To pursue fulltime, without remuneration, the goal of launching the start-up company and securing seed capital to undertake the required research and design-development phase to bring the Heat Harvester technology to commercial standard, patent the technology, and create prototypes to undertake a beta client roll out.
The project addresses urban-climate warming (and, by extension, global climate disequilibrium) and renewable energy generation by shifting the paradigm to focus attention on the thermal component in the energy-environment equation. By absorbing heat, greenhouse gases alter the climate - urban and global. Reducing thermal pollution emissions thus reduces their warming potential. This heat is generated primarily in cities, absorbed and re-emitted from urban thermal mass. Conveniently, buildings remove heat from their interiors and the urban air via existing air-conditioning infrastructure and systems which, however, subsequently eject that waste heat back into the urban air - a vicious cycle. Harvesting the waste heat at its point of emission, at rooftop air-conditioning outlets, for instance, could thus remove heat from the urban air; and via a technologically realistic heat harvesting process, convert it into electrical energy. This notion is theoretically well-developed. What remains is the engineering expertise to research and develop an existing inefficient technique (aimed at one large geothermal source rather than millions of dispersed air-conditioning waste emission sites), and bring it to market. The potential benefits are thus environmental, economic and social. The cooling of cities has significant sustainability and livability implications. Cool cities, by analogy, could help cool the planet.
The impact of weather changes on the planet is the most crucial survival issue facing humanity now. In order to attempt to have some functional impact on the situation, the innovator has elected to resign from his tenured University position to bring the unique Heat Harvesting idea to fruition. The project will need financial support for a projected period of two years while the technology is developed and tested. A start-up company has been established to pursue this endeavor.
Urban-Climate & Energy is actively seeking immediate venture capital, angel and/or seed funding partners in order to pursue the research and development of the Heat Harvesting technology. The methodology offers the opportunity to have an immediate cooling effect on urban heat islands and ultimately to impact positively on global warming ill-effects, while producing renewable energy from a stream of heat waste by utilizing existing air-conditioning infrastructure - whenever buildings are being cooled. It has potential to enhance life quality experiences and health in cities world-wide. Once the simple and robust technology is developed to marketable stage, Energy Utilities will be leased the HH devices and a percentage of their sales of renewable energy delivered to the electricity grid returned to the Urban-Climate & Energy Inc and its partner(s). Eventual returns to investors could be substantial.