A Novel Dosing Pump to Prevent Clogs and Organic Overgrowth In AC Condensate Lines
Daniel Thomas
Colleyville, Texas
2022 Finalist
Colleyville Middle School
1100 Bogart Dr
Colleyville, TX 76034-6098
8th grade | 14 years old
Air conditioner condensate drain lines can clog every six to 12 months, costing millions in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) service calls and property damages. This issue can also cause severe health problems for the elderly and asthmatics due to organic overgrowths such as mold and Legionella bacteria. To address this issue, Daniel developed a solution using diluted chlorine to prevent overgrowth, a peristaltic pump, and an ESP8266 Wi-Fi programmer to time the dispensary of the chlorine. Daniel hopes his technique will produce fewer clogs and organic overgrowth in AC condensate lines, which will save homeowners and business money and reduce exposure to dangerous mold and bacteria.
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
The 3M Young Scientist Challenge will allow me to expand my research skills, and expand on my project. Being paired with a 3M scientist would allow me to do this and improve my knowledge.
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
I'm fascinated by transistors, how they work, and how small they have become. Transistors have changed the world. Transistors are a sort of switch, which turn on or off depending on the voltage applied. Hundreds of micro transistors together are what make up a computer chip. With transistors shrinking in size, the possibilities are almost endless.
In 15 years I hope to be...
In a STEM field that allows me to pursue my love and curiosity in math, science, and engineering.
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.” - Wayne Gretzky, and "You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the ocean in a drop." – Rumi
Daniel Thomas