Category Archives: Emerging Technology

Google Hangout Series Feature: 32ATPs

32ATPs is a new business that we, at ReVenture, are very excited about. They are lead by Dr. Carol Lynn George and Dr. Shelley Minteer. These two dynamic scientists are moving ever closer to answering our insatiable need for energy to power our electronic devices, through the use of biological energy storage. What better way to explain the concept than to let them do it in their own words, directly from their site.

The batteries in our handheld devices often end up as toxic waste in our landfills. 32ATPs has a plan to lessen the environmental impact of energy production and storage for use in our electronic devices, while at the same time increasing the battery life of our handheld devices: by harnessing the power of natural cellular energy production. The goal of 32ATPs is to perform basic research on biological energy production and storage, and then commercialize those solutions.

Who hasn’t had a phone that has run out of battery just at a critical time when you need GPS or to call home? Traditional batteries under-perform in today’s smart devices and are the primary limitation for future development of new features.
In addition, electrical waste not only contains hazardous, but also valuable and scarce materials. An estimated 50MM tons of E-waste are produced each year, and each one of those devices may contain a battery.

It is imperative and incumbent on us as a society to reduce our waste from consumer electronic devices.

Consumer electronic products (like cell phones) are becoming increasingly thinner, more power-hungry, multifunctional and capable of more efficient energy use. The United States is the world leader in producing electronic waste. The continued research and development of greener, cheaper, lighter, more efficient energy storage is required to power our “handheld” devices and to reduce environmental impact. Recent discoveries have shown that we can harness cellular energy production in batteries. Using natural, cellular biochemical reactions to generate electrochemical potential promises to reduce the cost of production and size of batteries as well as reduce the use of toxic metal and chemical components and lessen our impact on the environment!

It almost seems too futuristic to be believable doesn’t it? Well that is exactly the kind of technology that ReVenture looks to promote and that ReVenture Investments looks to back. Right now they are in the midst of a Crowd Funding campaign at Experiment.com and they need the passion and vision of many investors to push them towards the next phase of their R&D. Please take the time to check them out at https://experiment.com/projects/can-our-cell-s-mitochondria-power-a-cell-phone?s=li_home and help get them closer to that goal.

Early next month, on September 10th, Carol and 32ATPs will be one of five exciting new companies that we will feature in the next of our Google Hangout Series. Please join us at 8pm through the ReVenture Media Google+ page. It will be a night of fascinating panel discussion and you will have the opportunity to ask questions of Carol and the other business leaders live.

See you all on the 10th and don’t forget to support 32ATPs……

 

 

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Is Solar Roadways our Green Infrastructure fork in the road?

At ReVenture we are always talking about dreaming big and going big. Our heroes are the likes of Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk. We look to work with and invest in people and companies that are going for it and changing the world. Normally our blog will be focused on the latest and best ideas in residential and commercial green tech. However, every once in a while an idea or business comes along that changes the conversation and pushes the envelope in our industry, and unless you were on a remote pacific island or under a rock the last few weeks, you probably heard something about Solar Roadways. This brave and determined company based in Northern Idaho believes that they have the technology and the system to replace the nation’s roadways with energy producing solar. Impossible you say? Yet another entrepreneurial pipe dream? Well many others told them those very things along the way. Yet today they are sitting on a working prototype, two federal highway research grants, and a wildly successful Indiegogo campaign that started out with a goal of raising 1 million and ended up shattering site records on the way to 2.2 million raised.

This has caused a flurry of media interest, and has also brought out the naysayers alongside the usual fossil fuel blogosphere spin about astronomical costs and infeasibility. Many have gone so far as to make claims of it costing tens of trillions without having a shred of data to back that up since the cost per panel is not even finalized and known by the company itself. (They should have that data by the end of this Summer)

What would this roadway do if it just replaced our federal interstate highway system and nothing else? It would produce three times the necessary electricity to power our nation, it would route all precipitation runoff to collection centers for purification and it would bring all power and data cables below ground. Each panel is heated, thus preventing snow and ice buildup and would make snow removal and equipment obsolete. In addition, each panel is infused with LED lights that can be configured to warn motorists of any upcoming obstruction and dangers. This is just a sample of the benefits and cost savings that this technology could provide. Scott & Juile Bursaw, owners of Solar Roadways, have not only been awarded two Federal Highway research grants, but they were also invited to the White House for the prestigious Makers Faire a few weeks ago.

On August 20th we will present a Google Hangout focusing on many new Green Tech companies and Solar Roadways will certainly be one of them. See you on August 20th!!