The 2022 Hackaday Prize is concentrated on lightening our load on the planet, and one apparent method to take action is to get and retailer renewable energy regionally — the theme of our first problem spherical: Planet-Pleasant Energy. Our judges have studied all of the entries and their votes are in. All of those ten initiatives will obtain $500 proper now and are eligible for the Grand Prize of $50,000, to be introduced in November.
A lot of the various vitality sources you’d count on to see have been represented: photo voltaic, wind, and water. However everybody introduced their very own twists to the subject. As an illustration, the Low Cost Solar Panel Solution demonstrates that there’s much more to a DIY photo voltaic venture than simply the panel. You must help it, shield it, flip it to face the solar, and convert and retailer the facility harvested. And [JP Gleyzes] even goes as far as to make use of recycled water bottles to make the 3D-printed components. Sun Chaser 2 places the panel on wheels, driving it out of the shade to gather most vitality in a real-world yard state of affairs. Cute!
Lastly, we had two nice kite initiatives to reap wind with minimal setups on the go: Kite Propulsion and Energy Independence While Travelling. Each are nonetheless within the experimental levels, however each have nice documentation of the place the analysis initiatives stand.
Lastly, Moss Microbial Fuel Cell is actually on the market on the sting of present analysis. Combining the moderately nicely established microbial gasoline cell with the photosynthetic energy of moss, [Guru-san] is ready to gentle an LED for a number of seconds at a time. It’s not a lot, but it surely’s additionally a desktop-scale venture. And who can say no to leaf-shaped capacitor circuit sculptures to retailer the vitality?
These are only a few of the ten finalists, listed right here in no specific order. Congratulations to all of you! We’re excited to comply with your initiatives alongside their journey, and need you all one of the best.