Electronic Waste Water Filter

Water contaminated with solid and electronic waste at the landfill at Vijyaipura, on the outskirts of Bangalore, India.

1) Sustainability Problem: Toxins in Water

Technology has create electronic waste in waters. It creates toxic environments and destroys natural habitats and processes.

2) Technology: A water filter to remove electronic waste

article: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/american-student-wins-2015-stockholm-junior-water-prize-for-revolutionizing-method-to-remove-electronic-waste-from-water/

  • Created by American student, Perry Alagappan, who won the 2015 Stockholm Junior Water Prize for this revolutionizing method to remove toxic waste from water
  • Uses nanotechnology to create a first-of-its-kind filter
  • Removes 99% of heavy metal contaminants from drinking and industrial wastewater
  • The solution is scalable from household to industrial use

3) Stakeholders:

  • Perry Alapaggan
  • Technology manufacturers/providers
  • Areas with toxic water problems
  • Water management facilities

4) Implementation

  • Scale the project and define the first target location/group
  • Determine costs for the target location
  • Fund raise for the costs of the target location
  • Prove whether or not the technology works and is beneficial when applied to target location

Smog Sucking Tower

Article:
Dan Roosegaarde’s Smog-Sucking Tower Will Clean the Skies of China

by Cat DiStasio, Published 6/29/2016 on inhabitat at http://inhabitat.com/dan-roosegaardes-smog-free-project-china-tackles-air-pollution-in-5-cities-this-year/

1. Sustainability Problem: Health & Safety / Air quality

Over population and pollution leads to smog in densely populated areas. Smog poses many health and safety risks for humans and the environment. Smog kills about 4,000 people every day in China.

2. Technology: Smog Vacuum

  • 23 foot tall air purifier called Smog Free Tower (the designer also makes Smog Free Jewelry)
  • Sucks up smog from the top like a vacuum, filters the air, and then releases clean air through its six-sided vents
  • Can clean 30,000 cubic meters of air/hour
  • Uses green energy

3. Stakeholders

  • Governments
  • NGOS
  • Health and safety practitioners
  • City residents

4. Deployment

  • Raise awareness
  • Raise funding
  • Convince people that they need smog free towers in their city

Additional Sources: http://www.techinsider.io/daan-roosegaarde-smog-free-tower-turns-pollution-into-fine-jewelry-2016-6

 

Biology Inspired Cooling Technology

Article:
Solar-powered Mistbox slashes summer cooling costs

by Katie Medlock, Published 5/22/2016 on inhabitat at http://inhabitat.com/solar-powered-mistbox-slashes-summer-cooling-costs/

1. Sustainability Problem: Energy

Rising temperatures increase energy demand for air cooling methods. The hotter it gets, the more energy it takes for condenser units to produce cold air.

2. Technology: Mistbox

  • Using the concept of human perspiration-evaporation cooling method, Mistbox created an affordable and easy to install device to mist any style AC unit
  • Self-manages to determine when your AC unit needs some help and will emit mist to cool the air around the unit and in-turn increase the cooling capacity of the system and use less energy
  • Completely solar powered, and qualifies for a tax credit
  • Saves 30% or more on monthly energy bills and comes with an app to track your savings, pays for itself within on summer!

3. Stakeholders

  • Cooling system manufacturers
  • Mistbox investors and employees
  • Energy companies
  • Potential, future and current AC unit owners

4. Deployment

  • Distribute to large and popular home improvement and home good stores
  • Increase awareness of Mistbox technology, savings, and tax credits
  • Teach people how to install the technology to existing units

 

Liam – Improving the LifeCycle of iPhones

1. Sustainability Problem: Waste

There are billions of technology products and they are constantly being replaced by by new or different technologies, but in a world with limited resources and over-flowing landfills, we can not discard all of our old gadgets to landfills and rely on freshly sourced materials to build the replacements. Improper disposal of technology can be dangerous due to toxic chemicals in the battery, such as cobalt and lithium.

2. Technology: Liam The Robot

Article:
Apple Just Unveiled a Blazing Fast iPhone Recycling Robot

by Lacey Cook, Published 3/21/2016 on inhabitat at http://inhabitat.com/apple-unveils-iphone-recycling-robot-and-launches-major-apple-renew-initiative/apple-liam-iphone-recycling-robot-1/

  • In March, Apple introduced a new member of the Apple Renew program, Liam, a robotic arm
  • Liam is programmed specifically to dismantle iPhones into reusable parts and safely recycle toxic materials found in the battery such as lithium, and cobalt
  • Once dismantled, the parts will be broken down further to be reintroduced into the global supply chain
  • Apple provides pre-paid package labels to customers returning old or unwanted devices, they will also receive a gift card if the returned device has any value

3. Organizational Stakeholders

  • Apple
  • Toxic waste management facilities
  • Landfill facilities
  • First generation resource/material providers for technology
  • Current, potential, and future Apple customers

4. Deployment

  • Increase public awareness of Apple Renew, the company’s reuse and recycling program
  • Incentivize or require users to return old products
  • Share Liam technology and programming with other technology manufacturers or disposal organizations to increase the total impact

See also:

http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/03/21/apple-teases-liam-iphone-recycling-robot-as-part-of-environmental-initiative

 

Project Sunroof

https://www.google.com/get/sunroof#exp=7.1&p=0

1) Sustainability Problem: Energy

Many people are interested in using solar power as a renewable energy source and to achieve cost savings, but making the transition can be difficult and most people don’t know where to start.

2) Technology: Google’s Project Sunroof to help identify solar power opportunities

  • Google’s Project Sunroof aims to catalyze the transition to solar power
  • Using the existing information provided by GoogleMaps, Google can determine if residential homes are suitable for solar power, how much energy a rooftop could generate, and how much could be saved on electrical bills
  • Project Sunroof assists users with finding solar providers in their area
  • By April 2016, Google expanded to 42 states, granting easy access to solar information and quotes to roughly 43 million rooftops!
  • Serves as a lead generator for solar companies

3) Stakeholders:

  • Google
  • Solar users and potential solar users
  • Solar power companies
  • Energy companies

4) Implementation:

  • Make available in all 50 states
  • Partner with any and all reputable solar energy companies
  • Generate awareness among potential customers

Article: http://inhabitat.com/googles-project-sunroof-spreads-to-potentially-reach-43-million-rooftops/