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Sustainable design case studies

Designing solutions to epic challenges

With earth’s rising population, we face epic challenges—even as we try to provide for more people while taking less from the planet. Forward-thinking designers are using new tools, technologies, and ingenuity to develop future-relevant solutions that address these challenges.

Read these sustainable design stories to learn how principles and ideas from the design-led revolution are encouraging designers to tackle global problems in fresh ways.

Improving public health
BioLite addresses the disastrous health impacts of cooking over open fires with HomeStoves that reduce smoke by up to 90%.
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Creating an underwater wonderland: Bombora Wave Power
With a fresh approach to renewable energy, Bombora Wave Power engineers discover that there’s more to renewable energy than simply electricity.
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Whisper-quiet wind power: Renewable Energy Solutions Australia (RESA)
Looking to maximize the potential of the wind as an infinite power source, RESA saw an opportunity to champion a wind power design-led revolution.
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Turbines that energize the developing world
The design team at WindPax brings clean, affordable electricity to remote reaches of the developing world with portable, collapsible wind turbines.
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To foster sustainable development, QBotix uses robotics to make solar energy more affordable

Hybrid generators cut need for diesel around the world
Planetary Power develops a hybrid power system that brings clean, renewable power to areas that lack a reliable power grid.
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To foster sustainable development, QBotix uses robotics to make solar energy more affordable

Cutting the cost of solar energy: QBotix
Robotics engineers at QBotix found a way to automate and improve solar farm operation, making solar power more reliable, less expensive, and more competitive with fossil fuels.
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Designing infrastructure to save and improve lives: MASS Design Group
MASS Design Group supports sustainable development by working with builders in areas with unconventional resources—like rural Rwanda—to design hospitals and schools that are not only functional, but also make beautiful use of local materials.
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