The projects aims to to provide clean water to communities across the Philippines in an effective and long term sustainable manner. The method of ensuring clean water is to install community Sky Hydrants™, which are low pressure
ultra-filtration filters. These remove bacteria from the water without the need for electrical power or chemicals.
Disaster Aid Australia responded to work on the ‘Typhoon Haiyan’ recovery in the Philippines in 2013. It became apparent to Disaster Aid Australia that many of the communities had never had safe water, which was an ongoing disaster.
In looking for a sustainable long-term solution, we determined that the Sky Hydrant™ system available through the Sky Juice Foundation would provide a long-term solution to small communities across the Philippines. The system can operate without electrical power. Minimal use of chemicals – chemicals are only used in very small quantities for weekly cleaning, not treatment.
The Sky Hydrants™ provided by the Sky Juice foundation are an extremely innovative device. The Sky Hydrant™ can provide drinking quality water from many natural sources without the use of power and chemicals. The engagement and training of the local organization Balay Mindanaw has enabled the local people to become a massive resource.
• Low pressure ultra-filtration filter
• Provide clean water to communities
• Operates without electricity
• Provides 20 liters per day, per person
• Replicating the project in many countries
Bucuti & Tara resort staffs a full-time sustainability manager, a green team and holds the most eco-certifications throughout the Caribbean including LEED Silver, Green Globe Platinum, Travelife and ISO 14001. The resort derives 40% of its energy production from clean energy sourced from onsite photovoltaic solar panels (largest on Aruba in the private sector) as well as island-sourced energy produced by wind turbines and solar panels.
The initial energy situation was that Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, like every other energy customer on Aruba, had to rely on carbon-emitting fossil fuel energy and it had to rely on staff and guests to share in its plan. Due to the wide use of fossil fuel energy in the Island, the resort wanted to identify every area where energy consumption could be reduced.
The solution is 618 photovoltaic solar panels, a 170KW system. It’s the largest system on the island in the private sector and it generates 282,700 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. All 115 resort staff members have been trained to provide an energy-smart, sustainable vacation experience. With the various energy saving practices, including maintaining a minimum temperature in rooms and offices, Bucuti estimates it consumes 25% less energy than the average
The solar energy project at the resort reduced Bucuti’s energy demand by 15% and reduced carbon emissions by 120 metric tons of CO2e annually. Sourced from Aruba’s Tusk Energy Solutions, the system provides the maximum wattage a business on-island is permitted to produce.
The hotel goes as far as encouraging guests to partake in their sustainability initiative as a way of saving water and energy.
• Bucuti & Tara providing a sustainable tourism
• Installation of photovoltaic solar panels, a 170KW system
• 40% of its energy production from clean energy
• Sensors helped to achieved a 20% reduction in water usage
• Project can be replicated anywhere
A NGO has piloted a closed cycle agricultural technology through aquaponics farming where the food production is not
dependent on constant water supply, providing a perfect match while ensuring food security along with efficient water (re)use. The approach of the project is the generation of products demonstrated through alternative agricultural tool with end- users as vulnerable populations and the production of locally grown, low-cost organic vegetables.
Armenia has two major water sources available for the use of agricultural and drinking purposes; that is, Sevan Lake and the Ararat Valley Aquifer. Currently, Armenia is facing one of the most known global issues of water availability and security. Moreover, Armenia is a landlocked country and has limited access to external sources of food supply. Thus, it is vital for the country to solidify and support internal food production systems.
In 2014, „Green Age“ NGO has established a model aquaponics-based micro farm (granted from the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow) in one of the driest villages of Armenia (Armavir Region, village Apaga „https://goo.gl/maps/3iTN0“). The constructed micro farm has successfully adapted to the available market, and currently, is supplying greens to some of the city central restaurants and food centers on 100% of its production.
The innovation is based on aquaponics farming technology that serves as an alternative to soil based agriculture. The technology is based on utilization of minimal amount of water for organic food production (no irrigation), without having any waste water disposal. Thus, the „game-changing“ aspect of the initiative is the possibility to provide sufficient food security level with extremely minimal use of water resources. The innovation is also applicable to any type
of rural/urban areas including the cheapest lands (saline/sand soils).
• Producing vegetables through aquaponics farming
• Aquaponics uses 90% less water than a plot of land
• Fully operating small-scale production unit
• Significantly higher rates of production in aquaponics
• The duplication of the technology is highly probable
This project shows how a small business was able to make transformative changes by integrating solar power into various aspects of the business operations. The project has just received funding to upscale and replicate solar energy initiative to 10 communities in Antigua and Barbuda.
Electricity costs in Antigua and Barbuda are the highest in the world (48 US cents per kWh), making the country very uncompetitive in all of its operations. The country is blessed with sunshine all year round with daytime temperatures averaging 90° F.
The solution is to upscale and replicate solar energy systems as tool for meeting sustainable development objective and mitigation the threat of Climate Change. The project objective is to demonstrate solar energy among low income communities to share the knowledge, provide training through wide public education and awareness to empower the community.
This innovation is new and fresh and needed now. The opportunity to bring solutions using what we have all year round-the ideal climatic conditions. This project has the potential to transform a small debt ridden country making the technology available to every household, every business, bringing competiveness in every aspect of life. Since the system was installed, a total of 16,275 kWh of solar energy has been produced, thereby reducing CO2 emissions by 11,266
kg, and has generated a saving in the amount of $18,600.00.
• Highest electricity costs in the world
• A country with a high average of sunshine
• Using solar power to instigate change
• Has reduced CO2 emissions by 11,000 kg
• Can aid the country in positive development
Biocom is a Bioenergy industry in the sugar-energy sector. The scope of its operations is the production of crystal sugar, anhydrous ethanol and the generation of electric energy from the use of biomass. Through this project, the company produces its electricity needs and supplies surplus energy back to the grid.
There was absence of a legal framework to address the renewable energy modality from the use of biomass which hindered produc-tion of electricity from biomass. In addition, there was energy supply deficit in Angola, due to the high population growth that de-mands electrical energy to ensure comfort and life quality.
The solution is to produce electricity from sugar cane biomass. Biocom with its process of electric energy generation from the use of sugarcane biomass and plant suppression is able to generate electricity on a considerable scale.
The project involved a sugar cane facility taking up a multi-purpose role of producing crystal white sugar, ethanol and electricity. There is massive importation of labour to bring in more expertise and technical advice to local staff. In ddition,, the agro-industry facility meets all its energy needs and sells surplus energy back to the grid.
• Processes 2.2 MM tons of sugarcane to produce 256 thousand tons of sugar
• Generate sustainable electricity from the use of biomass from sugarcane
• 178,328 MW of electricity generated and exported by Biocom from 2014
• Importing labour to assist with technical expertise
• The model has potential of being replicated elsewhere