HOW WE've DONE SO FAR
Once we proved the effectiveness of our Ice-Aid material in the arctic, we decided to explore other potential applications of our materials. Once we realized the opportunity of using our material to preserve water in drought-stricken California, we began an all-weather experiment on small bodies of water at our lab in San Jose, CA. Our results were extremely promising, and left us wanting to find a larger reservoir to see if we could achieve the same remarkable results.
Serene Lake, CA served as a multi-year test bed close to San Jose, CA where Ice911 is based. Given that covering the ice with sheets was ruled out at Lake Miquelon, we began to experiment with bead-like materials placed over the ice and contained them with everything from PVC pipe to laundry bags. Overall, we learned valuable lessons about what data to collect and how to transmit information for remote monitoring.
With the help of a leading ice expert at University of Alberta, Edmonton and our CTO of instrumentation, Satish Chetty, Ice911 launched it's first quantitative experiment at Lake Miquelon. The experiment proved invaluable in teaching Ice911 members about the intricacies of field testing in snowy conditions. In addition, using sheets to cover ice was ruled out due to their susceptibility to wind.
Our first field test proved instrumental in validating the efficacy of using reflective materials to preserve ice. Using a scrappy approach that included hula hoops to hold reflective sheets over the ice, we found them effective, though susceptible to wind. In addition, we found low-density polyurethane to be effective, but not cheap enough for large-scale application.