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Urban Energy Efficiency 2015

Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Mar 6, 2015 EST - Jun 14, 2015 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

Jun 14, 2015 EDT - Jul 1, 2015 EDT
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

Jul 1, 2015 EDT - Jul 15, 2015 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Jul 15, 2015 EDT - Aug 3, 2015 EDT
Voting period
Public Voting Period

Aug 3, 2015 EDT - Sep 13, 2015 EDT
Winners are awarded

Sep 13, 2015 EDT
How do we leverage innovation in hardware, software and business models to increase urban energy efficiency?

Urban centers have always been the hearts of economies, driving growth and creating jobs. But cities also strain under the burden, their transport and utility arteries often overloaded with the pressure of supporting rapid urbanization and development.

As a result, access to energy can be both costly and unreliable. In many fast-growing cities, the demand for energy outstrips both total supply and the capacity of the grid to deliver that energy to businesses and households. Blackouts are a typical result and they are costly and dangerous. Energy generation is also often very inefficient. As such, energy efficiency holds a big opportunity for reducing wasted energy resources, freeing up financial resources for private and public actors, and reducing the carbon footprints of the mentioned cities.

Negawatt Challenge is an open-innovation competition that will leverage entrepreneurial ecosystems to surface software, hardware and new business solutions to transform cities into more sustainable places. Negawatt is unfolding on the Climate CoLab (for online submissions) as well as in four cities around the world — Accra, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, and Rio de Janeiro.


23  Proposals

Proposal nameAuthor(s)

The Sustainability Efforts Mapping PlatformcBalance Solutions

Deriving patterns from sustainability performance data through an online platform to enable evidence based policy making.

Minimize Calculator Tool/ApplicationcBalance Solutions

Reduce your electrical energy consumption, carbon footprint and also your expenditure through the minimize calculator tool/application.

Urban Scale: Chemosynthetic Management of the Water/Energy/Nutrient Nexus (WENN)CO2 Negative/RCP 2.6

Re-engineer urban driveways/roads to provide CO2 negative energy conversion/storage, on-site sewage management and water reclamation.

Encourage Use Of Eco-Friendly Public Transport Over Private Transport.Herbert Gunibert

Wide use of eco-friendly public transport over private transport in cities will reduce misuse of fuel, traffic jams and reduce emission.

The Fan Idea-harnessing wind energy + building insulator.Team W.I

'The Fan Idea' uses wind energy to both insulate buildings and generate electricity into standby reserves, for minute tasks.

Reduce energy loss caused in road traffic jams.Herbert Gunibert

Traffic congestion management system to monitor all major congested roads and control traffic lights on junctions to avoid the traffic jams.

Incentivise efficient household energy use through social & economic instrumentscBalance Solutions

Using household level Energy Performance Index to determine energy distribution strategies during power-scarce situations in Indian cities.

Upby2 CampaigncBalance Solutions

A campaign encouraging residents of cities to turn up the AC temperature by 2 degrees in commercial spaces to reduce climate change impact.

EER/COP monitoring systemcBalance Solutions

A real time EER/COP monitoring supplement to Split/large ACs that greatly impacts the field of preventative maintenance.

Increasing Energy Efficiency using Automated and Remote Computerized Systems.Team Alpha

To Reduce The emission of Greenhouse Gases and Improve Energy Efficiency using Automated and Remote Computerized Systems.

Energy Of Things(EOT)-Efficient energy consumption on everything in the buildingSMART ENERGY NETWORK

Each electrical n electronic devices can have IP adress-hence connected-and all use energy-can they communicate energy consumption n saving?

Reducción del CO2 y energía eficiente para la cuidad.Valentina Barahona Campos

Proporcionar energía eficiente y reducir el CO2 en la cuidad para beneficio del ambiente y la sociedad.

Digital Earth | Virtual Nations | Data CitiesD_City

Our D_City report and network concept diagram promote delivery options for the global Earth observation system of systems (GEOSS) project.

Obsolete - Bee Eyes HeatLeakViewSam Notsureyouneedthis

Use airborne thermography to hunt for e.g. heat leaks in buildings. Large areas or detail can be covered with FLIR on UAV, helis, etc.