10-week term project with Umeå Energi
objective of this design study was to explore and understand the
opportunities for visionary solutions for the next generation of
smart products for creating, providing and maintaining an energy
infrastructure in the field. The design opportunities ranged from
the planning, the implementation and the maintenance phases, which
include activities either below, on or above ground level. An
additional layer that had to be considered, was the multiple
competences of people working within a company like Umeå Energi,
both simultaneously and at different times and intensity levels,
both on- and off-site, in the different project phases when
providing a power grid infrastructure.
The first phase of the
project included several days of on-site research and participatory
observations and in-context interviews, in order to search for and
identifypotential areas where
new product solutions could have a positive and meaningful impact
for the men and women working at Umeå Energi.
students had identified a number of relevant design opportunities,
they started working in smaller groups on a topic and direction of
their own choice. The group work included additional
research, ideation and the conceptualization and design of new
visionary product solutionsin parallel with multiple touchpoints
with the intended users both scheduled and initiated by
study resulted in a number of diverse concepts addressing different
opportunity areas like: The physical and digital design of a
complete system for transformer maintenance for quality assurance
of the grid and power distribution. A concept for a small
two-wheeled ground vehicle for GPS tracking of ground cable
management before and after implementation. New pole climbing
equipment for easier and safer work procedures when working above
ground. The utilization of car batteries in ground-based modules to
level-out energy peaks and the creation of memorable touchpoints
for the public through street level tiles.
- Power Grid Management System
Alexander Abele and
Maximilian Brück (Germany)
- Ground Cable Management
Zheng (China) and Patrick Krassnitzer (Austria)
Ingvaldson, Pontus Edman and Ruben Eriksson (Sweden)
(Germany), Kristjan Juks and Simon Linge (Sweden)
Robert Lange, Designit (Germany).
Anton Hoffman, Christian Högstedt
and Adam Sjöberg, FLIR.
Brendon Clark, Lars Johansson, Christoffel Kuenen, Jonas
Sandström and Oscar Björk.
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme.