Energy from the ideas. Design for sustainable energy is an extension organized from the Iuav University of Venice and introduced in editions 2007 of Abitare il Tempo (Verona, 20-24 september), Rome Design + (Rome, 5-13 October), Hong Kong Hymn Design Tech Expo (Hong Kong, 12-14 December).

Already from years the Iuav University of Venice has activated a series of relative initiatives to the relationship between product innovation and development, with a particular attention to the energetic efficiency and to use of sustainable energies. These activities have been involved the Didactics, are the inner search to the University, thanks also to the activities promoted from the Department of the Arts and the Industrial Design.

For the realization of this extension have been select some plans more interesting realize from the students during the course by the teachers: Medardo Chiapponi (also director and scientific coordinator of the plan with Laura Badalucco), Carlo Gaino, Paolo Lomazzi, Alberto Meda, Tobia Scarpa and Marco Zito:

Danilo Morosin with Carlo Gaino university professor
3Roll is a vehicle suitable for chort distances in large enclosed environments; it may also be used on bicycle trails instead of the traditional scooter. Its principal characteristic are the presence of two wheels that keep the vehicle balanced and by the system of movement which is a combitation of the classic scooter push-off-the-ground and the shock absorption which comes from applying pressure on the platform with the legs. Finally, 3Roll closes into a compact and solid form: it may be pulled like a cart or carried easily over the shoulder.

Claudia Benetazzo, Angela Bettega, Elisa Sbrogiò with Alberto Meda and Marco Zito university professors
Ad-wok is an integrated system that develops the technology of heat-induction cooking, exploiting its properties to their fullest. The pots, placed in he depressions of the cooktop, come into contact with the underlying magnetic field and trigger the production of heat. Teh cooktop ensures an optimal heat distribution and reduces cooking time, ti save up to 30% energy or more. All the elements of the cooktop take the safety factor into account: the magnetic knobs are removable and the cooktop itself does not become hot to the touch like more traditional ones. Ad-work is the winner of the italian edition of the 2007 Dyson Design Award 2007.

Alessandro Andrean, Tommaso D'Olivo, Alberto Ghirardello, Jacopo Stefan with Tobia Scarpa university professor
Belenos is a powerboat operated on solar energy and designed for the Solarsplash 2007 competition. This event features three different races (resistance, slalom and spirit) and uses solar energy alone for propulsion. Belenos is studied to reduce the resistance of the boat to a minimum and increase the efficiency of its photovoltaic panels. The photovoltaic panels are mounted (with no other components) onto the boat only for the resistance race, and are removed during the sprint and slalom competitions. The form of the panels was studied to reduce turbolence, thanks to the curve at the back that conveys air into the two side fins.

Simone Bellan with Marco Zito university professor
Calore latente is a radiator that can heat a room by convection and by radiant heat, thanks to the combined use of a highly conducting material and a refractory material (one thet heats up quickly, the other that accumulates heat and releales it more slowly). Saving energy brings with it a "conscious use" of the radiator, leading to a new way of understanding this heating element. Calore Latente is also conceived as a module, which can be combined with other modules to allow the user to create his own personal composition for the radiator.

Tiziano Maffione with Paolo Lomazzi university professor
The Energy_Kit project is a portable system that combines two methods of producing electrical energy (wind and sun) that may be dispensed later as required for recharging. The project originates in the need to supply power to hand-held battery-operated devices such as mobile phones, Mp3 devices, or simple flashlights in situations where it is impossible to connect to the electrical power supply, such as camping, outdoors, on the beach. This flexible helix with photovoltaic cells in amorphous silica can collect solar energy thanks to the photolvoltaic film and wind energy thanks to a dynamo. This power, transformed into electrical energy, is stored in the lithium polymer batteries.

Ivan Djordjevic, Damian Mancin, Mladen Vracevic with Alberto Meda university professor
Kyosemi Skyport offers a new way to produce energy from renewable sources, exploiting the potential of two different applications: SkyPort by Swedish Parans®, and Sphelar® by Japanese Kyosemi. Kyosemi Skyport is constituted by a panel of silver-coated glass with 576 spherical lenses wich absorb the radiations of light from every direction, wrapped in Kyosemi strips. The panel absorbs the light of the sun to exploit it three ways, by connecting itvto a mixwd/parallel circuit: electrical energy, lighting (channaled along optical fibers to diffuser used to light rooms without windows or with insufficient levels of lighting) and thermal energy.

Claudio Marchese with Marco Zito university professor
Loop is intended to solve a series of problems and obstacles for the hearing-impaired. Hypacusis is a hearing impairment that requires the use of hearing aids. These devices work with particular and hard-to-find batteries, whose average life is five days, and they are non-rechargeable. The Loop project proposes to use rechargeable batteries and to provide a compact battery-charger that may be used outside the home. Loop makes it possible to generate energy passively, by using solar cells, or actively with a mechanical charging device (such as those on automatic rewinding watches).

Giada Costantini, Marco Mora with Alberto Meda university professor
Over Sun is composed of thermal panels that may be oriented to follow the part of the sun thanks to specific sensors, allowing them to capture the energy that is produced and send it to a boiler inside to produce hot water. Over Sun is inspired by common "sunshades" and by the brise-soleil that often shield the façade of public buildings with the purpose of protecting or deviating the rays of the sun. Thus the heat produced by the sun is no longer dispersed, but used to produce hot water for residential or public use. Over Sun thus saves money and partially contributes to solving the problem of energy consumption and air pollution in the city.

Marco Mora with Carlo Gaino university professor
Primera is a leisure water vehicle powered solely by pedaling. The project borrows their propulsion system of whales. A beating fin is connected to a pedal system inside the well, where there is room for two passengers in addition to the driver. Steering is ensured by a rudder at the stern controlled directly by the pilot and by a cntreboard at the prow. The "driving" fin is conceived in two versions: a version that folds as the boat rises to reduce friction againsta the water; the second with a semi-rigid core and an extremely flexible section similar to a diver's fins, which are efficient in both senses propulsion.

Davide Scomparin with Medardo Chiapponi university professor
SenSitiveSeat is a chairlift conceived to optimize the energy consumption of ski-lift system with automatic and non-disconnecting fittings. A systems of indipendent chairs was designed to be controlled by sensors so that they "hitch" onto the cable, causing them to move only when they are needed. The structure is made out of polymers, whose mechanical properties are similar to the current metal structures, but weigh a lot less. Thus the weight was reduced, and a more aerodynamic structure was designed to reduce the friction against the air allowing an even greater energy savings to operate the system.

Mauro Paialunga with Alberto Meda university professor
Spaziotre³ is an oven with a variable capacity and different cooking modes. Not only can the volume of oven be reduced into three predefined sizes, it also offers three appliances in one: a classic oven, a toaster oven for pizzas, chicken, single or double protions and a heating oven (with a very amall space in which to reheat entrèes, snacks and small portions of food in general). Spaziotre³ thus saves energy by reducing the size of the oven, which allows the oven to be preheated in less time, and to funtion, when necessary, at a lower regimen.

Dario Schiavon with Alberto Meda and Marco Zito university professors
Stone is a food-warmer that uses heat induction as a heating method, reducing the dispersion of energy when cooking food. Heat induction undoubtedly offers advantages such as saving time and electrical power, yet it has one disvantage: most existing pots are made out of materials that cannot be used for this type of cooktop. Stone solves this problem by including a block of magnetic iron material which is highly compatible with the cooktop, thus creting a hybrid between a ceramic-glass and a heat-induction cooktop. To identify the heting temperature and cooking times, Stone projects a vistual interface onto the working surface.

Cristian Cicchinè with Paolo Lomazzi university professor
Tami is a baby-bottle that warm liquids by converting mechanical energy into heat. This liquid-warmer is especially useful in outdoor situations. The mechanism consists of two cylinders one inside the other, buil in such a way that the inner cylinder is free to rotate. Because there is very little space between the two elements, the rotation produces friction. The energy htus created is trasformed into heat. The rotation of the inner container is set in motion by a lever that closes back onto the shell after use. The energy it creates is transformed into het that changes the temperatures of the liquid contained in the bottle.

Roberto Volpe with Alberto Meda university professor
The photovoltaic tile was inspired by the idea of bringing together the energy captured by the rays of the sun, and by an investigation into building typologies for sloped roofs. The project fits into traditional roofs, overcoming the resrictions on using photo-voltaic panels in historic centers. The initial concept was based on transparent photovoltaic modules, which allow a grater surface for contct with the rays of the sun increasing efficiency. By using transparent photovoltaic modules developed by the Japanese manufacturer MSK, the photo-voltaic tile produces an increase in the useful surface equal to more than double a silica panel.

Anna Zandanel with Alberto Meda and Marco Zito university professors
Tetris is a heat induction cooking system that uses latest-generation technology to achieve three objectives: save energy, cook across the entire surface of the top and be easy to transport. By eliminating the restictive concept of "burners" on traditional cooktops, and channeling the electricity exclusively through the points where it comes into contact with the pots, Tetris provides greater verstility along with a saving in energy and money. The ceramic glass top can be produced in different sizes and features a lid that protects it during transportation. The cooktop may thus be easily used in the home or office, in the beach house, and, why not, even camping.

Emilio Antinori, Emanuele Teobaldo with Alberto Meda university professor
This solar panel seeks to solve three significant problems in thermal solar collectors: orientation, multi-functionality and the integration with existing buildings. To solve these issues, the project chooses to put the panel in a horizontal position to create a central axis of rotation (instead of the tradition vertical position). Thus, because it can be oriented, the return in annual energy it can produce increses, according to the seasonal angle of the rays of the sun (if allowed by the orientation of the building). The solar panel is prefabricated with the aluminum and polyurethane insulation layer required for the roof.

Andrea Bocchin with Tobia Scarpa university professor
Webia is the resul of a desire to offer innovative solution to the problems of public transportation in the lagoon and in the city of Venice. The core issue of the project (the possibility of turning the boat around 360°, and flexible use) led to the examination of different forms of hulls to select the most appropriate shape for the lagoon, based on the resistance, the height of the wake it produces and the optimum cruising speed. The hydrodynamic project was then developed based on propulsional with "clean and renewable energy", to run an low amounts of energy, bearing in mind the possible addition of hydrogen propulsion systems.

Chiara Silvestri with Carlo Gaino university professor
Zeta is a multipurpose instrument that combines the mobile convenience od a scooter, the capacity of a suitcase on wheels, the possibility of having a seat on hand at all times, and the protability of a backpack. Zeta intends to solve the typical situations of places that alternate periods of standing and the need to move short distances, helping the users transport heavy cumbersome objects. When you need to carry your shopping or heavvy objects, you can take Zeta off you back and use it as a cart. When needed, a part of Zeta can open with a spring mechanism to become a scooter with a seat and wheels.

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Rome, 5-13 October
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in cooperation with:
Martin Rance