Birmingham Seeks Food Waste Management solutions - call for submissions

The city of Birmingham (UK) is investing to turn food waste into energy and invites companies worldwide to submit their waste management solutions before 17th February to the Living Labs Global Award 2012.

Submissions to the Award are free of charge and the winner of the Birmingham category will be invited to pilot the solution in the city, with full support from local stakeholders to evaluate the solution before a full-scale roll-out.

In last year's edition, Bitcarrier for example managed to see a pilot implementation of its CitySolver Technology to monitor traffic within 3 months of winning the Living Labs Global Award, and a public procurement within just 6 months of winning the Award.

For this year's award, Birmingham is seeking solutions to better understand and capture the waste streams generated throughout the city, potentially utilising a data management system to identify its trends and impact in order to efficiently process the waste and convert it into a sustainable energy source (more information here).

How to submit:

Entries can be submitted online on www.llga.org until 17th February.

International juries will evaluate the entries and provide a shortlist of the top 100 showcases on 5th March. Winners will be announced on 2nd May 2012 at the Award Ceremony during the networking Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, for which all participants are invited.

About the Living Labs Global Award 2012:

Living Labs Global, a non-profit association promoting innovative solutions in cities around the world, is organising the 2012 edition of the Living Labs Global Award in cooperation with the cities of Barcelona, Birmingham, Caceres, Cape Town, Coventry, Derry~Londonderry, Eindhoven, Fukuoka, Glasgow, Guadalajara, Hamburg, Lagos, Lavasa, Kristiansand, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Rome-Lazio, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Santiago de Chile and Terrassa.

Together with these 21 cities, the Living Labs Global Award 2012 aims to provide a market opportunity to innovative solutions with the aim of helping over 110 million citizens in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

For more information:

Email: m.carvalho@livinglabs-global.com 

Tel.: +34 93 1855110

www.llga.org Twitter: @LivingLabsAward Facebook: www.facebook.com/llga2012

SpectioNZ Converts Waste to Energy

SpectioNZ, a clean tech company based out of Wellington, New Zealand, has developed a process for converting organic waste (like human feces) and plastic into energy.  Currently operating out of the business incubator CreativeHQ, SpectioNZ is testing a trial converter at the Paraparaumu wastewater treatment plant.

At the treatment plant, dehydrated waste is mixed with plastic, fed into the unit, and heated in the absence of air (a process called pyrolysis).  The heated material converts to gas (including methane), which is intended to power turbines and produce electricity.

In New Zealand, 3 million tons of waste goes into the landfill each year; 1.8 million tons are organic.  Not only does that create tremendous potential for energy creation, but also negates the need for New Zealand to ship its waste to China (thereby producing an energy savings).

With the 1kW power supply process deemed a success, the company now has its sights set on the creation of a 100 kW version.  SpectioNZ is funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.

Note: readers may also be interested in Living Labs' showcased company Urbiotica, which monitors garbage receptacles in cities.