DIT Hothouse posted this:New Farming Technology: The Slurry Solver - A low cost technology to make slurry greener and saferThe Slurry Solver offers a new, low-cost approach for cattle farmers to improve health and safety around tanks, to capture and use renewable energy and to improve the quality and lessen the environmental impact of the slurry their farms produce.
Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI posted this:Device for taking pictures of the treetopsResearchers at the University of Alcalá present a novel device that allows non-destructive sampling of treetops from the ground to quantify the damage caused by biotic agents (pests) and abiotic (storms, hail, torrential rains) or to control production of fruits, without the need for artificial means of elevating the operator, reducing the risk to the observer and to the health of the tree itself. The research group seeks to achieve commercial or licensing agreements with companies in the forestry sector (wood, cork, ...), agriculture sector or agricultural insurers.
Cracow University of Technology posted this:The synthesis of silver nanoparticles suspension and nanosilver suspension in reductive system with urea for agrochemical and sanitary applications.The main advantage of proposed technology is the presence of urea in the system used commonly as a fertilizer promoting the growth of plants and both antifungal and antibacterial activity against pathogens. It also fits into the current trend towards the use of proecological technologies in industry. The resulting nanoparticles can be used in many industries, but the biggest potential lies in the agrochemical industry.
University of Vigo posted this:Procedure for the extraction of biosurfactants contained in corn steep liquorsNowadays, most of the pharmaceutical and cosmetic products in the market contain chemically synthesized surfactants in its composition. In many cases, these surfactants are the same as those used in regular cleanup activities. In order to get more natural and biocompatible products, it would be interesting to include natural surfactants instead of chemical surfactants in the preparation of these pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. These biosurfactants are also present in the formulation of greener nanoparticles, replacing the chemical surfactants currently used in the preparation thereof. Most biosurfactants have antimicrobial activity, which would improve the properties of certain nanoparticles, as well as many pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. The main disadvantage of biosurfactants industrial production is related to the high cost compared to chemically synthesized surfactant production. The solution proposed by the Chemical Engineering research group at the University of Vigo, is the development of eco-friendly simple extraction of biosurfactant from a corn wet-milling industry byproduct, such as corn wash liquors, better known as "corn steep liquor (CSL)", which could compete in terms of cost production with its chemical counterparts.
Spanish National Research Council posted this:Energy harvesting from ambient vibrations for wireless sensors applicationResearchers from the Spanish National Research Council at the Barcelona Microelectronics Institute (IMB-CNM) have recently developed a mechanical energy harvesting device by using a low-cost microelectronic fabrication process. The device acts as an electrical generator and is driven by environmentally-available mechanical energy such as ambient vibrations. Due to its flexibility and small size, it is of easy integration as power generator permitting the provision of full power autonomy to any wireless sensor node during its lifecycle into a network infrastructure following the philosophy “install and forget”. Industrial partners are being sought to exploit the existing know-how through a patent license agreement.
Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI posted this:New organo-metallic catalysts for the manufacture of polymersA research group from the Inorganic Chemistry Department of Alcalá University has developed a technology that presents a range of catalysts based on coordination complexes and organometallic, active in functionalization processes (expoditation, hydrosilylation) and polymerization of different organic substrates (olefins and cyclic esters). They are metal complexes belonging to the first transition groups (groups 4-6) and elements from the main groups (groups 1,2 and 13). Its application is aimed at the synthesis of materials with new properties (silicon polymers, biodegradable plastics, polyesters) and the production of small molecules with high added value, used as starting products in many industrial processes (epoxides, silanes). The group is looking for manufacturing agreements and joint venture agreements with companies from the agrofood industry, construction and petrochemicals.
Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI posted this:Improved process for selective oxidation of sulfide groups to sulfone by silsesquioxane catalysts.A Spanish-Portuguese research group from the department of Inorganic Chemistry at Alcalá University and ITQB-Universidad Nova of Lisboa of Oeiras, has developed a process of synthesis of titanium silesquioxane compounds and its applications in oxidation catalyst of organic sulphur compounds. The group looks for licencing agreements and commercial or collaboration agreements with pharmaceutical and petrochemical industry, and those industries in charge of the fertilizer preparation and production of compounds for the treatment of environmental problems.
Universitat de Girona posted this:Bioelectrochemical treatment of contaminated water with oxidised nitrogen compoundsThe present invention provides improved bioelectrochemical systems and methods for removing oxidised nitrogen compounds from water streams, preferably groundwater and wastewater. It comprises the next innovative aspects: 1.It's a new biological cell, environmentally friendly. 2.It works with many different type of waters: wastewater, groundwater. 3.It can be easily set up according to the location specifications 4.It can be easily produced 5.It can provide energy savings.
Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI posted this:System of distributed irrigation monohatch with manual or automated operation.- Design of a unique floodgate that allows the motorized activation to close and to open the water flow, with simple possibility of manual use by workers nonspecialized. - Design of a device of division of volume to direct the water to different furrows without intervention from worker and modification of the irrigation ditch to adapt to the joint operation of floodgate and splitter of volume. - Design of an electromechanical and/or electronic controller of the irrigation system that allows the automatic operation of the system.
Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI posted this:New bioantioxidants, biopreservers and bioantifungal obtained by fermentation of agroindustrial subproducts.This research group is working to obtain greater advantages from the sub-products through fermentation processes, in order to obtain high value-added natural substances: - Obtaining natural compounds with antioxidant activities, preservatives and antifungal. - Interesting in the food industry, both human and animal. - Interesting to control plant pathogens.