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The James Dyson Award 2020: AuReus Solar Panels Wins James Dyson Sustainability Award

Geschreven op 28-9-2017 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Agenda, Design Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Update 27 November 2020: Solar panels made from food waste win inaugural James Dyson Sustainability Award.

Engineering student Carvey Ehren Maigue from Mapua University in Manila, the Philippines has been named the James Dyson Awards first-ever global sustainability winner for his AuReus system, in which waste crops are turned into cladding that can generate clean energy from ultraviolet light.

2020 marked a record-breaking year for the James Dyson Award, with the highest number of entries ever submitted and largest amount of prize money given to inventors.

The James Dyson Award opened for entries in March against the backdrop of a global crisis. Yet this year’s entrants have shown perseverance and determination to continue their research and development, ensuring pioneering ideas are shared with the world to shape our futures.

This year we announce the international winner and, for the first time ever, the sustainability winner who will both receive £30,000 to help develop their inventions. The international winner is the Blue Box invented by Judit Giró Benet from Tarragona, Spain.

Fossil fuels continue to account for over 81% of global energy product according to the International Energy Agency. It is estimated that, if we continue to burn fossil fuels at the current rate, global supplies of gas and oil will deplete by 2060. As a result, accessible and effective renewable alternatives need to be prioritised. While renewable energy uptake and solutions continue to grow, many can only generate electricity in the right environmental conditions. For example, Solar panels can only capture and convert visible light into renewable energy and must be facing the sun to do so. What is more, solar farms are only built horizontally too, never vertically and are often placed on prime arable farmland.

AuREUS is a material that can be attached to a pre-existing structure or surface to harvest UV light and convert this into visible light to generate electricity. Using ultraviolet rays, the sun could be shining, or it could be cloudy, Carvey’s material will still generate electricity.

The particles in his material absorb UV light causing them to glow. As the particles “rest” they remove excess energy. This excess energy bleeds out of the material as visible light, which can then be transformed into electricity. Current prototypes successfully achieve this on windows and external building structures.

Not only has Carvey invented an efficient process to generate renewable energy, but the materials he uses to do so create a closed-loop design process, so nothing is wasted.

This is because Carvey uses a substrate extracted from waste crops to create a durable, translucent and mouldable material as the basis for AuREUS.

Unlike traditional solar panels, which only work in clear conditions and must face the sun directly because they rely on visible light, the translucent AuReus material is able to harvest power from invisible UV rays that pass through clouds. As a result, it is able to produce energy close to 50 per cent of the time according to preliminary testing, compared to 15 to 22 per cent in standard solar panels.

When applied as a kind of fluorescent covering to windows or facades, AuReus can capture UV rays bouncing off of pavements and the surrounding architecture, turning entire buildings into vertical solar farms. This maximises the amount of energy that can be generated.

AuReus takes its name from the aurora borealis and is inspired by the physics that power the northern lights. Luminescent particles in the atmosphere absorb high energy particles like ultraviolet or gamma rays, before degrading and reemitting them as visible light.

The Blue Box is an at-home, biomedical breast cancer testing device that uses a urine sample and an AI algorithm to detect early signs of breast cancer.

It empowers women to take charge of their health with a non-invasive, pain free, non-irradiating and low-cost alternative which can be used regularly at-home. After simply producing a urine sample in the supplied container and inserting it into the Box, the machine performs a chemical analysis of the sample and sends the results to the Cloud.

Here, the AI based algorithm reacts to specific metabolites in the urine and currently produces a classification rate of >95% (based on Judit’s research so far), providing the user with a diagnosis. The device is linked to an App which controls all communications to the user, immediately putting them in touch with a medical professional if the sample tests positive.

19 September 2019: Over 1000 young engineers, designers and entrepreneurs from 27 countries and regions entered the James Dyson Award.

Panels of tech experts, entrepreneurs, leading engineers and designers reviewed, discussed and debated all the entries to select a national winner and two runners up in each location, totalling 81 national finalists.

We’ve seen a great breadth of innovative concepts, designs and inventions this year: from a bioplastic made of fish waste, a self-regenerating rubber pavement to a smart buoy that detects riptides.

Each national winner will receive £2000 and all 81 finalists will progress to the international stages of the competition with the opportunity to be selected as one of the International Top Twenty by Dyson engineers. We will announce this shortlist in October.

28 March 2019: Do you have an idea that solves a problem? The James Dyson Award 2019 opens for entries today! Do you have an ingenious invention that solves a problem?

Past winners have sought to address food waste, water conservation, pollution, medical treatment in developing countries and sustainability across all industries.

The best entries provide clear and intelligent solutions to real-world problems. We see entries from an array of engineering disciplines, from software, mechanical, aeronautical, biomedical to design engineering. The international winner prize is £30,000.

Winners also gain international media exposure which has helped past winners Petit Pli, expandable clothing for children, and Mimica, a bio-reactive food label, develop into successful businesses.

15 November 2018: O-Wind Turbine wins The James Dyson Award 2018. Nicolas Orellana and Yaseen Noorani, who studied at Lancaster University in the UK, set out to harness urban wind with an inventive new type of turbine.

When wind blows through cities it becomes trapped between buildings, is dragged down to the street and is pushed up into the sky. This catapults wind into chaos, which renders conventional turbines unusable. Using a simple geometric shape, O-Wind Turbine is designed to utilise this powerful untapped resource, generating energy even on the windiest of days.

O-Wind Turbine takes the enormous challenge of producing renewable energy and, using geometry, it can harness energy in places where we’ve scarcely been looking – cities. It’s an ingenious concept.”  – Sir James Dyson.

This year’s international runners up are Air Chair, designed by Aamer Siddiqui and Ali Asgar Salim from the American University of Sharjah in the UAE, and Excelscope, designed by a team of students from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

20 oktober 2018: Dyson Engineers have discussed and debated the top three entries from all 27 regions and narrowed them down to just 20.

From pipe fixing robots, to potato plastic and prefabricated ants nests, the James Dyson Award international top 20 shortlist is made up of inventions that are addressing global challenges with new thinking and inventiveness.

The top 20 will now be reviewed in detail by Sir James Dyson, who will hand-pick the international winner and two runners-up. The final announcement of the winner of the James Dyson Award 2018 will be on 15 November.

5 September 2018: The 2018 National winners are announced. One national winner and two runners have been selected in each of our 27 countries and regions. This year over 1,200 students submitted their design solutions into the James Dyson Award.

Local judging panels of tech experts, entrepreneurs, leading engineers and designers reviewed, discussed and debated all the entries to select their national winners, who will each receive £2,000. International winners will receive £30,000 to launch their idea. On top of this, their university will be given £5,000.

Dyson engineers will now whittle down the remaining competitors to a shortlist of just 20, which will be announced on 21st September.

22 June 2018: James Dyson is on the hunt for bright minds with fresh ideas. If you have an invention that solves a problem, they want to hear about it.

The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers.

It’s open to current and recent design engineering students, and is run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to get young people excited about design engineering.

The entry process is simple, the prize is significant. First register your details. Then, tell about your invention. If your entry is accepted, they publish it on the website. Entries close 20 July 2018.

Don’t worry, nobody won’t claim your idea. Your work is your own. You could win £30,000 to kick-start your career, earn the esteem of your peers – and perhaps gain the confidence to launch your own business.

27 October 2017: A team of medical and bioengineering undergraduates from McCaster University, Canada have been chosen as the international James Dyson Award 2017 winners. Their design solution, the sKan, is a low cost and non-invasive melanoma detection device.

The sKan was chosen as the international winner by James Dyson who says “by using widely available and inexpensive components, the sKan allows for melanoma skin cancer detection to be readily accessible to the many. It’s a very clever device with the potential to save lives around the world. This is why I have selected it at this year’s international winner.”

Annually, skin cancer accounts for 1 in every 3 cancer diagnoses. The estimated 5-year survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early is approximately 98 percent. Current melanoma detection methods either rely on a visual inspection, or need a specialist’s opinion which is time consuming and costly. With high numbers of patients needing a rapid diagnosis to begin treatment, the health services are at maximum capacity. The sKan poses a viable solution.

Research shows that cancerous cells have a higher metabolic rate than normal tissue cells. When an area of interest on the skin is rapidly cooled, cancerous tissue will regain heat at a faster rate than non-cancerous tissue. The sKan uses accurate and inexpensive temperature sensors to pinpoint areas of tissue that gain heat quicker than the surrounding area of skin. The results of this are displayed as a heat map and temperature difference time plot on using a regular computer. A medical professional can use the quantitative findings produced by the sKan to indicate whether the patient needs to be referred for further investigation or not.

“We are truly humbled and excited to be given this remarkable opportunity,” says the sKan team. The team plans to use the $40,000 prize money to reiterate and refine their design to ensure it passes the US Food and Drug Administration’s standards.

The international James Dyson Award runners up are Atropos and Twistlight. Atropos is a 6-axis 3D printing robotic arm that uses continuous fiber composites material, to produce high-performance objects. The designers, Gabriele Natale and Michele Tonizzo, hope to tackle the amount of waste produced by current high performance 3D printing tools. Twistlight, designed by Tina Zimmer, uses LED lights to make veins appear highly contrasted within their surrounding dermal tissue. The light can be used to easily insert needles and catheters into a patient’s skin. Despite being the most common medical procedure, 33% of first vein puncture attempts fail. Multiple discarded attempts cause patient pain and waste medical materials.

28 September 2017: James Dyson is looking for students and recent graduates of design and engineering who have an idea that solves a problem. The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The Award is open to current and recent design engineering students. It’s run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to get young people excited about design engineering.

This year’s competition is closed. The top 20 designs for The James Dyson Award 2017 are announced. On October 26 2017 the international winner of The James Dyson Award 2017 will be announced.

Ecohelmet Wins James Dyson Award 2016. Bike share programs are used by millions of people around the world. But bike share users rarely wear helmets – a potentially fatal decision. According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, more than 800 cyclists were killed on US roads in 2015. Isis Shiffer, a recent graduate from the Pratt Institute of Design in New York City, set out to address this problem. Her solution: EcoHelmet, a folding, recyclable helmet for bike share users.

EcoHelmet uses a unique honeycomb configuration to protect the head from impact, and folds flat when not in use. A biodegradable coating makes it resistant to rain for up to three hours. The lightweight, durable design of EcoHelmet empowers cyclists to ride safely and confidently.

The cell structure of EcoHelmet distributes any impact evenly around the head as effectively as a traditional polystyrene helmet. Due to the radial nature of the cells, it will protect the user from a blow coming from any direction. The simplicity of EcoHelmet’s construction, coupled with its inexpensive materials, will keep the manufacturing costs low – meaning they can be sold for $5 at bike share stations.

As international winner of the James Dyson Award 2016, Isis will be awarded $45,000 to further develop her invention.

See also: James Dyson Award 2010: Longreach Buoyancy Deployment System by Samuel Adeloju – Reddot Design Award Best of the Best 2010: The Dyson Air Multiplier Fan

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  1. Erik van Erne zegt:

    3 oktober 2019 om 17:46 | Permalink

    Fish scale bioplastic wins UK James Dyson Award for student design

    University of Sussex graduate Lucy Hughes used fish waste to create MarinaTex, a compostable alternative to current single-use plastic that has won her this year’s UK James Dyson Award.

    MarinaTex is made from fish scales and skin — waste products that would usually be buried in landfill or incinerated.

    It is translucent and flexible, making it a candidate for single-use packaging such as bags and sandwich wrappers, and importantly, it will break down in home composts or food waste bins within four to six weeks.

  2. Erik van Erne zegt:

    10 oktober 2019 om 21:15 | Permalink

    Dyson Stopt Met Ontwikkeling Elektrische Auto

    Dyson stopt met het ontwikkelen van een eigen elektrische auto. Het project zou commercieel niet levensvatbaar zijn.

    “Het Dyson Automotive team heeft een fantastische auto ontwikkeld”, schrijft Dyson. Maar hoewel het product “ingenieus” werd gemaakt, zou er onvoldoende aan verdiend kunnen worden. Het bedrijf probeerde tevergeefs een koper voor het project te vinden. Dyson investeerde in totaal 2,5 miljard pond (2,8 miljard euro) in de ontwikkeling.

    Het project werd in 2017 aangekondigd. Er was toen in het geheim al twee jaar aan gewerkt, door zo’n vierhonderd werknemers. Het plan was om in 2020 de Dyson-auto op de markt te brengen. De auto moest “radicaal” anders zijn dan de elektrische auto’s van concurrenten.

    Dyson is vooral bekend van de zakloze stofzuiger, en maakt onder meer ook veelgebruikte handdrogers. In die apparaten wordt gebruikgemaakt van elektrische motoren en batterijtechnologie, die mogelijk ook zou worden toegepast in de auto’s.

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