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Energy recycling patent
By Alan Page
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Energy Recycling Patent
Project 2012-03-23 21:07:24 +1300
The idea is simple - turning the waste heat and water from an everyday household appliance into an alternative source of home heating on demand, while delivering waste water to your garden or a storage tank. The provisional patent has been filed and a working, albeit not particularly efficient, prototype has been assembled in my shed and tested as a proof of concept.
Now I need to take this project to the next level with the help of specialists to complete professional engineering designs / industrial design for the final consumer product and to secure a complete patent specification.
Please watch the video for a bit more on how the tumble dryer heat recycling unit will work.
About MeI consider myself foremost a writer and an inventor. I see problems individuals and society face in everyday life and my mind immediately sets to work finding solutions for the long-term. I consider the impacts of the products I envisage and then tweak the designs until I am satisfied that they not only solve the problem at hand, but deal with the consequences of taking that action and produce a bare minimum of waste or, better yet, re-use or recycle other waste products in their design, build and use.
In my time as a journalist and editor I specialised in the fields of travel and technology to keep abreast of the latest developments around the world and I keep my hand in the game as editor of the Auckland Inventors Club's periodic newsletter. I have also been involved in the production side of publishing in the past and spent some time on Waiheke Island while employed in that role. That experience heightened my awareness of specific environmental issues around water, wastewater and electricity generation and use.
Environmental intelligence is about not producing unnecessary waste, and finding intelligent, alternative uses for the waste that we do produce, by design. I believe New Zealand can, and should, lead the way in green technologies - thanks to globalisation and the advent of the Internet, now is the time to capitalise on our unique skills and worldview. It is time to turn the consumerism of the 70's,80's and 90's on its head and produce markets which demand long-lasting quality, minimised packaging and full producer accountability. It is also time to create a generation of discerning consumers who know what their impact is and the real cost of the products they buy and who apply environmental intelligence to their purchases - such as avoiding biofuels created from foodstocks such as corn, favouring those created from second or third-source waste such as used chip oil or tallow instead.
28/06/2012 at 1:11 AM