We have succeeded in our application of Round 1 for Dragons' Den at University of Strathclyde! 

This means that on June 19th, University Research Day the FogHive team will be competing against a full day of presentations for the chance to win proof of concept funding to cover the construction of the first mock-ups. Pretty exciting, yet pretty tiring for the amount we can apply for. A first success nonetheless, with ambitious plans for capturing videos and presentation techniques. Numerous other applications on the To Do List and a first paper sitting on the drawing board for quite some time now. Fingers crossed for succeeding to submit a full paper for PLEA and then paying all the attention necessary to Dragons Den! 

 

 I am happy to say that the presentation of FogHive Remake at the Scottish Ecological Design Association went well. The atmosphere at the event was incredibly inspiring with brilliant talks from impressivly intelligent minds focused on sustainable development. There will also be a video recording uploaded soon where you will be able to have a look at the 20 min talks yourself. Cannot wait!

In the meantime I am redisgning the logo of the project, working hard on the design of a whole new scheme named FogHive Habitat and struggling to write a conference paper for PLEA by May 16th with no data and no funding to build mock-ups to obtain data. Let's see how all of it goes! 

Thanks for reading. 

 

 

Refresh

Happy Easter everyone!

As a special treat, I am hesitantly presenting you with my first attempt for a project logo. It all has to do with the fact that I will be presenting at SEDA Scottish Ecological Design Association Conference in Edinburgh on April 25th! I hope to make more people interested in FogHive© Remake, FogHive© SEPIA or FogHive© HABITAT... depending on which type of branding that best suits the audience. Let me know what you think of the funky logo FogHive© SEPIA (Sustsianable + Efficient + Passive + Innovative + Affordable).

And do come along to SEDA if you will be in the area on Friday, all day event of ecological innovations at a very reasonable price:

http://www.seda.uk.net/index.php?id=748

Image 1. First attempt for a project logo. Plays around with the ideas of a water molecule, a hexagon as an incorporation of FogHive© 1 and SEPIA (Sustsianable + Efficient + Passive + Innovative + Affordable).

 

 

Refresh

 

Some exciting news this week: we have been chosen to submit a paper for PLEA 2014! That is the international and quite significant Passive and Low Energy Architecture conference. Wheheeeey!!

Now all that I need to do is obtain materials, build the fog collectors, test different types of meshes, analyse the data, write up and present it all by May 16th. 7 weeks and counting.

I am also quite looking forward to the opportunity of becoming involved in Computational Fluid Dynamics via university workshops, reading some brick-heavy books, learning software and contacting people from the Univeristy of Strathclyde who are already experts. You might say that I can just pass on the tasks of computer simulations to the experts, account for their fees in my project budget and have readily available, near effortless data available. However, the projects budget is pretty limited, non-existent at the moment as a matter of fact, and I have always been a Physics enthusiast who likes to understand HOW things work. Such as, what is the fluid pressure of a drop of water and why is it different from that of oil, for example.

And so, samples of mesh types are on the way. To fulfil my promise to PLEA that I will demonstrate what the most efficient and environmentally-friendly materials for fog water collection are. A tiny bit of Materials Science and Biomimicry involved in this.

 I hope I can learn and act quickly, I assumed research was much more structured and carefully organised than these rapid deadlines. A Dragons Den event application is also being constructed in the meant time, if there is any left.

Thank you for reading! See you back on this page next week. 

Refresh

 

We are now considering prototype projects in Namibia and Ecuador. The rate of disappearing cloud forests in Ecuador is alarming and I hope to make a contribution towards preserving some of the incredible diversity they offer. It may be quite personal, but people cutting down trees constantly to grow more food to make more people... is just not cool. This is not an academic statement.  The phenomenon of horizontal precipitation has been identified by my supervisor and I as a point of further research. 

Another ecosystem which offers great opportunities is the Namibian coastal desert, where among the dunes small oases of lush greenery could be created using fog collectors. These would not be targetted at settlements, but rather at desertification prevention and increse in biodiversity. I am now studying the UNESCO 2012 Water Report, just about 1000 pages, which has intersting case studies of gardens brough to life in the Jordan Wadi Rum desert valleys.

Technical drawings for the first mock-ups are being developed, to be tested here in Scotland. Some samples are on the way and we will be testing out connections and structural stability soon, before field fog collection tests in the great outdoors. Cannot wait for the great outdoors!

Thank you, I hope you find this inspiring. Please leave any comments below!

 

Image 1. Greenery belts along artificial aquatic landscape in Jordan. Source: UNESCO. 2012. THE UNITED NATIONS WORLD WATER DEVELOPMENT REPORT 4. Volume 3. p. 792. e-book ISBN 978-92-3-001045-4

Refresh
Net_sketch

 

This is the first blog post about my new PhD project FOGHIVE©  REMAKE: Ecodesign and Advanced Prototyping employing Remanufacture Materials. The aim of the project is to provide alternative water for rural settlements in currently fog-dense water-stressed regions, as well as a system for sustainable (re)forerestation of deserts and vanishing woodlands. For now I call this the Blue-Green Revolution encapturing advances in hydrolgy and sustainability, to prevent the catastrophic future reality described by Fred Pearce in his book When the Rivers Run Dry, 2006.

Extracting valuable water from the air has long lived in man's imagination, and now the concept of turning 'thin air' into drinkable fluids is becoming reality.  From the fog capturing structures in the dangerous, giant-worm ruled wastelands described by Frank Herbert in his legendary series Dune, to the coastal mountains of Chile today where entire villages are supplied from harvested cloud water. The first such projects date back to the 1960s with the work of Bob Schemenauer, founder of FogQuest (http://www.fogquest.org/) a charity which provides fog collectors in climatically suitable regions in need of fresh water around the globe. Their astonishing humaniatarian relief portfolio prides more than 20 projects, and their efforts are not the only ones in the fight for alternative water provision.

The University of Strathclyde has now joined the camapaign of advancing the fog collection with a completely unique innovation: 3-D fog collectors, optimised for specific climatic conditions, manufactured with recycles industrial waste. There are many opportunities on the horizon, and many bright engineering minds in the university to collaborate with. At the moment I am researching the past and present innovations in fog collection techniques, gathering information and inspiration for the advances in the technology I will propose and develop with a team of collaborators under the supervision of Dr Cristian Suau. For more information on his original FOGHIVE©  project please visit EcoFabrica (http://www.ecofab.org/index.php?/projects/foghive-3d-fogtrap-chile/).

Some emerging ideas are to construct fog collecting bridges to ease transport in the arid areas, constructing speacial fog oases in the fog-dense moonscape of the Atacama, developing self-deployable 'smart 4D material' variations, using game play as hydraulic pumps, gathering precedents from space explorers such as Surveyor and extreme altitude light-tech architecture, and other brain-stormed ideas. The choice of location will be the first important step in the development of the project, it will require plentiful investigation, starting from the localities of Glasgow and reaching to the Namibian Desert, the Indian planes, the Chilean coasts.  

Keep an eye on the progress, the challenges we face and the creative ideas we have here! Expect weekly updates with diverse information, from hydrology through deployable structures and materials sourcing, to volunteer opportunities for a great Blue-Green Revolution cause.  

Tsvetomila


Image 1. Eiffel Fog Collector - one of the latest design innovations by Lummerich and Tiedmann. 2010. Sketch by Tsvetomila Duncheva.

 

 

LinkedIn Follow