Clean, Oxygenated Water via Ozone Treatment

John Ryan, vice president of operations of Oxygenade, fills a container of purified water in Pawcatuck. Oxygenade is part of AirWell H2O, which recently began operations in formerly vacant mill space in the town.

John Ryan, vice president of operations of Oxygenade, fills a container of purified water in Pawcatuck. Oxygenade is part of AirWell H2O, which recently began operations in formerly vacant mill space in the town.

An independent company in Pawcatuck, Connecticut has recently begun water treatment operations to deliver potable water. The system uses a series of filters followed by an ozone treatment step, yielding drinking water from contaminated water without the use of chemicals. The filters remove large contaminants from the water supply, while the ozone treatment kills any remaining living organisms, including viruses. The company, AirWell H2O, is currently based in Southeast Connecticut, but may plan to expand operations elsewhere in Connecticut, with partnerships with resorts in the Caribbean and entities as far away as the government of Burundi, in the Great Lakes region of Eastern Africa. The owner, Roger Wood, also operates small units to extract drinking water from humid environments, which could turn out to be quite beneficial in climates like those in Southeast Asia and even South and Central America.  AirWell’s technology infuses the resulting clean water with extra oxygen, prompting the formation Oxygenade, which plans to start bottling the water to sell as an oxygen-supplement for the purpose of human and even crop and soil health.

AirWell H2O and Oxygenade were recently profiled by local papers like the New London Day and the Hartford Courant, as well as the WFSB news team, which provides a short video introduction to AirWell’s technology and operations.  News of the company in the small New England town even spread to the Associated Press, and to the Midwest, where it was picked up by The Republic, local paper of Columbus Indiana.

Video from WFSB 3 Connecticut

Surabaya’s Composting Success Story

Click the image to view the video on this story from Reuters.

Indonesia’s second largest city, Surabaya, is home to 3 million inhabitants as well
as a phenomenally successful composting program. This program was launched ten
years ago to combat an ever increasing amount of organic waste produced in the
city. Not only has it reduced the city’s organic waste by 30%, it has also created an
environmentally sustainable and natural fertilizer for the city’s many parks. The
money saved by this program has allowed the city to employ local people with a
number of jobs in the many composting facilities, providing them with not only an
income – but also a sense of pride in what they are doing for their city and their
environment. Hopefully Surabaya’s success will provide not only the rest of
Indonesia with a model of urban sustainability, but also other nations who can
look to this city as a system to emulate.

Business and Entrepreneurship in Indonesia

Business enterprises in Indonesia have traditional been dominated by sectors including mining and agriculture, due to the abundance of natural resources throughout the country. However, recent announcements by government ministers, including the Minister of Research and Technology, Dr. Gusti Muhammad Hatta, suggest that Indonesia may soon be headed in a new direction: encouraging small business growth.

Read the recent article in Forbes Magazine

Palm plantation in Indonesia

Indonesia Offers Plan for Bank Stakes

Indonesia’s economic development continues to move forward and progress with new rules and regulations regarding the acquisition of stakes in Indonesian banks by both foreign and domestic investors.  A recent article in the Wall Street Journal documents several of the changes that will take effect at the end of July.

Image: The towers of Bank Indonesia over the Arjuna Wijaya chariot statue in Jakarta

Press Release: Xunlight Awarded Key Patent

TOLEDO, Ohio, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Xunlight Corporation, a leader in the design, development and manufacture of flexible and lightweight thin-film silicon solar modules and production equipment, announced today that it has been granted US utility patent “AN ISOLATION CHAMBER AND METHOD OF USING THE ISOLATION CHAMBER TO MAKE SOLAR CELL MATERIAL” by USPTO on May 08, 2012. This patent protects the Gen II roll-to-roll thin film silicon solar cell manufacturing machines now being offered by Xunlight, and is a key addition to Xunlight’s IP portfolio. Xunlight’s equipment combines four roll-to-roll processes into a single vacuum machine (substrate cleaning, back-reflector deposition, PECVD thin film silicon deposition, ITO sputter deposition), and offers several advantages:

  • 15MW to 35 MW turnkey plant producing IEC/UL qualified flexible lightweight PV products
  • A single machine produces flexible, multi-junction, thin film silicon solar cells on 36″ wide, 8000 foot long rolls of 5 mil thick stainless steel substrate at low cost with high yields
  • Semiautomatic PV module assembly line using robots
  • Low-cost high throughput lamination line
  • Low-cost testing equipment
  • Low capital investment

Xunlight Corporation’s equipment division offers many manufacturing solutions to enable its customers to produce UL and IEC solar modules. Entrepreneurs will like the highly flexible module manufacturing equipment which is capable of producing a wide array of finished solar modules. With minimal capital investment and low overhead required to start production, there has never been an easier opportunity to start producing your own PV modules.

Local, state and federal governments and development agencies will enjoy the scalability Xunlight’s equipment offerings can bring to them. We can provide a module assembly line that can be used to process Xunlight-supplied flexible solar cells into finished modules that qualify for locally made status. With this in place, Xunlight can supply a complete 15 MW/yr turnkey factory to process raw materials to into flexible multi-junction solar cells using a roll-to-roll process, ensuring a local supply of this technology-intensive upstream component. This scalable, three-step approach is expected to allow manufacture of 15MW/yr of flexible multi-junction solar modules with just a $1.5 million equipment investment, starting from finished and tested cells supplied by Xunlight.

About Xunlight Corporation
Xunlight Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets lightweight and flexible solar photovoltaic modules that convert sunlight into electricity, and manufacturing equipment for cells and modules. Xunlight has received investments from Emerald Technology Ventures, Trident Capital, NGP Energy Technology Partners, and Rabo Ventures. The Company has also received R&D funding from the US Department of Energy, US Department of Commerce and Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) and support from the State and local agencies to develop its products and manufacturing process. Xunlight has been featured on Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, CNN, FOX News, The New York Times, the Associated Press, ABC World News, and The Economist. The company is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. For additional information, visit www.xunlight.com and http://www.xunlight.com/technology/equipment-sales/

Source: PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1d2w9)

Google Investing $94 Million in Sacramento-area Solar Plants

from the L.A. Times — Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Google announced that it’s investing $94 million in solar panel farms in the Sacramento area.

The money will go toward four photovoltaic, or PV, panel farms built by San Francisco-based Recurrent Energy, owned by tech-giant Sharp, and will help fuel the project alongside funding from investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., said Axel Martinez, Google’s assistant treasurer, in a company blog post Tuesday.

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