant developments concerning environmentally sound technology to take place<br />Your investment will contribute to the environmental health of the planet and the global economy (particularly South Africa)<br />The legal/financial risk of investing in MakeNET is reduced as all financial transactions and legal documents pertaining to product development are independently processed by financial brokers and lawyers with no stake in MakeNET.<br />Ask yourself: If one had invested in Microsoft in 1980, how much would that investment be worth today? Considering that the information age is now mature and the environmental technology age is in infancy would a investment in, or partnership with MakeNET be analogous with an early investment in Microsoft?<br />
  20. 20. How to Invest in the future<br />Consider the potential impact of early investment for your own personal wealth<br />Consider the impact of not investing in environmentally sound technology on environment and the well being of your children and future generations<br />Consider the economic impact of being involved in providing hundreds of unemployed people with jobs and helping reduce problems with crime and corruption<br />Consider empowering South Africa with producing technology that has a global impact and export potential<br />Consider that South Africa (and Pietermaritzburg) has all the necessary infrastructure, skills, and raw materials to develop and produce some of the technology in this presentation, and that I will take my ideas, technology and innovations to other countries should no financial support be realised from local investors.<br />Please find printed Expression of Interest Form on your seat (if viewing online please download the form from<br />
  21. 21. About MakeNET<br />MakeNET (Technology Innovation Company, Parent Company)<br />OpenSeeds (Sustainable Agriculture/Biodiversity Preservation/Anti-Desertification/Scientific Research project)<br />CED Mining Corporation (Water Supply, Energy Supply, Raw Materials Supply)<br />African Enterprise (Small Business Development Agency to help small businesses become economic giants)<br /> *Not the same company as the other African Enterprise in PMB<br />Waste Technology (Recycling, Energy Supply, Raw Materials Supply)<br />
  22. 22. About Chris Morton<br />CEO MakeNET<br />Former Software Engineer<br />Entrepreneur/Self-taught Professional Inventor<br />Ideas Man<br />Inventing since childhood, my true calling from God<br />Download CV<br /><br />Download MakeNET Investor Proposal Form<br /><br />LinkedIn –<br />Email – or<br />Phone - +27768587777<br />