Technology for the new transport system
To become a sustainable island, Texel needs to change its current sub-system of Materials and waste. In the proposed design there will be the need of moving waste streams within its new neurons-like network. Waste will not be considered anymore as waste, but as food, to be fed into another part of this sustainable chain. One of the new technologies to be introduced on the island is the transportation of these waste streams.
The exchange of waste and food will be needed in a daily schedule and the transport of waste and food will take place everyday.
For a sustainable island, also the transport is expected to be sustainable and economically feasible. Normal transport systems have bad fuel efficiency and high co2 emissions, due to the use of fossil fuel to power vehicles. A sustainable transport system has positive effects on environmental, societal and economic sustainability of the communities they serve.
The technology proposed is a biofuel-powered transport system. If we consider the expectations of biofuel production of the bio-digester that is embedded in the new sub-system, it is wise to consider the use of part of the biofuel to power the waste and food transport system within the island.
Part of the biofuel produced by the bio-digester will be moved to a transport facility center (HVC). Biofuels such as ethanol and bio-diesel have the potential of decreasing the greenhouse gas emissions that would take place if normal fossil fuels will be used to power the new transport system. (Hunt, 2006)
As already explained before, HVC is the company working on the island for the management and transport of waste for landfill, recycling and incineration. The company will be cooperating with the municipality to provide the actors involved in the new sub-system with the waste streams and food needed. Schedules for the food and waste transport will be studied together with all the other actors involved, in order to find a balance in the synchronization of performances, which is vital for the new transport system to work.
YUTPA graph for HVC
The Municipality of Texel will have a central role in the organization of this new transport system. It will move investments and efforts to achieve a sustainable way of transporting the waste streams, together with HVC. Well-organized schedules will be embedded and will serve as a frame for HVC to move within the network.
YUTPA graph for the Municipality
Pathway for 2020
Short-term goals for the achievement of this sustainable strategy are set to be feasible. This involves an extra work from the actors because expectations and realistic goals need to be balanced and short terms goals can be different from the long-term ones.
First steps will be done in order to find funds to start embedding the new technology. The Municipality is expected to set long-term goals and to set rules and laws for the achievement of such goals. A good way of starting the shift towards a new sustainable way of moving waste and food would be cooperating directly with the actor (HVC) in order to find funds and to set schedules. A complicated issue to solve at the first steps will be the making the all parts of the new network cooperating with each other and to balance the waste and food streams. Schedules for the synchronization of the different parts will be needed before 2020, while considering the possibility that not all the components of the new bio-cycle will be built yet.
Pathway for 2065
In 2065 it is expected that all the design strategies of the bio-cycle will be applied and embedded in Texel. All the components will be in balance and working together for the prosperity of the island. Just like in the human brain the neurons share information, in this new network the parts involved will be connected and share their food and waste.
The new transport system will be also part of a smaller bio-cycle. Biofuel produced from the waste transported by the new vehicles to the bio-digester will be turned into fuel to be used by the biofuel transport system. The schedules for the collection and distribution of food and the waste produced by the different technologies will be well organized and functioning.
Hunt Suzanne C., Biofuel for transportat