Circular economy kettle and device to turn waste oil into soap vying to win James Dyson Award


A range of potential circular economy devices have been entered into the 2015 James Dyson Award.

The competition named after the engineer and founder of Dyson invites design students to enter new product ideas with the aim of winning the award and cash to help the product develop.


One of the entries in this year’s award is the CE-Kettle by Royal College of Art student Jon Kuster.

This kettle adopts circular economy principles by notifying the manufacturer if the induction base or vase breaks, allowing them to send the new or remanufactured part to the customer.

It can even be washed in a dishwasher to ensure it keeps looking in great condition.

Other designs entered into the competition include a device that turns waste oil at home into soap that can be used in a dishwasher and a domestic device that turns food waste into biodiesel.

While some entries also look at developing autonomous vehicles that will efficiently deliver goods in the final mile of the logistics process.

The national award winners will be revealed next week (receiving $3,500), while the final international winner who will receive $45,000 will be announced in November.