The Harker Innovation Team

A Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam
Each year, NCIIA welcomes a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam to participate in Open Minds along with the exhibiting E-Teams. The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam initiative is a national grants program designed to excite the next generation of inventors and problem solvers through hands-on learning, while encouraging an inventive culture in high schools and communities. Teams showcase their prototypes at EurekaFest, an annual celebration of the inventive spirit presented by the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus in Cambridge, Mass. Learn more about the Lemselson MIT program and InvenTeams at:
This year's InvenTeam is the Harker Innovation Team. The team is developing an Aquatic Thermoelectric Generator to produce energy from heat, the “energy graveyard.” The device floats on water, and reflector panels focus sunlight onto a black surface that converts solar energy to heat. This heat is then passed through thermoelectric panels and passively dissipated into the surrounding water. Harnessing the thermal gradient between the hot surface and the cold water, the thermoelectric panels generate significant amounts of electricity that can be used for commercial or residential purposes. In this way, the team's floating thermoelectric generator passively generates electricity from solar heat, essentially a solar farm on water.