Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
The High Thermal Insulation Perpend (HTIP)
Explain your idea in details:
My idea is to create a new product that I call the High Thermal Insulation Perpend (HTIP) because of the product thermal insulator properties. The concept is simple as there will be put: plastic and inorganic non-metal materials from municipal waste inside the vacuum space of a personalized perpend. The environmental purpose is to stick the treated inorganic waste inside the walls of all the future buildings and infrastructures made of HTIP , in a way that instead of polluting the city, the sea, and the atmosphere; the plastic waste will be safely stored to minimize the bad impact. The innovation is about using concrete to build the perpend, personalizing its design, and adding the special material from waste inside of it. The thermal insulation properties of the buildings will be enhanced and energy consumption due to the cooling system will be reduced. The product is more ecological and help tackling the waste management global issue; it is also a practical product as it is inspired by the shape of usual perpend made of concrete. The promotion of the product will be accompanied with a popular behavioral change sensitization in terms of sorting and reducing waste. HTIP technology will provide more energy efficiency and users will use less of air conditioning and heating systems. The fabrication process begins with collecting the sorted municipal waste, drying it, pulverizing the inorganic and non-metallic waste into a solid porous material, doing the composition then molding the perpend, drying the wet perpend, fulfilling the perpend with the solid porous material and finally ends by sealing it inside. The production process of HTIP consumes less energy as there is no need to melt the plastic.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
I believe the HTIP will bring a revolution in the construction domain because as explained, the thermal insulators will be directly put inside the perpend to create an ecological product. Constructors who are not usually using thermal insulators will have no problem using it to bring new assets to their construction works. The use of HTIP enhance the well-being of the population by providing more comfort during hot and very cold seasons without overusing of air conditioning, so at the same time it help reduce the energy consumption and improve the energy efficiency of the houses and buildings. The project will reduce considerably the pollution due to plastic waste; thus create decent employment as new activities may appear. As the company will be set up and tends to grow, more employees will be needed for the project to expand. In a larger scale, sustainable cities and infrastructures more adapted to climate change will be built everywhere. The product is designed to be practical so that all house builders, engineers and architects may easily use the material. The way to evaluate the success is counting and assessing the number of construction using the HTIP technology after the year of implementation of the project.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The promotion of the HTIP will be accompanied with sensitization about climate change, energy efficiency, environment protection and people will be actively solicited to sort, reduce and give a second life to their waste. A pilot project will be put in my country of origin Madagascar to evaluate the success of the project. I dream in a long term to promote the HTIP in a worldwide scale and to transform the company into a multinational to make the greatest impact. In a short term goal, partnership with local companies which are already collecting and sorting the municipal waste will be established. The project remains at its conceptual stage until now and it is the first time I submit it in an international competition such as Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition but systematic work will be done for constant improvement.
My name is Tahina RAZAFIMANDANONA; I am a Malagasy young Materials Engineer, 26 years old, born and living here in Madagascar. I am a loving challenge striver who is not afraid of rejection ; passionate about science, engineering, and sustainable development. I am the Coordinator of the Bioenergy commission in a national energy expert platform called G.R.E and volunteer at a Climate Change platform named GT-CC. In 2017, I was granted a Young Leaders Fighting Climate Change training programme that forged me into an active young climate leader. I was selected for a Civic Leadership intensive training in South Africa by YALI RLC SA. I also attended a Personal Initiative training in Entrepreneurship which has helped me develop my entrepreneurial mindset. I love networking with inspirational people.