Challenges

Fight Climate Change Today by Creating the Carbon Neutral Office Building of Tomorrow | by Danfoss

How might we help convert existing office buildings to carbon neutral smart buildings of tomorrow for owners without increasing operating costs - and before it‘s too late?

Brainstorming leads:

  • How can an existing centralized energy system in an office building be replaced with a distributed, decentralized sustainable energy system?
  • How could we solve the obstacles which occures when converting an existing building into a carbon-neutral office building?
  • How can we find a smarter solution to utilize HVAC components in order to supply energy demands of a modern office building, using connected data solutions?
  • Which parts of an old office building requires retrofitting, what is the smartest way to retrofit these components?
  • How can we design a smart system in order to prevent wasting energy on electric devices in office buildings?
  • How can we improve the energy system in an office building to be more dynamic and robust while utilizing local energy sources?
  • How can we integrate a smart office energy system into the local energy grid and make it a part of the ecosystem?
  • What kind of smart solutions can we utilize in order to minimalize the loss of energy in a modern office building?

Prizes:

Get a special tech gift and travel to a Danfoss office and pitch your idea in front of business stakeholders, have a dinner with us and stay in a nice hotel and enjoy the time.

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Create Innovative Corporate E-Mobility Services to Drive Zero Carbon Transition in Transportation | by ENGIE

How might we help companies to enable their employees to use electric cars instead of combustion cars in their private and work lives to drive the zero carbon transition?

Brainstorming leads:

E-Mobility is a worldwide mega trend. Electric Vehicles (EVs) keep inner city areas free from emissions and air pollution. They are regarded as clean, innovative and attractive.

That’s why more and more employees are demanding EVs as a private or company car, also because of interesting tax subsidies in Germany for the first years. And the companies are confronted with these demands without having real solutions.

But for the companies there are as well lots of barriers and questions:

  • Which EV cars and which car management should be chosen for this demand?
  • Should charging for private EV cars be free as a company’s service?
  • How many and what kind of charging stations at the work place and the employees’ homes are needed / necessary due to battery capacities and possible charging times?
  • Where is the limit of the company’s responsibility for the charge@home installations?
  • How to handle the unclear tax situation for financial benefits, e.g. with the reimbursement of charging electricity costs for the employees? And how will it be processed practically?
  • How can the demand of the Millennium generation for a car sharing model instead of owning a car be covered?
  • Is an APP needed to coordinate the user experiences and company’s interests? What features are mandatory, what are optional?
  • What kind of smart models can solve the problem of insufficient ranges for the employee’s holiday trip?
  • How can the company measure the impact of the company’s fleed on Zero Carbon Transition?

User (group) information:

Persona in company

  • management: CEO, CFO, CIO, Fleet manager = confronted with the employees’ need
  • user 1: manager with the right of having a company car, interested in sustainability, energy and zero carbon transition, ca. 15.000 km/y
  • user 2: salesman with the right of having a company car, no real interest in sustainability, energy and zero carbon transition
  • user 3: employees without the right of having a company car, but strong interest in using an EV due to strong engagement in sustainability, energy and zero carbon transition

Assets:

The participants are supplied with necessary detailed information material (studies, figures, graphics, statistics) in printed and in file form. Additionally ENGIE will bring a charging station and an account for typical e-mobility platform.

Prizes:

The winner team will be invited to Cologne to the ENGIE Germany headquarter. They will meet the CEO and the management team of ENGIE Germany and will present their challenge solution and themselves to the management. In the afternoon they will have a guided e-mobile tour through the ancient city and the Rhine area of Cologne. In the evening there will be a typical Brewhouse dinner with typical local food and drinks (“Kölsch” beer).

The price includes the e-mobile tour, the dinner, the hotel and travel costs and a special surprise present.

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Make a Factory Hyper Energy Efficient with the Power of Your Smartphone | by KSB

How might we combine reducing carbon footprint and increasing productivity for operators of industrial plants by exploiting the wide range of possibilities of common smart mobile devices?

Brainstorm leads:

Industrial production plants usually consist of a typical set of components like pumps, valves, piping, heat exchanger and process tanks. The driving part for moving the liquids are pumps. Most often the flow control is carried out by valves. A plant is run by an operator, who is responsible for the productivity, safety, reliability and also for energy efficiency. However, the energy saving potentials are often not visible for the plant operator. Though, plants are typically equipped with a reasonable amount of sensors, these are used for the continuous control of the production but are not used for time-to-time identification of energy saving potential. Additional wiring and additional equipment are too expensive. To solve this dilemma, the wide range of possibilities of common smartphones can be used. They can be used independently from all other plant installations and assets, and have a large range of sensors embedded. Thus, any independent energy saving detection device would be a perfect tool for plant operators (or a „digital carbon footprint consultant“). At the same time, the plant reliability would also increase (the general correlation between energy efficiency and reliability of plant components is well-known).

User information:

The users are plant operators with an overall responsibility for safety, reliability, productivity, employees and assets. The operator is typically an engineer, decisive and interested in improvements. More and more, he is faced with energy management requirements and audits (with lack of data).

Assets:

  • Simple physical demonstrator of a sub-plant (pump with valves and flow circuit)
  • Demonstrator of a pump
  • Layout and schematic sketch of a typical sub-plant
  • KSB Sonolyzer App (identifies pump efficiency by noise)
  • Sound files

Prizes:

  • Meeting / pitch with members of the board
  • Company visit
  • 3-Day innovation boot camp at KSB Business Innovation Lab (real customer testing and pitch preparation)
  • ANC headphone

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Make the Industry 2°-ready | by MVV Enamic

How might we convert political CO2-prices and targets into new opportunities for medium sized industrial companies to improve their costumer attractiveness while saving the climate?

Brainstorming lead:

Young people all over the world are demonstrating for a system change and pushing the society forward to stand up for a more sustainable future, thus creating more and more pressure on governments. In September 2019, right before the UN climate action summit, the German government has agreed on a climate protection program to meet the urgent needs and to reach its 2030 climate goals. Germany has set itself ambitious goals in climate protection. The Climate Protection Plan 2050 shows how Germany intends to implement the Paris Agreement. Besides incentives in the mobility-, energy- and building sector, the government is planning to introduce a national carbon emission trading scheme starting 2021. CO2 pricing is becoming increasingly important worldwide for the cost-efficient reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The two main instruments are emissions trading and CO2-tax. The certificate price in Germany will start from 10 €/ton and increase to 35 €/ton until 2025.. How can MVV deal with CO2 pricing and still be an attractive market player?

User information:

The users are medium-sized companies from a wide variety of businesses.

Assets:

  • Sheet: How do other European countries deal with it? What are their regulations? Example Sweden
  • Company presentation of MVV Enamic
  • Study: Sustainability

Prizes:

  • Visit headquarters & follow-up pitch in front of management board of MVV Enamic; exploring sustainability at MVV by going on a tour through different MVV sites
  • Win tickets for an “Adler Mannheim” Ice Hockey game at the SAP Arena

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