October 23, 2013
Projects for the production of water in arid regions and a multifunctional retractable cover are the winners of the 11th Alcoa Innovation in Aluminum Prize
In its 11 editions the award event has received 2262 participating projects from 232 teaching institutions. This year alone more than 780 people took part in the competition in the Professional and Student categories
São Paulo, October 23, 2013 – Last Tuesday night (10/22), during an event in São Paulo, Alcoa revealed the names of the winners of the 11th Alcoa Innovation in Aluminum Prize. The aim of the competition is to encourage the use of aluminum, which is an infinitely recyclable material, for creating innovative and sustainable solutions.
The wining project in the Professional category was the Cactus, produced by Leda Regina Gazza De Luca, Juliana Feitosa Andrade and Lucas Ihara Alves, the former two advertising professionals and the latter an engineer. The innovation in this project lies in the fact that it developed a sustainable source for supplying water for human and animal consumption and for agricultural purposes, made from aluminum. This pioneering proposal by the team from São Paulo is innovative both with regard to its cost and source of energy as well as its social impact. The Cactus condenses the humidity in the air and produces drinking water and it has the potential to reach the 58 million people in Brazil who have no mains water supply. Aluminum is used because of its conduction properties.
In the Student category the winning Project is the Multifunctional Retractable Cover, developed by Alex Daniel Ribeiro Parato, Luiz Gustavo Chagas and Pedro Benatti, who are students on the Architecture and Urban Planning course at UNESP (Júlio de Mesquita Filho Paulista State University) in Presidente Prudente (SP), and who were supervised by Professor Evandro Fiorin. “The retractable cover solution with its aluminum structure is applicable in various areas, such as the transportation sector and the thermal area”, explains Leda.
civil construction or any situation that needs protection from some element of the weather, allied with its practicality, speed of assembly and ease in handling. “In addition to the product simplifying the task and optimizing the time of its users, it produces profit, increases productivity, reduces possible physical risks to the worker and the damage and loss of goods and produce, such as grain, for example, which is caused by bad weather”, Alex emphasizes.
In the 1st stage of the 11th Alcoa Prize, all the projects received were assessed by a committee comprising professionals from Alcoa, who selected the ten finalists who would take part in the next phase. The 2nd stage involved the three-dimensional development of the project, for which each finalist group received financial help to the tune of R$ 3000, and the personal presentation of all the finalist projects to the Award Commission, which chose the winning project in each category. After the presentation, the 10 finalist projects were put on display to the general public, which was a unique opportunity to get to know, debate and expand contact with the projects’ authors.
“We have enthusiastically come to the end of the 11th Alcoa Innovation in Aluminum Prize, which was a journey fill of challenges and triumphs, with innovative projects that showed how the whole of society has evolved in the firm purpose of building a world that is more sustainable”, said Franklin L. Feder, CEO of Alcoa Latin America & the Caribbean.
An incentive for innovation and sustainability
The members of the finalist teams in the two categories were presented with a diploma and a smartphone. In the Professional category, the winners received a trophy, a diploma and prize in money worth a total of R$ 15,000. The winning Student team received a prize in money worth a total of R$ 15,000, a trophy and a diploma. The supervisor-professor received R$ 5000, a trophy and a diploma. Teaching equipment worth R$ 8000 will be donated to the teaching institution attended by the award-winning student team.
Aquilino Paolucci, Vice President of Corporate Development and Institutional Affairs for Alcoa Latin America & the Caribbean, was one of the jury members of the Committee that assessed the projects. He commemorated the quality of the projects that were developed. “It’s wonderful to know that we’re encouraging the innovative spirit in favor of society and the environment. This is a characteristic that forms part of the soul of our company and is one of the main levers of our country”, he concluded.
“With our participation in the 11th Alcoa Innovation in Aluminum Prize, we had the opportunity to apply creativity and innovation in a project that can be of benefit to society. That’s all we wanted. Channeling intelligence and young entrepreneurship towards finding solutions with this focus and still generate a profit is a perfect combination that I believe every entrepreneur looks for”, says Juliana Feitosa, a member of the winning team in the Professional category.
“To participate in the 11th Alcoa Innovation in Aluminum Prize was a unique opportunity to put into practice what we learn in the classroom and we’re also being recognized for it. It took us a year to develop the solution”, says student Alex Ribeiro, winner in the Student category. To find out more about the winning projects and those people whose ideas they were, access www.alcoa.com.br.
The 11th Alcoa Innovation in Aluminum Prize received institutional support from the main sector entities, like the Institute of Engineering (IE), Ethos Institute, University Teaching/Research in Design Association in Brazil (AEnD-BR), Product Designers Association (ADP), Brazilian Association of Metallurgy, Materials and Mining (ABM), and the Brazilian Association of Design Companies (ABEDESIGN), with technical support from the Brazilian Aluminum Association (ABAL).
Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the twelfth consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa is present in Latin America and the Caribbean where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees. This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.
In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil. In the same year it was considered a benchmark in sustainability, being one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. In 2013, it was recognized for the twelfth time as one of the Best Companies to Work and for the second consecutive year the Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at www.alcoa.com.br and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at twitter.com/AlcoaBrasil and follow Alcoa on Facebook at facebook.com/AlcoaBrasil.