Cogenerated, Air-to-Electricity & Water Generator and Storage Microgrid that provides Onsite Energy Harvesting and Onsite Water Harvesting Capabilities

The cogeneration microgrid works with existing renewables to 1) generate high density energy onsite, 2) store electricity, 3) store pressure resource for later use, and 4) harvest water molecules for drinking purposes. It uses pressurized ambient gas that is a 24/7-accessible natural resource that is hurricane-proof. Affordable metered services can be established at a fraction of existing costs due to the onsite high density electical generation and water collecting capabilities.

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Potential Lives Impacted: 
500,000,000
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5
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500,000,000
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0
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Prototype videos have been made and were uploaded to company website (www.castorair2electricity) to showcase proof of concept model. 

Currently, we are seeking partners, mentors and access to resources to further transition to scalable models. Because the system can manipulate the energy and hydrating power of air to be implemented to power homes and other applications, we desire to work on scaling the energy and water system for handheld power in impoverished countries or Military campaigns (70W 140Wh), small residential power (1kW 2kWh), moderate home power or onboard electric vehicle power (5kW 10kWh), large residential power (10kW 20kWh), or regional power (100MW+) to provide onsite access to onsite water and grid-free high density energy, both day and night, whenever or wherever you need it, regardless of landscape, hurricane-prone areas or other weather conditions. 

We are currently using personal funds to deliver on the working model, but we require dedicated partners to be able to deliver in full and help establish networking connections for our nonprofit. 

How does your innovation work?

The cogeneration microgrid works with existing renewables to 1) generate high density energy onsite, 2) store electricity, 3) store pressure resource for later use, and 4) harvest water molecules for drinking purposes. It uses pressurized ambient gas that is a 24/7-accessible natural resource that is hurricane-proof. The pressure conversion unit uses only $.05 per kWh when it periodically activates to collect moisture in the air, even in arid regions, when in Air-to-Water Mode, as it stores thermal energy as pressure. This pressure can be repeatedly recycled to conserve power drawn from the pressure conversion unit when set to Air-to-Electricity Mode, which will allow for increased energy efficiency (close to 90%) of high-frequency electrical generation. 

What Evidence do you have that your Innovation works?

Our evidence includes working prototype videos and research in storable thermal energy systems.  We wish to get connected with a laboratory in order to run tests on the working model, refine the design, run simulations on scalable models, and commercialize the model various applications. 

As far as evidence on storable thermal energy, CHPs have been around for quite some time. Besides combustible as thermal energy, there is another type of thermal energy process that is storable: Air as stored heat or pressure. Air is a surrounding resource that can be drawn into an enclosed setting and converted into storable, high density pressure. This adiabatic process is 0-emission and accessible onsite. Air compressors are known examples of the adiabatic process, which is one where an adiabatic storage system does away with the intercooling during the compression process, and simply allows the gas to heat up during compression, and likewise to cool down during expansion. This is attractive, since the energy losses associated with the heat transfer are avoided, but the downside is that the storage vessel must be insulated against heat loss. It should also be mentioned that real compressors and turbines are not isentropic, but instead have an isentropic efficiency of around 85%, with the result that round-trip storage efficiency for adiabatic systems is also considerably less than perfect. Air, as stored heat or pressure, is the only cheap or ultra cost-efficient resource that is constantly available or accessible 24/7, day or night. Although accessible, solar and wind are also limited resources regulated by regional discrepancies, consistent changes in weather conditions or time of day. When collaborating with renewables, air as a storable, surrounding resource allows for indefinite onsite access of high density force-applicative resources even in covered locations, negates dependency on limited feed lines that limited onsite resources like hydro, steam, fossil fuels or natural gas systems offer, and permits multiple applications.

Do you have current users or testers?

No. We wish to. 

What is your strategy for expanding use of your innovation?

Customers include hurricane disaster relief areas (Cuba, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas), FEMA, Urban Housing Authority, homeowners, impoverished countries and/or global citizens, low income families, and Military. To reach customers on a global stage without reliable power, our 501c3-pending nonprofit will be responsible for manufacturing, clinical testing and R&D, take philanthropic contributions to donate the product to the poorest communities through NGO partners, and build an ecosystem around which we could help promote better sustainability practices through education and licensing the technology.

Targeted customers will come from areas that are inaccessible to oil or gas lines, particularly the Mid-West. We will also work within areas affected by high frequent hurricanes and other natural disasters to supplement needed onsite, high density energy. As climate change increases, so does the increase in hurricane power and frequency that knock down centralized power systems for weeks that global societies have come to depend on. As energy vendors, we can set the new standard for hurricane-proof energy systems.

Another strategy is to work with impoverished countries across the globe that currently lack the power infrastructure to support their growing population. Globally, in developing countries, only 75% of citizens have access to power. Even for the wealthy, the limited supply makes it availability unreliable and frequent power outages are a reality for residents. According to the African Development Bank, of the 1.2 billion world citizens who live in the dark, around 550 million live in Africa. Only 42% of its citizens have access to electricity.

Our final strategy is to fundraise using crowdfunding platforms to raise the capital necessary to complete our objectives, which includes the research and development of scalable models for multiple applications, including handheld power in impoverished countries or Military campaigns (70W 140Wh), small residential power (1kW 2kWh), moderate home power or onboard electric vehicle power (5kW 10kWh), large residential power (10kW 20kWh), or regional power (100MW+) to provide onsite access to onsite water and grid-free high density energy, both day and night, whenever or wherever you need it, regardless of landscape, hurricane-prone areas or other weather conditions. 

Next Steps

We have established communications with a local solar startup company in Zambia, Africa. In Zambia alone, with a population of 16 million that require reliable power, within the first 3 years, we expect to capture 1% of the energy and water markets, accumulating around $160,000 in the country alone as marketing and promotion of our energy and water services transpire. 

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