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Winners SEA 2016

BEST PROJECT

Full Cycle Bioplastics (United States of America)

Full Cycle’s patent pending process converts inedible organic and cellulosic waste, such as food waste, agricultural by-products, dirty cardboard and paper mill waste, into a cost complementing, compostable family of bioplastics called PHA's. PHA’s (polyhydroxyalkanoates) are a replacement or complement to a broad range of polymers in applications ranging from bags to consumer packaging to pallets. Full Cycle's PHA's fully and harmlessly biodegrade in both terrestrial and marine (ocean) ecosystems. Full Cycle’s process is more robust and lower cost than any preceding technologies. Full Cycle addresses two major global environmental problems, growing volumes of plastic and organic waste, via the conversion of organic waste into fully biodegradable and compostable plastic.

Information at: http://fullcyclebioplastics.com

 

Plastic & Recycling

Full Cycle Bioplastics (United States of America)

Full Cycle’s patent pending process converts inedible organic and cellulosic waste, such as food waste, agricultural by-products, dirty cardboard and paper mill waste, into a cost complementing, compostable family of bioplastics called PHA's. PHA’s (polyhydroxyalkanoates) are a replacement or complement to a broad range of polymers in applications ranging from bags to consumer packaging to pallets. Full Cycle's PHA's fully and harmlessly biodegrade in both terrestrial and marine (ocean) ecosystems. Full Cycle’s process is more robust and lower cost than any preceding technologies. Full Cycle addresses two major global environmental problems, growing volumes of plastic and organic waste, via the conversion of organic waste into fully biodegradable and compostable plastic.

Information at: http://fullcyclebioplastics.com

Lifestyle & Culture

Smart Floating Farms (Spain)

Smart Floating Farms (SFF) concept is a sustainable, solar-powered vertical farm that floats on pontoons, making it possible to grow food off coast, in the open sea or just about any large body of water. The designers estimate that SFF can produce an estimated 8,152 tons of vegetables and 1,703 tons of fish annually. The farm is comprised of three levels and features innovative agricultural technologies that are already in use around the globe. It can be modified or stacked in different ways to suit the needs of respective locations. The top level incorporates rainwater collectors for irrigation needs, photovoltaic panels for electricity and skylight openings to provide natural light for plants. It is also possible to integrate other renewable power technologies such as micro wind turbines or wave energy converter systems. The second level features a greenhouse and hydroponic systems (which allows crops to grow year round in any weather and without soil). The ground level is designated for offshore aquaculture. According to the designers, this cage fishing method takes place in the open sea and eliminates the exposure to wind and waves. This level also includes a hatchery where fish eggs are incubated and hatched, a nursery for growing fish, a slaughterhouse and a storage room to hold the fish before they are ready for the market.

Information at: http://smartfloatingfarms.com

Knowledge & Education

BLITAB® (Austria)

BLITAB® is the World's first tactile tablet, using an innovative technology to create tactile Braille, graphics and maps for people with sight loss. This device allows blind people to learn, work and play with one mobile Device, for the first time. Despite over 285 million blind and visually impaired people and 150 million Braille readers worldwide, only 1% of books are available in Braille ‐ studies show that blind Braille readers are twice as likely to be employed. Solutions that provide digital content in Braille currently cost up to $10,000, and are often inefficient and difficult to use. All this leads to low literacy rate among blind children, high unemployment rate and social isolation. This means that with one impact innovation we are solving the biggest social problems of million people worldwide by giving in their hands digital access to information and education, which leads to employment generation and equality empowerment. On the market right now there is no Braille device with more than 2 text lines. No device that reproduces at the same time Braille and graphics. The education at school and university requires graphics and figures (science, biology, mathematics) and teachers are compelled to exclude material from the lectures and program in order to make its content easier and accessible for blind children and students. This means additional effort for both teachers and students.

Information at: http://blitab.com

EU-InnovatE Award

Leaf Republic (Germany)

100% LEAF only ‐ Natural One‐Way Dishes from leaves

Leaf republic develops, produces and markets product innovations on the basis of leaves for the sector of food and non‐food packaging as well as the sector of paper & pulp. They aim to set new standards for the development of innovative, sustainable packaging. The problem which leaf republic is trying to mitigate are the damages caused by plastic waste as well as by cutting down trees for the production of paper and pulp. One‐way dishes based on leaves have been already used in Asia for centuries. While being in Asia, Pedram Zolgadri developed the idea to modify the traditional leaf plates and adjust them to the European market. Leaf republic is tackling the worldwide problem of plastics´ waste and destruction caused by the use of large amounts of plastics each single day. Besides, we aim to offer a sustainable solution apart from using wood by having developed first prototypes of leaf‐based paper and pulp (LEAF‐paper).

Information at: http://leaf-republic.com