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Sustainability issue: Health
The journal Pediatrics states that about 30% of children have food allergies. Studies show that introducing allergenic foods at an early stage of a child’s life can help reduce the future development of allergies.
To tackle this issue, company Before Brands has developed a product called SpoonfulOne. SpoonfulOne is a protein supplement powder that help “support and educate the immune system”. The body will then get accustomed to proteins found in several allergenic food such as different nuts, milk, soy and more.
The powder is sold through a subscription based model where parents receive the powder that they can then mix into their children’s food.
-Map areas that have the biggest numbers of kids with food allergies and work in this areas
-Reach out to hospitals and pediatricians and pharmacists to work with them and have them recommend the product to their clients
-Reach out to schools to let them know about the products. Having a reduction in food allergies is definitely going to help make their life easier so they should be interested in any preventive measures
- Problem: Energy Peak Demand
- Electricity is produced at utilities and at peak periods, there may not be enough for all customers or the capacity needed for peak periods leads to overinvestment in infrastructure that mostly is not in use.
- Up to 15% of the energy can be lost during transmission to the customer
- Electricity plants dependent on coal power emit more CO2 than other types of energy generation.
- Fuel cell allows for large industry customers to generate and store energy on site or close to their buildings. Allows customer to have a backup power source if there is a grid failure or during peak periods.
- Fuel cells can use run on natural gas or methane and create less CO2 emission than coal powered electric plants. In the case of methane, the fuel cell could use the waste product of the industry to generate electricity.
- Large retailers: Home depot
- Industrial customers that have methane waste
- Utilities that want customers to have a demand response strategy for peak periods
- Implementation Steps
- Design stacks to last longer and need less maintenance or sell with low hassle maintenance packages.
- Promote the technology to industrial customers that have methane and biogas as waste
- Partner with utilities to offer price discounts to customers who adopt the fuel cell technology