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Aneli Steyn

AECOM SA

ID: 103

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The concept of controlled biofuel dump and pump relates to making use of various recycling methods, including tangible waste and biowaste such as plastic, tin, paper and organic waste, are the future forecasted year 2049 as new ways of petroleum and electric cars are already making its way into today’s transport industry. The operation promotes an incentivised rewards program for users, where they can get points by dumping their recyclable waste at collection points. These points can then again be used to get fuel payback rewards, and discounts when the user refills on energy, biofuel or electric. A solar canopy covering a percentage of the site fuels the energy plant process and collects energy for the charging stations alike.    The design not only allows for recycling to form function daily operations but can also be pulled into the design intent of using recycled materials to construct the entire site. The idea is to construct the site with a phased approach. Small fuel retail owners are generally license holders and generate money either through fuel sales or retail. Shutting down the site for reconstruction is costly and sometimes not viable. The progression to full energy sustainability is a timeline intense evolution. Therefore, the retailer can start with his recycling collections and begin using these recyclables to promote the construction feasibility of the site. Roads and civil layer works can be laid using recycled plastic, tin and steel can be recycled into the structure and bio-recycling can be used to start producing biofuel in small amounts until proven sustainable enough for large scale demand and supply. The idea of the bio waste is also to provide an urban farm dedicated to organic convenience and retail growth.

A few key aspects of the site include the recycling mobiles in large steel drums, situated as a canopy in the cage-like structure with greenery creep, above vehicular lanes. The mobiles rotate with wind power and alternatively rotational momentum cause by passing through traffic, like the bicycle wheel angular momentum concept.  Rainwater is collected by large funnels keying into the drums, separated into three sections, a section that acts like an ingredient holder for the recycling process and water filtering for use back into the site. Pipes then feed biofuel from the different processes to pumps below for refuelling. Another section in the drum collects water feeding the mobiles as a hydropower energy aid should wind, momentum or solar be insufficient in high demand periods. All power is therefore produced onsite and sold as alternatives in different forms, namely biofuel and rechargeable energy.  The rear wall of the site is a green and self-help convenience harvesting garden where users can collect fresh produce as well as enjoy a social space capped with roof gardens, purified drinking water collection, a space for work or pleasure, while their cars are charging. The existing shop overtime will transform into popup pods created from steel containers which serve as a car/bicycle hire tap and go service, coffee shop and stackable satellite offices or meeting rooms. The design function lends itself to adaptability as the future progresses allowing the function to always stay relevant and viable with the future.

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