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Challenge Harvesting the Energy in Buildings
Harvesting the Energy in Buildings
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 340
Posted: Dec 16 2014
Challenge ID: 9933685
 
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Abstract

The Seeker is looking to design a system whose primary goal is collecting the heat energy in buildings. The collection of this energy should be optimized in the most energy-efficient and cost-efficient method possible. 

This is a modified Theoretical Challenge with a guaranteed award. This Challenge requires only a written proposal.

 

Overview

In addition to providing places for us to live and work, buildings can be viewed as being huge energy collectors.  As a building warms up during the day, we often find that we need to remove some of this energy - in the form of excess heat – to make the building comfortable for the occupants.  This is often accomplished with air conditioning, which while effective at cooling the air in buildings, is rather inefficient from the perspective of harvesting energy. 

We seek to design a system whose primary goal is collecting the heat energy in a building, and to optimize the collection of energy in the most energy-efficient and cost-efficient method possible. 

This is a modified Theoretical Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There are guaranteed awards.  The awards will be paid to the best submissions as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $15,000. A total of five awards of $3,000 each will be distributed. 
  • To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution. 

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

 

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