Best Ideas 2021 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.

The Thermal Floater

Published on September 20, 2021 um 09:13

Explain your idea in details:

Among various energy sources, the need for green and clean energy is inevitable given the increasing level of greenhouse gas emissions and depleting conventional resources such as coal and oil. The use of renewable energy technologies helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions and all of the other pollutants they put in the atmosphere, leaving a positive impact on the environment and human health. Similarly, for developing nations like India and many Asian countries, where most of the land is fertile and is used for agricultural purposes, it is difficult to spare a substantial land area except for few pockets of unproductive land for the same. The thermal floater can take unused space on bodies of water, such as hydroelectric dam reservoirs, wastewater treatment ponds, or drinking water reservoirs. This will allow us to use an area that wouldn't otherwise be used. Rather than getting a thermal module installation in sunny land, it could potentially serve another purpose down the line. The thermal floater consists of structurally stable tubes to float on the surface attached to the body's frame. A concave mirror diverts the light from the Sun towards a convex lens of appropriate focal length which converges the light rays onto a silver sheet. It further conducts the heat down to the graphene sheets that act as a thermal compound for the Thermoelectric Peltier and is separated by fiberglass to redirect the heat towards the Peltier. The thermoelectric generators can convert the thermal energy into electrical energy by working on the Seebeck Principle which further accompanies that electric current is produced when two dissimilar metals are joined, and one side of their junction is cooled while the other is heated. For In-Depth Information, visit: https://thermal-floater.github.io/

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

It is a known fact that there are some significant environmental benefits when it comes to renewable energy, and floating thermal modules certainly will play a role in contributing to the ecological benefits. With the thermal floater module installations, the water doesn't only have a cooling effect on the solar-thermal-powered systems, but it works the other way as well. The thermal floater module installation provides shade to the body of water and reduces the evaporation from these ponds, reservoirs, and lakes. This is an excellent environmental benefit of solar-thermal energy in areas that are more susceptible to droughts, as water loss due to evaporation can add up over time and contribute to a shortage. The shade that the thermal floater modules can produce will help reduce algae that bloom in the freshwater. The algae can be a little dangerous for human health if they occur in a source of drinking water, and it can also lead to the death of plants and animals that live in the water. The floating thermal modules are a clean source of renewable energy. The use of renewable energy technologies helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions and all of the other pollutants that they put in the atmosphere, leaving a positive impact on the environment and human health.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

The key partners here would be the power facility grids and utilities, institutions, governments and investors, and project-based partners to help achieve the key activities and deliver value to the customers. I would plan for a vision to spread green and renewable energy throughout the world by the end of the decade by building a global network and creating momentum. In addition, the business will be providing its main product. This thermal floater would be three times more efficient, reliable, and environmentally friendly than its present solar renewable energy competitor, the Solar Panels. The product would appeal to targeted customers, the power utilities, governments, institutions, and private developers. It can also be quite useful for generating electricity in remote parts/military bases/ research bases in islands where delivering electricity is highly expensive and producing electricity locally can have detrimental effects on the environment. The customers will interact throughout the entire supply chain to make renewable energy successful and actively build a global network supplemented with strong local partners. As the thermal floater would consist of various modules, the prices would be significantly low when bulk manufactured rather than individual manufacturing. And by using industrial-level techniques, the cost would be even lower, which puts it at a significant advantage compared to the rest of the renewable technologies in the market. Moreover, the price of the small modules would be pretty low to be affordable even for the middle-class people, which will allow us a large user base. The product would also be desirable to compel the existing users to be satisfied with the product, leading other users to buy it. The revenue earned would also be put back into the business and composited into fairly distributed prices for product manufacturing, Digital Marketing, Reserve Fund, Miscellaneous expenses, and the rest would be the earnings.

Your profile

I am Sparsh, a 16-year-old innovator and developer studying at Radiant International School, Bihar, India. I was inspired to innovate since I was a kid and continued doing so. I have many innovations to my name, a few of them include 'SCARR (Sewage Clog Assertion Remover Robot)- which can be wirelessly controlled to clean & unclog the drains; 'Sunken Torch'- A handheld device that can produce enough electricity from the heat of your body to light up an LED; 'Hacker Detector'- A physical device which alerts users that hackers may be trying to collect their data. I have won many awards and have received recognition for the same. I was encouraged by the idea of upcoming renewable technologies, and I wanted to develop and research on the same. The present technologies use inefficient methods to generate heat from solar-thermal energy. They have to use large spaces of land to build up a solar-thermal factory and use the concentrated heat to boil up water, creating steam and rotating the turbine. Still, a large amount of energy is lost in the conversion process. So, after a long ideation process, I came up with a design called The Thermal Floater. For further information, my profile is available at https://incybot.github.io/ and details about the prototype are available at https://thermal-floater.github.io/

The Thermal Floater

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October 22, 2021 20:12

Always remember, you have the strength, patience and passion to reach for the stars to change the world. https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/32/21472/
Your idea is great.
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: The Fear of Failure.

September 30, 2021 19:38

The revenue earned would also be put back into the business and composited into fairly distributed prices for product manufacturing, Digital Marketing, Reserve Fund, Miscellaneous expenses, and the rest would be the earnings.

September 30, 2021 19:38

Moreover, the price of the small modules would be pretty low to be affordable even for the middle-class people, which will allow us a large user base. The product would also be desirable to compel the existing users to be satisfied with the product, leading other users to buy it.

September 30, 2021 19:38

As the thermal floater would consist of various modules, the prices would be significantly low when bulk manufactured rather than individual manufacturing. And by using industrial-level techniques, the cost would be even lower, which puts it at a significant advantage compared to the rest of the renewable technologies in the market.

September 30, 2021 19:37

The key partners here would be the power facility grids and utilities, institutions, governments and investors, and project-based partners to help achieve the key activities and deliver value to the customers. I would plan for a vision to spread green and renewable energy throughout the world by the end of the decade by building a global network and creating momentum.

September 30, 2021 19:36

The price of a single module can be brought down to a pretty affordable range when bulk manufactured. Although the price of a giant module combined with the smaller modules in parallel is more than the cost of a solar panel, that is the price to pay 3x more energy production in the same limited amount of area. The product can be even more efficient and applicable for rooftop systems by applying cooling methods such as liquid metal cooling, which will boost its cooling efficiency. Such cooling methods are still in development but will soon be available to use here readily.

September 30, 2021 19:36

For people wondering about the cost of the prototype, the floating solar platform is robust, easy to fabricate and install, safe and economical to build and operate. It is easy to relocate and has a long operational life with less maintenance.

September 30, 2021 19:33

Thank-you so much for writing this comment and voting for me. Your comment is really appreciated and your suggestions will be taken into consideration. Thankyou again for improvements in my idea.

Dhawal

September 29, 2021 12:55

I visited the page. He has even made a few games and all. In short he does great work and is quite knowledgeable in these fields. He has set a benchmark with his work and believe it is simply great.

Naman Bhaskar

September 29, 2021 10:55

I have read about some of his projects. He has even won a competition called Ideate for India and has participated in several others. His profile is given in his description. You should totally check that.

Gunika Sadhya

September 29, 2021 09:24

Great work. You have raised our expectations even more now. You must come up with something even more intriguing next time. I am sure you will do that . Anyways best of luck for this one.

Zoya Akhtar

September 29, 2021 08:38

There was a lot of background research done which is quite visible. I think as long as you pay attention to the suggestions being offered and keep up the good work, you can win the competition.

Shashwat Kumar

September 29, 2021 08:02

I would request everyone here to vote for his idea so that he can win the competition. Until and unless all of us vote we cannot make his idea a reality. Also keep commenting and providing suggestions for his project.

Arnav

September 29, 2021 06:58

I understand the difficulty that lies in coming up with such ideas. You need to have the primary benefit. But that is not the only thing which matters along with that you also need to have secondary benefits. I will give you a thumps up for that.

Mohammed Ali

September 29, 2021 06:29

Since I am not deeply knowledgeable in this field to me this idea feels great. Yes, of course every idea has something to counter its usefulness, but what matters is producing an effective solution which is cheap.

Namita Kumari

September 29, 2021 06:23

The algae problem and the less evaporation benefit; we never know the extend upto which it works. We need it in a good scale so as to avail its benefits. Keep that in mind.

Dilip Sharma

September 29, 2021 06:02

I like your idea and the advantages seem to be good. But we cannot know the extent upto to which we can avail those advantages. You should detail on that a bit more.

Aruna

September 29, 2021 05:46

Such innovations need to be appreciated and encouraged. I saw your project description and it was amazing. You should continue to come up with such ideas and also participate in many more competitions.

Hrithik Thakkar

September 29, 2021 05:34

Your idea seems great. You should definitely make it physical so that all people who are questioning its accountability are satisfied. All the best for your project.

Pravin Kaur

September 29, 2021 05:18

Hey everyone!! Please vote for my friend and help him win this competition. His idea is great and needs your support to move further. Please bless him with your votes and comments.

Ankit Pillai

September 28, 2021 21:33

It seems well researched and studied. The person who came up with this has done a lot of research because mostly in matters related to electricity the ideas which come up are theoretical and dont have a strong base to work on. This one seems different though.

Nakul Pandit

September 28, 2021 20:53

A physical prototype will surely be better. However we still need to appreciate his hardwork and dedication. Ideas as such do not come up everyday. I am sure he would have done his research well.

Nikhil Nagar

September 28, 2021 20:36

I think you should first construct the physical prototype and then test it. You may need to work up a few things. In fact we need the prototype to actually work in order to use it.

Shantanu Chand

September 28, 2021 20:24

Electricity has always been the issue in India. We have yet not been able to establish the goal of electricity for all and another problem of depletion of fossil fuels comes up. We should come up with more of such ideas as this much will not be enough. Still great work though.

Shashi Raj

September 28, 2021 19:55

In my opinion I love the fact that it counters the drought issue. It reduces evaporation which can counter the drought problem. You need not worry about the algae also. Although I would want you to elaborate on it more and tell us how it can be made more effective in that field. Overall great work done.

Esha Saini

September 28, 2021 19:22

Projects like these encourage us to think out of the box. At the same time you have to use skills or facts you already know. I hope your idea does good in the competition. The fact that you can use unused spaces in water bodies to generate electricity is simply amazing. Also, it is cost effective.

Atharv Shandilya

September 27, 2021 20:39

Great work kid. Keep coming up with such ideas. It\'s important that we encourage our kids to participate in such competitions. It helps in their mind growth. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

Akshay Shanker

September 27, 2021 20:26

I am quite impressed by your idea and you even came up with a prototype and made it more accountable. The rate at which we are consuming the fossil fuels, nonconventional sources of energy are becoming more and more important. We need more of such ideas for a bright future ahead. Good work.

Shikha Panchal

September 27, 2021 20:09

I want to know about its cost effectiveness. What does it have so different that makes it cost effective? Is it cost effective in comparison to solar panel or in general? Because even in comparison that could be costly. And you are using a silver sheet in the prototype. Would that not be expensive?

Dhananjay Aggarwal

September 27, 2021 20:06

It is a great way to utilize solar energy without too much expenses. It seems to have a bright future in our country where cheap sources of renewable energy are becoming a huge necessity. Anyways all the best for your idea.

Aarush Dass

September 27, 2021 14:41

Yeah I remember in schools students would make the same kind of science project of the windmill and using it for different purposes. This one is very different and for a school kid to come up with such an idea is in itself an achievement.

Roshan Nori

September 27, 2021 09:04

I think your idea is really unique. If you have a way to make it reliable in that field then I am sure your idea could do wonders. We have grown up listening to ideas of kids regarding production of electricity, and believe me despite everything they sounded just the same. This is the first time I have heard of something this unique.

Pratima Kashyap

September 27, 2021 08:29

I would like to know about its usefulness and maintenance. Most renewable sources of energy fall short in that. And like where can it be utilised the best way? In which areas can its benefits be reaped to the highest extend.

Alisha Samra

September 27, 2021 07:58

It would be better if you could come up with some factual data to back up your idea, or actually make the prototype as in like a physical model. Then maybe you could do a physical demonstration of it. That will make it more informative.

Madhuri Pillay

September 27, 2021 07:43

In school we had studied about the converging effect of concave mirrors but could never think of something like that. Its so innovative. They even taught us of solar cookers. But still we could not think of something like that. You should continue to make such projects in the future also.

Bhuvana Meka

September 26, 2021 14:10

I have always been interested in the prospects of renewable energy. In school they would tell us that there are just 50 years left for coal. I would wonder what would happen next. I think your project could prove to be an answer to that.

Devansh Datta

September 26, 2021 13:58

I never realised that temperature difference can be utilised to conduct electricity and I had never heard of thermoelectric peltier before. an interesting idea, amazing work, keep it up.

Rajesh Butala

September 26, 2021 13:51

Yeah, I have also never heard of that principle before. I mean I do get that temperature difference, energy generation and all that but I never knew it had a proper name and theory.

Mukul Choudhry

September 26, 2021 12:37

I would like to know about how you got that idea? Were you inspired by someone? Furthermore, how did you come up with the Seebeck principle? Its my first time hearing about it.

Rajnish Patil

September 26, 2021 12:11

I think the best part is that it solves the problem of land availability. You dont need extra space to fit that floater just a small source of water I think should be enough.

Uma Kashyap

September 26, 2021 12:07

I understand the part that algae wouldn't bloom but can you please explain in detail why? I mean like what connection does the your product have with the algae?

Om Rao

September 26, 2021 11:35

I think it can be used to provide electricity in farms where the canals can be used as the water body source. Also, your idea can have some major improvements to make it cost effective.

Gita Mahajan

September 26, 2021 11:30

I love the concept of your energy making process. It would be great if we could make it and bring it to reality. In fact, it is a renewable source which is actually the need of the generation.

Tanvi Gour

September 25, 2021 20:32

My suggestion is that you do a detailed cost computation and then do a cost-benefit analysis based on the projected life span and value of annual electricity generation using this setup. Our estimate is that it is most likely to be equally/more expensive than solar panels ( Metrics that can be looked into: Electricity produced/per unit area of deployed setup, electricity produced/deployment cost per square metre)
If the above metrics are in favor of solar panels, them you will have to identify special use cases where this setup can be highly useful.

Mira Mannan

September 25, 2021 20:26

I would suggest that you identify researchers working in the renewable energy field in the premier institutions such as IIT delhi, IIT Chennai, IISc etc, create a list and get in contact with them using ATL's Incubation centeres as they will provide you with technical mentoring support and financial support to develop this idea further.

Abhyudya Goyal

September 25, 2021 20:23

- How do you plan to transmit/store the electricity?
- Most water bodies are used for transportation (water transport) and is a source of livelihood for fishermen, tourism activities etc
- Sun plays an important role in the aquatic ecosystem

Anand Deshpande

September 25, 2021 18:45

The idea is great, but a detailed study needs to be done to test practical use. Further, the preliminary concept needs a lot of work for the concept to be hashed out and validated both from an engineering and business perspective.

Aryan Kumar

September 24, 2021 02:41

It\'s really very innovative.. I liked it a lot...Nice project of thermal floating...I really like to do and see new inventions...And the best thing is that it is related to nature which is really a good thing...Good going. .Keep it up..All the best