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20 very futuristic things that happened at Shell’s #MaketheFuture festival last weekend

7th July 2016
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Taking over Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Shell’s Make the Future festival made it its mission to educate about renewable and clean energy last weekend.

The festival of energy ideas and innovation saw everyone from school children to university students come together to find solutions to the world’s energy crisis.

Here are some of the futuristic things that happened, and some of the ideas that burst into life...

1. Global ambition for cleaner and smarter energy was unleashed

50 entrepreneurs – all of them working to help communities across the world gain access to affordable and cleaner energy – showed off their inventions, which included wind turbines that harness the air of passing cars and meals cooked using recycled coffee waste.

2. The inventors of Gravity Light revealed how it produces a lighting system that uses the force of gravity from a weight…

GravityLight: Made in Africa from GravityLight on Vimeo.

3. bio-bean showed off its industrialised process of recycle waste coffee grounds to turn them into advanced biofuels…

4. The creators of Pavegen revealed how paving slabs can convert energy from people's footsteps into electrical power...

5. And Capture Mobility showed off its hybrid wind turbines for harvesting solar and wind energy from roads

6. Whilst the geniuses at Adaptavate produced a biodegradable alternative to plasterboard to enhance sustainable housing.  


7. Meanwhile, a driverless car created at Oxford University took a spin around the park with TV techie Dallas Campbell…

Once he’s remembered where the door was.

8. And some school children harnessed enough algae to power a city...

 

Or at least, they revealed how we might be able to in the future.

9. Some others investigated how to create power via railways...

 

10. And another group developed an underground hover car system, using hydrogen and electrical energy as a power source.

 

11. A very different kind of marathon took place...

 

In which 200 student teams from across Europe competed to see how far they could drive on the equivalent of one litre of fuel on a specially designed track.

12. Imperial College students debuted their “lighter fuel cell” with a helping hand from F1 star Kimi Raikkonen...


13. Vehicles like this whizzed around the track...

14. This one made waves too...

It’s not a rocket... we promise.



15. Oh, and the world’s most impressive helter skelter made an appearance.



16. Aston University showed off their own energy efficient vehicle...  



17. Team Aalborg Energy of Denmark took to the track in a 3D printed car...



18. And University of Illinois team, the Lean Mean Graphene Machine, triumphed in the Shell Ideas 360 competition.



Team member Somak Ghosh says: “There has been a distinct lack of innovation in power plants, with the last one built in the United States in the late 1970s.

“We have developed a graphene coating process to be applied to cooling water pipes in condensers to improve the efficiency and lower the environmental footprint of existing and future power and desalinisation plants.

“Crucially our idea is also technologically and financially sound and it’s awesome that our idea has been recognised through the Shell Ideas360 competition – it’s a validation of all the hard work we’ve put into it.”

19. Team Prometheus, from the National Technical University Of Athens, Greece, were celebrating too...

They won the Technical Innovation Award for the “near autonomous driving control system” in their vehicle.

20. Alex Brooker and Jamie Laing raced salt water cars in an “energy efficient motor race” (Jamie won)


Phew. Same time next year?

Roll on #makethefuture 2017...




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