8:00pm – Wednesday, July 8 on ABC1
Hosted by James O’Loghlin, The New Inventors showcases bright minds from across the country as they discover ingenious solutions to the problems of our lives. Deciding the winner of these three inventions are: designer and inventor Sally Dominguez, futurist and author Mark Pesce, and woodworker and teacher Richard Vaughan.
Inventions featured on the program:
Invention 1 LIQUID SOLAR ARRAY – by inventor Phil Connor from NSW.
Solar power’s potential to contribute a significant proportion of our energy needs has often been dismissed on the basis of cost. The problem lies in the way that environmental conditions affect solar power’s performance.
Solar panels are usually anchored to the ground, and as they pivot to follow the sun, their structure must be resilient enough to withstand the strongest possible wind. The panels must also be kept cool, as excessive heat will destroy them. Liquid Solar Array is a water-borne solar capturing system. Instead of occupying usable ground space, and losing energy cooling the panels down, the invention floats on calm bodies of water. The technology combines a solar concentrator and a photovoltaic cell, with sun-tracking and storm protection mechanisms. Water is used to cool down the cells, resulting in longer life and better efficiency. Liquid Solar Array has the potential to produce solar power at half the cost of conventional solar technology.
Invention 2 CIRCUITS IN PLASTIC – by inventors David Thiel and Madhusudanrao Neeli from QLD.
The UN estimates that 50 million tonnes of electronic waste can be prevented from going to landfill, making e-waste disposal a major issue. Many countries have legislated to reduce e-waste, and in the developing world, toxic chemicals leaching from landfill have been linked to children born with health issues. Circuits in Plastic is a new method of electronics manufacture for circuits and systems. The circuit ‘board’ is a plastic sheet, with components placed in divots within the sheet. The conductor is screen printed onto a thin cover sheet which is then thermally bonded to the circuit board to form the complete electronic system. This thermal production method has a lower carbon footprint than current methods. Recycled plastic and biodegradable materials can be used, and the circuit is also waterproof.
Invention 3 CONVERTIBLE ARM WRESTLING TABLE – by inventor Allan Haddad from NSW.
Many a dispute has been settled, and time been enjoyably passed, with a good arm wrestle. However, an ordinary table can be painful for your elbows and knuckles. 17-year-old inventor Allan Haddad was inspired while watching the Arm Wrestling Championship to create a table with professional arm wrestling features, incorporated into an everyday study desk. By removing brass pins on either side, the Convertible Arm Wrestling Table flips over on an axle, transforming a regular desktop into a professional-style table with a thick padded ergonomic surface and two screw-in anchor handles.
The players’ elbows are protected, and handles allow competitors to be supported as they wrestle in champion style.
The New Inventors will be repeated on ABC2 – Friday, July 10 at 4:30pm