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Project work instructionsBH60A1101 Environmental Technology Project Work: SustainableInnovation 5 ECTS crAutumn 2011
Project work The aim: • To tackle a sustainability challenge in a developing country setting and provide solution(s) that could be realistically executed. • Research a variety of options, and judge them by the criteria of sustainability, viability and possibility to scale the process up. • Reflect the complexity of sustainability challenges. • Identify and analyse the limitations of the project work The project work will be done in groups of 5 students. The groups are preselected and can be found in Noppa.
Assignment: setting • Target area is a fictional village/suburban area, however close to rural areas. The area and its inhabitants generally lack of general infrastructures, products and services. • energy: lighting with kerosene lamps, cooking with conventional coal/wood stoves. • water and sanitation: water available from collection points, water shortages and contamination common. Overpumping threatening the water sources. No official sewage treatment. • waste: no waste segregation, waste goes to a landfill with a truck. • food: markets are limited, served by small scale farmers and international companies. Access to global markets relies on multinational companies. Local farmers suffer from lack of resources and impacts of climate change (droughts, floods). The fouraspectsare the themes of the projectwork, of whichone is the coretheme of the group.
Assignment:setting Important: • The direction of yourprojectworkwillbehighlydeterminedby the areayoudeside to baseyourvillage/suburb. (Allprojectsneed to besite-specificallyadapted—> base of the sustainability) • However, donotgetcaught on the limitations of the geographicarea. For instance, youhaveidentifiedthat in order for yourproject to succeedyouneedparticularroles (stakeholders/processes) to befilled. Youhavefound in the internetthatsomeonecanfillthatneed, buthas a office in India. Youcanusethis as an example , and explainhowthisparticularstakeholderwould act in yoursystem.
Assignment Areasneeded to bethought/developed 1. Coreproblemyouwant to solve? (fourthemes) 2. The differentstakeholdersyouhaveto/couldinvolve a. the corestakeholders (technologyproviders, logistics, finance institutions, access-to-markets) b. auxiliarystakeholders (education?) 3. Economicaspect? • What is the value of thissolution to differentstakeholders? • How the money willcirculatebetween the stakeholders? • Is a linkmissing? • Couldthissolutioninterestotherstakeholders (bringvalue to them)? Orshouldweask, howcouldthisproblem/solutioninterestotherstakeholders? • Howcan the value of the ”product” upgraded? (turnitaround, howcan the value of the problembediscovered?)
Assignment • Developalternativelighting and cookingsolutions (or a holisticelectricitysystem). • Providecleandrinkingwater and sanitationservices for the village/suburb. • Technologyapproach • Service approach • Develop a solidwaste management system. • Develop a systemthatwillenchangeagricultureproduction and access-to-markets. • Technology/systemapproach • Widermarketapproach Remember, youdon´thave to solve the entireproblem, but the impactshould besignificant and realistic.
Assignment, stepone The group thinks of • The (core)challenge they want to tackle • The location of the project (Country, town, village? However precise the group wants to choose) e.g. group can use a fictional area or a specific town they know • Overall idea of which direction groups wants to go/which options group wants to investigate. • Ifyouhave a project of yourown, youcansuggestit (for instanceyoucanusepreviousexperiencefromyour home country) • The finalprojectworkassigmentwillbedefinedtogetherwith the wholestudentgroup and the assistant
Scope of the projectwork A) The core technology or processes What technology options or processes the group will investigate? • Sustainable in every aspect of sustainability? • Suitable for the local context? Should the technology or process be adapted? B) Economical feasibility Self-sustaining and able to create value for the different stakeholders. • What are the income earning possibilities (different stakeholders?) • Instead of resulting in heavy investing, subsidies and conventional “selling products”, the aim is to determine and develop innovative income earning possibilities. • The initial investment needs must be estimated and included the consideration of the project link to the technology solutions Footer
Scope of the projectwork c) Auxiliary processes/technologies • What auxiliary components are needed for the project to succeed? • Educational, awareness building mechanism? • Financing mechanisms? • ICT, social media, growdsourcing ? d) Networks What different stakeholders are involved? Who are in the core roles and who auxiliary? • Local groups? Companies?NGOs?( Micro)finance institutions? Governance bodies? Community based organisations? e) Scaling up the project Can the project be scaled to another location, to 1 billion people? Does it need adaptation? The fivedifferentaspectsarereflectedthroughideas and suggestions of concreteexecution, not just theory. Footer
Scope of the project • The A) Technologyor a process and B) Economicalfeasibilitypartsprovide the core for the projectwork • The C, D and E componentsareauxiliary • Depending on the progress of the projectworktheywillbeincluded to the project • The projectcomponentsaregoing to beintroducedfurtherduringbrainstormsessions
Process • Important that the research process is iteration, not a straight forward A->B solution! • The different options considered and the criteria must be presented in the project work. We are curious to learn what options the group was considering, why it rejected/chose some of the options and how it came to the conclusion. • Document the different stages! The solution you provide is only the end result, not the whole project work. e.g if the group randomly selects a technology and develops a system around it without any justification, however good solution, the project work is only half done! Footer
Content and format • Lenght: notdetermined • Executedwith the standardformat of the LUT Energy http://www.lut.fi/en/technology/lutenergy/studies/energytechnology/studies/instructions/Documents/Guidelines%20for%20Scientific%20Writing.pdf • Frontpage and table of contents • Chapters (technology, aspects of sustainability, economicconsideration, auxiliaryprojects, networks) • Conclusions and list of reference Morespecificinstructionswillbeposted as a word-document at Noppa • Reflections and feedback of the projectwork • General groupreflectionincluded at the projectwork • Workhoursused for projectworkwillbedocumented to the ”Report of timeused” excel (at Noppa) • Personalreflection of the individualwork, feedback, problemsetc to the lecturediary
Seminarpresentation • The groupwillpresent the projectwork at seminarpresentationday • Otherstudentswillevaluate the presentation and the findings • The seminar is obligatory and part of the score of the projectwork • The seminardatewillbeannouncedlater Footer
Timetable • Project work is throughout 2nd, 3rd and 4th period • dl at the fourthperiod • Followup at the brainstormsessionsduringspring 2012 • Seminarpresentationswillbeheld in the end of 4th period Evaluation • 80% of the wholecoursescore • 80 points • 40 points to pass
The coursepersonnel • Assistant Liisa Lahti firstname.lastname@example.org room 6530 Footer