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Challenge Battery- & Grid-Independent Actuator System for Radiator Control
Battery- & Grid-Independent Actuator System for Radiator Control
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 316
Posted: Jul 22 2011
Challenge ID: 9932839
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A design for a combined actuator and power harvesting system is required. The system should be independently powered and amenable to retrofitting to standard hot-water radiator thermostat valves.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.


The Seeker requires a novel design combining an actuator and an energy harvesting system that will automatically control radiator thermostat valves without the need for grid power.

The system, or at least the actuator, should be suitable for retrofitting to the standard radiator valve (EN 215) by consumers.

The system and /or actuator does not need to use electrical power, but should be able to move the radiator valve pin in order to change and maintain room temperatures according to a schedule set directly at the radiator (and optionally set remotely). The power harvesting module should capture sufficient energy to power the actuator (and,  optionally, a wireless communication module). 

More details and technical diagrams are available within the challenge description.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution. However, the Seeker will be willing to consider a licensing agreement for a partial award if exclusive IP cannot be transferred by the Solver.

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