Emergency Onsite Energy & Water Anytime Using Air Microgrid

Emergency Onsite Energy & Water Anytime Using Air Microgrid

From Varnell Castor

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                            “Onsite energy and water anytime”


Hope all is well. I am an entrepreneur innovating for energy and water resilience during this time of crisis that FEMA and global citizens can adopt to convert air, which a 24/7-accessible resource, into electricity and water. We are raising funds for our 501c3 scientific organization. Donations will go towards further research, development, testing, scaling, collecting third-party data, and educational programs of our U.S. and PCT patent-pending onsite energy and water solution, namely the Air to Electricity & Water Microgrid.


                 What is the Air to Electricity & Water Microgrid?

We developed a cheaper, cleaner scalable energy and water solution that is vital to agriculture and areas with unreliable access to electricity and water. Our NASA ITech-recognized, patent-pending microgrid is a dual mode resource extraction solution that primarily collects onsite air and manipulates it as recycled air pressure as storable, high-density compressed air to produce high density electricity and to harvest airborne moisture for hydration purposes, all while incorporated renewables work as a auxiliary source of power with batteries. This solution can be used to generate, store and sell not only onsite high-density electricity in areas with unreliable grid, but also can also provide water when there is a shortage during an emergency. Energy and water, both of which are facilitated by our microgrid, can further facilitate onsite, personal agricultural production and growth during social distancing.

As business platforms, we are utilizing not only our 501c3 nonprofit arm, Castor Air 2 Electricity & Water Solutions Inc., in order to initiate providing utility services, to mobilize our cleantech R&D efforts, to create awareness, to promote licensing through our Minority Business Enterprise-Certified forprofit arm, Monkeytech International LLC, as well as to connect with the private sector on federal grants and support partnerships. 

Why does society need The Air to Electricity & Water Microgrid?

 - Due to climate change, hurricanes have been stronger and more frequent. 

- Fallen transmission lines like in Puerto Rico result in blackouts for months and cost millions to repair  

- Of the 1.2 billion world citizens who live in the dark, around 550 million live in Sub-Sahara Africa

- In developing countries, only 75% of citizens have access to power. 

- Even for the wealthy, the limited supply makes it availability unreliable and frequent power outages are a reality for residents.


Logistics resupply of power, both fuel and batteries, is a major burden on residents as well as a Warfighter, all of which can limit their desired operations. The USMC Expeditionary Energy Strategy and Implementation Plan state an ultimate goal of eliminating liquid fuel needs except for mobility platforms by 2025. Several renewable energy efforts are underway to get the Army closer to this goal; however, most of these efforts are focused on technologies that are most efficient in open sunny locations. With the Army and the Marine Corps push to the Pacific and locations where the terrain will consist of denser foliage areas, the more standard solar and wind technologies will not be as effective. There is a need for technology that can harvest energy in covered locations, particularly in space, which would reduce the total logistical burden of fuel and batteries. 

Currently, all fielded renewable energy systems require open uncovered locations for deployment. Systems such as wind and solar do not perform well near or under covered locations such as in forests or jungles. A disadvantage of renewables is reliability – both conversion and storage need to be addressed adequately, particularly since cumbersome renewables offer trickle energy where storage of energy is typically between 4-7 hours due to renewables requiring a large number of units to achieve high-density energy output.    

Known harvesting technology that can be used in covered locations such as waste-to-energy technology is currently too bulky, time-consuming to initiate and unreliable for small units of Marines. Other efforts have been looked at such as micro-hydro turbines, hand crank generators, and biomass energy converters. All of these systems have had deficiencies in ether size, weight, operational area limitation, or ease of deployment, making them currently unsuitable for wide use. The Army deploys in a variety of environments and needs advanced technology that will allow for harvesting of available energy in locations that are covered.

The main obstacles with current standalone renewable energy sources are that it is expensive (because the relative energy-conversion efficiency is still very low and its expensive start-up cost) and unreliable (due to unpredictable weather conditions and/or expensive energy storage cost).


                                              Energy Market 

- Across the world, around 1.3 billion people still have no access to electricity, and 87% of these people live in rural areas where the extension of the grid is impracticable

- Some $162 billion will be spent on electricity access through 2030, but the number needs to more than double for electricity to reach everyone on the planet.

- Decentralized energy from community-level grids and small solar kits will, however, bring first-time electricity to more people than the grid and will continue to do so every year from the mid-2020s onward. 


                                      What is a Microgrid?

- A microgrid is a scaled-down generator and storage station.

- Current microgrids can help to provide local, regional and global electrification, as well as stability and resiliency to these areas, ultimately helping to pull a large portion of society out of energy poverty. 

-  Some $162 billion will be spent on electricity access through 2030, but this number needs to more than double for electricity to reach everyone on the planet. Bloomberg NEF's recently published report titled Powering the Last Billion maps out an integrated view on universal electricity access, quantifying the roles that the main grid, microgrids, and solar home systems can play. The grid will continue to be the solution of choice for those living near it already, or where power demand is high. Decentralized energy from community-level grids and small solar kits will, however, bring first-time electricity to more people than the grid every year from the mid-2020s onwards. Microgrids can help to provide electrification, as well as stability and resiliency to these areas, ultimately helping to pull a large portion of society out of energy poverty.

- Unfortunately,  solar is trickle energy that is limited to time of day, wind is erratic and limited to regional circumstances, and combustibles like fossil fuels and natural gas are costly, limited and are worsening climate change. We can do better as a society.

                 Again, what is the Air to Electricity & Water Microgrid?

The A2E&W Microgrid, namely the Air to Electricity & Water Microgrid, is a self-Sustaining pressure conversion energy system that uses renewables and batteries to initiate systemic operations of the compressor motor, which then converts and stores onsite resource - air - to generate high density electricity. 

As an added measure, the motor harvesting onsite air siphons and stores airborne moisture in the tank, which can then be filtered and used for any hydrating purpose.

In summation, the A2E&W Microgrid, namely the Air to Electricity and Water Microgrid, can be configured into 2 modes: A High Density Energy Configuration (namely the Air to Electricity Mode) and a Water Harvesting Configuration (namely the Air to Water Mode). 


                 Benefits of Air to Electricity & Water Microgrid

- A2E&W is an energy harvester as it harvests and stores not only solar as a renewable onsite resource but also air as an onsite, 24/7-accessible, storable, high density energy resource to produce high density electricity anytime and anywhere air is accessible.

- A2E&W Microgrid gives you personalized or onsite access to energy that is stored in batteries for all-day access. 

- A2E&W Microgrid gives you personalized or onsite water harvester. On a warm sunny day (say 80 F degrees, a fully-loaded 50 HP air compressor from the 1kw 2kwh Residential Power Model will collect about 15.3 gallons of condensed water in an 8-hour period (1.91 gallon per hour or 46 gallons total in 24 hours). The average consumer uses between 80-100 gallons of water daily for baths (36 gallons), showers (5 gallons per minute), brushing teeth (1 gallon), hands/face washing (1 gallon or 128 ounces), dishwasher (6-16 gallons), dish washing by hand (8-27 gallons), clothes washer (25 gallons), toilet flush (3 gallons), and drinking water (8 ounces per small glass).

*As a future utility company, an affordable Water Bill Charge can be pursued by us once we secure funds to mass produce and scale the microgrid. The 2018 Average Fixed Charge ($28.44) + Usage Charge ($21.56) = $50.00 monthly fee; $50.00 monthly fee x 12 months = $600 annual per month charge; $600 annually x 1000 units yearly = $600,000 annual profit from water charge only; but to donors through this crowdfunding, donors can get a unit without an electricity or water bill.





                                        Market Opportunity

The Air to Electricity and Water Microgrid goes a step further than existing microgrids because it can be dropped into any region to provide utility services

Instead of using costly, limited harmful combustibles, Castor Solution Inc.'s Air to Electricity and Water Microgrid uses safe, 24/7-accessible and powerful air as well as renewables as secondary energy source and batteries for all-day access to energy.

Since our pressure-recycling energy generator and storage system is scalable in size for various needs, applications include the following:

- Military & Defense Applications

      - Base power

      - Handheld power for Warfighter equipment

      - Electric vehicle power

      - Space (Pressurized gas energy converter)

- Aerospace Applications

      - Battery-Powered aircraft

      - Drones

      - The International Space Station

- Green Building Applications

      - Disaster Relief

      - Residential power

      - Commercial/Industrial power

      - Utility-Scaled Power

      - Backup for Existing Solar or Wind

      - Standalone power for campaigns

- Transportation Applications

      - EV-to-Grid applications

      - Battery-Operated transportations

      - Mars explorer vehicles                   


Castor Solutions Inc has segmented the market into four distinct target market groups due to less hurdles, ease of awareness and to create awareness in these fields. The first group is architects who are building

Castor Solutions Inc and MonkeytechInternational LLC will focus on the several groups of customers:

Home or Building Owners: Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Etc.

Car Manufacturers (as An Onboard Recharging System for Electric Vehicles)

Transportation, Including Aerospace

Military: Handheld Power and Base Power, Drone Power, Etc. 

The customer group is made up of professional developers and architect. Architects have developed a strategic relationship with Castor Solutions Inc and Monkeytech International LLC to offer value-added-services for their clients.

  • The developer firms typically have two - nine partners.
  • Offer both residential and commercial design work; however, 67% of their work is commercial.
  • The firms typically have only a handful of service providers that they work with. This means that once they find someone they trust, they develop a long-term relationship with that service provider.
  • Yearly revenue ranges from $200 thousand - $5 million.

Car Manufacturers (as an Onboard Recharging System for Electric Vehicles) 

This segment contains car manufacturers that have environmental concerns and a recognition that it can be cost effective to have cars made with environmental considerations, they have requested both Castor Solutions Inc's and Monkeytech international LLC's assistance. They are generally working directly with Castor Solutions Inc and Monkeytech international LLC for their design needs and will likely then take this design criterion to their engineers.


The transportation segment involves all-electric vehicular applications including unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) like the Predator drone, electric vehicle-to-grid applications, electric airplanes, electric buses and trains, as well as space exploration vehicles that could benefit from an uninterruptible power supply.  

Military: Handheld Power and Base Power, Drone Power, Etc.

The military segment involves military engineers in the manufacturing of military gargets like drone power, handheld power and base powers that are environmentally friendly and energy conservative.


                               Sales & Revenue Strategy

 a. handheld or backpack power (70W 140WH)       | Sell

 b. desktop power (340W 576WH)                              | Sell

 c.low residential power (1KW 2KWH)                       | Lease

 d. electric vehicle power (2.5KW 5KWH)                   | Lease

 e. high residential power (5KW 10KWH)                   | Lease

 f. residential power (100MW+)                                  | Lease 

2.      Work with private sector to establish communications with Procurement Officers from Military and FEMA:

                  - Air Force Research Laboratories’ BAA Number FA8650-18-S-5008: “Government Requirement for Advanced Power and Energy (G.R.A.P.E.)” - (2018) 

                  - US Army  (CERDEC) Broad Agency Announcement W56KGU-15-R-0032: “Power and Energy for Soldier, Mobile, and Tactical Grid Applications” - (2018) 

3.      Market and promote our microgrid technology to Military, utility companies, and FEMA in order to serve as vendors and complete order purchases. 

4.      Work with manufacturers to develop and deliver parts for 100 x 1kW 2kW Residential Power Units for YR1 for leasing agreements purposes (Monkeytech will assemble, test and deliver units to customers) 

5.      Work with manufacturers to develop and deliver parts for 100 x 70w 140wh Handheld Power Units and 100 x 340W 576Wh Desktop Power Units for YR1 for sales purposes (Monkeytech will assemble, test and deliver units to customers)

6.      Work with utility companies, Military, UN, World Development Banks, FEMA, and EV manufacturers to establish global energy export services in order to expand sales and leasing opportunities to Military-approved, global U.S. allies.  



1. The models below 1kw 2kwh – Handheld/Backpack and Desktop models -  will be offered as a one-time sale, and

2. All other models, 1kw 2kwh and above, will be leased and utility service usage will be meter-based. Each unit will charge the following reoccurring fees:

  1. monthly lease fee ---------------------------------------(1kw 2kwh) ------- $42/mo  (@7 years)  

  2. electrical generation and usage (meter-based) --(1kw 2kwh) -------- $50/mo

  3. water consumption (meter-based) -----------------(1kw 2kwh )-------- $40/mo


This series A Round of crowdfunding will focus on the scaling and construction of individualized 1KW small home models for utility services:

Utility Sales Strategies ( Both Electricity & Water ):

  - Model 1 – off-base generation or outside of installations but installation procures and consumes all energy and water.

  - Model 2 – on-base generation, installation consumes no energy and 3rd party exports all energy and water.

  - Model 3 – Traditional PPA or Power Purchasing Agreement, on-base generation and installation consumes all.

This series A Round of crowdfunding will also focus on the scaling and construction of 70W handheld or backpack models for outdoor enthusiasts and Warfighters in the Military so they can produce electricity and water on the go:



                                   Awards & Recognition  

1. 2018 – VODAFONE Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project Challenge – Top 8 Finalist –


2. 2018 – NASA iTech Cycle II ENERGY CHALLENGE – Top 25 Semifinalist (#7 on list)  - https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/itech/feature/iTech_Selects_25_Semifinalists_in_Energy_Competition

                                         Management Team

A strong management team is vital to business success. Some of our management team, including our long-term professor/advisor, are part-time now, but they will be available for full-time employment when funds are present. The management team includes: 

- Varnell Castor - Founder/CEO/Inventor & Co-Principal Investigator 

Quality Control, Logistics, Administrative Support Mr. Varnell M. Castor leads the administrative support team and oversees the goal to increase existing performance capacity of off-grid renewable microgrids by commercializing his existing patent-pending model to provide direct leasing for utility services. As a turnkey innovator, Mr. Castor has over seven years of experience in the renewable energy sector, particularly research and development in microgrids, mainly onsite energy harvesting and onsite water harvesting microgrid technologies. He has seven years of experience in the for-profit industry as well, particularly in Monkeytech International, LLC., a for-profit that also focuses on the sales of water and energy. As CEO, he executed investment of seed funding financing into a project, oversaw usage of project funds, and orchestrated projects. As Scientific Researcher, he researched for 7+ years the fundamental research and development, as well as applications of the project in its entirety from start to finish Varnell Castor, has the leadership experience, management skillset, and hands-on electrical and mechanical engineering background to lead product development and oversee its tech-to-market transition. Mr. Castor completed the design and construction of the microgrid, gaining on-hand experience in fabricating parts, developing energy systems, and commercializing to scale up using both a for-profit tech business for sales and revenue and a tech. Mr. Castor earned a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Boston and Associates in Liberal Arts from the North Shore Community College.

- Jaimin Jha - Research Operations Manager

Quality Control, Logistics, Administrative Support Jaimin Jha has completed his Masters in Electrical Engineering from NYU Tandon School of Engineering. During his Masters, he had completed a thesis on Analytical Solution of Electromagnetic Problem for Wireless Power Transfer System. Here, he came up with the analytical solution for calculating the field components for multilayered wireless power transfer system. Mr. Jha has completed his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, India. His focus of the study was power systems.   Jaimin Jha is currently working as the Principal Investigator at Monkeytech International, LLC. (for-profit) moreover, Castor Air 2 Electricity & Water Solutions Inc. (501c3 nonprofit and sister company to Monkeytech International LLC). His work here is to develop a computer-based model and real-time model for a higher rating of the energy harvester. He also works at TRC Solutions as a Commissioning Engineer, where he works at utility substations and is responsible for the control and protection system upgradation. He has worked at Torrent Power, India as an Executive Officer in Transmission Projects Department. Jaimin obtained vocational training at Reliance Industries Ltd. and Electrotherm India Ltd.

- Waleska Vazquez-CPA - Administrative Support, Accounting

Waleska Vazquez is an administrative support professional offering versatile office management skills and proficiency in Microsoft   Office programs. She is a strong planner and problem solver who readily adapts to change works independently and exceeds expectations since she can juggle multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines without compromising quality. Miss. Vazquez has served as an Office Manager, a Client Service Professional, and a   District Bookkeeper from 1999 to Present at H& R Block in Malden, Massachusetts. She has handled multifaceted clerical tasks (e.g., data entry, filing, records management) as the Office Manager. She has maintained the database and ensured the office run as the company wants it, which allowed her to quickly become a trusted Office Manager known for "can-do" attitude, flexibility and high-quality work.    As a bookkeeper, she supported H&R Block online application, on-line banking, H&R star web application, PeopleSoft, and balance 14 office daily end of the day. Miss. Vazquez balanced Bank statements, managed timesheets, approved payroll and account for payroll check and make sure they got to the offices on time. She was also responsible for Hire/Rehire/Transfer administration for employees and well as an avid role in supporting District/Assistant District Managers.

R&D Partners include New York University Tandon School of Engineering and their following staff:

Prof. Francisco De Leon (Ph.D.) - Logistics, Administrative Support 

Prof. De Leon is working as an associate professor at NYU. During his tenure he has guided many Masters and Ph.D. students and has authored in 100 papers. He has great experience working in power systems, heating systems and storage systems. He will be guiding the principle investigators as well as a Masters student who will be developing and testing the model. 


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