First assignment of group n° 119
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First description of our project's idea
1. What Problem do you want to solve ?
The issue we want to solve are related to the invasion of seaweed (sargassum) which is bad for tourism and for people because the emission of CO2 is toxic for humans. Sargassum (seaweed) is one of the fastest growing plants in the world this is why it easily invades beaches in some countries. It is especially bad for touristic country because it is seen as an inconvenient plant due to its unattractiveness. Also, a certain amount of seaweed when packed together could be toxic for human. Consequently, the invasion of seaweed has becomes a major issue over time in terms of health issue but also in terms of touristic issue. The research has highlighted the fact that our main problematic has to be focused both on two points: 1) How could we effectively recycle seaweed and implement it to a sustainable performance process? 2) What will be the uses of seaweed when recycled? These points resume the current problem but are also the keys to solve the existing issue of sargassum invasion that has been occurring for a long time.
2. Why does this problem exist?
Individually, the plant is not toxic but the fact that it grows really fast and that an incredible amount of seaweed is packed, it becomes toxic for humans and could really inconvenient. An average seaweed measure several meter tall and it only takes few months to reach this size. The invasion of seaweed is well known in lots of country and none of them have ever taken any actions against it. Only some individual recycle sargassum but none of them have thought about recycle them in huge quantity. In order to clean beaches but also prevent the emission of CO2 from this plants which are toxic for human, it is important to focus on a concept that could stop the mass development of this plants.
3. What breakthrough are you commited to creating?
• This is an opportunity to exploit because it generates abundant resources and could lead to fast productions as the plant grows really quick. • It is a good biofuels as a replacement for existing biofuels. Indeed, researchers are struggling to transform resourceful organic components into low-emission fuel for both transportation and electricity generation. • It can be used as a natural and safe fertilizer for agriculture. Indeed, some farmer uses dangerous substances to nurture their field. However it could be a threat for consumers as we do not know the long term effect on the human body. • It has medicinal values and could be used as a mass production for food and culinary consumptions.
We will mainly focus our studies on these 4 points and see which one is the most viable concept to implement to our business in terms of resources capabilities, feasibility but also, it has to match with the current environmental issues.
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