Daily Archives: October 7, 2012

Paving the Way to 2050 (Future Earth #4): Technologies; Services; and Products [10/07/2012]


  • Patricia McArdle, Consultant, Solar Cookers International
  • Albert M. Zaccor, CEO, Solar Stik™
  • Andrew Castro, President, World Water Solutions
  • Eric Lipson, President, NewHouse Research and Design (DecaDome)

Segment 1

Patricia McArdle, Consultant, Solar Cookers International

Patricia McArdle, Consultant, Solar Cookers International

Segment 2

 Patricia McArdle, Consultant, Solar Cookers International and Albert M. Zaccor, CEO, Solar Stik™

Patricia McArdle, Consultant, Solar Cookers International and Albert M. Zaccor, CEO, Solar Stik™

Segment 3

Patricia McArdle, Consultant, Solar Cookers International and Andrew Castro, President, World Water Solutions

Patricia McArdle, Consultant, Solar Cookers International and Andrew Castro, President, World Water Solutions

Segment 4

Patricia McArdle, Consultant, Solar Cookers International and Eric Lipson, President, NewHouse Research and Design (DecaDome)

Patricia McArdle, Consultant, Solar Cookers International and Eric Lipson, President, NewHouse Research and Design (DecaDome)

Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The programs are being simulcast to 2095 stations around the United States and then overseas by the Internet and C-SPAN television. The EmeraldPlanet programs are currently available in all countries and 214 territories around the world.  The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience.  The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 144 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

This program features:

  • Segment 1: Patricia McArdle, Consultant, Solar Cookers International
  • Segment 2: Patricia McArdle, Consultant, Solar Cookers International and Albert M. Zaccor, CEO, Solar Stik™
  • Segment 3: Patricia McArdle, Consultant, Solar Cookers International and Andrew Castro, President, World Water Solutions
  • Segment 4: Patricia McArdle, Consultant, Solar Cookers International and Eric Lipson, President, NewHouse Research and Design (DecaDome)

Solar Cookers International (SCI) shares solar cooking awareness and skills worldwide. The organization operates especially in regions with plentiful sunshine and diminishing or lack of cooking fuel sources. Since its founding in 1987, Sacramento, California-based SCI has enabled tens of thousands of families in Africa to cook with the sun’s energy, significantly reducing the need for women and children to gather firewood and carry it for miles back to their village or refugee camp. Millions of individuals in other countries have also learned about solar cooking through SCI’s information exchanges, networking, international conferences, publications, and especially through its globally recognized Solar Cookers World Network wiki-based websites. The Solar Cookers World Network is a SCI-sponsored alliance of nearly 500 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), manufacturers, and individuals actively promoting solar cooking around the world.

SCI also educates governmental and nongovernmental organizations and members of the United Nations through its UN consultative status.  Volunteer members of Solar Cookers International partner frequently with SCI’s East Coast counterpart, the DC-based non-profit Solar Household Energy (SHE).  Both of these organizations have been active participants in the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves (GACC) since its inauguration by the United States Department of State in September 2010.

SCI and SHE promote the concept of integrated cooking, which involves introducing the combined use of solar thermal, biomass burning, and retained heat cooking devices. These two organizations have encouraged the GACC to fund research and development for solar thermal and retained heat cooking devices to the same degree that it is currently funding such research and development for biomass stoves. The United States Department of Defense STAR (Sharing To Accelerate Research) and TIDES (Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support) programs have fully  embraced the concept of integrated cooking using solar cookers and retained heat cooking devices along with biomass fueled combustion stoves.

The Solar Stik™ System is designed to provide the operator with a complete solution that meets five key Principles: portability; adaptability; expandability; autonomy; and durability. A Solar Stik™ system can be the primary power generator for nearly any mobile application. It was designed as a truly portable power system to avoid requiring a forklift or trailer to move it into operation. Such a system is a complete “turn-key” package that is ready for immediate operation while requiring no additional purchases, permits, or engineering for the basic installation or operation whether being used among communities or by families in developed or emerging market nations.

The systems have application and power spectrum up to 3 kW which are lightweight, rugged, and extremely portable. The Solar Stik™ System is designed for a single task: to generate “usable” power replacing a small (2kW or less) portable fuel-driven power generator. It can also be used to streamline the operation of larger generators, up to 3kW using the new PRO-Verter™ technology. There are many System configurations available to the operator as well as accessory options tailored to the system to the required power model, capability, and application.

Each system is designed to be extremely adaptable through “open architecture” which allows the user to incorporate many other technologies into their system ranging from appliances to other types of generators not available by company. The “Plug & Play” nature of the system allows for easy transport and rapid deployment. It can also be scaled to meet the required power capability should power demands or other conditions warrant. It can be operated as a ‘stand-alone’ power generator by using the provided “Power Pak” or adapted to any application where there is a 12 or 24 volt battery. The Solar Stik’s™ ability to support other equipment or purposes such as medical gear, logistics tools, communications, tactical equipment, computers, refrigerators, televisions, radios, fans, rechargeable devices, or just basic lights at home adding to its value and usefulness.

The System is designed and built to be used in the most extreme conditions: excessive desert heat, salt water, snow, ice, and UV from the sun.  Each Solar Stik™ System is created to provide the proper technology for the intended application. Additionally, all components of each system are field serviceable and designed to be rapidly adapted to different applications. The system is expandable for applications where larger power requirements become necessary. Multiple Solar Stiks™ can be “daisy-chained” together to create a large power generation system for heavy duty applications. Power capacity may also be increased by connecting “Expander Paks” or any other 12 Volt or 24 Volt batteries using correct size cables.

WORLD WATER SOLUTIONS, LLC provides innovative, cost-effective water treatment solutions utilizing ultra-filtration and reverse osmosis.  Its clients benefit from its technical staff and operating partner’s ability to provide the design, manufacturing, implementation, and sustainable turnkey solutions to solve client water needs. Whether a single family or community based demands the technology selection is based upon the identified needs. WORLD WATER SOLUTIONS engineers utilize a number of different membrane types and manufacturers, then match these to create a system which will provide the most cost-effective and efficient solutions.

The engineering staff works with production management every step of the way to assure product integrity throughout the manufacturing process. With extensive resources including a 100,000 plus square foot (9,290 plus square meters) manufacturing and dynamic test facility plus a partner facility Watertronics, The company has the capability to design, manufacture, and test systems from 10 to 1,000 gallons (38 liters to 3,785 liters) per minute. Our network of over 30 technical experts is available to preform start-up, service, warranty and training on our systems in operation worldwide.

Once on-site and ready to use, WORLD WATER SOLUTIONS technical experts are available to perform start-up, warranty services, and assure proper training of client staff to appropriately operate the facility for years to come. Additionally, staff is available for scheduled, unscheduled, and emergency calls throughout the world at a moments’ notice. Technical and consulting services are available for systems other than those designed and manufactured by World Water Resources.

Since 1978, NewHouse Research and Design (DecaDome) has developed robust geometric structures and unique construction systems to meet the needs of rapid-response teams, NGOs, specialized storage clients, and retailers. The company is currently producing units for domestic and export use. The company works with potential clients and material suppliers for co-venture or licensing agreements.  Selected clients include the Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan USA and the Grameen Foundation of Bangladesh.

NewHouse R&D has developed a family of panelized, decagonal buildings which are called DecaDomes. These are easy to assembly and disassembly, low cost, and have great strength. The DecaDomes are ideal for temporary housing, storage, field hospitals, cabins, or remote work sites, among other advantages.The domes can be assembled by two to three [2 – 3] people in about one hour or so on flat ground.  The entire assembly only needs a step ladder and screwdriver. Units can be dis-assembled by one [1] person in half the time.

The DecaDome is a light-weight, ten-sided building, built from identical panels, connected along their edges by patented edge connectors. Identical panels stack flat for shipping and storage so that dozens of units can be shipped in a single shipping container. Panels may be made from any material from plywood to plastic. Aluminum-skin, foam-core panels are both insulated and water-proof. Clear panels make excellent greenhouses. Identical, lightweight panels make assembly easy, reducing precious time and resources in emergency situations.  Numerous skin, core, and panel combinations can be used to increase insulation, puncture and flame resistance, camouflage cover, among other inherent qualities.

Vertical walls optimize floor space, light, air flow, and overall comfort. The high performance crystalline-style geometry gives the respective units great strength.  Each DecaDome has a special aerodynamic design which provides stability even in high winds.  Production-friendly design easily permits size variation with minimal retooling making the domes ideal for use in emerging market nations seeking to provide new housing technologies, technical training for youth and adult workers, increasing ‘green’ job opportunities, while expanding the tax base for self-funding of infrastructure needs by local and district governments.

As you may know EmeraldPlanet is a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to identifying at least 1,000 ‘best practices’ for sustainable environmental and economic development. Our efforts are to link those having such “best practices” with those needing the technologies, processes, services, and products to be outstanding ecological stewards of their resources. Please support The Emerald Planet Television and The Emerald Trek through your generous donations of US$25, US$50, or US$100. Click the donations button to make your contributions now.

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