Habitat Cluster Barcelona is looking for disruptive solutions to generate energy through furniture, building equipment and infrastructure.

Habitat Cluster Barcelona has participated in the makeathon organized by the FABLAB Terres de l'Ebre. It is an open competition of ideas to meet the needs of the habitat sector. HCB has raised the challenge of generating energy through the products of the sector to reduce the impact of the construction and use of buildings on the environment.

Building and using buildings causes a huge impact on the environment. In fact, almost half of the planet’s CO2 emissions are produced during the construction and use of buildings. In Catalonia, homes, shops and offices consume 27% of all the country's energy. How can this impact be reduced and neutralized?

This has been the starting point raised by HCB in the open contest of ideas organized by FABLAB TE of the City council of Amposta and with the support of the I2CAT Foundation. From here, four groups of 3 people from different professional fields have begun to come up with disruptive ideas that allow them to develop concrete solutions to meet this challenge and, if necessary, a prototype of how they could be applied.

At the same time, four more groups have worked on another challenge posed by the home equipment and contract cluster (CENFIM). In this case, proposals have been requested to encourage the incorporation of new technologies in the equipment with the aim of strengthening comfort and the ability to personalize experiences in different types of habitat spaces.

He makeathon it was addressed to the community maker of Terres de l'Ebre with the aim of presenting a competitive model of co-creation and innovation that is already applied in many countries and with very positive results that promote relevant changes for the environment.

In the case of the challenge posed by HCB the winning proposal was the one presented by the team RECEIVE with the project: E-BRICK a tabot (made of recycled plastic) that collects the kinetic energy of the wind that blows against the facades. There is a fan that absorbs air currents and redirects them through an air compression system. The energy is poured into a battery. Each tab can generate its own ventilation or generate a continuous duct. The idea is like the photocells in solar panels made of thousands of mini plates and the whole is what creates the energy or power.

In the case of the challenge posed by CENFIM the winning proposal was the one presented by the team PENTAMAKERS                 with the project: SMART HOTEL ROOM. It is a holistic redesign of hotel rooms, integrating home automation and multimedia elements (tactile sensors integrated into the furniture, smartwatches to capture the level of stress, the level of oxygen in the blood, motorization of the body energy, heart rate motorization and sleep cycle motorization, true presence presence sensors that measure the presence and thermal and chemical quality of room air, screen for multimedia consumption, telework and videoconferencing, mobile bar with invoicing and automatic inventory control, etc.) This would allow a more natural, transparent and predictive interaction with the environment, which would be modified through music playback, color adjustment and intensity of lights, etc. The proposal also proposes a new construction system that would allow the pre-installation of facilities and appliances in the panels and furniture, which would reduce installation times and the need for civil works.