Energy Efficiency
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While understanding the central importance of energy and fuel in today's modern life, it is clear that the best way to reduce emissions, costs, and risks while promoting sustainability and reliability is energy efficiency. Resolution Fellows are working on demand reduction and energy saving technologies and models today.

While understanding the central importance of energy and fuel in today's modern life, it is clear that the best way to reduce emissions, costs, and risks while promoting sustainability and reliability is energy efficiency. Resolution Fellows are working on demand reduction and energy saving technologies and models today.

Plastic Vending Machine

Ria Ellysa, Regina Rima Rianti, and Alya Nurshabrina Samadikun are founding Plastic Vending Machine.  This venture aims to reduce plastic waste in Bandung, Indonesia by introducing a reverse vending machine where people can receive money for trading in their used plastic bottles.  This will help address flooding that has been exacerbated by plastic waste clogging the city’s drains.

Enaccess

Wyckliffe Madunda Aluga is the founder of Enaccess, a social venture that aims to address energy poverty and water scarcity in sub-Saharan Africa. Wyckliffe and his team will assemble, distribute, lease, and service portable solar power stations with integrated water pumps for low-income smallholder farmers who live on incomes of $2.50 or less per day. Enaccess will first target farmers in Botswana and then expand to other parts of East and Southern Africa, bringing clean energy and affordable power to vulnerable populations.

Wyckliffe Madunda Aluga

Wyckliffe is a freshman majoring in Chemical Engineering at the University of California Berkeley. Born and raised in Kenya, and a recent graduate of African Leadership Academy in South Africa, Wyckliffe started his journey as an entrepreneur and innovator at a tender age of nine by selling snacks in school to carter for small needs and take care of himself. Since then he has been able to start three organizations, two of which are for-profit and one non-profit.

Sulav Urja

Raunak Thakur is the founder of Sulav Urja, a social venture bringing biogas to rural households in Nepal. Through her venture, Raunak will provide households in rural Nepal with a biogas digester to help generate biofuel from organic household waste. Sulav Urja will reduce the harmful effects associated with indoor burning of firewood, reduce deforestation, and economically empower the households living in this village.

Green Light

Thomas Uhler aims to combat the negative effects of climate change by creating and distributing bioluminescent plants that produce light naturally with no carbon emissions. His for-profit venture, Green Light, will use these plants to reduce utility bills and provide new and eco-friendly lighting in "off the grid" locations.

Thomas Uhler

Thomas Uhler, originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. Thomas is studying in the Vagelos Life Sciences and Management program and pursuing two degrees, one in molecular biology and one in business. Scientific research is a passion for Thomas, demonstrated by his years of work in University of Michigan laboratories. Thomas has always held a fascination for the role of DNA in shaping our world, as well as an interest in the broad scope of genetics and biochemistry.

Smart Socket Systems

This engineering student has devised a distributed electric metering and management system through plug-in devices for individual homes.  These plugs provide customers the appliance-by-appliance real-time information to reduce their energy costs by shifting their usage to off-peak times, powered by a mobile app.  These devices would reduce the load on the grid, flatten the demand curve, save families money, and build resilience into a power system that would also eventually be less often forced to turn on additional (potentially environmentally-damaging) power plants at peak times. 

USolar

Sam is a PhD student at Columbia University who wants solar to have a future and a community of supporters during his lifetime. He takes the long view on this problem, and has designed an educational program to bring solar awareness into classrooms in the Miami-Dade area. Sam and his team lead hands-on demonstrations involving cheap, safe "at-home" solar module assemblies, helping the students to build their own small solar panel. Students would then show other students in a new classroom this new skill, ensuring that they not only learned, but internalized well enough to teach.

Samuel Peurifoy

Sam Peurifoy is currently pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics with emphases in organic synthesis and statistical analysis (University of Miami '16). He participates in synthetic organic chemistry research and intends to pursue a doctorate upon completion of his undergraduate studies. He was a recipient of an NSF REU Fellowship in 2014 and was a recipient of a RISE-DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship in 2015.

Terraoak

Resolution Fellows Maxwell Chinnah and Godwin Attigah have designed a new patent-pending clean cookstove that reduces smoke pollution by 90% and generates electricity from heat, making it 50% more fuel efficient than a regular charcoal stove. The stoves will be deployed in the Ashanti Region of Ghana by local youth, who will be trained to build and maintain the cookers. Terraoak will reduce the time spent on gathering firewood, minimize the health risks associated with indoor charcoal and wood cooking fires, and provide employment opportunities for community members.
 

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