Impact Day Exhibition

From November 27, 2019 till January 8, 2020
In the TU Delft Library


During "Impact Day" on 26 November 2019 researchers and partners of TU Delft | Global Initiative showcased their research in an interactive exposition. See the list of participants below. The 'Impact Day Exhibition' can be seen in the TU Delft Library from November 27, 2019 till January 8, 2020. 

Schools and Satellites - Donate your old smartphone(s)!
The project "Schools and Satellites" (SaS) aims to better quantify and understand precipitation patterns in Ghana, West Africa. Understanding rainfall patterns is critical for water management anywhere. In order to do this, more ground-based measurements are needed. For this smartphones are needed. Donate your old smartphone in the smartphone donation box in the Library or Science Centre and help farmers in West Africa optimize food production by better predicting rainfall patterns.

TAHMO - Weather Stations in Africa
In the next few decades, the worldwide demand for food is set to double. Africa and South-America will be the main producers of the extra food. But how can large-scale agriculture be achieved if there are no reliable data on the availability of water, when the rain is going to fall, and where? The 'Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory’ (TAHMO) is looking for answers and data. UniBrickConscious Designs is a start-up venture, which was founded by Architect Rushabh Chheda, in October 2018, during his master studies at TU Delft, Netherlands. The focus of the company is to create architectural designs and products for the circular economy, and finding new methods of using waste as a resource, to reduce the use of virgin materials with high embedded energy.

UniBrick
Conscious Designs is a start-up venture, which was founded by Architect Rushabh Chheda, in October 2018, during his master studies at TU Delft, Netherlands. The focus of the company is to create architectural designs and products for the circular economy, and finding new methods of using waste as a resource, to reduce the use of virgin materials with high embedded energy.

Juan Cuellar Lopez - 3D-Printed Prosthetics
The manufacturing of prosthetic limbs requires an advanced infrastructure: trained staff and high-tech healthcare facilities. Things which are hard to come by in developing countries. This problem is solved by leaving the production process to innovative technologies, such as 3D-printing and mobile computing. 

SURGERY FOR ALL PROGRAM
Electrosurgery Device

We are working on a context-specific design of an electrosurgical unit that is battery powered, portable and comes with reusable accessories. By reduction of functions the product remains affordable, and by the use innovative design we ensure that our electrosurgical unit functions at the same level as current devices available on the market.

Video-Laryngoscope
We are working on a context-specific design of a videolaryngoscope that employs a low-cost USB endoscope and smartphone screen for visualisation of the larynx. The design meets requirements that were generated from field research and interviews with medical staff in both the Netherlands and Kenya. The device is reusable, suitable for local maintenance and easy to use, ensuring smooth operation in low-resource regions.
 
GLOBAL URBAN LAB
Pieter Ham - Floating Homes for the Philippines
City dwellers in the Philippines are dealing with the consequences of frequent flooding on a daily basis. This is why PhD and Global Fellow Pieter Ham has been working on the construction of sustainable, modular, floating homes in the Philippines since graduation.
 
Yask Kulshreshtha - Building with Local Bio-Waste Materials
People in rural India traditionally live in so-called ‘mud houses’, houses made of a blend of clay, sand and silt. This material is not water-resistant, and over time, rain causes the walls to crumble. Residents have to replaster their walls after each rainy season. There is currently no affordable alternative. However, with his TU Delft Global Research Fellowship, civil engineer Kulshreshtha hopes to see this change.

Housing the Urban Invisibles
Previously displayed at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, this exhibit brings together the work of students that participated in the "Global Housing Studio" during academic year 2018-2019.

ENERGY
Juan-Carlo Intriago Zambrano - Self-Reliant Irrigation Pumps and Product-Service Systems
Juan Carlo Intriago is studying possible applications of an Integrated Turbine Pump (ITP). The device is both pump and turbine, which means it is capable of generating its own power. No fossil fuels are needed in order to support a small-scale irrigation system. The pump looks much like a turbine in a hydropower station and - like the wheel of an old fashioned water mill - relies on itself to move water and generate energy.  

Abhigyan Singh - Inter-Household Energy Sharing
Abhigyan’s research focusses on the topic of inter-household energy sharing. He did research in India and investigated what happens when you give a rural village energy. How is the energy (solar panels, powerbanks, etc.) distributed amongst the inhabitants. To visualize his research he developed an interactive visual that will be shown on a TV touch-screen during Impact Day. Visitors will be able to interact with it to discover who shared energy and how.
 
Solarworks
SolarWorks! offers a wide range of Solar Home Systems on a Pay As You Go basis in Mozambique and Malawi and is the leading company in this sector in Southern Africa. From small systems that have several lights and can charge phones to bigger systems that power televisions, refrigerators, ventilators, sound systems and sewing machines: SolarWorks! provides it all and in an affordable way.
 
DC Opportunities
This start-up company develops technology for microgrids and DC distribution grids.
 
DIAGNOSTICS FOR ALL PROGRAM
Schistoscope, SODOS, AiDx Medical

The Diagnostics for All research program aims to develop easy-to-operate devices for low resource settings which are integrated (include sample preparation and diagnosis), inclusive (co- creation with relevant stakeholders), and thoroughly tested in laboratory as well as field settings in endemic countries. Several devices will be showcased.
 
MRI for Africa
Modern MRI scanners for disease detection are commonly used in the West but in low- and-middle-income countries hospitals are simply unable to afford them. Mathematician Martin van Gijzen and PhD student Merel de Leeuw den Bouter are part of a team helping to develop a simple MRI scanner for a children’s hospital in Uganda.
 
GLOBAL DRINKING WATER PROGRAM
Pot Filters

Ceramic water filters (CWFs) are a point-of-use technology aimed at providing safe water for those in low-resource settings. CWFs have been shown to effectively remove bacteria and parasites but fall short of meeting World Health Organization targets for virus reduction. Given the global burden of disease and viruses, improvements in virus reduction could potentially lead to greater health impacts. This research investigates natural occurrence of biofilms in ceramic pot filters and their role as virus reservoir.
 
Arsenic Filters
Arsenic contamination in groundwater is a health and development disaster that severely limits the access to safe drinking water for millions of people living in rural areas of Bangladesh. At TU Delft it was recently discovered that naturally occurring bacteria in rapid sand filters in the Netherlands can remove arsenic together with iron, naturally present in groundwater. This project aims to investigate whether this is also possible with Bangladeshi rapid sand filters, where arsenic concentrations are 10-100 times higher. 
 

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