Updated Mar 30, 2018

Onsite Air to Electricity & Water Multiplier Microgrid for onsite energy and water harvesting solutions

Cogenerated, Air-to-Electricity & Water Generator and Storage Microgrid that provides 24/7 access to cheap, onsite energy while it collects water in covered locations for multiple applications.

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Varnell Castor

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Snapshot

Stage 3: Proof of Concept

Currently, we have produced a desktop-scaled 340W 576Wh prototype which proves that the product of the innovation is valid and functional.TRL 4 (Basic technological components are integrated to establish that they will work together).

Focus Areas:

Energy and Environment

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Implemented In:

Haiti

HaitiSEE LESS

5
Lives Impacted to Date
1
Country Implemented In
3
Employee
$30,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Problems that we are tackling include 1) outdated and overstretched power grid, 2) high feed line costs, 3) lack in reliable onsite access to power, even in developing countries, and 4) high utility costs, and 5) lack in efficient CHP systems. For example, the feed resources - natural gas, methane, hydrogen and water for steam (thermal cost) to operate - that operate micro-CHP energy systems are expensive, intermittent, emission-prone and very limited resources.



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Solution

The meter-based Air-to-Electricity Mobile Microgrid combines renewables with cheap air as a 24/7-accessible thermal energy resource. The microgrid can convert and store this resource anytime, day or night, and within any setting or weather pattern. This low cost microgrid design will prevent blackouts while allowing onsite, hurricane-proof water & energy harvesting capabilities while using onsite resources like air as pressurized gas so utilities can provide uninterruptible power.

Target Beneficiaries

Even in 2018, there are plethora of global regions that still face unreliable access to power and water. 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. Of the 1.2 billion world citizens who live in the dark, around 550 million live in Africa.

Mission and Vision

We wish to work with World Development Banks to provide power to the 16% without access to reliable power either as both a for-profit and tax-exempt non-profit. We wish to capture at least 50% of the energy and water markets in Africa, but within the first 3 years, we expect to access and capture 1% of the energy market, which accumulates to $1.09B and 5% annually ($5.45B) thereafter once marketing and promotion of our energy and water utility services has transpired.

Innovation Description

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.
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 inAir-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 toAir-to-Electricity Mode, which will allow for increased energy efficiency (close to 90%) of high-frequency electrical generation.

Competitive Advantage

The meter-based Air-to-Electricity Mobile Microgrid runs on air (ambient gas) as storable thermal energy. It is 24/7 abundant in the atmosphere, easily convertible, contains water molecules for collecting, contains high density as a stored resource, and has recyclable properties that are advantageous for energy efficiency.

Our Air-to-Electricity & Water Microgrid offers a more mobile and cost-efficient and completely environment friendly all-in- one electrical generator and storage for both electrical and water collecting as well as storage for onsite electrical and ambient gas resources. We can provide your individualized power and water needs with a cheaper alternative to limited, hurricane-prone, centralized combustible power. In summation, with storable air, we can provide safe, long-lasting, high density energy both when and where no other energy system can.

Our scalable microgrid can be a power source providers for multiple applications.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Therefore, at this stage (which is scheduled to be 12 months), funds are requested to, 1) develop analytic models and simulation of desktop prototype using Matlab, 2) data analysis of desktop prototype, 3) finalized testing of refined desktop model, and 4) research and development on a 5kW 10kWh residential model. To achieve this, Castor Air 2 Electricity & Water Solutions Inc. will finalize collaboration with New York University.

Funding Goal473,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted500,000,000
New Implemented CountriesHaiti, Zambia, South Sudan, Somalia
Recruit3 management Varnell Castor (President), Suzi Peters (Secretary), and Waleska Vazquez (Treasurer), Jaimin Jha (Principle Investigator)
New FeatureCreate an onsite energy and water harvesting multiplier-based microgrid system for multiple applications, including smart utility grids, cities, transportation, and other, that promotes thermal energy storage for onsite energy harvesting and water harvesting capabilities in covered locations.

Milestones

Mar 2018
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
ORGANIZATIONUnited Nations
Date Unknown
Created
Date Unknown
Lives Impacted
5
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Haiti

Supporting Materials

01152018 - Nonprofit - Key Information - Who We are.pdf
12142017-Castor-Solutions-Powerpoint-Investor-Presentation-NREL-Copy.pdf
12142017-Castor-Solutions-Powerpoint-Investor-Presentation-NREL-Copy.pdf