Changing the world: Mechanical Engineering

2 years, 4 months ago

Just joined this site today, although I’ve been reading for a few months now. I am currently a Mechanical Engineering student, and I am required to create something from my own mind to finish the program. Regardless of what I do decide to make, it must provide a positive social impact. I want to use the skills I have aquired to begin cutting down some of the worlds major industires which are subsequently the most destructive (funny how that works…). My main focus is to destroy the oil and gas industry by replacing everything with renewable energy solutions. So here’s my question:
What would benefit YOU today, energy related or not, and help you to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle?
What item or product would you like to see replaced by a renewable one?
Don’t be afraid of plagarism or patents or copywrites. We are all above that and anything said on this forum will not be used for personal profits.
Thanks to everybody for their time!
Mitch

December 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm

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Profile photo of Rodrigo Barella Rodrigo Barella (@rodrigobarella) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Hey Mitch,

glad to hear you want to use your skills to make a positive social impact, guess we share this same idea. Regarding to the question, I’d say we still have a lot to create and develop but we already have what we need, in therms of technology, in order to live in a more sustainable way. For me, the focus is getting people to use these tools to live in a different way, thinking about that, I’ve come to the conclusion that we need more access. People have natural resistance to change, so there must be some tools to facilitate that, in a way that the old becomes obsolete. I guess this is the critical part of the idea: once you have developed all the technical issues, how to make it actually happen :)

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Profile photo of whales whales (@pwhalen) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Cheap, efficient, light weight, cost effective items could get the ball rolling. Things like low water flow faucets, HOME RAIN WATER CATCHING SYSTEMS, or use of Earth’s thermal energy to heat a home.Then I think the next big step is harnessing the energy of the sun most efficiently.

Cars could be made to run partially on solar energy and rechargeable batteries (like the Swiss plane that does so). Solar panels on houses could store energy to charge cars at night. Houses should be built to minimize energy use and maximize the suns potential (solar panels and efficient windows).

Also I was thinking if every one rode their bike to work instead of drove. WE COULD SAVE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF BARRELS OF OIL. But you need a cheap, light weight, and highly efficient bike if you want to get to work and not be exhausted!

These are some speculative ideas I have on “little things” we could do. But I think the key is to dream big and start on economically viable items to get the public won over. Good luck!! @mitchm,

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Awesome project. I think tweaking a few things about the food industry would do a lot of good from small changes.

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Profile photo of Taylor Taylor (@taysand) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@generaltitsvonchodehoffen, I agree with this very much. Especially for a place like america. I don’t know how to make a change for the entire public, but I agree that something should be done. Imagine if the entire country ate healthy and used their new found reserves of energy to answer real problems in the world. All around a better place. I’ve been eating bad foods for my entire life and I’m still finding it difficult to completely move over to a healthy diet just because of how extremely available all the “bad foods” are compared to the “good foods”, In quantity, price, and ease of access. If we can somehow flip flop those around, we’ll be golden, ponyboy. I wish you luck on your project and I hope it turns out how you hope it to!

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Profile photo of Taylor Taylor (@taysand) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@mitchm, sorry, forgot to tag you in my last comment

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Why don;t you make a system that allowes people to litterly crowdfund in secret a way to buy up all the oil concerns. Think of a brand and create hundreds of small “funds: so you can go higher than the 2mlj max. One focus is to create a social shell owned by the people where all investments need to be voted by all shareholders. I deff. would pay 40,- to disrupt and raise a few billion and buy these things and blow ‘m up.

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