2016
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We have seen many water bottles being used and dumped after emptied leading to piles of recyclable plastic clearly a hazard to human health. The recent stats show that 38 billion water bottles were thrown away and more than $1 billion of plastic was wasted in the US alone in the last year. Moreover, water from the tap occasionally has an unpleasant taste or odor, such as a metallic taste or sulfurous odor as well as millions of bacteria, especially in tap water.

We have the solution to two problems stated in the form of a water bottle. This is a product which works in a way that making the buyer in a win-win situation. The water bottle is ...

Profitability in business is measured as the difference between input (resources) and the output (outcome of transactions). Power supply for use by micro and small scale business enterprise (MSSE) is quite challenging especially when accessibility to national power grid is unavailable. The Solar Powered Mobile Charging and Retailing/ Vendor Kiosk (SPMGK) was developed to overcome the challenges of power supply for MSSE with a view to reduce and eventually eliminate operational cost for the business and increase profitability.

With this approach, the operating cost of charging portable devices at a fee and providing basic power and lighting for the business is removed. This method has eliminated the cost of buying fossil fuels to power portable generators as ...

In the U.S. over 33,000 people die annually in automobile accidents and 40% are rear end collisions. That’s 2.5 million rear end collisions!

The SPEEDLIGHT is a patented taillight system for the automotive industry that informs drivers whether the vehicles in front of them are accelerating, decelerating, in a panic stop, riding the brake, riding the turn indicator or involved in an accident. It also exhibits the speed of the vehicles to within 5mph and differentiates between parked, stopped and standing.

There is nothing else like the SPEEDLIGHT. It’s simple, unique, revolutionary design fills a void in automotive safety and taillight design that has been over looked for 100 years!

It will ...

The SunSaluter is a ultra low cost solar tracker designed for the developing world. Using only the power of gravity and water, the SunSaluter enables a solar panel to rotate and follow the sun throughout the day, boosting efficiency by 40%. The SunSaluter utilizes a simple water clock to control the flow of water from a container which is suspended from the solar panel. As the water empties and one side gets lighter, the panel slowly rotates.The SunSaluter can also be fitted with a water filter to provide clean drinking water. The SunSaluter utilizes a simple water clock to control the flow of water from a container which is suspended from the solar panel. As the water empties and ...

DUALITY was born with a great ambition: Becoming the first car in the world that fully meets requirements of an off-road and race car.

But how to harmonize these extremes? The vehicle has four sets composed for: Two tires (one off road and the other for high speeds), two hexagonal polymers (for high impact absorption), two wheels and six power cells. In addition, an articulated suspension allows the vehicle to switch between the modules off-road and high speed.

The advantages to having the motor inside the tire is to increase the internal space of the cabin and to lower the center of gravity ensuring greater stability to the vehicle.

To provide safety for people around the car when the ...

Electrified passenger rail is quiet, quick, and clean; BUT the average cost for conversion to electrified rail is over $15 million dollars per route mile for infrastructure and new equipment; and these electric trains are limited in range to the limited electrified track sections.

It is possible to introduce electrification and the corresponding improvements in performance and efficiency to an existing diesel electric regional route incrementally while retaining the versatility and reliability of the conventional diesel electric locomotives? Enter the Zero Emissions Boost Locomotive, ZEBL, a new type of battery locomotive that is simply added into the existing train consist. The ZEBL is not a replacement, it is an enhancement attached behind an existing locomotive and connected with a ...

Including a phase change in a closed cycle heat engine is innovative because liquids expand so many times their volume when boiled. The working gas in a Stirling engine expands at a linear rate when heated creating the pressure changes needed. The pressure changes in a confined volume of gas will be much larger if a small quantity of liquid is along for the ride. The ideal format will also return the warm condensate to the starting point quickly.

Presented is a patent pending closed cycle heat engine that includes a phase change to leverage the transfer of thermal energy. The pressure change is multiplied by the phase change of the liquid during the thermal transfer. The ...

With the rapid urbanization and modernization in China, the residential building area has been growing constantly. Application of decorating materials indoor leads to severe volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and formaldehyde pollution, which have adverse health effect on people, including respiratory stimulation, immune stimulation and even cancer risk.

Adsorption technology is the most widely used technology in common purifiers, however, the life span of this kind of purifier is short, the absorbent needs to be replaced frequently, otherwise the purifying ability will decrease sharply, which limits the long term applications. This work aims to develop a new thermal-regenerated air purifier to remove indoor VOCs for long-term applications.

This purifier have four working modes: cleaning mode, thermal-regeneration mode, ...

Excess heat is a problem in electronic systems. Traditional solutions involve conducting heat energy away from the heat generating device through a heat sink to be dissipated to moving air or liquid. Improvements in thermal design typically relate to trying to move more heat energy through the heat sink as quickly as possible so that the temperature differential will allow the attached heat sink to absorb and dissipate more heat. If the heat sink cannot conduct enough heat energy quickly enough, the device may overheat. The highest temperatures are typically at the point of contact between the heat sink and the device.

This apparatus involves, in essence, a moving point of contact or, a moving heat sink. Heat ...

ABSTRACT
For decades, structural sandwich panel design and fabrication has depended on thermoset composite solutions to make light, strong, and stiff structures required in industries such as wind energy, aerospace, transportation, marine and infrastructure. Typical sandwich structures use foam or honeycomb cores with fiber-reinforced thermoset face sheets. Unfortunately, performance and manufacturing difficulties challenge future product improvements. For example, thermoset composite structures suffer from fatigue susceptibility, low ductility and impact fracture, limited material selection and minimal design freedom. Manufacturing difficulties include slow production speeds, handling nuisance, limited shelf life, storage requirements, material incompatibilities, poor recyclability and high production costs.

This paper describes a thermoplastic solution to shortcomings of thermoset technology. Explicitly defined is a unique fabrication system for OEM product ...

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