“We would have liked to invent Marty McFly’s flying skateboard”

 Alternative minds for alternative energy

Meet our most alternative partners and entrepreneurs. They talk about technological innovation and smart energy.

 They say they’d like to have invented the iconic hoverboard from Back to the Future. Instead, they developed ThERS (Thermal Energy Recovery System), a device that, placed in the exhaust pipe, uses exhaust gases to generate electricity. Twins, they share more than a surname; they share a passion for research. It is a passion that has led to them being chosen in the fourth edition of the Fundación Repsol Entrepreneurs Fund. Today we’ll learn a little more about them.

At what time of day do you get the best ideas?

In the morning is when we are more productive and also more receptive when it comes to making changes. It is well known that there are always surprises in the entrepreneurial world, and you must always be willing to change what you were working on.

What did you want to be when you were 8 years old?

Well at that age, I’m not sure we knew, although it was clear that we liked to do experiments and in fact one of them landed us up in hospital. And we dismantled anything we could get our hands on in order to investigate how things worked.

WHAT IS THE DISCOVERY YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

HAVING SUCCEEDED IN DESIGNING A SYSTEM WHICH, IN ADDITION TO TRANSFORMING THERMAN ENERGY DIRECTLY INTO ELECTRICITY, ADAPTS TO TEMPERATURE VARIATIONS TO PROTECT ITSELF. IT IS AN ADVANCE THAT ALLOWS THE TECHNOLOGY WE WORK WITH, THERMOELECTRICITY, TO ADAPT TO SITUATIONS THAT UNTIL NOW WERE UNFEASIBLE AND THUS BE MORE EFFICIENT.

What gadget would you like to have invented? 

Marty McFly’s flying skateboard in the film Back to the Future. What an invention!

What is your favourite sciencie fiction film?

Blade Runner and Mad Max. Let’s hope that the future that both predict is not fulfilled, although with the energy model we are accustomed, everything indicates otherwise.

For you innovation is…

A race in which an idea becomes a product with value for the customer. Along the way there are many obstacles and also competitors. It is a competition that allows us to advance as a society.

A technological device you can’t live without

The computer is one of them, obviously.

AN ANALOGUE DEVICE YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT

OUR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. MUSIC HELPS US DISTRACT OURSELVES AND ALSO ENHANCES OUR CREATIVITY. 

What would you say to a child who wants to be like you?

To be a researcher you have to study hard; study, first of all, to understand how the world works. Only then will you be able to think of new ways of doing things.

Three great things you think humans will see in the next 50 years

New sources of renewable energy and biofuels will be added to the energy mix to achieve increasingly sustainable cities. The industrialization of graphene will mark the beginning of the third industrial era, achieving, for example, ultra-fast communications networks, new cancer drugs, super batteries or electromagnetic shields. Smartphones will be replaced by augmented reality devices.

Datasheet: ThERS project

 

  • Edition: Idea presented in the fifth call of the Entrepreneurs’ Fund.
  • Phase: Incubation.
  • Description: ThERS (Thermal Energy Recovery System) is a device which, placed in the exhaust pipe of any combustion vehicle, takes advantage of exhaust gases, which are now discharged unused, to generate electricity. That energy allows us to increase the efficiency of the vehicle and, ultimately, save fuel and reduce emissions of polluting gases.

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