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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 don’t 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 for...

SAMSYS and Solar Panels

The electricity is one of the basic needs for our work at Samys, but we are conscious of the impact of an excessive energy consumption on the environment. Indeed, the main responsible for the production of greenhouse gases is energy, followed by the devastating deforestation. Conscious of its impact, we began to equate investing in renewable energies, such as solar panels that generate heat and electricity for self-consumption which would bring long-term advantages equally on a financial level and on invoice paper savings. Thus, we are aware of the fact that we are helping to protect the environment while keeping it clean since noxious gases such...

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