8345759 Canada Inc.

Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
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  • Energy and Environment, Health

  • Global Programs

  • Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people

  • Business

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Executive Summary

We plan to solve the problem of access to energy in communities in developing countries or places that do not have access to energy (e.g. remote area). We want also to solve consequences of this problem, which results in health problems, women lack of empowerment, access to school, pumping and carrying water, and transport of commodities and furnitures to market. Furthermore, we can help in problems of access to health care, by providing a transportation tool that can carry quickly and safely injured/wounded/sick people to the closest health center, or by keeping drugs, medicines and or medication at a cool temperature if required. This can be done by the breakthrough innovation we propose, that got several patents in more than 140 countries. Called MTT 136, this is a mobile battery and a transportation concept, that can pull and carry people and things, and is rechargeable with windmills or solar panels.

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The Problem

Roughly 3 billion persons rely on wood, coal or animal residuals for cooking and heating. Only in subsaharian Africa more than 730 million people use wood, farm and animal residuals for heating. On the planet, one out of five does not have access to modern electricity. Energy is the main cause for climate change, mounting to 60% of worldwide greenhouse gases emissions. To reduce carbon intensity in energy production is a key target in the long term climate objectives. Lack of clean energy affects health of million of people, killing an additionnal 4 million people just because of the smoke, mainly among women and kids. It also has collateral effects, such as deforestation and transportation problems. There is in fact a strong correlation between economic level and energy consumption. Lack of energy access will probably impede economic growth, as much on the short term as in the long term. In Africa, since 2000, the number of people lacking electricity is increasing, due to a population growth more important than the growth of the distribution network. For enterprises, there is an important energy access risk, meaning there is a need to use oil generator instead, much more expensive than access to electricity. Many international organizations have tried to tackle the problem by defining it as a priority. United Nations Organization has included access to clean and affordable energy as one of its Sustainable development objectives. Governments, businesses, NGO, are trying to solve this problem, also recognized by the Obama Administration.

Proposed Solution

Our proposal is to bring acces to portable energy wherever you need to be, by providing small solar panels and windmills, and create a rechargeable electric mobile platform that will be used for energy and transportation more or less like a Smartphone is used for communications. This platform will be powered by a battery, easily replaced with any future newly developed battery technology. To this platform, one will be able to plug several 'peripherals' like a cooler, a watertank, or a small electrical oven. Doing so, we plan the following : reduce by 95% time spent by women and kids in collecting wood and carrying water, and purifying water at the same time. complete the cold chain between crops and market reduce to zero greenhouse gases emissions due to heating or cooking reduce deforestation provide a charging station for all small electrical appliances. help in the cold chain for medicines. provide a bus for kids to go to school provide an ambulance Our proposal is not only helping providing energy to every village and their inhabitants, it allows to use this energy in many forms, helping solve problems. It provides an holistic solution to developing countries's problems. Women empowerment is a direct consequence of this flexible tool, but access to education and school is of utmost importance for the future of a community, if this platform is used to carry students. Furthermore, to use a mobile battery platform of this type will allow the user to update it to new needs.

Evidence of Effectiveness

We have conducted many case studies with potential users, in Quebec area. We adapted the vehicle in order to adjust it to their comments. After putting it on Youtube on February18 2014, we got thousands of mail, telling the team that this device was the most appropriate for this use or this use. People saw it for leisure and fun, others as helpful for firefighters or civil security. We got comment of people telling us that this would be extremely helpful for their energy needs in remote areas where energy access was hardly possible. Comments from civilian organisations were that this device would be perfect for people with movements impediments, Comments from people living in developing countries came, telling that it would have saved hours of carrying water for example. It is rather easy to translate all these comments in a developing country environment. All these needs are faced simultaneously in some of them, especially energy and commodities transportation (wood and water). Discussions with potential partners helped us determine that our device would help solve some problems like carrying wood not only by carrying it in place of people, but simply by not requiring it at all, which could help solve several problems at the same time. This extraordinary capacity of the device to solve directly and indirectly worldwide problems makes it a breakthrough invention that we are sure can help solve problems listed previously. We expect communities to be close to selfsustainability, over the mid term (6 to 10 years).

Previous Performance

Yvon Martel holds several patents on the MTT. Nobody can copy this. Nobody else has this knowledge. The MTT has been developed in collaboration with several organizations, among which the Centre quebecois de recherche et de developpement de l'aluminium (CQRDA) teachers from Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi. Numerous prototypes have been tested over many years, and tests with users and with focus groups have been made in order to improve the device to its current development level. As seen on the video, the MTT 136, due to its unique configuration, can move in various environments without any problems, like deep snow and through streams. Video shows also that the MTT can be used as a drone. It has an inverter embedded, and the machine can carry several hundred kilos and push or pull much more. Two of our current members have a long term experience with heavy equipment industry and vehicles. With its unique device, the MTT 136 has a maximal clearance, which means that it clears most obstacles. It meets Standard IP 66 in the resistance to water and dust, it is operational on steep slopes, odor and noise free, it center of gravity is extremely low (allowing an important cargo to be put on it), and it recovers heat from its own electrical engine to keep batteries at ambient temperature. What McArthur Fondation can see with our proposal is that we are ready on the R&D side, and we are now at the deployment stage, in developing countries.

The Team

Team Purpose

MyTrackTechnology is the result of the creation of the MTT 136. Initially designed and thought to help people in their day to day transport, Yvon Martel built a mobile battery that can not only carry and pull people, but also be used as a mobile generator, helping people to carry energy easily wherever they want. Current design is the result of seven years of team work. From its inception, this device is thought as a way to solve problems. Our goal now is to make it available at a large scale, helping communities to reach selfsustainability. We want to make it available for developing countries right now and not wait for markets to reach these countries. 100&Change provides us with the possibility of making this come true. We got thousands of emails from all around the planet telling that MTT was a fantastic solution, confirming the initial purpose of the machine.

Team Structure

For the time being, we have six persons in the team. We created that team for the sole purpose of the contest. We plan to add NGO's to the team after December 6, because delays are too short to get them involved by October 3rd, even though some of them showed a great interest. Yvon Martel is the inventor and owner of the patents. He is in charge of the technical side, in collaboration with Michael Martel, an engineer. Louis Dery, member of the Quebec institute of financial planners, will be in charge of investing all monies received by the McArthur Fondation and budgets assessment. Claude Guay will be in charge of all communication aspects i.e. everything related to the website and relations with NGO's associated to the project. Martin Bernard holds an MBA in international Management. He is in charge of the relations with McArthur Fondation. All four are partners of My Track Technology. Zhan Su is a Ph.D., engineer, president of the Stephen Jarislowky Chair at Laval University will be president of the Board of Trustees. He does not have links with My Track Technology. A trust will be created, which will include 4 members of NGO.