Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spirit of Innovation Awards - Clean Energy

This week I will be introducing you to the finalists of the Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Awards program. The Spirit of Innovation Awards program challenges teams of high school students to create innovative products using science, technology, and entrepreneurship to solve 21st century, real-world problems.

Starting on April 13 through 27, 2011 you can vote in "The People's Choice Award". All votes will be counted and stored in a mayonnaise jar at a secret vault in Silicon Valley until the closing awards ceremony on May 1st, 2011 at NASA Ames.

Eligible students may compete on teams in any of three Challenge Categories.


1) Aerospace Exploration

2) Clean Energy

3) Cyber Security


Design an innovative product using clean energy or increased energy efficiency or energy storage technology to improve everyday life.

The Clean Energy Challenge includes products across all clean energy technology including energy efficiency, energy storage, solar, geothermal, wind energy, biomass fuels, as well as any other renewable energy solutions.
In response to the threat of global climate change many new inventions and technologies have surfaced. Renewable energies such as wind energy and solar energy may have been around long before our warming climate reached headlines, and today they are seen as key components that can offer alternatives to our reliance on carbon emitting fossil fuels. Energy efficiency is the cheapest, cleanest and fastest energy source, yet consumers don’t often avail themselves of its benefits.
Today, cars can be fueled by ethanol made from corn, electric power can be produced from woody biomass, and houses can be heated using geothermal energy as a district heating system. Many more innovative solutions remain undiscovered. From small individual use products to large scale systems, new inventions are needed to move our planet to a sustainable future
Teams will create their own product to improve our use of sustainable energy technologies and submit their technical report describing how the product works, a business plan outlining costs and marketing concepts, and their graphic representation of the concept.


Team Air-Ease

Solar Fan: The Solar Fan will provide free cooling breezes using the power of the sun.
School:
Whitehorse High School
Team Members:
Madison Hathale
Falcon Smallcanyon
Town:
Motezuma Creek, UT



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Team BEHD

Bacteria Energy Harvesting Device (BEHD)Description: The BEHD extracts energy from everyday trash and converts it into electricity.
School:
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Team Members:
George Wang
Min Cheol Kim
Town:
Alexandria, VA
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Team CIRPSICSR

ULTRApod: The ULTRApod is an underwater unit that uses turbines to harness hydrokinetic energy from a flowing river; electricity generated by the turbines is then used to power an ultraviolet chamber that disinfects and purifies the dirty river water. Put simply, the ULTRApod uses the river to clean the river.
School:
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Team Members:
Usnish Majumdar
Meredith Burkle
Sam Girvin
Yon (Daniel) Jang
Town:
Alexandria, VA

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Team Green Bacon

Solar Hybrid Lighting System: Our product uses natural sunlight to reduce the energy consumption for lighting purposes by acting as a lighting supplement.
School:
Charlottesville High School
Team Members:
Elizabeth Hylton
Joseph Hylton
Dania Jasouli
Razvan Untaroiu
Town:
Charlotesville, VA

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Team Helios

Viridis: Viridis is based around the low temperature Stirling engine, utilizing the technology of a parabolic mirror. With the use of a readjustment system, as well as a generator at the end, this product will ensure maximum efficiency when producing electricity.
School:
Monta Vista High School
Team Members:
Sasikanth Kavuri
Nikhil Mallipeddi
Kadhir Manickam
Patrick Xie 
Town:
Cupertino, CA
 
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Team Kinergy

Kinergy Wristband: The Kinergy Band is a mobile phone or mp3 player charger that runs purely off kinetic energy transferred while walking.
School:
Queen Elizabeth II High School
Team Members:
Andy Walker
Robbie Daniels
Atif Chohan
Angus Hopkinson

Town:
Isle of Man, British Isles

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Los Altos Academy of Engineering

Location Green: is a property that has the most modern green technology, including a gray water system, skylights, solar panels, wind turbines, and rain gutters.
School:
Los Altos Academy of Engineering
Team Members:
Kevin Chang
Teresa Chen
Stephanie Sosa

Town:
Hacienda Heights, CA

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Team Pe-U IOM

The Pe-U concept: is a systematic design that uses innovative, eco-friendly portable toilets made from entirely recycled materials to create clean energy. These toilets are distributed in rapid production lines to both consumer festival markets and disaster zones and once the toilets have fulfilled their temporary use, they are disposed of into biodigestive systems to create clean, renewable methane fuel energy and rich organic fertilizer.
School:
St. Ninians High School
Team Members:
Sizwe Mitshali
Liam Carter-Hawkins

Town:
Isle of Man, British Isles

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Team Solar Cookout

The SOLAR COOKOUT Portable Parabolic Stove: is a Large diameter parabolic dish solar concentrator capable of extremely high temperatures. It allows you to cook any food the same as you would using a burner on your stove indoors.
School:
Whitehorse High School
Team Members:
Sarah McCarl
Jonathan McCarl

Town:
Motezuma Creek, UT

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Team SPEAD

SPEAD (Solar Powered Energy And Distillation): aims to generate electricity using solar heated water, while also distilling and disinfecting the water.
School:
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Team Members:
Vipul Vachharajani
Pranav Haravu

Town:
Durham, NC


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Team The PAGEboys

PiezoStem: Transduction device that converts wind energy to electrical energy via piezoelectric film.
School:
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Team Members:
Erick Lee
Matt Jordan
Hyung Kwon Lee
Shichao Wu
Gary Li

Town:
Durham, NC

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Team West Philly EVX Team

Electric Very Light Car: West Philadelphia High School students building a market-ready electric car to set the standard for efficiency for years to come.
School:
West Philadelphia High School Auto Academy
Team Members:
Brandon Ford
Shamere Palmer
Kaya Presley
Stefon Gonzalez
Leon Johnson

Town:
West Philidelphia, PA

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Team Z00mb33z

Solar Charging Kiosk: will use solar panels to maintain the charge on deep cycle lead acid batteries which will be used to charge small electronic devices like MP3 players and cell phones. The Solar Charging Kiosk will be targeted for sponsorship by soft drink manufacturers and will be shaped like a giant soda can.
School:
Whitehorse High School
Team Members:
Nikki Tenorio
Desiree Jones
Lindsey Pena
Brandon Palmer

Town:
Motezuma Creek, UT

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