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Open 17: Water Challenge 2020

Open 17: Water Challenge 2020

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Mitigating Floods by the use of Water Sinks and the Process of Electrolysis

Shinen Job

Gabriel Ogundiran

Longmun Dawam

 

October 30, 2020 at 10:04 AM
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The problem we want to solve is the overflow of water beyond its normal limits.

October 30, 2020 at 10:07 AM
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Great Start!
about 1 month ago
Thank you Ma'am. We're pleased to have you as our Mentor.
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We are a Team consisting of 3;

1. Shinen Job 

2.Longmun Dawam

3. Gabriel Ogundiran

 

SHINEN JOB

A recent graduate of Kazan Federal University, Russia where He Studied Geology/Geochemistry. He is enthusiastic about creativity and innovation. He is the Project Manager for Team Aquatics.

LONGMUN DAWAM

A recent graduate of University of Jos Nigeria, where He studied Building. He loves cultural diversity, meeting new people, and creating value from my experiences. He is the Input Quality, and Information Manager for Team Aquatics.

GABRIEL OGUNDIRAN

A recent graduate of Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria where He Studied Transport Management Technology. He is passionate about learning new things and committed to making the world a little better than he met it. He is the Output (Project Quality) Manager for Team Aquatics.

WE ARE ALL PROUDLY NIGERIANS!

October 30, 2020 at 10:22 AM
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I highly appreciate the effort and commitment you guys have shown through your project. Wishing you success in all your future endeavours
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We originally considered digging wells at designated locations alone as a solution to flood, but we realized that flood water could fill up the wells to the brim. So we thought of a way of reducing the water volume by converting (Water) liquid into its component gases of Oxygen and Hydrogen. Oxygen Liberated will serve the Purifying functions of trees or sold to med labs, and Hydrogen released will answer the energy need of the nearest future. 

We noted that if water is allowed to fill up the wells, it will be dangerous for those living in that surrounding since mineralized water can conduct electricity and even electrocute those that come in contact with it. As a solution, we factored in a critical level in the well that water should not exceed, and at that point, chemical decomposition of water component will begin.

As for the power source to kick-start the Process of Electrolysis, we thought fossil fuels powered generators was perfect, but we noted its environmental hazard and the cost of maintenance it will impose on us. So we thought of utilizing green energy power source. For now we'll be making use of solar energy, but in the nearest future, we intend utilizing the hydrogen produce from our wells as power source.

 

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October 30, 2020 at 10:38 AM
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This is the prototype of our well/water sink. 

Our wells will be constructed to have the system of electrolysis imbedded and installed in it to chemically decompose water in the well into its component gases of Hydrogen and Oxygen by the use of green source of energy- Solar energy.

In the nearest future, we intend to utilize the hydrogen produce to power up the system as hydrogen is the future of energy.

November 14, 2020 at 9:52 AM
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For model 1, we designed wells at designated locations to drain runoff water into it.

The challenge is, there are high tendency for our wells to be filled during floods. 

So we work towards improving on our solution.

This birthed Model 2.

November 14, 2020 at 10:16 AM
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For model 2:

1. the size of both oxygen and hydrogen were the same.

2. The filter is embedded in the porous lid to sieve dirt and debris.

3. The nature of the electrodes wasn't taking into consideration.

But how effective could that be?

So we created a prototype.

 

November 14, 2020 at 10:09 AM
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PERSONA

Name: Adamu Garba

Occupation: Farmer

Age: 42

Particulars: Food suvivor, lost dad, and all except one brother in the flood.

Location: Northern Nigeria.

 

ABOUT GARBA ADAMU 

He is a 42 year old irrigation farmer  that lives in the northern part of Nigeria. He is a two time survivor of floods but that, without a cost; He'd lost his dad and all but one of his brothers in the disaster. He had lost his farmland too and had his mum hit by a stroke due to the shock.

Garba Adamu pledge that he is willing to collaborate with solution provider like (Team AQUATICS) to help in the process of providing local solutions to this global problem- Flooding. 

November 14, 2020 at 10:26 AM
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November 17, 2020 at 6:38 AM
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We have not directly collaborated with any team, but have been keen on their presentations as well, and have learnt a lot that have helped us shape our final presentation.

November 15, 2020 at 3:42 AM
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November 17, 2020 at 2:43 AM
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Feedback From (Mentor Amudha Ravi Shankar) on our first Topic: Urban Water Resilience. 

Urban Water Resilience is quite general and so is flood problem, if you can be specific, it can help mentors to understand what you guys working on, But if in case you can't decided yet, then no worries. Update once you finalize your project.

November 14, 2020 at 2:14 AM
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coach feedback from the previous session pitching: (These are questions for you to think upon and move forward)

From Mentor Amudha Ravi Shankar

The idea is creative and the presentation was clear and well structured!

Some points to think about:

1- with the well, you'd need an infrastructure of tanks to retain the gases and energy sources to power the chemical process. how would you decide where to put these well if the occurrence of floods is so uncertain? for one well to be economically viable, it would need to be used with certain frequency.

2- water floods come with many solids. how would you guarantee that these impurities would be removed in time for your electrolysis to happen quick enough for the well not to overflow?

3- How big would the wells need to be and how much energy would be required to apply electrolysis to such a volume of water. Does it make economic sense?

4- What kinds of data could people provide? why would they be willing to help?

5- Has this kind of solution been applied anywhere? Why/ Why not?

November 14, 2020 at 1:53 AM
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1. Digging only wells at strategic locations to reduce runoff water as a solution to flood (Without a mechanism to drain off the water in the wells).

2. The use of porous lids alone as filters to sieve dirt from the water going into the well (Without taking into considerations layers of filters to be used instead).

3. Not factoring in a critical level electrolysis will kick-start to reduce volume of water in our wells.

2. using the same size of tank for both oxygen and hydrogen.

3. using fossil fuel generators to power up the process of electrolysis.

November 3, 2020 at 3:45 PM
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1. Incorporating the process of electrolysis inside each wells/water Sinks.

2. Installing different layers of filters in the well to sieve dirt going into the well during floods.

3. Marking a critical level to be one third to about half of the water Sink column electrolysis is expected to kick-start so the water in the well do not fill the wells to the brim.

4. Construct the size of hydrogen tank to be twice the size of that of oxygen: Since hydrogen will produce its gas twice as fast as that of oxygen.

5. Utilizing green energy power source: solar energy to power up the process of electrolysis.

November 3, 2020 at 4:05 PM
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The Problem can be improved by..

1. Pocketing volume of water in our wells that would have otherwise caused flooding under consideration.

2. Automatically converting collected water into gases of Oxygen and Hydrogen when it reaches a critical level of 1/3 to about 1/2 of the water Sink column by the process of electrolysis.

November 7, 2020 at 10:46 AM
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The damaging effect of flood can be assessed by the volume of water in motion.

By reducing this quantity physically and chemically, our water Sink has a high propensity to reduce the quantity of runoff water thereby minimizing the ravaging effect of floods.

We will be using gravity to our advantage to drain water in our wells during floods.

November 7, 2020 at 10:57 AM
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Impact can be measurable because..

1. Liquid and gas are measurable. The result of how effective our water Sink are can be determined by the volume of water, hydrogen, or oxygen collected in either the well or the tank respectively.

2. Nature does speak for itself; and so by assessing the damages on the environment before and after the invent of our sinks, we are able to measure the water Sink impact.

3. We can receive feedback from those living in those flood prone regions that have our sinks in them.

November 7, 2020 at 11:12 AM
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Those with greatest interest include:

1. UN Water

2. Government

3. Nema (The National Disaster Management Agency in Nigeria)

4. Those directly affected by floods.

November 7, 2020 at 11:16 AM
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Those likely to oppose are:

1. Population around highland and plateaus because they are rarely affected by floods.

2. Private land owners where we intend to install our facilities.

November 7, 2020 at 11:19 AM
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We originally considered digging wells at flood prone areas to drain runoff water as a solution to flooding, but we realized that there are high tendency for the wells to be filled to the brim during floods. 

 

November 7, 2020 at 11:38 AM
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We realize that if we allow the wells to fill up, it will be dangerous for those in the surrounding since mineralized water can conduct electricity and even electrocute those who come in contact with it.

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FEEDBACK

This is an interesting idea that is simple, novel, and ambitious.

keep it up Team AQUATICS!

November 17, 2020 at 6:51 AM
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FEEDBACK

Comments from Professor Francois Grey on our Project during a Zoom mentoring session with Amudha Ravi Shankar, Professor Francois Grey, and Team AQUATICS.

1. It will be great if you do an in-depth research on the Engineering and Scientific Procedures of your project incase you scale through to the next stage.

2. This is a great idea, so it will be great to get in touch with experts with specialty in electrolysis technicalities to help you improve on your idea in case you are missing something.

 

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