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Our Solutions Exchange

Each year new solution submissions will be added to our worldwide hub centered on our Ocean, the global system that connects everything – environment, economies and health.

Our solutions review team had selected twenty Solutions Inspiring Actions to be showcased at the Solutions Exchange in Savannah on September 19th through 21, 2012. The twenty Solutions Inspiring Actions set themselves apart in two ways:

  • Feasibility/ Ease of implementation

    (resources to create are readily available, cost effective (ROI), and ease of implementation)

  • Breadth of Application

    (The solution is versatile and can be applied and implemented in diverse settings and across multiple industries, countries and cultures.)

    We encourage you to contact these solution creators to find out more about their work.

These are solutions available today that can shape our future.


Nonox: Emulsion Combustion System

Fossil fuel emissions contribute to global warming and are the root cause of many health problems. A proven method of cleaning up these emissions is on the inlet side of the engine/boiler through the use of water in oil-emulsified fuels.

The Nonox emulsion combustion unit (ECU) is a complete emulsion fuel system containing the mixing chamber and fuel/water proportioning controls. The ECU can be switched back and forth between emulsion and straight fuel at the flick of a switch. The Nonox Fuel Emulsions System is easy to install with little or no down time for the customer, the return on the investment is typically less than a year, and on larger installations much less than that. This system is most attractive in today’s market due to ever increasing fuel costs and more stringent emissions regulations.

Submitted by Eric Cottell

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Protei: Ocean Cleaning Sailing Robots - Winner Gulfstream Navigator Award 2012

Open-H2O is a growing international community of artists, engineers, marine biologists, naval architects, and academics, developing open source technologies to explore, study and preserve the ocean. Since 2010, the Open-H2O team has collaborated to evolve Protei drones into sustainable vessels capable of collecting data in various marine environments and effectively cleaning the ocean. Recent local environmental catastrophes, from the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear disaster to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, underscore the need for multiple solutions to counteract the global consequences of these disasters.

Protei is a seafaring surface vessel, constructed to carry research instruments and environmental clean-up equipment autonomously over long distances on the ocean via wind power. The project was conceived in response to inefficiencies in oil spill relief efforts, and frustration with the unsustainable research and design costs of current robotic oceanic drones. Protei’s mission is to provide a locally accessible, economically efficient platform for the development of ocean-cleaning data collecting robotic drones. Our goal is to harness human innovation, technological ingenuity, and creative design to preserve the integrity of natural resources.

Submitted by Gabriella Levine

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Planet Solar

The goal of the PlanetSolar team is to be the first to circumnavigate the globe in a “solar” boat, i.e. one powered by a silent, pollution-free electrical engine, driven exclusively by solar energy. With this project, the PlanetSolar team intends to show that current technologies aimed at improving energy efficiency are reliable and effective, while advancing scientific research in the field of renewable energy.

PlanetSolar has already made technological developments possible in many fields, such as the production of composite materials and structures, and also the production and storage of solar energy (or electricity). Each stage in the project and each day that PlanetSolar sails will enable science to progress.


Liter of Light

More than 1.3 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day. This limits their access to education, health care and lowers their living standards. Providing their homes with electricity and essential light is financially impossible. Without a light source, it is impossible to see accurately, thus rendering simple tasks – like reading and cleaning – impossible.

The primary objective of our solution is to bring light to those households that either do not have access to electricity or attempt the risky task of obtaining illegal – and often unstable – electricity. By installing a water-filled plastic bottle in the roof of the households, our solution lights up any room with the equivalent of a 55 watt light bulb. The water inside the bottle harnesses light from the sun, capturing and diffracting the light to all parts of the room. Despite its simplicity, the solar bottles have a life changing impact on the living standards of these families.


THE E-Max Ultra Green Pure Car Carrier

Today in the areas of transportation, large cargo ships are one of the greatest single sources of pollution. Their GHG emissions not only accelerate global warming, they are extremely hazardous to coastline areas where 50% of the world’s population resides.

The design of the E-Max – Pure Car & Truck Carrier (PCTC) addresses this problem with a blueprint for a Solar Hybrid Vessel, which can reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions by over 50%. We gain this 50% reduction with propulsive efficiency and by using currently available technology that harnesses Solar, Wind, Current and Wave Power.

Submitted by Richard Sauter

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Eco Marine Power: Aquarius MRE System

The Aquarius MRE System is an advanced integrated system of rigid sails, solar panels & energy storage modules that will allow ships to tap into renewable energy by harnessing the power provided by the wind and sun. The array of rigid sails will be automatically positioned to best suit the prevailing weather conditions and can be lowered and stored when not in use or in bad weather. The array of rigid sails can even be used when a ship is at anchor or in harbour.

The Aquarius MRE System will significantly reduce a ship’s fuel consumption and noxious gas emissions. When a ship is at anchor or in port the energy storage modules can provide an alternative source of power and thereby reduce the fuel used by auxiliary generators. With our system, ship owners and operators will be able to reduce the CO2 footprint of their fleet and employ the solution on a variety of ships and vessels.

Submitted by Greg Atkinson

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Optistring: Photovoltaic Inverters

The Optistring solution allows customers to utilize their PV (solar) panels to their maximum capacity – with 99% efficiency, losing only 1% from the conversion of the power on its way from the panel to the grid. They will no longer have to choose between high efficiency and good harvesting, or need to justify the increased cost of power optimizers and micro inverters. The Optistring solution delivers all the benefits of other systems, none of the drawbacks, and unprecedented efficiency.

Increased energy harvest and increased power output, improved conversion efficiency, improved safety, simplified installation, and individual monitoring are all factors that maximize overall return on investment of the Optistring system.

Submitted by Anders Lindgren

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EMILY (Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard)

EMILY (Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard) is a new class of micro sized unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) that addresses four critical maritime issues of global importance: hurricane tracking and monitoring for prediction purposes, beach and swift water rescue, global climate change, and cost effective persistent safe monitoring of our oceans and waterways.

Combining new miniaturized radio, sensor, computer navigation systems with high density and high efficiency propulsion technology, we have been able to develop a new class of cost effective robots which have demonstrated the ability to provide significant advancement to these four areas.

EMILY the Robotic Lifeguard is in operational use in Los Angeles County, San Diego County, Westerly Rhode Island, Arizona Swift Water Rescue Teams, and in Depoe Bay Oregon, where EMILY is credited for having critical role in rescue of a small young child and his father on July 15, 2012. NOAA is now receiving deliveries of its first EMILY Hurricane Tracker USVs and the Navy recently performed its first EMILY Surfsense Ordnance beach-mapping mission.

Submitted by Anthony Mulligan

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