Winners Round 1 (in random order)
- Climate Vulnerability Reduction Credits
- Coffee an Cocoa Supply Chain Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
- RESILIENCE climate forecasting service
- Hydroalgae Power: making seawater a fuel
- Sustainable pig production through adaptive breeding
- Standalone Farm Water Salinity Reducer
- Low cost non-mist type plant propagators
- D-exto: Delft Experience TOmorrow
- AQWARE integrated solutions
Federico Daddato & Gaëlle Ridolfi
GAIA is a web-based platform of crowdfunding for urban forestation, that involve, through a public-private partnership, Municipalities, local Firms, associations and citizens with the common goal of planting trees in the city for the mitigation of the heat island effect, the absorption of GHG and the reduction of air pollution, to create a more resilient city. It will start at a national level, with the goal to reach an European level involving other cities around Europe.
2. Climate Vulnerability Reduction Credits
The Higher Ground Foundation has formulated a methodological framework for Vulnerability Reduction Credits (VRC™), a currency to compare, prioritize, and credit measures that reduce vulnerability to climate change based on ex-post, science-based estimates of the avoided impact costs of adaptation projects. We are now developing a business-viable platform for registering projects, issuing credits, and serving as an exchange for adaptation service providers, project financiers, and communities that could benefit from VRCs. As private companies and governments focus greater attention to climate risk-management, the platform will offer all parties means of identifying, prioritizing, and providing results-based crediting of adaptation projects.
3. Coffee an Cocoa Supply Chain Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
The supply chain climate vulnerability and risk assessment tool will form the basis of a service that will offer companies who source and trade coffee and cocoa the opportunity to assess their short-, medium- and long-term risks to sustainable agricultural commodity sourcing posed by climate change. Based on the identified risks and vulnerabilities the tool will offer recommendations to companies on how to adapt, particularly at the level of smallholder producers, to ensure long-term sustainable supply of commodities.
4. RESILIENCE climate forecasting service
The RESILIENCE service will deliver tailored climate forecasts a month, season or year ahead of key decisions that are taken by end users in the energy sector. This information strengthens operational and strategic decision making, by enabling calculated, precautionary climate adaptation that can result in significant cost savings. Climate forecasts advance our current understanding of climate variability, by modelling the whole climate system over the past and present to produce a probabilistic prediction of the future. They provide a new set of risk management tools that assess, and facilitates response to normal climate variability and the additional impact coming from near-term climate change.
5. Hydroalgae Power: making seawater a fuel
Kaushik Rangarajan & Vishak Ramachandran
Our idea is to create a perpetual cycle for the sustainable source of energy, water and ammonia; three key resources needed in today’s resource constrained society. We plan to implement this with consumption of CO2 using solar energy and seawater using microorganisms in specially designed bioreactors. The organisms are to produce hydrogen through photosynthetic water splitting, which is to be used in production of ammonia and derive energy through chemical processes in order to circumvent the Carnot’s engine restriction. The end product being desalinated water is to be utilized for potable purposes.
6. Sustainable pig production through adaptive breeding
Michael & Rachel Wanyoike
The impacts of climate change have far-reaching effects on sustainable livestock production in Kenya, especially in vulnerable parts of the country with extreme weather patterns. The heightened vulnerability of livestock systems means that agricultural systems (including pig production) also need to be more adaptive. This opportunity will focus on sustainable pig production through cross-breeding and production of different types of indigenous and superior exotic breeds to enhance the adaptive capacity of local pigs and ensure sustainable quality production traits, including enhanced growth rate, fertility and meat quality. Breeding tolerant livestock will promote sustainable animal welfare and climate change resilience.
7. Standalone Farm Water Salinity Reducer
In 1961, the late President Kennedy (USA) said: ‘If we could ever competitively, at a cheap rate, get fresh water from salt water, this would be in the long-range interests of humanity which would really dwarf any other scientific accomplishments’. He was right! Half a century later, technology appears to be ready. We have the ambition to market a low-cost standalone device that will reduce water salinity at the farm level, on demand, and with a flexible rate, running on solar and/or wind power, for use in (e.g.) low-lying coastal zones. The technology is available, so time’s ready for it!
Marta Faneca Sànchez
The SWAP (Salt Water APplication) project consists on developing and applying an Electrical Conductivity (EC) sensor and Application for smartphones that stakeholders (farmers and water managers) can use to monitor and manage the salinity of the water. By using crowd sourcing (participation of stakeholders) we will create a dynamic database that will be made publically available. The information could be set into a real time management system meant to take decisions on water management, on mitigation of the effects of saline water on farming, and on developing fresh surface- groundwater storage and conservation methods.
José Pedro Santos
The core of this project is to create customized 3D models of climate change impact on some coastal areas. The product is a web-based dynamic risk map of the coastal zone, fusing together information on the state of the coastal environment with risk information and socio-economic information. The environmental information will be provided mainly by Earth Observation satellites and in particular by the Sentinel missions and the new generation climate reanalysis such as ERA-CLIM. All the information is used to build a web-based dynamic map that can be visualized and navigated with 3D technologies like 3D screens and mice. The desired scenarios can be exported as files for 3D printers and rendered as a plastic model.
10. Low cost non-mist type plant propagators
Low-cost non-mist type plant propagators will be produced and marketed for ensuring food security in tropical regions as an adaptive mechanism to changed climate to ensure food security of tropical rural people. Clonal macro-propagation techniques will be the basis of plant propagation. In the designed low-cost non-mist type plant propagators, all favourable environmental conditions for easy rooting will be maintained for getting higher rooting percentage of plants with in the shortest possible time period. Owner of medium and large households of tropical countries and owners of commercial nurseries will be benefitted from this low-cost non-mist type of plant propagator.
The focus of AQGRI+ is to create a beneficial connection between aquaculture and agriculture sectors by building a matchmaking platform for water demand/supply by the two sectors and making values out of wastes created by both sectors (rice straw + fish sludge) into organic fertilizers through co-composting.
Wilrik Kok & Karina Peña
The Street(d)rain is an innovative eco-technical product that belongs to the portfolio of civil engineering and landscape architecture for effective climate adaption design. With our solution we integrate ecological engineering via plant systems, sensor technology and monitoring to increase the water infiltration and buffering capacity of the built environment with an estimated 30%, making our cities more resilient and prepared to deal with extreme precipitation events. Via increasing green and ecological biodiversity in our cities the quality of life of the urban residents improves.
13. D-exto: Delft Experience Tomorrow
Daniëlle Ceulemans & Aranka Dijkstra
D-Exto is the transportable interactive plug 'n play innovation experience powered by all Delft' campus parties. Here sustainable innovations develop from science to market in an open source environment together with the market. The result is a hybrid and transportable pavilion that travels (large) event to face the visitors with their own possible future and invites them in an intriguing way to develop that future together. Some key qualities of the pavilion are plug and play infrastructure, open source and content driven, and bridging and catalysing supply and demand. The pavilion is a means to boost climate innovation and raise awareness throughout society in order to contribute to climate change adaptation.
Elena Lopez-Gunn & Manuel Bea
"AdCentBanking" (or Adbank for short) will offer services associated with the development of market mechanisms for adaptation. Adbank would contribute to the theme on Governance for Adaptation by strengthening governance structures and arrangements with local key actors (public administration, private companies, citizens) and bringing a common umbrella to get these actors engaged in adaptation. Our main aim is to act as catalysts to boost and accelerate business models based on local adaptation. The “Proof of concept” will be done with groundwater, targeting cities (water supply agencies) and rural areas economically dependent on irrigation as initial case studies.
15. AQWARE integrated solutions
Varsha Reddy & Diederik Hills
A self-sustaining closed cycle horticulture that not only produces green plants, but can also produce aquacultures of various types sustainably, with a decreased water demand for irrigation up to 90% This solution implies that all necessary product cycles for food production in the greenhouses are closed cycles (recycled), so there is no waste. We are adopting a new concept called AQWARE that combines aquaponics and water storage. Aquaponics is our solution for the global declining fish stock and the closing of the nutrient and water cycles. Aquaponics is an integrated application of aquaculture and hydroponics. A multifunctional water accumulation storage placed below the greenhouse can be used both for irrigation water and to accumulate excess surface water or surge water. This way it functions also as a water retention buffer, anticipating future climate change.