How the Aqualim Shower Head Works

  1. The problem is drought stressed areas need impactful ways to drive decreased consumption.
  1. Article title- How the Aqualim Shower Head Works

Website name- howstuffworks.com

Link- http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-tech/sustainable/aqualim-shower-head2.htm

  • The Aqualim was invented in Australia and was designed for consumers who wanted a “harder-stop” than an alarm on the bathroom sink tell them their 5-minute shower is over
  • The Aqualim incorporates a high efficiency head as well as a volume counter that can limit consumption to the consumers desired specification
  • At the desired set point the device begins to limits pressure to the head for the last two gallons are a warning that the flow is about to become a trickle
  • Once the allotted volume is reached the device turns off, the individual in the shower can let the device rest but it requires a little time to reset which is an annoyance factor that can drive decreased shower time thus reduce water consumption
  1. Consumers that want their entire family to be water conscious, cities that are water stressed, water utilities,
  2. Steps for deploying the technology:
    1. Market the technology to towns experiencing water stress
    2. Involve local governments to incentivize the deployment of the showerheads to local homeowners
    3. Lobby for regulations requiring showerhead retrofits in hotels and businesses (gyms, businesses, etc.) to the low flow Aqualium.
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This fully transparent solar cell could make every window and screen a power source

  1. The problem is most solar panels are not deployable into everyday uses.

 

  1. Article title- This fully transparent solar cell could make every window and screen a power source

Link- http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/188667-a-fully-transparent-solar-cell-that-could-make-every-window-and-screen-a-power-source

  • In August 2014 researchers at Michigan State University created a fully transparent solar concentrator and Ubiquitous Energy is working to bring it to market
  • Any window or sheet of glass can be turned into a photovoltaic cell
  • Once brought to market the technology can be deployed in everything from tall buildings to screens on smartphones and e-reader
  • Through the use of transparent luminescent solar concentrator (TLSC) which absorbs specific non-visible wavelengths of light allow for the panel to be transparent. The light is then focused to the side of panel where a strip of conventional PV solar cell converts the light to energy.
  • The goal is “to make solar harvesting surfaces that you do not even know are there.”

 

  1. Stakeholders: Large building owners, cell phone/tablet/e-reader companies, solar companies having trouble deploying current technology, apartment owners/renters that cannot claim the rooftop space but would like to use solar technology

 

  1. Steps for deploying the technology:
    1. Third party verification of the efficiency of the panels
    2. Market the technology to strategic organizations in an effort to partner with contingents and stakeholders who can benefit from the technology the most and allows for additional R&D
    3. Continue to develop the conventional strip of PV to harvest additional energy for the light

Waylay enables smart traffic management for the city of Ghent

  1. The problem is traffic and lost time as a result of congestion.

 

  1. Article title- Waylay enables smart traffic management for the city of Ghent

Website name- waylay.io

Link- http://www.waylay.io/waylay-enables-smart-traffic-management-for-the-city-of-ghent/

 

  • Waylay is working to implement connected IoT to make it truly predictive and real time interface for traffic in Ghent.
  • Waylay is working to build a smart road that uses sensors in various areas to actively predict and reroute travelers as well as send real time updates automatically, as the current system still requires manual inputs for particular traffic situations
  • Waylay leverages Twitter to inform constituents and uses DATEX II, which is the European standard created for information exchange between traffic control centers (TCC)
  • Waylay also help the TCC personnel on the back end informing them of anomalies as they are detected

 

  1. Stakeholders: Ghent residence and municipalities, the traffic control centers, commuters, taxi drivers, data analytics firms, sensor and IoT device manufacturers,

 

  1. Steps for deploying the technology:
  2. Third party verification of the data being presented and released via the designed algorithms and application
  3. Market the technology to strategic organizations in an effort to partner with contingents and stakeholders who can benefit from the technology the most and allows for additional R&D
  4. Continue to develop and integrate sensors in novel areas so the input is passive and reliable.

How Internet of Things Could Overhaul Office Sustainability

  1. The problem is implementation of IoT technologies into everyday use and the fields of energy, water, and waste.

 

  1. Article title- How Internet of Things Could Overhaul Office Sustainability

Website name- greenbiz.com

Link- http://www.greenbiz.com/article/how-internet-things-could-overhaul-office-sustainability

 

  • Intel’s IoT platform now enables end-to-end solutions connecting billions of devices. The new platform allows data to be unlocked quicker for real time analytics of meaningful information.
  • The company PsiKick manufactures ultralow-power sensors and the owner compares the advent of IoT technologies to the release of the World Wide Web in the 90’s. “It [IoT] will fundamentally change how we do things, at the same scale as the World Wide Web in the 90’s.”
  • In 2015, 4.9 billion connected things will be in use, up 30% from 2014, with a 2020 projection of 25 million connected things in use
  • Don DeLoach , CEO of Infobright, which offers IoT data analytics platform warns of security breaches with the exponential growth of access points and alerts of a need to slow down the process and make sure loops are closed before “solutions” are pushed out to the consumer
  • The more data an organization has on its consumers, the smarter and more strategic their moves can be in building future capacities that satisfy consumer needs/wants.

 

  1. Stakeholders: Building owners, municipalities, everyday consumers (whether they are aware of the technology in their pen or not), data analytics firms, sensor and IoT device manufacturers,

 

  1. Steps for deploying the technology:
  2. The market and consumers need to be able to make smart use from the big data through algorithms. Without the analytics portion drawn up there is just a whole bunch of data points with no significance.
  3. Market the technology to strategic organizations in an effort to partner with contingents and stakeholders who can benefit from the technology the most and allows for additional R&D
  4. Push for marketplace-wide standards that allow and build civilian trust in the technology

 

This Billboard Sucks Pollution from the Sky and Returns Purified Air

 

  1. The problem is air quality. Air quality is closely correlated to childhood asthma, and other respiratory health complications.

 

  1. Article title- This Billboard Sucks Pollution from the Sky and Returns Purified Air

Website name- Time.com

Link- http://time.com/84013/this-billboard-sucks-pollution-from-the-sky-and-returns-purified-air/

 

  • The University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC) developed a billboard to scrub contaminated air in the City as Lima, Peru has the highest air pollution levels in all of South America according to the World Meteorological Association.
  • The billboard sign uses the shifts in temperature, pressure and vacuum to combine incoming air with water to capture dust, metal vapors, germs and bacteria.
  • The single sign at the intersection of Bajada Armendariz and Paseo de la Republica scrubs about 500,000 cubic meters of air a week eliminating 99% of airborne bacteria.
  • The billboard requires he same amount of power as running a small emergency generator and can have impacts reaching up to 5 city blocks

 

  1. Citizens of the city, construction site workers, landscape managers, and local municipalities in areas experiencing severe air quality degradation because of smog and construction

 

  1. Steps for deploying the technology:
  2. Third party verification of the billboards capabilities
  3. Market the technology to strategic organizations in an effort to partner with construction and health care companies
  4. Lobby for regulations requiring new construction and industrial areas to only be allowed pollution scrubbing billboards within the immediate vicinity.

 

Smart irrigation technology can help during drought

  1. The problem is water. Drought affecting homeowner and commercial landscapes; with over 50% water use going to irrigation.
  2. Article title- Smart irrigation technology can help during drought

Website name- The San Diego Union Tribune

Link- http://www.utsandiego.com/sponsored/2015/jun/04/hydro-scape-water-conservation/

  • Traditional irrigation systems are set up on timers that will activate regardless of the current weather conditions often simultaneously with a rain storm or at inopportune times in the day. Smart irrigation controllers incorporate historical and real time data as well as programmed set points (GIS data) to deliver a tailored irrigation system to reduce excessive water use.
    • WeatherTRAK smart controller manufactured by HydroPoint Data Systems Inc.
  • As drought restrictions ramp up, smart controllers will allow homeowners and commercial landscapers to keep the vegetation green while eliminating unnecessary watering, through the additional data from wifi enabled moisture probes distributed throughout the soil feeding the controller real time soil metrics.
    • Probes: Rain Bird SMRT-Y, Toro Precision Hunter Soil-Clik
  • A final technology mentioned for improving irrigation is that of high-efficiency sprinklers, which dispense larger droplets of water eliminating evaporation that may occur before the water even makes it to the intended vegetation. High-efficiency nozzles can reduce water usage by up to 30%.
    • Hunter MP Rotator
  1. Homeowners, landscape managers, and local municipalities in areas experiencing severe drought that enjoy vegetation or require irrigation for ecosystem services are stakeholders in the technology.
  2. Steps for deploying the technology:
    1. Set ration limits that push stakeholders to engage the technology
    2. Enforce the rations
    3. Price water appropriately