Best Ideas 2020 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.
Explain your idea in details:
2.6 Billion people in developing countries rely on traditional cookstoves. The gases released by the traditional cookstoves cause environmental hazards from indoor pollution due to which 4.3 million people die prematurely every year. First, I identified the problems with traditional cookstoves: the release of harmful pollutants, inefficient combustion, and environmental hazards. The Safer Homes project addresses these problems in multiple ways. The cookstove runs on biomass( which is an energy form commonly found in rural areas making it easier to access). The design of the model is created to ensure most efficient heat supply for cooking food as well as minimal smoke emissions. It also reduces fuel requirements down 60%. Efficient heating is created by the design of a cylindrical upward narrow column which is enclosed from all sides. This ensures that all the heat generated by the biomass is directed upward to the food. The narrow column is also insulated, once again to prevent energy escape. The cylindrical design with insulation also targets the problem of releases of harmful pollutants. As there is only a narrow opening to place the biomass, the smoke emissions are reduced by at least 80%. To combat the the problem of environmental hazards, the cookstove uses biomass as energy source. Biomass includes material such as crop waste and dried animal dung. This ensures that there is less deforestation and less waste produced. The narrow rectangular opening ensures that the burning biomass gets enough oxygen for complete combustion with fire, leading to efficient combustion. The design also includes an innovative addition: the biomass is placed at an elevated level so that the flow of heat is upwards, moreover the top of the stove is shaped to accommodate the utensil of food.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The target that I plan to achieve through this biomass cookstove can be measured through several aspects. First of all, the biggest problem with the traditional cookstoves are the smoke emissions therefore my idea is designed in a specific way to ensure that smoke emission reduced by at least 80%. The reduction in release of harmful pollutants and smoke is an indicator of the success of the project. Moreover, the streamlined upward column with insulation design reduces energy wastage. This can be checked by measuring fuel requirements. My design guarantees a 60% lower fuel requirement due to its efficient design. By comparing the fuel requirements of a traditional cookstove and my biomass cookstove, I can evaluate the success of my design. The material used as energy source in my idea differs massively from traditional cookstoves. While traditional cookstoves utilise wood as energy source, I propose using biomass- crop waste or dried animal dung. This reduces the stress placed on the environment as it reduces the number of trees cut down and does not produce any harmful pollutants that may damage the environment- reducing green house emissions. Furthermore, I have ensured that there is a small opening to place biomass which also lets oxygen in for complete combustion therefore removing any risk of producing carbon monoxide- a harmful product of incomplete combustion.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The first step will involve the production of a prototype in association with local appliance stores and prototype testing- several tests will be performed to ensure the quality of the product and efficiency. To make this stage of prototyping possible, I need the initial capital for the different parts of the product. The funds will be collected from my personal funds and fundraiser events. After the funds are collected, I will go to several local appliance stores to provide me assistance with the prototype building. I will pitch to them my idea and its implementation. Once the prototype is produced and tested, we reach the second stage of marketing. The prototype will be presented to any interested investors, manufacturers and businesses which will provide initial support to create more prototypes and an opportunity to reach a larger audience. This stage will be full-funded by any investors or businesses that have agreed to support the initiative. Advertising will be an important component of this stage to present to potential buyers the significant advantages of the product. After several prototypes have been created, the next step includes target audience- families in rural regions of India. Prototypes will be provided to several families at minimum price and I will observe the implementation. This will help me test the product on target market and observe the performance of the product and receive feedback to calculate the future success of the product. Once the performance test is successful, the product will be launched into the market, I plan to pitch my idea to several notable organisations such WWF India (with whom I have already worked before), Delhi Greens, and PRAGYA India. The organisation will monitor the supply of the product due to their massive outreach and the funds for the product.
I am Isha Singh, a 15 year old passionate environmentalist and conservationist. Living in India, a country with a large rural population, I truly understood the challenges and problems caused due to the lack of clean energy and sustainable living. Several people in villages and rural areas of India that are unaware of the harmful effects of pollutants and waste disposal are suffering from the unrealised consequences of climate change. My aim, therefore, has always been to not only spread awareness but also to create innovative designs for people to overcome these challenges with sustainable energy and environment friendly technology. I have created several student-led initiatives such as my Make a Difference program in which I educate villagers and rural people about the importance of sustainability and conservation. I am also a passionate conservationist working with WWF India to prevent poaching of animals and preserve biodiversity. When my school went to a field trip to explore the rural hills of Dehradun, I realised many women used traditional cookstoves that were releasing large amounts of smoke and the incomplete combustion caused the release of carbon monoxide that is detrimental to our health. It was after that experience that I decided to create innovative projects to help people in rural regions. I was awarded the Young Innovator award at my school for my design of biodegradable sanitary pads for women. As an activist and environmentalist, I wish to harness my education to benefit marginalised groups in underdeveloped or developing countries. My skills of innovation, dedication and passion enable me to empower citizens to overcome their economic and social struggles. As a student who wishes to pursue biology and environmental studies in college, I often study the impact of climate change and importance of conservation.