Our new Eden for product development
It had to be the right place. The right environment. The right moment.
The development of a product is, in essence, about introspection. But it requires lots of interaction with the world, too. Needs of inspiration and good vibes, and it all has to happen when you have access to your work materials: you need to be in your tailored atelier.
Our workshop is born in the guts of an ancient watermill. Centuries ago, the emplacement served as a convent and, later, belonged to the Lords of La Sarra. This emblematic place called Le Moulin Bornu, was also known at that time as The Middle of the World, and links both Rhone and Rhine and, further, Mediterranean Sea with Nordic Sea.
Today, it has been re-adapted for the local industry, and there we gather a variety of enterprises, from service companies, to construction, blacksmiths, restaurants, artists... The watermill has turned a hydroelectric power station providing electricity to local areas.
Everyday, we pass right close to the river basin to enter to the workshop. Isn't it magic? So it is to count with a part of the old watermill mechanism right inside our workspace :) Old-tech and new-tech gathered in the same place!
What we do there
Such an adequate environment brings a flow of things to do:
EeD's design stage is about carbon neutral,
produces very limited waste, and
optimises available material resources
Soon, we will share some images of how we refurbished the place and how it looks like with you :)
Find the place here!
Can't see the wood for the trees
A pal of mine is building up his house, and he’s determined to install both solar heat collectors and photovoltaic panels on the roof. He asked me for advice and, talking about that, he came up with a horrific idea that made me shiver with unease by his tone of conviction “well…I’ll have electricity and hot water from 100% renewable power: I can forget at last about turning off the lights or caring about closing the hot water tap [… ]” (I cut the rest for the sake of politeness).
Have you ever wondered about the calories you've burnt during your workout? At EeD we've considered that and found the way to convert them into renewable energy. This is what FitWatt is about.
The concept is simple: a power plant run by exercise machines in a gym. Our new concept machines are especially designed to convert your workout movements into electricity. They are unique and nothing alike to others. For example, our rowing machine (see below) reproduces natural rowing movements, meaning better performance and smoother workout.
A FitWatt gym is not a conventional gym. The exploitation costs are radically reduced or even become profits thanks to the energy produced through interconnected machines. The electricity can be either stored (self-consumption) or sold to the grid (energy producer) as required.
Here it is! Our latest ecodesign project: the FITWATT system. Our network has again shared creativity and know-how to create a whole system integrating both new renewable energy approaches and innovating business management strategies.
From tomorrow (April 6 to 8), we will be at Palexpo in Geneva to present the details of this unique business model at the Climate Show. This project provides a great opportunity to investors and companies willing to tackle climate issues whereas attaining outstanding economic results within a Circular Economy framework.