Future Ice Clearance

Abstract

Over the past 100 years the global temperature average has increased by 0.7 degrees, which in the context of climate change is considered a both large and rapid change. The result is warmer weather, with reduced snow and increased ice. The year 2013, over 31,000 people were injured when slipping on snowy and icy property entrances, bike lanes and more. Since our residential areas are built tighter every year, to accommodate for as many houses as possible in as small an area as possible, ice removal is more difficult than ever.

My project has been focused on developing a concept that can live up to the future demands and improve the manual work flow for the ice clearing industry. The final result is an electric powered manual ice breaker, to help workers ergonomically and effectively remove ice from any areas - and thus creating a safer winter environment for us all.

Inspiration and Method

My project has been focused on developing a concept that can live up to the future demands and improve the manual work flow for the ice clearing industry. Today ice causes a lot of accidents especially in tight spaces which has been my area of focus.

I investigated the different products that are used in manually work removing ice. Both with employes from the industry and users using products at home. I asked myself the question how can we reduce slipping accidents during winter and make ice clearance more ergonomic and easier i tight spaces.

To get the final result I send out surveys, talked to users and had workshops where the participants brainstormed around different questions. This was my inspiration moving forward with the project.

Result

The final result is iCx2, my electric ice breaker with a rechargeable battery. The electric power source makes the product comparatively light weight, more environmentally friendly and easy to recharge. On the front sits an indicator that lights up when the product is in use and displays the battery level.

iCx2 is driven by a motor connected to the two chopping blades running parallel to re-use the energy of the shocks that arise from the chopping. The blades has metal tips that can be replaced when worn. A sharp blade when cutting makes for the most effective hacking sessions.

iCx2 is designed with ergonomics in mind. It features two adjustable gripping surfaces for firm handling both when chopping large surfaces and when precision chopping on, for example, staircases. To avoid splashing ice it also features an aluminium cover. This cover also protects the blades during shipping and down time.