Omer Haciomeroglu was recently awarded an IDSA International Design Excellence award for his concept for a robot — known as the ERO Concrete Recycling Robot — which if it comes to fruition, will be able to break down concrete as well as process and prepare it to be used again.
This wonderful device is designed to make the process of demolishing buildings a lot less messy than conventional methods such as using explosives or demolition balls. The process by which the ERO works is relatively simple. It shoots a high pressure jet of water at a concrete surface which causes it to break up. The robot then sucks the material up and directs it into large bags which are then sent off for reuse in the construction industry. This robot recycles the water that it uses and even allows for the steel reinforcement bars used with the concrete to be recycled as well.
The ERO promises to be very efficient as well as environmentally friendly. Although only in the concept stages, I really hope that it comes to be as a concept such as this will only help to make demolitions safer and lead to a lot less cleaning up. Until then, we can always follow the Japanese way.