I learned that there is much more to creating a fully functioning product than just creating a concept and a rudimentary rendering. I learned that every single aspect of the tree must be taken into account before thinking about creating a working prototype and that even though a concept was created in regards to one market, it can be changed as it might better fit another market. This concept began with the idea of creating a system that looked like a tree to exist within society, that can generate renewable energy and water for general consumption. But evolved into a concept to house a sustainable algae generating system within a tree that is powered by the everything that was a part of the old concept; allowing for the tree to be self sustaining and operate independently from any local power grid.
This concept of an algae generating system that is housed within a structure that mimics the visual characteristics of a tree or bush, has the potential to be very viable within the next couple of years. By solving the problems that plague traditionally tested forms of algae generation, this concept would be able to create and dominate its own market with the capability of being deployed in any city, in any country on the planet where any form of plant life can grow. Therefore, this concept, if fleshed out fully, can lead to the creation of an untapped sustainable renewable biofuel market that is bound to begin, as we near the end of the supply of traditional fossil fuels.
Through my work with the ZIP Idea Lab, I learned that creating a finalized product takes not only copious amounts of time but also copious amounts of reflection, inflection, doubt and overall perseverance and problem solving through all of that to come up with the best product possible. I also learned that a concept is only good if it can survive as a product on a market and therefore the viability of a concept should always be taken into consideration at each step to ensure that the work that’s being done is so that the product can reach its maximum potential.