Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation
School of Chemical Engineering

2016 Finalists

First Prize (12,500) and Dow Centre Business Proposition Grant ($12,500)

David Nelson, Andrew Sun, Natasha Natamihardja and Gabrielle Hodge
HOME3, Modular Panelled Construction.
Incremental innovation doesn't exist. Innovation must result in a ten times improvement in value to a global problem. 
The HOME3 achieves true innovation in the area of the global housing crisis in three important metrics. Compared to the average Australian house the HOME3 is eleven times cheaper to build, it is nine times faster to build and absorbs 30 tonnes of CO2 compared to the average house that releases 40 tonnes of CO2. This will provide affordable housing for the 1.2 billion who don’t have it and it will help offset the 30% of global CO2 emissions that the building sector is responsible for. The design that achieves this incredible leap in value can be seen at 


SISCA Early Concept Grants ($2,500 each awarded)

Innovo - Nikodem Rybak, Parsa Kourosh and Joshua Riddell
Agriculture of Things, Using real-time agricultural data processing for smarter and sustainable farm management
Agriculture of Things is a solution that uses smart sensors and deep learning analysis methods to enhance farming performance. The system consists of an integrated set of hardware and software which provides intelligent farming management. The main hardware is a customised UAV with autonomous flight and NIR/visible spectrum video capture abilities. Various ground sensors in the field supplement this data. A communication system linking data sources allows deep learning data analysis to provide accurate insights.
The whole system aims to improve Cultivation Management and Anomaly Detection (CMAD) to capture growing issues (e.g. misuse of water or fertiliser) and detect anomalies (e.g. illness) in order to assess the overall health of the crops beyond human judgement. This reduces the use of consumables and increases the farm output by improving plant health.

Movus – Cameron Forsyth, John Scott, Brad Parsons, John Gardner and Andy Hill
MOVUS is developing FitMachine - a FitBit™ for industrial machines. FitMachine is an innovative sensor solution for monitoring equipment health of industrial rotating machinery, in the same way that a "FitBit" helps individuals to monitor their personal fitness.  The current FitMachine system utilises a battery-powered sensor along with a cellular internet connected gateway. The combination of battery-powered sensor and mains-powered gateway is wasteful for many reasons.
With the help of the Dow Center we will commercialise an innovative energy harvesting add-on to the FitMachine called TinyGen. This small wind turbine will generate enough power to incorporate 3G connectivity into FitMachine, eliminating the need for our gateway, as well as battery replacement and other associated costs.  TinyGen would be the first of its kind in the world.

Craig Minns
Solar Broadband
Use of solar photovoltaic modules to receive broadband data transmissions enhances the benefit/cost of providing power and communications in remote areas and crowded cities.  The rollout can be self-funding over time, using the money saved on electricity bills. SISCA funding will be used for product development.

David Nelson, William Wu and Shaluta Kudaudage
The POWER3 will empower the 1.2 billion people who live without electrical grid connectivity. The POWER3 comprises of battery modules, solar panels and a power cube (containing the inverter and BMS). Any number of these modules can be connected together to obtain an electrical system perfectly suited to your needs.
The POWER3 has an initial cost of $200 which is eight times less than the nearest competitor. Furthermore, it costs 35% less per kilowatt hour than the Tesla Power Wall. 

Hao Lu
Hao Cellulose
Supercapacitors (SCs) are an excellent energy storage system with high power density and long cycle life. In this project, we choose cellulose, the main content of biomass, as the precursor to produce cellulose-derived carbon electrodes of excellent performance for SCs, which is environmentally friendly and can be definitely applied worldwide.

Saphira Rekker, Margarita Navarro, Carley Fuller and Felip Saraiva
Life Sorted
Life.Sorted is a playful app that links sustainable supply chains to sustainable living through an attractive and organized food storage and dispensing system. It will streamline sustainable sourcing, storage and easy preparation of foods with automated ordering/deliveries, healthy recipe suggestions, generated grocery lists, financial budgeting, and tracking of consumption impact.

Yousef Al-Qaryouti, Clara Bertault, Hunter Jordan and Ting-Uei Lee
The Deployable Shelter
The proposed project aims to develop cheap, lightweight and easy to pack emergency shelter that provides more comfort for the victims of disasters. This shelter will be rapidly deployable and easy to assemble without instructions, skills or tools needed using rotational press-fit joints to create a flat-packable two-layer geometry.