Energy Efficiency
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While understanding the central importance of energy and fuel in today's modern life, it is clear that the best way to reduce emissions, costs, and risks while promoting sustainability and reliability is energy efficiency. Resolution Fellows are working on demand reduction and energy saving technologies and models today.

While understanding the central importance of energy and fuel in today's modern life, it is clear that the best way to reduce emissions, costs, and risks while promoting sustainability and reliability is energy efficiency. Resolution Fellows are working on demand reduction and energy saving technologies and models today.

Sulav Urja

Raunak Thakur is the founder of Sulav Urja, a social venture bringing biogas to rural households in Nepal. Through her venture, Raunak will provide households in rural Nepal with a biogas digester to help generate biofuel from organic household waste. Sulav Urja will reduce the harmful effects associated with indoor burning of firewood, reduce deforestation, and economically empower the households living in this village.

Green Light

Thomas Uhler aims to combat the negative effects of climate change by creating and distributing bioluminescent plants that produce light naturally with no carbon emissions. His for-profit venture, Green Light, will use these plants to reduce utility bills and provide new and eco-friendly lighting in "off the grid" locations.

Thomas Uhler

Thomas Uhler, originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. Thomas is studying in the Vagelos Life Sciences and Management program and pursuing two degrees, one in molecular biology and one in business. Scientific research is a passion for Thomas, demonstrated by his years of work in University of Michigan laboratories. Thomas has always held a fascination for the role of DNA in shaping our world, as well as an interest in the broad scope of genetics and biochemistry.

Smart Socket Systems

This engineering student has devised a distributed electric metering and management system through plug-in devices for individual homes.  These plugs provide customers the appliance-by-appliance real-time information to reduce their energy costs by shifting their usage to off-peak times, powered by a mobile app.  These devices would reduce the load on the grid, flatten the demand curve, save families money, and build resilience into a power system that would also eventually be less often forced to turn on additional (potentially environmentally-damaging) power plants at peak times. 

USolar

Sam is a PhD student at Columbia University who wants solar to have a future and a community of supporters during his lifetime. He takes the long view on this problem, and has designed an educational program to bring solar awareness into classrooms in the Miami-Dade area. Sam and his team lead hands-on demonstrations involving cheap, safe "at-home" solar module assemblies, helping the students to build their own small solar panel. Students would then show other students in a new classroom this new skill, ensuring that they not only learned, but internalized well enough to teach.

Samuel Peurifoy

Sam Peurifoy is currently pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics with emphases in organic synthesis and statistical analysis (University of Miami '16). He participates in synthetic organic chemistry research and intends to pursue a doctorate upon completion of his undergraduate studies. He was a recipient of an NSF REU Fellowship in 2014 and was a recipient of a RISE-DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship in 2015.

Terraoak

This team has designed a new solar-powered cooker system which they will deploy in villages in Ghana. Training youth to build and maintain the cookers, they will reduce time spent on gathering firewood, reduce the health risks of wood/charcoal-burning cook fires in homes, and provide employment opportunities in their social business.
 

Addis Sustainable Life

Addis Sustainable Life (ASL) is a campus-sustainability program and a small recycling start-up founded by Nahom Zeleke and Abiy Shimelis; two young entrepreneurs from Addis Ababa University. ASL markets biodegradable products, engages volunteers in creative campus waste management and executes campus sustainability campaigns for Addis Ababa University. In partnership with a small local business, ASL designs and distributes handmade - biodegradable products made from wastepaper and traditional raw materials called “kacha” and “enset”.

Standard Hydro

Standard Hydro constructs and operates hydroponic shade houses in St. Kitts & Nevis, where two of the founders, Lucien Charland and Keane Mayer, currently reside. Their goal is to scale implementation of climate-smart hydroponic technology. By selling affordable vegetables in the street markets and providing for local food distributors, Standard Hydro increases the resilience of the community to climate-based threats to their food source and offers employment opportunities and economic empowerment. Their pilot farm supplies over 650 weekly community customers and five restaurants.

Energant

Jacqueline’s team is developing a product to reduce indoor air pollution and provide electricity through a cheap, scalable platform for families in the developing world.  She also aims to increase the efficiency of cooking fires, consequently decreasing the amount of fuel used, the carbon footprint, and air pollution.

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