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1 PITTSBURGH GREEN INNOVATORS: MOBILE FAB-LAB LAURA BECHARD | MARA PALMER | ANA TAYLOR April 13, 2013

2 BACKGROUND: PGI & MOBILE FAB-LABS Pittsburgh Green Innovators Founded 5 years ago Focus on green economic development Project-based learning Mobile Fab-Labs MITs Center for Bits & Atoms Worldwide project Bring laboratories to less fortunate areas

3 THE PROJECT REQUIREMENTS Mobile laboratory space Sustainability curriculum Lab employs green technology Cost estimates SOLUTIONS 2 laboratory activity descriptions 3 options for mobile space Vector Technology contact Itemized budgets for each option

4 SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CURRICULA WIND ENERGY Create crude biofuel Learn: How Biofuel is Made How it is a renewable resource Test biofuel in generator Materials: Beakers Graduated cylinders Mason jars Virgin vegetable oil Methanol BIOFUEL PRODUCTION Build scaled windmill Learn: Rotational energy How & why wind energy in renewable Test wind turbine on small light source Materials: Kid Wind classroom kit All materials included Initial Cost of Experiments : (based on a group of 24 students): $3,000.00

5 VECTOR TECHNOLOGY Product by Optimus Technologies Allows diesel engines to run on biofuel Currently used in Pittsburghs salt trucks and Giant Eagles food trucks Costs about $10,000 for our mobile fab-lab

6 MOBILE LABORATORY SPACE OPTIONS Tractor Trailer Option 1 Pick-Up Truck & Tow- Behind Trailer Option 2 Box Truck Option 3

7 Large Eye-catching 12 laboratory benches Difficult to maneuver Commercial license required OPTION 1: https://impactgs.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Scania-G-Series.jpg Vehicular Cost of Option 1: $105,000.00

8 Medium size option Less eye-catching 8 laboratory benches Maneuverable in city Vector System compatible OPTION 2: Vehicular Cost of Option 2: $76,000.00

9 Smallest option Eye-catching 6 laboratory benches Easy to maneuver Vector Technology compatible OPTION 3: Vehicular Cost of Option 3: $65,000.00

10 COST COMPARISON Option 1 Tractor Trailer Option 2 Pick-Up Truck & Tow-Behind Trailer Option 3 Box Truck $110,000.00$80,000.00$70, The final cost analysis * includes both the cost of the materials for each experiment and the vehicular cost of each option. * All final costs were rounded. For specific values, please see Appendix C (page 19) in the Final Proposal.

11 FINAL PRODUCT Detailed budget for all mobile space options Tractor Trailer vs. Pick-Up w/ Tow Behind vs. Box Truck Laboratory curricula descriptions (2) Biofuel Production & Wind Energy material list PowerPoint presentations for instructive use Complete procedure Vector Technology (via Optimus Technologies) Information Contact with CEO & Business Analyst

12 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Thomas Bartnik - Pittsburgh Green Innovators Tim McMurray & Barbara Paul - Pitt Mobile Lab Ian Winner (Business Analyst) & Colin Huwyler (CEO) – Optimus Technologies Dr. Bhavna Sharma –Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation Sina Arjmand – Swanson School of Engineering A THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO MADE THIS PROJECT POSSIBLE


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