Innocentive announces in a press release that the Rockefeller Foundation will contribute with 200% of the amount collected through Global Giving to fund a project on rain harvesting in Kerala , where a solution proposed by Sustainable Technologies was awarded the first prize in an international challenge.
Proposals of the Green Economy to create jobplaces in Sardinia
The delocation of Alcoa’s smelting facility of Portovesme leves 1500 unemployed people, both direct employees and induced sectors. On 21st Jan. 2012 Mario A. Rosato gave a conference in Carbonia, explaining the alternatives that the Green Economy could offer for the sustainable development of the Region.
The Highland Group hired Sustainable Technologies’ services to perform an energy audit in Brazil.
The plant of Companhia Brasileira de Aluminio, in Cidade Aluminio (São Paulo) consumes about 1,5% of all the energy produced by the Latinoamerican giant. During our energy audit, that lasted 5 days, we found energy savings opportunities of 8% electricity and 20% of the consumed natural gas.
Biological capture of nitrogen by means of bamboo
The rain washes away the fertilizers, flowing till the rivers, lakes and sea. The increase in the concentration of nutrients leads then to euthrophization phenomena.
A drain system collects the water with nutrients and a pump brings them to a plantation of bamboo disposed as a belt around the plot’s perimeter. The bamboo works as a biofilter. In this way the fertilizers washed away by the rain are recycled to grow giant bamboo with several food and industrial scopes. With less ploughed area the same quantity of crops is produced, because the hydric stress on the plants is reduced. Furthermore it is possibile to harvest the bamboo shoots and canes all year round, because it is a perennial crop.
The Italian magazine Modus Vivendi , represented by its Chief Editor, dr. Marco Gisotti, has given us the Green Vision Award 2011 for the project of biologic carbon and nitrogen capture by means of bamboo cultivation. The award was publicly given at the Jovinella Theater of Rome, during an international event that took place on 22nd May, and in which several celebrities, representatives of political movements like the Costituente Ecologista, activists and scientists participated.
Maine Pointe engages Sustainable Technologies for three energy audits in Germany, Sweden and Poland
The three paper mills were built in very different times and contexts, so it was necessary to propose customized solutions. During the study we found opportunities of energy savings from 5% to 12%.
First prize of the Rockefeller Foundation for solving the problem of rain harvesting in Kerala.
- To build a tank of at least 6 m3 capacity for rain harvesting during the Monsoon, that costs less than 120 US$ and does not need machinery for the transport and erection. Furthermore, it must be mounted on weak consistency ground, with underground water that comes up during the Monsoon.
- To create job places for low income inhabitants, specially for women.
- Use only local materials.
A 8 m3 capacity tank designed to be easily erected by two women by assembling locally made vegetable fibre-cement panels. Our design reduces the erection time to only 2 days and the cost of 120 US$ to the final customer leaves a margin of 30 US$ for the workers. The carbon emissions calculated for the whole process of fabrication are null.