An innovative alternative cooling solution that is made from natural materials designed for diverse environments which consumes very less energy and is capable of tapping cooling properties of water to cool warm moisture laden air. The system works on age old basic evaporative cooling technique. Coolant is a robust eco-friendly system that requires minimum maintenance, by combining air, earth and water - three natural resources we can g.It is a biomimetic design inspired by the form of beehive.

S. Anirudh

Implemented in

  • Asia / Pacific
  • India
  • Thailand

Sustainability themes

Sectors of activity
Buildings and construction, Energy, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation

Type of lead actor
Business Sector

Budget
100000 US$

Start date
01/04/2018

End date
30/11/2018

Shared by

Monish Siripurapu

Founder

Ant Studio

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Objectives

CoolAnt aims to create an impact on lives of larger number of people by providing them with an improved natural cooling experience.

One of our objective is to combine business strategies with design thinking to come up with a self-sustaining inclusive business model that creates social impact profitably. We aim to generate profits from the business that can be further utilized in research, optimization and production of the products, so it can be reached out to the masses.
Conduct research on alternative methods, materials and techniques to increase the efficiency of that product while reducing the harmful environmental impact also to maximize the production of the modules.
Generate awareness amongst the masses by educating them about our cooling system as part of our marketing strategy and demonstrate how it has lower carbon foot print as compared to the existing air cooling solutions in the market.
CoolAnt solution works with the help of three basic natural elements- earth, water and air, that are readily available. Earth is used in the form of cylindrical hollow terracotta cones, locally produced. The energy consumed our system is far lesser as compared to the existing cooling solutions in the market.

Inclusive Business Model
To generate employment for local potters and artisans in the Indian sub-continent by setting up training centre’s by encouraging them to locally produce the earthen pots. this not only helps with generating employment but also saves up on the transportation/shipping of the cooling apparatus.
As transporting the cooling system not only adds up to the costs but also increase the carbon footprint. The energy consumed in the process is to bake the pots in the kiln using the fossil fuels is low in comparison to set up a factory to produce the various parts of other air cooling products available in the market.
Innovate in design, technique and aesthetic, also experiment with different material to revive the dying art form as the product holds an artistic value. It also caters to 4 senses visual, audio, touch and odour and is more than a cooling device - it is a cooling experience.

Zero Packaging Waste
To develop a recyclable packaging technique that provides proper support to the product while transportation and reduces wastage. We are proposing a Zero Packaging Waste method where the person who installs the product on site collects the packaging and reuses it.

Activities

Tweak the existing design in terms of material used and size of the modules using CFD analysis.

Design an independent air cooling module with an inbuilt fan, that is compact and mobile. What if each pot is a cooler

Co-ordination with the experts- thermodynamic specialist, engineers to validate the design according to physics.

Prototyping.
Testing the form by translating the design into physical 3D mock up

Form exploration- Braking up the modules into smaller components for easy assembly and cost optimization. Eliminating cage by introducing interlocking system.

Introducing Earth as a material to the above experimentation.

Breaking down the production process into smaller steps to monitor time consumed and quality checks for consistency in the product.

Setting up prototypes at public spaces with excessive footfall to demonstrate this for large audience.

Testing by setting it up for the 'trend setters' or' early customers'

Posting on social media, magazines, newspapers to generate awareness by talking about the existing products installed.

Setting up manufacturing units by getting in touch with local vendors across the country and train them to produce the product.

Impact and Results

To reduce the carbon footprint in the production stage.

To reduce the energy consumed while utilizing the product (low energy).

To reduce the energy consumed in recycling the product.

To eliminate/reduce the components with high embodied energy.

Data collection to measure the energy utilized in production, in utilization and water
consumption by conducting experiments in controlled environment.

To eliminate/reduce the components made by plastic.

To produce clean air using natural ways.