November 7, 2005

A floating hotel and a réchaud are the winners of the 4th Alcoa Aluminum Innovation Award

A passenger boat was the winning idea in the Project category of the 4th Alcoa Aluminum Innovation Award. It was created by Rodrigo Kirck Rebêlo, a student in the Architecture and City Planning college of the University of Vale Itajaí, in Balneário Camboriú, SC (State of Santa Catarina). In the Management Planning category, the winner was Evandro José de Oliveira Nascimento, of the University of Mogi das Cruzes, SP (State of São Paulo), who developed the AKESSPRATIC réchaud for home use, which features innovations compared to the products on the market. The awarding ceremony will be held on November 09 at Pinacoteca do Estado, in São Paulo.
 
Rebêlo’s innovative creation, called Mega Yacht Charter, is the product of the student’s interest to work with boats when he joined a trainee program in ship engineering. In his view, the award is an encouragement and an opportunity to turn his appreciation of boats into action. The first solution devised by the student was to turn a condemned oil tanker into a passenger boat, but the researches showed that the project was unfeasible and costly. Then, Rebêlo decided to create a totally unprecedented, top-technology boat using aluminum instead of steel.
 
The result is the first mega-yacht made of aluminum in Brazil, with 90 meters in length. The upscale boat has capacity for 32 people and 16 suites, which makes it a floating hotel. The innovation of its construction technology can also be noticed internally in the room divisions, which are modular and made of aluminum sheets. “The interior layout dismissed welding and allowed the spaces to be changed more freely, thereby making the yacht more comfortable,” says the student. The fact that aluminum is lighter contributed to making the boat lighter too, and increased the interior space by reducing the draft (submersed part of the boat).
 
According to the student, the main challenges referred to the research into cases, and they were overcome by a number of visits to industry libraries, as well as the material provided by ship architecture firms from various parts of the world through the Internet. Professor Carlos Alberto Barbosa de Souza was in charge of advising the work.
 
In the Management Planning category, the winner was student Evandro José de Oliveira Nascimento, of the business school of the University of Mogi das Cruzes, SP, with his work AKESSPRATIC. It is a réchaud for home applications that uses no hotplate, but a hot water bath for preserving food temperature.
 
According to the student, the proposal was prepared after a perception survey. “I wanted to create a product that could meet a specific market need,” says Nascimento. “For a project like that, it is important to study a set of elements that determine its launch, such as feasibility, distribution region, price, and, mostly, the need for it in the marketplace.” According to him, studies indicate that the market price on AKESSPRATIC would be three times lower than that for the réchauds available in the marketplace —with the hot water bath heating system. The designed size of the parts is standard too, which reduces the cost.
 
Nascimento says that the challenge was to get information by all means available to provide the necessary basis for his project. “The advising process carried out by professor Eliseu Carlos Bôer was essential to the conduct of the work.”
 
“The quality of the works demonstrates the students’ commitment to initiatives of this kind. It also shows that we are on the right path to stimulate the talents of students. In addition, the award is an important contribution to the development of the aluminum industry in Brazil and worldwide,” says Franklin Feder, president of Alcoa Latin America.
 
The winner ranking first (professor and student) will receive the amount of R$4,500.00 (four thousand five hundred reals) as a reward. The respective institution (school/course) to which the winners belong will be donated didactic equipment worth as much as R$3,500.00 (three thousand five hundred reals).
 
In the Product Development category, the second position was occupied by the AL1 work developed by the team consisting of students Gustavo Aguillar Teixeira, Amanda Coimbra Ferreira, Flávio Luiz Cerqueira Pereira, Marigilio Santos de Mello, and Wilson Muniz Pereira Júnior, of the Design course of the Centro Universitário da Cidade Rio de Janeiro, RJ (State of Rio de Janeiro). The advising professor was Danilo de Gade Negocio Filho.
 
In third came the team formed by Pâmela Guimarães Tailor, Daniel Veloso da Cunha, Jorge Antonio Gouvêa Gomes and Manuela Roitman, of the Design course of the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro in Niterói, RJ, with the FIT! Home Bicycle Ergometer. The advising professor was Pedro Luis Pereira de Souza.
 
The second position in the Management Planning category was achieved by Thays Azevedo Barbosa Marques, of the Business school of the Federal University of São João Del Rei, MG (State of Minas Gerais), with the work “Aluminum Purse: Innovation and creativity.” Elizete Antunes Teixeira was the advising professor.
 
In third came the “Responsibility with a sympathetic view: identification signs for the visually challenged” project, by students Viviani Cristina Franco Bez, Regiane Batista dos Santos, Ricardo Yanagui and Tiago Garcia, of the Business school of the Faculdade Módulo Paulista São Paulo, SP. The advising professor was André dos Santos.
 
In the Project category, the “Pescar” project, by student Patrícia Santos Delgado, of the Design course of the University of the State of Minas Gerais, and the Selective Waste Collection System for Condominiums, by the team consisting of Gabriela Lanzetti de Sá and Juliano Régis de Vilas Boas, of the Design course of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, will receive Honors. The advising professors were Paula Miranda Oliveira and Pedro Speranza Filho, respectively.
 
Alcoa Aluminum Innovation Award
The Alcoa Aluminum Innovation Award is presented to students taking Engineering, Design, Architecture and Business courses in all universities in Brazil. In its fourth edition, there was a 15-percent increase in the number of registrations for the Alcoa Award compared to the 2004 edition. Last year, 568 works were registered. In the fourth edition, there were 650 registrations for the contest.
 
About Alcoa
In Brazil for 40 years, Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc., the world’s leading producer and processor of aluminum with business in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, transportation and industrial markets. The company has 131,000 employees in 43 countries, and was elected one of the world’s three most sustainable companies during the World Economic Forum held this year in Davos, Switzerland. More information on Alcoa can be found on the website www.alcoa.com.br.