Supplying energy demand:
What if every step you take could produce low-emitting energy that would power your city or town? As you walk down Madison Avenue, each step you take contributes to the powering of the street lamps or the traffic lights. Wouldn’t that be an ideal “smart city” situation; a closed loop that feeds into each other. Creating different renewable energy options is vital in making developed countries less dependent on fossil fuels and supplying a much needed demand for developing countries.
- British technology company Pavegen, created a flooring that system produces power with each step; they want to put this technology in Lagos, Nigeria’s soccer stadium.
- Lagos Nigeria has 17 million people and there is serious stress on the grid; 80% of the population rely on diesel generators.
- The pitch states that with this new flooring, the footsteps of the footballers will power the stadium during a game.
- This technology was used in Paris’ 2013 marathon (the picture above) but there are limitations in developing countries: how to implement it in rural areas and cost-effectiveness.
Website: The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pavegen-soccer-field-lagos-nigeria_us_569d467ae4b0778f46fa602c
Title: This High-Tech Soccer Field Generates Its Own Electricity — From The Players
Author: Casey Williams
- Local government
- Owners of stadiums
- Local people
- Understand the cost-effectiveness, and energy produced from tiles that were placed in Paris Marathon
- Get funding from investors to replicate project on a larger scale (soccer stadium)
- Pick a region that would benefit the most from this technology
- Work with local government, private sector and public to identify obstacles/limitations
Reducing food waste
Most people forget what they have in their fridge, especially if it is in one of the drawers or in the way back. It is such a pain to come home from the grocery store with a bag of eggplants just to see you had three eggplants in that drawer no one opens.One solution would be to make eggplant parmigiana but if you don’t have the time or the eggplants are moldy, the old eggplants will turn into food waste. .
- Samsung is realeasing a new frige in the UK in the Fall; it is called the Family Hubrefrigerator
- The refrigerator is connected to the internet by wifi and it has three cameras so people can see what is in their fridge while shopping.
- Amaxon’s Alexa is also a feature and the fridge could take notes, play music, etc.
- It has a triple cooling system to keep your food fresher for longer (no bad eggplants!)
Website: The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jul/14/tech-innovations-that-could-reduce-food-waste
Title: “Tech Innovations that could reduce food waste”
Author: Rebecca Smithers
- Create a marketing and add campaign
- Work with retailers in certain regions for pilot program
- See if demand is there and if it is release in other regions
- Create a rebate incentive to get more customers
Reducing energy usage
During the summer months energy usage to power air conditioners, fans and other electronic devices not only can put a strain on the local energy company but it can also put on strain on people’s wallet. Not only is an empty wallet irritating but coming home to a hot humid day after riding a crowded subway is also annoying. Looking into ways to save energy, provide a cool apartment and saving money is on the horizon.
- Mentions how GE, Frigidaire and Friedrich are looking into technologies that could turn on air conditioning remotely
- Friedrich partnered with ThinkEco provides customers remote operational control and energy demand response
- This gives more incentives for people to join their utility company’s “smart energy program”
- Electrolux has also partnered with ThinkEco and created a cash incentive with local utilities
Website: Twice, http://www.twice.com/news/room-air/ge-launches-first-smart-acs-friedrich-flaunts-power-grid-connection/61973
Title: “GE Launches First Smart ACs; Friedrich, Frigidaire Flaunt Power Grid Connection”
Author: Alan Wolf
- AC companies
- Home Appliance manufacturers
- Utility Companies
- Partner with home appliance manufacturers
- Partner with utility companies after manufacturers are on board
- Create an incentive program for customers or integrate technology into “save energy program”
- Market to customers and educate them about the benefits
Waste in Oceans
The Oceans account for roughly 70% of our planet, yet a lot of waste ends up in the oceans. This waste has negative affects on the species that live there and ecosystems. There is no real management system of waste in the Oceans and there is no way to really collect it. With a growing human population, economic growth and consumption the levels of waste in the oceans will increase substantially.
- Saltwater Brewery and We Believers have partnered together to create the first edible beer can packaging
- The product is made from byproducts of the brewing process; the product is made out of wheat and barley
- Animals could eat the product and if it is not eaten it is biodegradable
- These six pack holders are as strong as their plastic counter-parts
Article: “Edible six-pack rings feed rather than strangle, wildlife”
- Breweries/beer companies
- Manufacturing companies
- Advertising agencies
- The first step would be finding several different breweries and beer companies that would want to use this product
- The second step would be to find investors and funders that could make the price of this edible six pack reasonable that breweries and companies would want to use it
- Create enough demand for this product so production cost would be lower
- Create an ad campaign and work with a business savvy NGO that would intrigue the public.
Waste Management in Cities
It is predicted that in the next twenty years waste levels will more than double in developing and underdeveloped nations. It is important to use technology and build a system that will aid in fixing this problem and disposing of waste properly.
- Ecube Labs is a Korean based start-up that produces solar-powered waste bins; cities can monitor levels of trash in each bin and the technology compacts the waste.
- The technology has been implemented in Santa Marta, Colombia and Ibague; there are 130 “clean cubes”.
- Smart Bins are good for cities because drivers don’t have to waste time on checking on empty bins or bins do not get overfilled.
- An app can tell drivers when a bin needs to be emptied and this can save about 80% of waste management operational costs.
Article: “Internet of bins: smart, solar powered trashcans in Colombian cities” by Elaine Ramirez
Company Website: http://ecubelabs.com/
- Local Government administration
- Drivers of the waste management company
- Managers of the waste management company
- Citizens of that city
- Informal waste pickers
- Work with the local government to find areas that suffer from waste overflow
- Teach local waste management drivers and managers about the technology; have three to four sessions.
- Advertise in the community and with informal waste pickers of the new technology and how it will be better for all.
1. Sustainable Problem
Waste Management: Plastic Bottle Waste
Plastic bottle waste is a major concern because it estimated that more than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills or in the oceans a day. Only 1 out of 5 plastic bottles are recycled and with a majority of the world using them, there needs to be a solution.
2. Summary of Article
Article: New Shirt combines technology and sustainability
- The FC Barcelona team uses Nike’s AeroSwift technology.
- The uniforms are made out of plastic bottles, which are melted down into a fine yarn.
- Each uniform uses 16 plastic bottles.
- Since 2010 three billion plastic bottles have been diverted from landfills.
- Professional athletes that are partnered with Nike
- High School athletes
- Other athletic wear companies
- Clothing manufacturers
4. Deployment Strategy
- Partner with a waste collection company that provides the plastic bottles
- Find a manufacturer that will melt the plastic bottles into a thin yarn
- Partner with a professional team or athlete that will use it for their games
- Educate the public through ads and introduce to commercial stores
By: Mili Patel (mmp2203)
1: Sustainability Problem: Civic Engagement and Energy
Many developing and under-developing nations like the Philippines rely on kerosene lamps, battery lamps or candles.These types of sources can be unreliable and expensive. The lack of access to electricity in these types of nations is a civic concern that has a direct impact on a persons standard of life (i.e. education, nutrition and health).
2: Article: Brilliant SALt lamp runs 8 hours on just 1 glass of salty water (Katie Medlock)
Website Name: inhabitat.com
- The Sustainable Alternative Lighting project creates lamps that run on salt and water. It can also run on ocean water.
- Operates 8 hours a day and with proper maintenance can last 6 months.
- Many homes in the Philippines are vulnerable to fires because of the primary use of candles and paraffin lamps; SALT lamps prevent unnecessary fires to homes.
- Able to charge smartphones and could be used to charged electronic devices.
Citizens of underdeveloped Nations , Consumers in Developed Nations, Businesses and Non-Profits
4: Steps to deploy:
- Partner with businesses to secure funding and investment to make the lamps. Create a business plan that could use this product in several different markets (i.e. camping equipment or preparedness kits for disaster storms). This could make it viable to give these lamps for a lower price to help under developed nations.
- Research several areas that could be a testing ground to sell or give this product. Criteria could be: need of electricity, risks that are related to lack of electricity and is the government corrupt or not
- Partner with Governments and local NGOs that want to “buy” the lamp and aid in creating an implementation plan, educational plan and “customer service” hubs to give these lamps to the citizens in need.