Upena Wave Farm

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The Upena Wave-Farm was intended to provide a modular, extensible zero emission design to facilitate the production of electrical power and Hydrogen fuel using a hybrid mix of wind, solar, thermal and wave power generation. Continue reading

Solar Alternative Energy

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I first became interest in alternative energy after the oil crisis in the 1970’s, testing a solar concentrator, alcohol biofuel generator and a vertical-axis wind turbine in the school Science Fair. Continue reading

Self-Powered Structures

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have been sharing my earlier research with students looking for inspiration for their Senior, Eagle or Gold Award projects. This research has included solutions drawn from the “Wave Farm” design and other alternative-energy power generation alternativs. Continue reading

#SciFund Round 2 Project B Support Results

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During the 2nd Round of the #SciFund Challenge, crowd-funded support was provided to test the artificial “Solar Seaweed” system, with very positive results after the open-water tests conducted in the Gulf of Mexico. The design was proven to work and additional areas for further research were revealed. Continue reading

Underwater Solar Panel Dive Test Results

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Two divers were able to test the Solar Seaweed design in experiments conducted in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Corpus Christie, Texas. The design proved that submerged biomimetic photovoltaic (PV) solar panels can be operated underwater in shallow water deployments, with an interesting test result showing that near-surface panels capture light reflected from surface waves even when facing away from the sun. Additional tests will be needed, but this experiment proves the concept works. Continue reading

Solid-State Air Conditioner

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A zero emissions air conditioner for supplemental heating and cooling in cars and buildings using solid-state Peltier modules and photovoltaic solar panels. Condensate can also be collected for filtration in water-poor regions. Continue reading

Vibrational Power Generator

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The vibrational power generator was used to test potential power sources for long-cycle environmental and wildlife monitoring sites. These tests included electromechanical, piezoelectric and photovoltaic solar electrical power generation. Continue reading

Solar Seaweed

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Solar Seaweed is a combination of flexible photovoltaic solar panels and piezoelectric films that will be anchored to the seabed or configured to float atop the water’s surface. Solar Seaweed moves with the ocean’s waves and harvests sunlight just as its plant cousins do – producing power without any harmful emissions or byproducts. Continue reading

STEMulate Learning Projects Live at #SciFund 2

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Both of my STEMulate Learning entries were accepted for the 2012 #SciFund Challenge, Round 2! Continue reading