July 30, 2020
Top Eight Ideas for Better Water and Food in the Siemens Design Challenge
contributor: Rob Goodier
We are pleased to announce the eight finalists in the Innovate for Impact: Siemens Design Challenge. Our international panel of expert judges carefully distilled these eight from hundreds of submissions in two tracks: the reduction of post-harvest losses and the treatment of brackish water. The post-harvest loss reduction track serves the completion of the UN Sustainable Development Goal Two (SDG2), Zero Hunger. The water treatment track serve SDG6, Clean Water and Sanitation.
The ideas brought to life in this design challenge stand a chance to make a real difference among some of the world’s most underserved communities. For information on the shortlisted entries and finalists, please see this page: Siemens Design Challenge / Innovation Stories.
Following are the top ideas for reducing post-harvest food losses, listed in alphabetical order. Congratulations to the teams behind these creative solutions to one of the world’s dire challenges.
Zero Hunger Track
The EcoLife Cold Room team is developing cold storage for produce that prioritizes cooperative design, affordability and sustainability. By Hadijah Nantambi, Ian Williams and Kyle Gaiser in Uganda and USA.
The STAR team plans to provide reliable and sustainable refrigeration to rural communities in Peru. STAR uses activated carbon and ethanol to refrigerate food and improve its safety. By Angelica Errigo, Brianna Dooley, Sergio Andre Jordan Villena, Sandra Vergara Dávila and Dr. Amy Ciric in Peru and USA.
Clean Water Track
Next up, the four innovations in the Clean Water Track. These are the top ideas for desalinating water in communities with limited freshwater access.
Apü üya Wüin – The Guardian of Water is a “ready-to-assemble” solar still for water desalination, coupled with an education strategy to ensure uptake in the communities where it is deployed. Namely, Parenskat communities in Colombia. By Jhonn Aguilar, Manuel Mejía, Mónica Gutiérrez and Aliex Trujillo in Colombia.
This electrochemical desalination system may be more energy efficient and scalable than traditional methods such as reverse osmosis and distillation. By Lukas Hackl and Bilen Akuzum in Germany and USA.
This is a dehumidification system for coastal communities of the drought-stricken Santa Elena province of Ecuador. By Francisco X. Plaza, Rento Guerra, Veronica Castañeda, Juan Felipe Arias, Dominique Mestanza, Carlos Marín and Lisbeth Enriquez in Ecuador.
This electrochemical desalination system is aimed at improving livelihoods among almond and cashew farmers in California’s Central Valley. By Daniel Hodges in USA.
The finalists have until August 14th to submit their final designs. We will announce the winners on September 15th. Congratulations and good luck to these talented designers.