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Red Bull & Intel NUC give awards for sustainable tech

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by Peter Krass on 04/19/2022
Blog Category: devices

At this year’s Red Bull Basement, a program designed to empower student innovators worldwide, many of the students were thinking green.

That’s green as in sustainability. Many of the international teams focused on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which include clean water, climate action, energy and smart cities.

Intel NUC was Red Bull Basement’s official PC sponsor. Intel’s GM for gaming and esports, Marcus Kennedy, was among the finalist judges. Kennedy, along with several subject-matter experts from the Intel NUC Group, also provided the teams with guidance.

Red Bull Basement

Student teams from 44 countries submitted some cool innovations. And 44 finalists attended workshops and gave a final pitch just a few weeks ago, on March 27.

Although the winning team did not focus on the environment — their entry offered an automated note-taking tool for generating flashcards — the sheer number of sustainable technologies was impressive.

Here, in alphabetical order, are the Red Bull Basement “green” finalists:


Students from Kazakhstan’s Toraighyrov University devised a means for smart room ventilation. Their AirFlux device cleans and disinfects air from outside, even heating the air if necessary, before delivering it to the room, providing noise-free ventilation 24x7x365.

Alter Cycle

The Alter Cycle is an idea from two students at Bulgaria’s University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy. The program looks to teach people how to create useful and simple items, or art, from materials like aluminum and plastic that too often are thrown away.

Alter Ego

From ETH Zurich in Switzerland comes the Alter Ego, which enables people to create a precise 3D representation of their body to use when shopping online, giving them a fitting room experience on their smartphone and reducing carbon-dioxide emissions caused from product returns.


A student at Brazil’s Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto has envisioned AQUALUX, a bottle that filters, sterilizes and refreshes water using sunlight, offering the potential to provide clean drinking water anywhere, with no need for a conventional power source.


A team of students from Universidad Mayor in Chile have devised BatAlgs, disposable medical gowns created from a formulation based on algae, which, after disposal, biodegrade in only three to four months, as opposed to the 450 years of typical plastic versions.


BrokerGreen is an app from students at Italy’s Università degli Studi de Catania that matches producers of agro-industrial waste with companies in industries that can use it, thus maximizing waste recovery and reducing carbon-dioxide emissions.

Circle One

From students at Austria’s IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems comes a reusable packaging solution for online retail orders. Their Circle One infrastructure would enable consumers to reuse packaging or take it to a return partner for money back, reducing discarded waste.


Students from Sweden’s Chalmers Tekniska Högskola (Chalmers University of Technology) see a way to reduce waste from disposable cutlery. CutBox enables cutlery to be popped right out of a meal box lid, reducing the amount of material discarded while costing no more to manufacture.

E-Trash (IT – NTT Wildcard)

Digital Management students at Italy’s H-FARM won this edition’s NTT Wildcard position with their E-Trash smart bin, which recognizes the composition of the trash, then automatically puts it in the appropriate compartment, making waste-sorting easier and more effective.


Students from Canada’s University of Manitoba have found a way to increase water efficiency and provide savings for consumers. The H2Whoah connects to a household water meter and sends information about water usage to the resident’s mobile device, even suggesting where to cut back.

How coffee grounds can help save the world

By specially treating coffee grounds, students from ISCTE (Lisbon University Institute) and the ISCTE Business School created a filter that absorbs and stores methane, a gas responsible for global warming. The methane can in turn be used to create natural gas, a less harmful energy source.


Students based at UP in Kosovo have an idea for providing air quality information. Nuhate includes a keychain-sized device with odor sensors that collect data about airborne toxic substances, relaying the information to their proprietary software for display via an app.

Ocean Guardians

Students at Egypt’s Alexandria University Faculty of Engineering envision the Ocean Guardians, an interconnected network of autonomous underwater vehicles that find and collect plastic waste in the sea, helping to protect marine life and clean the underwater environment.


Students from the University of Melbourne (Australia) are developing an idea for a decentralized, peer-to-peer energy exchange platform. Called OpenGrid, the platform would enable households using solar power to sell their excess energy directly to other homes.

Recup Plast

From students at France’s Epitech technology school comes Recup Plast. Attaching to everyday vehicles, this plastic particle recovery system collects microplastic and rubber debris present on roadways, recycling the materials for the creation of new tires.

Smart Capacit System

An idea from Hungary, the Smart Capacit System will make it possible to schedule the charging of digital devices during periods of low energy consumption, thus using energy produced by power plants that would otherwise go to waste.


Students from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) are developing VECO. It’s an app that helps users track their eco-habits, heightens awareness of environmental problems, and shows that these problems can be solved at the local level.


The brainchild of students at India’s Presidency University in Bangalore, Volnix is a system that waters plants precisely – and only – as needed by measuring the soil water content. It can save water, whether in a single house or across a 1,000-acre campus.


Go Green:

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