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  • 02-Mar-2018

CCD: Campfire Charging Device

Abstract

Thermoelectric generators have recently been applied to charging electrics through energy given off by campfires. However, all of the current solutions are bulky, expensive, and not-feasible for uses that require a lot of energy, such as photography or film making. CCD plans on changing that

Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

The customer varies between each size option The customer for the 6” model are backpackers and campers. It has a lower potential charge per water refill, but is very small. The customer for the standard size are backpackers, campers, and photographers. It is especially helpful for wildlife and landscape photographers, who often shoot remote areas. The large model is for film crews and scientists who require a lot of energy, and are already carrying equipment with them. This will greatly impact anyone who has found themselves low on electricity when away form the grid.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

While camping, phones, GPS systems, cameras and other electronics can easily run out of charge. This can lead not just to inconveniences, but also to dangerous situations when left without proper navigation Photographers and filmmakers that are focusing on outdoor recreation stories, such as mountain climbing expeditions are most prone to running out of juice. Scientists researching in remote areas with devices that require electricity are also at risk of having important devices lose charge Current solutions don’t help the problem: mobile solar panels and integrated stove chargers are expensive and take up limited space in a pack, and neither generate enough power to charge cameras or scientific equipment.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Foldable and small. This means that it doesn't take up valuable pack space, making users more likely to take it with them. Can work in areas without sunshine, such as forests or areas that are commonly cloudy. This is a direct benefit over solar chargers, which will attract much of that market to the CCD. Thermoelectric generators are completely steady state, having no moving parts allowing for easy upkeep, meaning you can take them on your adventures and even get them wet. Cheaper then solar panels. Reusable. Only harnesses energy already available, which is good for the environment. The production of thermoelectric generators is also less harmful to our environment, a key selling point to Eco-concision consumers.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

This product will be successful because serves a need that is present, mobile chargers for remote areas that can produce a lot of electricity, that nothing else currently serves. It is more rugged then batteries, is reusable, and create electricity even solar panels can't.