The Sustainable Smartbottle


Design of an IoT-enabled smartbottle for plastic consumption reduction in academia.


General Description

The Smartbottle was designed to achieve the main goal of the Refill_H2O: eliminate the use of plastic bottles on the IPVC Campus, through the design and development of an bottle that ‘communicates’ with Refill Station to foster more eco-friendly attitudes to contributing to the reduction of plastic consumption in halls of residence in the IPVC campus.

The ecosystem includes:

__  the Smartbottle
__  the deployed IoT Edge Devices (Refill Station+ bottle)
__  the IPVC Wide Area Network
__  the Authentication Server
__  the FIWARE Server

The Smartbottle is equipped with a RFID chip, that integrates with the Refill Station. To innovate and create an attractive bottle that would simultaneously raise awareness towards endangered marine species, a marine mammal was considered. Although all marine life is in decline due to ocean pollution, in the next 30 to 50 years the Orca may lose more than half of its population due to hazardous substances on seawater.Different raw materials were proposed to meet the survey results.

Sustainability Impact

Project Refill_H20 aims to eliminate the use of plastic water bottles in the 6 schools of the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, respective bars, canteens and halls of residence .

ICT and IoT technologies will encourage autonomy, pedagogically helping users to acknowledge, identify and reduce their environmental footprint. Applying the principles of circular economy, this academic project promotes the reduction of plastic consumption, production and waste.

Contributing towards a paradigm shift, sustainable design canvasses conditions to reduce plastic in the oceans. Even after all the international successes and awards, the creative company continues to produce regionally in its home country, by hand and with natural materials – and thus remains true to the three cornerstones of its business: origin, reason, future.

Head of Project

João Mendes – Konzept & Design
António Curad o- Assistant Professor at Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (IPVC)
Sérgio Ivan Lopes – EEE Senior Member and Assistant Professor at Institute of Viana do Castelo (IPVC)
Ana Curralo – Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo