如果美国总统川普多跟Derek COWBURN交流,中美可能就不会打贸易战了。If President Donald TRUMP has more communication with Derek COWBURN, the US-China trade war may not happen.

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Derek 与马云在2016年深圳国际双创周合影

Photo of Derek Cowburn (R) with Jack Ma (L) during the 2016 National Mass Innovation and Entrepreneurship Week in Shenzhen

印第安纳州能源创新企业LumenCache的创始人兼首席执行官Derek COWBURN (科伯恩) 2016年首次访问深圳,源于中美科技界交流计划“中美清洁能源研究联合计划”,过去两年他在深圳华强北打造“不交流”计划,他们的硬件产品正在研发的产品是直流电网络。而不是使用我们已经使用130年的交流网电网络。

Derek 在2016年加入世界最大硬件加速器HAX(海客思),开始在华强北0-1的历程,与一般初创企业不同的是,Derek 本身及团队在业内已有一定基础。

Thanks to a Chinese-US joint program on clean energy research, Derek COWBURN, founder and chief executive officer of Indiana-based energy innovator LumenCache, visited Shenzhen for the first time in 2016.

Lured by Shenzhen’s manufacturing industry and eager to learn more about it, Cowburn applied to join HAX – one of the world’s largest hardware accelerators based in Futian District – and was accepted. He arrived in Shenzhen that year and started working and living in the city.

Derek created a hardware product that replaces the way we power the inside of buildings. His platform replaces traditional high-voltage AC power distribution in buildings with a new standard more appropriate to the low power needs and digital capabilities of electronic devices, such as LED lights.

“The piece that I’m working on is the DC networking. Instead of using alternating current that we’ve been using for 130 years, we use direct current which is what our electronics, solar panels and batteries use,” explained Derek.

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Derek (左)参加中美清洁能源论坛

Derek (left) in IAB Meeting Panel Discussion: Defining the Goals of CERC-BEE 2.0

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Derek 与中国清洁能源专家交流

Derek shared with Chinese clean technology experts

“我的职业生涯始于建筑自动化系统,运行和操作建筑物的电脑。1988年,我在制药园区实习,在智能建筑领域被真正聪明的人包围。有4000名科学家,工程师和商人校园。他们做制造和研究。建筑控制比制造毒品的要求更高。“Derek回忆道。

“My career started out building automation systems, the computers that run and operate buildings. I was an intern at a pharmaceutical campus in 1988 and was surrounded by really bright people in the smart building field. There were 4,000 scientists, engineers and businesspeople on this campus. They did manufacturing and research. The building controls were more complex than the controls that made the drugs,” he recalled.

从交流到直流 从无到有

From AC to DC, Wireless to Wired

Derek 的研究是颠覆性的,从交流电到直流电,同时要从无线到有线。他认为现时人们太迷恋无线产品,事实却是如果器械是有线的,设计及操作会更简单,只要有能源便可。而有线产品较无线产品更节能,因为不用一直在连接讯号。

He has always been frustrated about the way the world is heading. “Right now, most companies have all these wireless products, which are very easy for startups to make. The problem is they never quite meet the reliability mark and they are not as efficient as a wired solution,” said Derek.

Derek的系统引起了劳伦斯伯克利国家实验室和中国住建部的兴趣,因为他们意识到这样可以提高效率。最近更与全球喜马拉雅探险队的创始人Paras Loomba结缘,该组织寻求通过太阳能提供清洁能源,教育和无线连接。有助于提高农村人口生活水平的力量。

The system drew the interest of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Chinese housing ministry because they realized that our product can improve efficiency. He was introduced to Paras Loomba, founder of the Global Himalayan Expedition, which is a group seeking to provide access to clean energy, education and wireless connectivity through solar power to help improve the living standards of rural populations.

LumenCache 最近中选了香港科学园牵头的STARS项目,评委包括中电、智慧城市联盟及阿里巴巴创业基金等。Derek及其企业,将会成为深港科创协同发展的最佳例子。

LumenCache recently accepted by Hong Kong STARS program by a selection committee including CLP Power, SmartCity Consortium, and Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund. Derek will be the best model of Shenzhen-Hong Kong Sci-tech Innovation cooperation.

长居深圳 融入各阶层

Lives as Shenzhener
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Derek 最爱共享单车

Derek loves shared bicycle (source: Shenzhen Daily)

Derek 在深圳主要活动在福田区,在购物公园居住,华强北工作,他最爱是骑着共享单车,往返这4公里的距离,同时一边观察这个城市丰活的生活场景。

对于Derek 来说,深圳人看来人人都很开心,即使他的中文水平有限,他也乐于沟通,同时发现在这里有很多人正努力让很多新事物发生,这将会带来真正的工业革命。

Living near CocoPark and working in Huaqiangbei, Derek loves riding shared bikes to work every day, covering the 4-kilometer trip while watching the rich life in the district.

For Derek, it’s incredible that everybody looks happy here. “Even with my limited language, I love meeting people here. There are so many people and so many things going on all the time in Shenzhen. There are so many people eager to be part of something really industry-changing.”

想听听Derek COWBURN的故事,想与华强北织梦者交流,请参与一带一路才聚华强北第七期。

Please join us for the 7th Happy Hour @ HQB to share the stories of Derek COWBURN and meet other dream makers.

 

Derek COWBURN, LumenCache创始人

从交流到直流  从无线到有线

时间:8月21日(星期二)   17:00-19:00

地点:赛格广场12楼  赛格众创空间咖啡吧

语言:英文(如有需要,现场人员会作简短翻译)

费用 :免费

Derek COWBURN, Founder, LumenCache

From AC to DC, Wireless to Wired

Time: August 21 (Tuesday) 17:00-19:00

Venue: Coffee Bar, SegMaker+, 12/F SEG Plaza

Language: English (Brief translation if needed)

Fees: Free

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