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2019 Projects

Projects made possible in part from generous grants from the Precourt Institute for Energy, the TomKat Center and the Haas Center for Public Service. Thank you for your support!

Pie Ranch

Pie Ranch is a non-profit organization that cultivates a healthy and just food system from seed to table through food education, farmer training, and regional partnerships.

Chicken Pot Pie

Develop an enclosure that keeps pastured poultry in a specified area, keeps predators out, and can be easily moved in order to reduce labor time.

π-ineers

Design a containment system that works with a commercial lateral move system, providing chickens with safe, regular access to fresh pasture and irrigateing the freshly chicken-fertilized pasture land

Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy

The Precourt Institute creates avenues for interaction among Stanford scholars and people in business, government and other institutions engaged in solving energy problems.

Chef Boyardee

Develop a heating system that uses water-based thermal energy storage to decouple energy generation and consumption, effectively storing and dispatching energy.

Piña Cooladas

Provide an efficient method of storing thermal energy to heat water and cool a home in southern Texas, enabling homeowners to minimize peak power usage, cost, and carbon footprint.

University of Alaska Fairbanks

UAF is conducting research into building container farms to to improve food security in rural Alaskan villages.

Hotbox

Design a stand-alone container farm with a climate-controlled interior powered by water heated via renewable resources.

Team Betty

Design a thermal energy storage system for the container farm to store energy from an existing wind turbine grid in the village.

Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy

The Precourt Institute creates avenues for interaction among Stanford scholars and people in business, government and other institutions engaged in solving energy problems.

Welcome to Chili's

Develop an ergonomic and inexpensive racking system for the existing chili dryer that promotes faster and more uniform drying.

Red Dried Chili Peppers

Develop a passively-drying racking system that is ergonomic for the users, structurally sound to maintain large numbers of chilis, and cost efficient to build and maintain.

Water N' Spice

Recapture water vapor from drying chillis with a water-condensing surface and turn it into clean drinking water.