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Challenge Lightning as an Alternative Energy Source
Lightning as an Alternative Energy Source
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 717
Posted: Jan 19 2010
Challenge ID: 9127673
 
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Abstract
We seek ideas for capture, transfer, switching and storage of electrical lighting discharges as a potential alternative energy source. The four subsystems will be judged separately and a portion of the award will be dedicated to each subsystem. Solvers are eligible to address one or more of the subsystems for the award on each.

This is an Ideation Challenge so your creativity and experience qualify you to participate in this Challenge. Responses are expected to be about 2-3 written pages not including figures, however there is no strict limit on length.
Overview
We seek ideas for capture, transfer, switching and storage of electrical lighting discharges as a potential alternative energy source. The four subsystems will be judged separately and a portion of the award will be dedicated to each subsystem. Solvers are eligible to address one or more of the subsystems for the award on each.

NOTE: It is recognized that a full system concept that satisfies all objectives may not exist or is beyond the scope of this request. Proposed solutions concepts addressing capture, transfer, switching, or storage subsystems are welcome that show high performance potential relative to these requirements and/or objectives; however please mark accordingly and note each subsystem you are addressing. You only need to submit one proposal for this Challenge that addresses one or more of the subsystems.

This Challenge is an Ideation Challenge, which varies from traditional InnoCentive Challenges in the following ways:

  • There is a guaranteed award. The awards will be paid to the best submission(s), which are solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $30,000. A part of the award ($7,500) will be dedicated to each subsystem. Each subsystem will be judged independently. Solvers will be eligible for the award on each subsystem they address.
  • The Seeker can payout each subsystem as one award or split it among the best submissions for that subsystem. No award will be less than $1,000.
  • In the case where a subsystem is not adequately addressed by anyone, The Seeker reserves the right to split that award among Solvers of the other subsystems.
  • Your submission will identify and describe an application that meets the requirements of the Challenge. You are required to give the Seeker a free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information submitted for this Challenge.


The Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision after the Challenge deadline. All Solvers that provide a submission will be notified as to the status of their submission; however, there will not be any detailed evaluation of your submission given.
What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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