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BACKGROUND OF THE PROBLEM
At this moment in time, filters are used as one of the main methods to remove microplastics to discharge washing machines.
This however, is not the most sustainable method as these filters need frequent replacement. Additionally, it is not always known when filters reach their end-of-life and therefore replacement might happen too frequently or perhaps not enough. To summarize, the issues we currently face with the existing filters include:
As a result, Haier is looking for novel solutions to either replace the filtration system all- together OR if this is not feasible, for solutions to improve the effectiveness and/or lifetime of filters.
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS / PERFORMANCE CRITERIA:
Solutions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Generically speaking, Haier will be evaluating solutions based on the following criteria:
The cost of the solution will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Solution price points should be comparable or at a maximum 10% higher as compared to existing filtration methods.
TIMEFRAME FOR DEVELOPMENT
Phase 1: POC/Pilot project (2-4 months)
Phase 2: Further commercial roll out (details to be discussed on a case-by-case basis)
POTENTIAL MARKET / BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
Haier is very interested in implementing a potential solution together with solution providers. If the solution proves its efficacy, we are willing to implement this as a standard feature for all Haier brand washing machines globally. This represents a market potential well into the millions.
Haier is willing to support the selected solution providers by providing:
Haier is looking for a strategic solution provider to build a relationship with over the longer term with a focus on SMEs and startups. Solution should have a TRL level of 5 and above. Solution providers should be willing to engage in global rollout together with Haier
Contact / source: Enterprise Singapore Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge - Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge 2022 (innovation-challenge.sg)
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