Engineering student turns food waste into renewable energy

November 23, 2020 by  
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What if those old carrots you never got around to eating could be a  renewable energy  source, rather than something messy you had to clean out of your refrigerator bin? That’s the basic idea — though on a much smaller scale — behind Carvey Maigue’s new AuREUS system. Maigue, a 27-year-old engineering student at Mapúa University in the Philippines, just won the James Dyson Award sustainability prize for his invention. “AuREUS is actually a material, or a technology, that allows other devices to harvest ultraviolet light and convert it into  electricity ,” Maigue explained in an interview on the James Dyson Award website. The green material looks like plastic and can be shaped into different forms. Related: Bioplastic made from fish scales wins international James Dyson Award “Organic luminescent compounds are derived from fruit and  vegetables ,” Maigue said in a video about his project. “These compounds turn high energy ultraviolet rays into visible light. I use solar panels and solar films to convert this light into electricity.” AuREUS can be integrated into many different parts of everyday life, such as clothes, cars and houses. One striking use could be attaching the material to skyscrapers. “We can use AuREUS instead of typical glass windows, so that whole buildings can become vertical solar energy farms.” The James Dyson Award is a prestigious international design award open to current and recent design engineering students. This year, the James Dyson Foundation received a record-breaking 1,800 entries. This year’s top winner was Judit Giró Benet for Blue Box, a home test for breast cancer. Benet is from Spain and studies at the University of California, Irvine. Maigue and Benet will each receive $40,000 in prize money. “It will be great to be able to buy some equipment that can be used to further the manufacturing process,” Maigue said. “Added to that, the money will mean I can finish my time at university!” + James Dyson Award Via  The Guardian Image via Mac321

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Mobile cooler designed by 22-year-old Will Broadway could save 1.5 million lives

September 9, 2016 by  
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Transporting vaccines in developing countries can be precarious. Highly sensitive to temperature, vaccines can be damaged if they freeze or even if the car transporting them gets stuck in traffic. Loughborough University industrial design graduate Will Broadway utilized his final year at the university to devise Isobar , a mobile vaccine cooler which could potentially save 1.5 million lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR-6BlB7G1Q Isobar heats water and ammonia to generate ammonia vapors, which are released into the main chamber to maintain a temperature of two to eight degrees Celsius (around 35 to 46.4 degrees Fahrenheit) to keep vaccines stable. Broadway designed an insulated backpack that can transport the Isobar easily. He created two methods of recharging the device as well, through propane or through electricity. He specifically designed the Isobar to be small so it could also be carried conveniently via the device’s handle. Related: This solar-powered device keeps fruits and veggies fresh without a fridge Broadway drew inspiration from travels in Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and China. He also counts Albert Einstein as an influence. In the 1920’s, Einstein designed a device that provided refrigeration without electricity. The device worked through a chemical process that just needed a heat source. Broadway’s Isobar won him a national James Dyson Award . Broadway’s goal is not to profit from Isobar, but to get it to the people who desperately need vaccines. He told BBC Newsbeat, “Medical products have such a big markup that it’s unreasonable for people around the world to purchase these items. If it is the best thing available, then it should be out there saving lives…I wanted to make something for people who have next to nothing. It should be a basic human right, in my opinion, to have a vaccination.” Next up: production. Broadway intends to develop the device for widespread use, and thinks they could also be used to transport organ transplants or blood donations. He said there even could be an application for commercial cooling. + Isobar Via BBC Newsbeat and The Guardian Images via screenshot

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New Tubes Using Hydraulic Pistons Could Harness Ocean Waves for Energy

October 24, 2013 by  
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Capturing energy from ocean waves isn’t as straightforward as it might sound—especially as most existing technologies rely on a single axis  that requires waves to be moving in one direction to generate enough power. However,  Sam Etherington recently invented a device that is able harness the ocean’s energy regardless of which way the water is moving. His tubular design uses a long chain of loosely linked enclosed pistons that generate energy as the chain flexes in the peaks and troughs of each wave. Read the rest of New Tubes Using Hydraulic Pistons Could Harness Ocean Waves for Energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Hydraulic Fluid , Hydraulic Pistons , james dyson award , James Dyson Award UK Winner , Multi-Axis Energy Harvesting Device , Ocean Energy Harvesting , Sam Etherington        

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Dyson Award-Winning SafetyNet Prevents Overfishing by Guiding Small Fish to Freedom With LED Lights

November 12, 2012 by  
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Royal College of Arts graduate Dan Watson has developed a brilliant sustainable fishing net with luminous exit portals that allow endangered and young fish to escape so that they can fully mature. Watson calls his design the SafetyNet, and the project was recently awarded with £10,000 for taking first place in the 2012 James Dyson Awards . Read the rest of Dyson Award-Winning SafetyNet Prevents Overfishing by Guiding Small Fish to Freedom With LED Lights Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dan Watson , Fishing , Fishing Net , industrial design , james dyson award , London , Royal College of Arts , SafetyNet Technologies , Sustainable

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The Bicyclean Uses Pedal Power to Safely Recycle E-Waste

September 28, 2012 by  
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The Unites States generates more electronic waste than any other nation on earth.  According to the EPA , more than 4.6 million tons entered domestic landfills in 2000, and 50-80% of our total e-waste is exported to developing nations where defunct electronics wind up in dumps, polluting the environment, and littering neighborhoods. That’s why 22-year-old engineering graduate Rachel Field has invented the Bicyclean – a pedal-powered grinder and e-waste separation system.  Small-scale, affordable, and socially responsible, the Bicylean is a current contender for the James Dyson Award . Read the rest of The Bicyclean Uses Pedal Power to Safely Recycle E-Waste Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agbogbloshie , bicyclean , circuit boards , consumer electronics , e-waste , electronic waste , electronics recycling , electronics waste , epa , Ghana , james dyson award , rachel field , united states

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