Here you can see an overview of all the TU/e Contest candidates and teams. You can also filter on category, cluster of teams that are still looking for members!
1 in 4 persons face some form of bowel disease at some point in their life. These can range from food intolerances, to inflammatory diseases and cancer. The treatment of many of these diseases is too invasive, too expensive, or simply does not work well enough to treat the patient. This is why we are making a platform with bacteria that we can use for many bowel diseases. We mainly want to focus IBD and colorectal cancer to start with, because these diseases have 4.9 milion and 1.9 milion cases worldwide. Both of these diseases have expensive, invasive and non-specific treatments that cause many side effects. So there is a need for new, revolutionized therapies.
Electric truck manufacturing has recently launched at full rate, which means that in a few years there will be many used batteries that will have reached the end of their first cycle. Currently, there is no strategy to handle these old batteries as they are simply stored in warehouses or sent to a scraper for little to no money. On the other hand, due to the transition to renewable energy, the fast-developing energy storage market also demands a huge number of new batteries every year.
Due to climate change and declining biodiversity, our health and liveability are at stake. Our cities will have to increasingly deal with heat stress, drought, and water issues caused by climate change. In addition, the great reduction in species is harrowing, because biodiversity is crucial for the breakdown of organic waste, plant pollination, and pest prevention, as well as controlling the water cycle and purifying both water and the air we breathe. Local governments and initiatives have been working on bringing more green into the public space, but many Dutch gardens are still fenced and paved, excluding great beauty that nature can bring. How can we make it easy and accessible for everybody to make their gardens more nature-inclusive?
Our Bio-photovoltaic (BPV) cell helps companies that produce low-power input electronic devices that want to have a greener business model and image. This is due to the ever increasing number of IoT devices using unsustainable batteries.
Team Daedalus aims to empower humanitarian institutions through a platform for sustained aerial surveillance. By developing a semi-autonomous solar-powered drone, the team is creating a useful tool for wildfire detection and monitoring. Students are currently focusing on creating prototypes iteratively, with the goal of reaching 24h of continuous flight within the following few years.
Aero Team Eindhoven aims to enable efficient delivery of critical packages through the use of drones. However, the major challenge lies in the limited battery life of the drones. A drone carrying a moderately heavy package can only stay airborne for roughly an hour, and scaling up operations can only improve the range to a certain extent through the use of more efficient drones or improved battery technology.
In order to combat climate change, the output of CO2 need to be reduced at a very fast rate. A large contributor to the CO2 emissions is the automotive industry, and InMotion believes that the rate at which emissions are decreasing in this sector is not fast enough. A solution to this problem would be to increase the percentage of Electric Vehicles (EV’s) on the road, as this is currently only 6.1% (source: RVO). One of the main reasons for consumers to not drive electrically is the long charging times, as comfort is often the number one priority.
The future of energy production is clear - it is renewables that are going to take the lead. However, they have one shortcoming - intermittency. Due to wind patterns, night and day cycles, and overall weather, solar and wind energy are not stable in their operation. Furthermore, it is not only that there is too little energy when we need it but sometimes there is an excess. Then we hear stories about private solar panels being disconnected from the grid.
SimEnergy was created by a group of students from the Honors Academy of the TU/e with the aim of combating energy poverty and making sustainability affordable for all. Over 750,000 households in the Netherlands fit the criteria for energy poverty. The rollout of smart meters have facilitated the reading of consumption. However, are smart meters enough to drive behavioural change and less consumption?
Warehouses, harbors, and airports are demanded to operate at a faster and faster rate every day. Advancements in technologies have allowed this to happen by introducing automated guided vehicles, which have proven effective in these sectors. However, at what cost? These vehicles use big batteries for which content is harmful to the environment after its lifetime. Besides, to build these machines, we exploit many of the planet's rare metals and resources. Financially speaking, it is not very productive to have an area where AGVs can charge and the time it takes for them to be charged.