Energy and Sustainable Resourcing

EWBNZ is partnering with Hikurangi Foundation to work on the Kaitiakitanga initative to support a relatively isolated coastal community in the Bay of Plenty to tackle energy and sustainable resourcing issues.

EWBNZ is partnering with Hikurangi Foundation to work on the Kaitiakitanga initative to support a relatively isolated coastal community in the Bay of Plenty to tackle energy and sustainable resourcing issues.

The Odyssey Design Challenge consists of two workshops, a site visit, mid-challenge submission and final submission (report and presentation) to be presented on Thursday 22 August in Auckland and Christchurch. The presentation event is sponsored by IPENZ and the prize for the winning team of $2000 is sponsored by SKM, an engineering design consultancy.

In May 2013, 19 students assisted by EWBNZ volunteers and professional mentors travelled to Omaio, Otuwhare and Waiorore to meet with and better understand community perspectives, resources and values.

The weekend visit, sponsored by Environment Bay of Plenty, consisted of site visits to various local potential renewable energy resources (such as rivers, forests, marine and wind), cultural learning and exchange, and workshops and discussions to assist with developing concepts that will meet the community’s needs.

Once the Odyssey Design Challenge concepts have been prepared, the top three teams will return to the community to facilitate discussion and community input before the project proceeds into a detailed design and implementation phase of a prototype, which will be installed by the end of 2014. Following this, a full scale system will be installed, which aims to supply power to all the 500 residents and sell excess power into the grid. 


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