Thursday, 10 September 2020

Concept Box - Connecting Inventors with Partners

What is Concept Box and what does it do?

Concept Box simplifies the task of inventors identifying partners for their inventions and of companies finding new inventive products or services. This is done while preserving the confidentially of the concepts and simplifying the process of applying Non Disclosure Agreements.

If you are a lone inventor or a company looking for new product ideas or solutions to product problems, please get in touch.

If you like the idea of Concept Box and would like to help, again get in touch.

Below is a description of the Concept box idea and list of concepts from just 2 of our conceptors1.

What problem is Concept Box solving?

There are 4 ways of introducing inventions to the marketplace.

  1. University Spin Outs come from academic research and are usually bigger projects with a lot of the background work already done.

  2. Company Suggestion Box introduces ideas from the workforce and are taken up by the company R&D structure

  3. Incubator Model - Individual with an idea wishing to build a business from the idea. This is a difficult path but there is a lot of help along the way for good ideas and good people.

  4. Concept Box – For individuals with good ideas who are not in the position to build a business from the ideas.

Problem a Conceptor faces – 1. Protecting the Concept IP

Often the individual inventor is not in the position to patent the concept or to take the concept to a patentable stage. Non Disclosure Agreements are normally used in this situation but this involves the conceptor having a MNDA with each organisation approached.

Concept Box will implement a simple Non Disclosure Agreement system which we have called an Intermediary Non Disclosure Agreement (INDA).

INDA - In the INDA, the Conceptor and the Adopter2 each have a Mutual Non Disclosure Agreement (MNDA) with Concept Box. In this way, both conceptor and adopter require only one INDA with Concept Box.

Once a deal is struck, IP protection is then up to the parties, not Concept Box.

Mechanism of an INDA

Problem a Conceptor faces – 2. Finding an Adopter

How does a conceptor find an adopter? Concept box will build up a database of companies who are willing to accept approaches (and those who are not). We will also know what information each company requires.

We also expect to learn of companies who are seeking concepts which can then be circulated amongst our conceptors to see if they have any ideas on solving the problems.

How does Concept Box Earn Money?

  1. Charge inventors a small fee per concept to be put on our database.

  2. Charge Adopters an annual fee to access our database and receive notification of new additions to the database which match their preferences.

  3. Charge a percentage fee on any licencing agreements made.

  4. Advertising on our website.

  5. Sell the software or the service to other geographic/language areas


1 Conceptor – A person or organisation that owns the IP of a concept.

2 Adopter - An organisation willing to discuss adopting and implementing the concept.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Carbon Capture and Storage at Local Level

CO2 for commercial use is mostly created chemically. In lots of applications, the CO2 required could be obtained locally by low cost carbon capture from CO2 emitters

Shortly, it will become possible to economically capture CO2 from low volume CO2 emitters and from the atmosphere.

The purpose of this plan is to develop Carbon Capture Use and Storage (CCUSlocal) units which can capture CO2 from local emitters and to distribute this CO2 to local users. With the CCUSlocal units, it may also be possible to recover the CO2 from some of these users and recycle it. The CO2 captured may also be sequestered.

Benefits of CCUSlocal
  • Reduce the amount of CO2 manufactured to meet commercial use
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of the CO2 distribution network
  • Reduce the number of strong heavy metal CO2 storage tanks required for distribution
  • Many small emissions of CO2 being captured for use and sequestration
  • Possible to extract CO2 from the atmosphere.
  • Applicable wherever CO2 is produced or used globally
Initially procure the rights to set up a factory to manufacture Small Scale Carbon Capture units to produce bottled CO2 then set up franchises for local collection and delivery services across the UK then elsewhere in the world.
There are also specific applications with their own requirements for a complete system. Units for these applications would be developed and sold through franchises specific to that market.

There are also a wider range of applications involving cooperation with other manufacturers. These are being investigated.

Some of the local uses of CO2
Paint Ball Guns

Air Pistols
Beer and soft drink carbonation and dispensing in bars and restaurants

Food preservation

Fire Extinguishers


Soda Syphons
Carbonated Water Taps

Dry Ice Production
Soil Improvement

Concrete Production
Some Small Scale CO2 Emitters

Gas/Biofuel heaters/boilers in large buildings
Brewers and distillers
Wine making

Features of the CCUSlocal unit
To succeed in this market place, the characteristics of the CO2 capture unit must include:-
  • Be small to medium sized but can be grouped to scale up to larger units
  • Require no external equipment other that a pump to remove the pure CO2
  • Require little routine maintenance
  • Produce CO2 of high purity > 99%
  • Be able to produce CO2 of food use purity
  • Have versions that work with different temperatures of feedstock
  • Produce CO2 at a competitive price
It would also be useful to have versions which:-
  • Will extract CO2 from CH4 streams
  • Will extract CH4 from air streams
Such a technology is under development. It will be necessary to obtain licences to use this technology.

Future Developments

Tie up with a company producing activated carbon from coconut shells, coffee grounds etc. This produces CO2 and Activated Carbon that can be used to store methane.

The CO2 separation system may be modified to separate methane (CH4) from an air stream creating a valuable resource from animal sheds.

The separation system also be modified to separate CO2 from a mainly CH4 stream ( anaerobic digesters ) thus increasing its value.

Integrating CO2 use and CO2 recovery in bars to reduce drink delivery and ventilation costs

Initial Needs
Someone to take over, organise and finance this project. Owing to my advanced age, I am not in a position to take the lead in this operation.

Seed funding for “Proof of Concept”. Initially this involves liaison with the developer on the practicalities of the technology.

Promise of support to convince the developer that we are serious and can afford a license.
Once a license is obtained, must quickly build up production capacity, marketing, publicity and franchising effort.

Note that the separation technology can be scaled up for high volume applications.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Product Span of BTW Project

The BTW is an invention that has ramifications over a wide range of small, low speed, rough terrain wheeled vehicles. Among other applications, it provides a low cost solution to the “last mile” problem. As well as civilian applications, it has military and planetary exploration application.

All models below are electrically powered. 

Examples of applications where the BTW will improve performance include:-

1 Wheeled - Wheelbarrow

2 Wheeled – Hand Cart, Goods Trolley

3 or 4 Wheeled -

  • Civilian – Rough Terrain Wheelchair, Rough Terrain Remote Controlled or Autonomous Trolley, Autonomous Last Mile Delivery for Post, Parcels, Meals, Shopping etc., Disaster search and recovery.
  • Military – Foot soldier support, Light weapons platform, Advance listening post, Mine/IED detection and defuse. Could also be amphibian and be able to travel on snow, wetlands and sand.
  • Space – Moon, Mars and Asteroid exploration.
IP Status :- This is being investigated. The BTW itself is probably patentable. Whether the applications are would require advice from a patent agent

Professional Status :- I have a BSc (Hons) Degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Control Engineering. During my career I have designed systems for a wide variety of industries ranging from confectionery to nuclear reactors. I developed the world’s first digital chart recorder in 1976.

Contact :- I am Dr Alex B Gardiner. I am based in Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Date of Birth :- 16th November 1940

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Thursday, 4 July 2019

MilliChill- Save energy in cool drinks vending

MilliChill Project

Project Description :
The Problem :- The need to reduce the amount of power required to provide cool drinks in vending machines, other sales outlets and in the home.

The Solution :- Only chill the drinks after the selection of what to drink has been made. The cooling has to be done quickly.

In addition to reducing the power, there are other benefits:-
  1. The solution is CO2 based so a large amount of CO2 is sequestered across the many installations thus improving green credentials.
  2. Could simplify vending machines with the user transporting the drinks container from dispenser to chiller.
  3. Separates chilling from vending so that chilling units can be installed in a much wider range of outlets allowing these outlets to reduce their energy consumption. More advertising and green credits for product vendor.
  4. Lower installation and running costs would allow deployment to lower usage areas.
  5. The system could allows the customer to control the degree of chill.
  6. Has applications outwith the drinks vending market so could be licensed for these other applications, eg domestic soft drink, beer and wine chillers, ice maker, blast chiller, portable picnic chillers, dry-ice maker and dehumidifiers etc.
Worth to Product Vendor:- This is difficult to assess as there are a number of different factors.
  1. Addition product sales especially in traditional low usage areas.
  2. Higher adoption rates owing to lower running costs again giving greater sales and exposure.
  3. Could be retrofitted to existing vending machines with their refrigeration deactivated
  4. Greater customer satisfaction with chill level selection feature.
  5. Publicity around the various green benefits.
  6. Fees for licensing the technology for other non-vending uses.

IP Status :- This is being investigated. The system is probably patentable.

Professional Status :- I have a BSc (Hons) Degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Control Engineering. During my career I have designed systems for a wide variety of industries ranging from confectionery to nuclear reactors. I developed the world’s first digital chart recorder in 1976.

Contact :- I am Dr Alex B Gardiner. I am based in Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Date of Birth :- 16th November 1940

eMail :-