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.
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
Stage of Idea
planning stage, idea offered for implementation by others
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