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GSD


GSD produces working results of the highest quality to ensure your projects create lasting impact.  

We design, develop, and implement solutions in emerging markets. Our concepts are grounded in user and market research; solutions are realised through iterative prototype creation, market testing, and business model validation.

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GSD


GSD produces working results of the highest quality to ensure your projects create lasting impact.  

We design, develop, and implement solutions in emerging markets. Our concepts are grounded in user and market research; solutions are realised through iterative prototype creation, market testing, and business model validation.

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Clean Fuel Cookstove System


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Clean Fuel Cookstove System


Globally, three billion people cook with biomass. The use of open fires and inefficient cookstoves with fuels such as wood, charcoal, and kerosene causes serious environmental and health impacts that disproportionately affect underserved communities.

GSD  is developing a revolutionary cookstove solution and distribution system that enables consumers to access clean and efficient fuel at a price point that is within their daily energy budget.

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Fresh Life Toilets


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Fresh Life Toilets


Form & Function

Sanergy needed a toilet that met the desires of their customers while satisfying manufacturing, installation, and cost constraints.

Rapid Prototyping

Low-tech, fast, and functional prototype iterations were developed early in the process to understand user preference and ergonomics.

Design for Efficiency

Installing Fresh Life toilets quickly, efficiently, and consistently is the name of the game for a growing start-up.

Market Acceptance

The new toilet design is easier to clean, faster to install, more robust, and above all, more desirable to customers.

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Super Tunsai Water Filter


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Super Tunsai Water Filter


Hydrologic Social Enterprises in Cambodia had a product but needed help implementing manufacturing, assembly, packaging, and transport processes. 

An aspirational product was the first step to getting more customers to purchase water filters and improving public health. 

Manufacturing and assembly efficiency was contingent on having processes and training in place to maintain a consistently high quality product.

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Sanitation Marketing


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Sanitation Marketing


Khonsavanh, a concrete manufacturer in Pakse, Laos, wanted to enter the sanitation market to help his fellow people but also to increase his yearly income. In-depth interviews across a spectrum of potential customers helped define concept direction and looks-like prototypes. By generating quick and semi-functional prototypes potential customers were able to voice their opinions easily and make specific product recommendations. A final design and manufacturing process along-side a marketing and sales strategy was implemented and sales continue to this day.

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Waste-to-Energy System


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Waste-to-Energy System


Loowatt employs  a waterless toilet system that uses biodegradable plastic to safely capture and seal waste. We developed and commissioned a system to convert the waste into electricity and fertilizer using anaerobic digestion. The energy produced is used to provide hot water for showers and electricity for charging mobile phones. The effluent from the system is used to produce nutrient-rich organic fertilizer.

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Eco Home


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Eco Home


A sustainable, affordable and replicable home model. Working alongside Rintala Eggertsson Architects, the model homes were built using locally produced materials, featuring a solar panel roof to provide electricity and a biogas toilet system, which produces gas for cooking and fertilizer for growing food.

 
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Nowhere, Spain


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Nowhere, Spain


A restored fire truck creates a centerpiece fire art show at Nowhere, a non-commercial event set in the Spanish desert.  The event brings together a mix of creativity, mindfulness and practical skills to create and build a sustainable community.

 
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Neo-Nurture Incubator


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Neo-Nurture Incubator


The Neo-Nurture care unit was developed for rural NICU clinics in Nepal. While utilizing accessible technology and  extreme affordability are major design constraints, this concept addresses emotional interactions between the device and primary care providers (typically untrained family members).

 
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Car-Parts Incubator


  

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Toyota truck parts are used in this neonatal care unit.  Patient access, transportability, durability and easy maintenance are the major design directives.  The incubator uses sealed-beam headlights as a heat source, a cabin fan assembly for air flow and temperature control, and a motorcycle battery/cigarette lighter adaptor for power supply and  backup.  

 
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GapGuard


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GapGuard


Successfully created and implemented  a new safety device to protect floor apertures on construction sites. Gapguard has been implemented on EDF power stations in the UK, reducing accidents and time spent covering floor apertures.

 
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The Team


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The Team


Laura Talsma

Strategy Designer

Laura is driven by building businesses that are engines for society, she operates at the intersection of innovation processes for new technology, products and services. Continuous testing of designs with end users, prototyping business models, technologies, and services - she generates user feedback to direct R&D development towards a successful market introduction. With five years of experience, she has worked in Indonesia, East Africa, Southern Africa, Angola, India, Colombia and Brazil. Some of the results are the biochar reactor for human waste, Philips product development for Africa, the mobile entrepreneurship academy, peer-tested household energy monitoring software, and a low-tech plastics upgrading system for Angola.


Fausto Marcigot

MEchanical Engineer

Fausto focuses on system design and service implementation. Previously, he has worked on solutions for various sectors including, oil & gas, sanitation and renewable energy. He has built construction safety and waste to energy startups in the UK, Madagascar and Kenya. Fausto is a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers. Significant outputs include bringing new products to market, developing new waste to energy technologies and published patents. 


Mike Hahn

Product Designer

Mike is a hands-on researcher and developer with an acute understanding of prototyping and manufacturing techniques.  He translates user needs and desires into lasting physical products through unique methods.  Over his career he has focused on taking products from concept to manufacturing in emerging markets around the world. He has led sanitation and water product development processes for Sanergy, iDE, WSP, and UNICEF in South East Asia and Africa.  Mike is a former Fulbright Fellow and has brought products to market in the sanitation, water, and consumer product sectors.