Almost all growth in this world is designed by engineers hired by developers. The engineers look at local regulatory minimums to squeeze every possible inch of residential or commercial yield - density. By holding to the most minimal dimensions allowed by regulation means that to service the resulting homes and commercial properties, the engineer must design the greatest possible road and utility main length consuming... more »
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My idea is to combine graphene nanobots with rubber plant, or palm like plants. The nanobots will not only repair damaged plant particles, but it will also increase solar reception and transfer of that energy by use of specifically programmed nanobots. The nanobots will also aid in the breakdown of carbon dioxide and creation of oxygen on a cellular level. Thereby, increasing air purification and energy production in... more »
Most of the new agriculture technologies, such as precision agriculture and precision farming rely on installation of connected sensor systems. Many of those agricultural systems require cellular coverage to connect the agriculture sensors to the gateway. Because cellular coverage is not available everywhere, many farmers are unable to use advanced agriculture technology. Ironically as it may be, seems like agriculture... more »
The best way to change somebody's behavior is to pay them. If power plants in wildfire prone areas could burn forest waste and dry brush to generate electricity.... and if they paid a bit of money for quantities of dry brush... then individuals and businesses would be encouraged to clear overgrowth, haul it to the power plant, and sell it. Adding the value of lives, property, and firefighting dollars saved to the benefit-cost... more »
Smart buildings with installed air treatment centers for pollutants ( "cold" dissociated freon ions such as chlorides and fluorides and hydrogen, and molecules such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide) that can be collected in rain water and separated. Individual components such as chlorine, Fluorine, hydrocarbons, nitrogen or hydrogen can be stored and reused as fuel sources or recombined environmentally biodegradable... more »
Structure beans could use recycle paper, plant, nut shell or other carbon "heat" treated material and organic resin such as "wood amber" to make strong compressed materials for making "wood beans" for building support sometimes with iron bars. Concrete and carbon combinations to make tiles, roofing and building walls can be insulated against heat, cold, moisture, mold, unwanted insects. It could become energy efficient... more »
Thermal storage can be water, air or steam if available. Air vents can have openings (water proof cover) on roofs to sense air temperature and with a duct system to heat air using solar power for heat conduction, convection, induction. Air vents could be kept warm or cooled with a parallel water cooling system of ducts. Inside rooms, air openings on ceilings for temperature control, filter, transfer heat energy, but floor... more »
My idea is to create a sphere of sustainable plasma using a vortex style reactor. The Sun's fusion happens at the core in an extremely hot and dense spinning ball of super heated hydrogen. That combines to form helium, releasing tremendous heat and energy. My idea is a spherical shaped reactor with rotating magnetic fields that trap the ball into the center of the magnetic field and by spinning and contracting, you... more »
Western Alaska averages around 14,000 heating degree days per year. Energy use for space heating here is among the highest in the nation. The region is not connected by a road system and there is no deep water port. Fuel can only be delivered to remote communities by ocean barge during summer months; the cost of that fuel is high. The financial benefit of increased energy efficiency in such an environment is high. Recognizing... more »
Most residential building envelopes still uses wood framing, technology that is hundreds of years old, with insulation and interior drywall technology about 60 years old, while the exterior cladding is either siding or brick. I propose a new technology that eliminates the decay, fire hazard, and several other problems associated with that way of building, while lasting hundreds of years. The "Building Envelope" category... more »