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Treatment of Phytosanitary Effluents in the Douro Vineyard

In 2011, we started the treatment of phytosanitary effluents produced on the farms owned by The Fladgate Partnership and chose for this purpose the Heliosec method proposed by Syngenta. At that time, we were pioneers in Portugal in using this treatment for this type of effluent. The Heliosec station treatment was unknown to us and was a little heard of innovation in Europe. In choosing the station, we were captivated by the simplicity and efficiency of Syngenta’s proposal which is presented in: https://www.syngenta.pt/heliosec In summary, it is a tank lined with a plastic screen capable of receiving the phytosanitary effluents produced in the washing of spraying equipment...

Real-time water quality monitoring in the Douro River

Water is one of the most important elements for the existence of life. The importance of water for the sustainability of our planet has resulted in it becoming a core focus in many countries, mainly with the goal of finding solutions to improve access to water and ensuring its quality. It is reported that only 3% of the world’s existing water supply is fit for consumption by humans and animals (United Nations – 2016). However, this water is not only for drinking, it has to support many other essential activities such as agriculture, industries and cleaning. Preservation of natural resources is increasingly discussed by...

Striving for Sustainability

The project was to evaluate, and implement and measure the benefits of a solar power system for the Epona Winery in Woodland, WA, USA, towards the goal of reaching renewable energy independence. Motivation: Although electricity prices in this area are low, due to the primary source of generation being hydropower, we wanted to make the property fully energy-independent, using a renewable energy source. Wind is too mild here for wind power, and we do not have enough moving water on the property for hydropower. So, we focused on solar panels. Activities: We researched the competing solar panel installers/providers and chose Green Light Solar...

SAMSYS and Solar Panels

Electricity is a basic need for our work at Samsys, but we are conscious of the impact of excessive energy consumption on the environment. Indeed, energy is the main contributor to the production of greenhouse gases, followed by devastating deforestation. Conscious of this impact, we began to consider investing in renewable energies, such as solar panels that generate heat and electricity for self-consumption, that would bring long-term financial advantages. In this way, we are helping to protect a cleaner environment without releasing into the atmosphere noxious gases such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and mercury. After concluding that solar panels do not pollute the atmosphere and that...

Wastewater Treatment with a Nature-based solution

The Waves Floating System can be applied in the retrofit of conventional Constructed Wetlands, avoiding the costs associated with the removal, transport and deposition of the contaminated substrate. In a retrofit the Waves Floating System also manages to improve the treatment parameters, increasing the life time of Constructed Wetland and definitively eliminate the clogging problem....

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