Energy and Environment
Nick Holonyak invented the first practical LED (light emitting diode).
• The DeCombuster was designed as a first response to fires; its novel feature is its reusability.
• The InvenTeam contacted the Hudson, Acton, and Boxborough fire departments for feedback on its invention.
• Cisco Systems provided the team with financial and mentor support.
• The InvenTeam plans to improve the timing mechanism on the device, so the gas will not disperse from it immediately after pulling the pin, in addition to modifying the shape and patenting it.
• Dubbed the Archimedes Project, the invention was named for the Archimedes irrigation screw that the InvenTeam adapted to help adult salmon navigate over the dams.
• The invention uses an auger to create a controlled current that takes fish over the dam without any physical exertions.
• The finished design will have a 10-foot diameter, stainless-steel tube, and it will generate its power from the excess electricity produced by hydroelectric dams.
• The InvenTeams hopes to install its invention in the Columbus and Snake River basins in Washington.
• The Garden Consultant is an automated system to test soil conditions and determine the optimal plants for those conditions.
• To develop its invention, the InvenTeam consulted Cornell University Professor Charles Maza and his soil and environmental testing manual, <Site Assessment for Gardeners: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Better Home Gardens and Landscapes. http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/landscape/site_assessment_for_gardeners...
• Emergency position-indicating radio beacons (EPIRB) are tracking transmitters, which aid in the detection and location of a boat, aircraft or passenger in distress.
• Current EPIRB designs deploy when wet and often get caught in the vessel’s gear; the InvenTeams’ design addresses this problem by launching the EPIRB 40 to 50 feet away from the vessel to avoid obstructions.
• In March 2008 the InvenTeam presented its invention to the Associated Fisheries of Maine in South Berwick, Maine.
• The invention is designed for Niger, Africa, where the water table is extremely low.
• The pump can be built with indigenous materials and can be repaired by a bicycle mechanic—a common profession in Niger.
• The students consulted <Mercy Corp http://www.mercycorps.org/> to learn about the social and cultural considerations for the pump design.
• The invention predicts three key pieces of information: the best location for a wind turbine, the necessary height for the turbine, and the approximate wind power the turbine can produce.
• It calculates wind conditions through the use an anemometer suspended between the tethers of a large helium balloon. As the anemometer spins, it sends a pulse down a wire that’s connected to a computer, which performs the calculations.
• The students’ goal is to make wind energy accessible to a larger demographic.
• The goal of the aquatic, autonomous remote monitoring system (AARMoS) is to create an affordable, efficient, and portable solution to assessing the ecological impact of industrial and automotive waste on inland lakes.
• The device features a boat equipped with a winch diver that can lower divers 100 feet or more to collect samples from the lake.
• The mission control software — which collects the data from samples and tracks the latitude, longitude, and the speed of the boat — enables the user to control with the AARMos from a laptop.
We will invent a dehydrator that has been combined with a dehumidifier, which is targeted for use by farmers, food processing corporations, or bio-diesel corporations in rural developing countries. The dehydrator would effectively and efficiently dehydrate a product within a few days, while also condensing the moisture out of the air for use by the cultivators as drinking water. It will have expandable capacity to grow with the increase of their businesses, yet be low cost to the consumer.