EDF Sustainable Design Challenge

Published:  July 17, 2012
Latoyah Forsyth

67 entries from 20 institutions spanning eight countries.

The challenge for a team of Swinburne University of Technology students was to develop a sustainable design that promotes new sustainable behaviour to reduce energy consumption and reliance on fossil fuels. The outcome was the Gastrom Biogas Digester and Outdoor Heater – a sustainable design technology that has secured the team as finalists in the second edition of the EDF Sustainable Design Challenge in London.

Product Design Engineering students Robert Cuzner, Tim Garrow and Clint Waters were recognised for their Gastrom system for food disposal, biogas production and fertiliser creation, a system developed for use in cafes and restaurants which aims to combat the seven million tonnes of organic waste that is said to be dumped in Australian landfills this year.

Gastrom Biogas Digester and Outdoor Heater

Food scraps are placed in the digester, where they are crushed into pulp. Bacteria then breaks down the scraps to produce methane. The methane gas is then pumped into canisters to use as fuel for cooking appliances and outdoor heating.

But the Gastrom system was not the only sustainable design to garner welcome attention in the design challenge. A collective of Swinburne Design Factory students were also successful finalists with their entry ‘Watt’s the Buzz’ – a digitally savvy way to reinvent electricity bills and encourage behavioural change which is supported by a website and media tools that promote sustainable energy consumption.

All finalists will have their conceptual design videos displayed at the EDF Pavillion during the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games and then showcased at the Energy Lab during the Lille 3000 in France.

For more information on the EDF Sustainable Design Challenge head to design.edf.com

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