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Hal Watts

MA work

Seventy per cent of the West’s electrical waste is illegally exported to developing nations, where it causes serious health problems and environmental damage. Ghana is one of the main centres where Europe’s electrical waste in taken and broken apart. One of the most harmful practices is the open burning of electrical wiring to remove the plastic sheath and recover the copper.


This project provides an alternative to wire burning by recovering the copper mechanically. It creates a sustainable way of recovering copper, a healthier working environment and a higher income for the people working on the dumps.


Info

  • Esource
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2012

  • Seventy per cent of the West’s electrical waste is illegally exported to developing nations, where it causes serious health problems and environmental damage. Ghana is one of the main centres where Europe’s electrical waste in taken and broken apart. One of the most harmful practices is the open burning of electrical wiring to remove the plastic sheath and recover the copper.


    This project provides an alternative to wire burning by recovering the copper mechanically. It creates a sustainable way of recovering copper, a healthier working environment and a higher income for the people working on the dumps.


  • Degrees

  • MEng (Hons), Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, 2008
  • Experience

  • Designer and engineer, Troika, London, 2009–10
  • Exhibitions

  • World Science Exhibition, Eye Beam, New York, USA, 2012; Surface Tension, The Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2012; The King and the Minotaur, Pop-up exhibition, London, 2011
  • Awards

  • Runner-up, World Water Day Data Visualisation Challenge, Visualizing.org, 2011; Student Notable, Social Impact, Core77 Student Design Awards, 2011; Sir Bruce White Prize for Best Final Year Project, Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, 2008