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1st place winner - Product compliments:

Architecture & Design     Transportation

STUDENT: Lyle Hayden & Giovanni Quezada
School: Inspire School of Arts and Sciences
City: Chico
County: Butte
Project name: EnergEco

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER INTERPRETATION BY:
Kurt Stapelfeldt
Country: South Africa


Lyle Hayden & Giovanni Quezada

Kurt Stapelfeldt

Abridged student comment: The idea of using motion to create energy is not new, but its implementation is always changing to meet the demands of an advancing society. The basic idea behind induction can be applied on a much smaller and cost effective scale with batteries that actually contain miniature magnetic generators inside of them; any item can be powered by simply shaking it!
Though other prototypes have been conceived, their designs are bulky, sometimes requiring twice the battery space, or inefficient by limiting generator space. With the EnergEco design, the magnet has larger travel space by spreading the conductor around the outside of the generator; though power is not held for as long, it is much easier to create a larger charge.
The capacitor in the EnergEco uses no acids or liquids making it long lasting and reliable in hot or cold conditions. Every part of the EnergEco battery can be easily broken down and recycled.




   Playlite, by Kurt Stapelfeldt, inspired by Lyle Hayden & Giovanni Quezada's "EnergEco"




    THE DESIGNER'S COMMENTS:

The "playlite" concept is an evolution of the induction torch, making use of the ENERGECO principles, meaning long lasting battery life and therefore extending use of the "playlite" beyond that of a mere gadget. As a designer, I found it useful to apply this concept in a real world situation, hence the character of Thabo. He could be one of any number of underprivileged children from the urban slums of my home town, Johannesburg. In these areas, there is often a lack of basic services like running water, sanitation and electric light. To a small child that has to walk home in the dark or do his homework by candle light, a simple object like the "playlite" can have a huge effect. Being off grid, means that lighting is self sufficient and the playlite offers both torch and diffused light. I have also designed a simple, yet effective, task light stand which the playlite fits easily on to, and thanks to the tapered shape of the hole can be adjusted without the need for fancy mechanisms. So when Thabo is at school or playing with his friends, as long as the playlite is with him, he is charging it for his walk home and for the evening when he needs to do his homework. The family benefits from this light source, therefore improving the quality of life for the family unit.

PLAY = MOVEMENT = ENERGY = LIGHT = SECURITY = HOPE.

With a project like playlite, it is possible to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of the under privileged and less fortunate.

 
   Playlite, by Kurt Stapelfeldt, inspired by Lyle Hayden & Giovanni Quezada's "EnergEco"




PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER BIOGRAPHY:
Name: Kurt Stapelfeldt
Country: South Africa

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa; living in Milan, Italy, since 2003.
Graduated in 2006 from the Istituto Europeo di Design of Milan. Thesis project with BM on domestic energy savings. 2006-2007 collaborates with arch. Sergio Calatroni and Bloomscape Architecture, winner of Esprit Design Academy Award 2007, and later founds in the same year GrayscaleDesign, a multi disciplinary design studio focusing on commercial, residential and socially inclusive projects.
Since 2009, Staplefeldt conducts an appointment as course teacher at IED (Istituto Europeo di Design).
Staplefeldt is also a founding partner of Artifactory, an integrated consultancy which operates within the field of design, architecture and communication, with an objective to explore the intellectual potential of undiscovered talents and to promote new ideas and projects. Artifactory is currently promoting "Leratong Joy for One" preschool project, which aims to rebuild a preschool in Alexandra township, replacing the existing 210 sq meter building.




STUDENT BIOGRAPHY:
Name: Lyle Hayden
Grade: Junior
School: Chico Inspire School of Arts and Sciences
City, County: Chico, Butte

Lyle Hayden is a 16 year old high school junior attending Inspire School of Arts and Sciences in Chico, California. Lyle's high school studies include regular academic classes but also incorporate electronics, robotics, music and video production. These elected classes have exposed and enabled him to learn more about the technical fundamentals in the fields of engineering, in which he has had a lifelong interest. With a worldwide recognition of the growing need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, Lyle would like to be a part of developing green technology.




STUDENT BIOGRAPHY:
Name: Giovanni Quezada
Grade: Junior
School: Chico Inspire School of Arts and Sciences
City, County: Chico, Butte

Giovanni Lopez-Quezada is 17 years old and currently a junior at the Inspire School of Arts and Sciences where he is pursuing a future in engineering. Giovanni was born in Hollister, California but was raised in the city of Temecula in southern California. He moved to Chico at age 15 where he was truly introduced to the "Green Scene." As soon as Giovanni walked the streets of Chico, he was bombarded with stores selling recycled items, organic fruit, and a biking community unlike any town he had seen. The college town surprised him with its unity in this fight for sustainability and inspired him to do his part. The Inspire School of Arts and Sciences has supported this idea and nurtured his desire to improve the future of our environment and to design a green and sustainable solution to an old and wasteful problem.



  2nd place winner - Product compliments:                            Top

Architecture & Design     Transportation

STUDENT: Levi Stanton, Chico High School
City: Chico
County: Butte County
Project name: Enhanced Solar Cell Using Carbon Nanotubes and Silicon Nanowires

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER INTERPRETATION BY:
Jose Gonzalez Cabrero
Country: Mexico

Levi Stanton

Jose Gonzalez Cabrero
    

Summary: to utilize different nanotechnology materials and techniques to increase the efficiency and decrease the cost of solar cells. Project discusses current technologies and student's ideas for future development, inventions and applications.

Materials: carbon nano tubes, gold substrate, silicon nano wires, cuprous oxide quantum dots; resulting product would be thin and flexible with significant increase in power storage capability.


Abridged student comment: "One potential application for advances in nanotechnology is alternative energy. Solar panels have been made of the same inefficient silicon for decades and although there have been advances in solar technology in recent years, there is still a large gap between current solar production and a sufficient level of production to challenge fossil fuels as our civilizationís dominant source of energy. Nanomaterials could cause a revolution in the solar business because nano-materials like carbon nanotubes (CNT's), thin layers of metals and silicon nanowires could be used to construct extremely efficient solar cells. ....."

THE DESIGNER'S COMMENTS:

"The biggest winner!!!" by Jose Gonzalez Cabrero

This project is the reinterpretation of a very interesting and articulated research on the efficiency of solar panels. It's a little story of a chubby and wealthy solar panel named SOL, his life is just fine as it is, being bulky and unpractical, not using all the energy that he collects.

One day SOL decides that it has to change, to improve! So he takes his GOLD vitamins (enriched with nanotubes) and starts working out, he puts a lot of effort and heart in it, sweating it off, wanting to

become a better panel.

At the end he becomes slim and tall, meaning it can fit everywhere or be used on all kinds of surfaces, covering large areas and "wrapping" everything up, besides now that he's "built up", his body is more efficient, absorbing more light and conducting all the little red protons through his Carbon Nanotubes and Silicon Nanowires to the right places (house, car, power a/c, computer, etc)... Renewable energy for everybody!

About Jose's interpretation and Levi's project: I'm also an Illustrator, so I thought the re-interpretation/application of Levi's research into a fun graphic story was a viable solution for this project. Levi's research for the Enhanced Solar Cell Using Carbon Nanotubes and Silicon Nanowires is very articulated and complex. I'm impressed by the way a young student can elaborate on such specific technologies and arguments, especially one that regards the production of renewable energy, a key issue for our future.
It's interesting that Levi's goal in this research is to improve an existing product and procedure, because that requires deep knowledge of the topic and the commitment to be up-to-date with the research (as any scientist would do), in order to find new solutions.

About California Dream Week: I think this initiative is very important for the public in general, and especially for youth. I believe that "sustainable" is a way of life that starts from education, the more you know the more you find it "logic", if we want green persons we have to equip them with enough information while they are "green" (young), so their lifestyles would fall naturally into a sustainable way of thinking. Being aware of resources, environment and our current situation is the first step of change; acknowledge the present to be able to dream about a sustainable tomorrow.






PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER BIOGRAPHY:
Name: Jose Gonzalez Cabrero
Country: Mexico

Mexican Product Designer, graduated in 2009 from Politecnico di Milano. Gonzalez Cabrero works for various well-known design studios in Milan (Matteo Ragni, Carlo Contin, dBID). Freelance designer, works developing products, graphics and illustrations. Participates in remote educational programs with Mexican universities and writes for design publications in Mexico & Italy. Among his clients are: Codigo, De.de.p, Glup, Made WS, Poli. Design, UASLP & United Pets. His goal is to design emotional, sustainable and genuine objects, rich of meaning and able to awake interactions between users and objects.


STUDENT BIOGRAPHY:
Name: Levi Stanton
Grade: Senior
School: Chico High School
City, County: Chico, Butte

Raised in Concow at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Levi Stanton has had a long connection with the natural environment. As he grew, his academic interests began to expand, and he became very interested in the sciences. Influenced by the environmental-consciousness of Chico, Levi worked to create a life and future which will lessen humanity's impact on the Earth. He will be attending Princeton University with the hopes of concentrating in Electrical Engineering, while also gaining a certificate in Environmental Studies. Finally, Levi aspires to use these acquired skills to increase the efficiency of today's green technologies.

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