Limerick invention could help solve global water crisis

first_imgEmail Professor Michael Zaworotko at work in the University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute.Photo: Sean CurtinA new material developed at the University of Limerick could help solve the global water crisis by producing water from air.The material has favourable properties for absorbing and releasing water from the atmosphere with the potential to provide water in drought-hit regions.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Professor Michael Zaworotko, Research Professor at University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute, has developed the crystalline material after decades of research.It has been developed as a commercially viable nanomaterial by Molecule RND, an international incubator fund established at UL to work in collaboration with Prof Zaworotko.Molecule already has orders for the first available commercial units, with a prototype water generator delivering water with low purity without any filtration.Stating that the material could replace the silica traditionally used in dehumidification systems in buildings, Prof Zaworotko said that it would require substantially less energy to maintain air quality in buildings around the world,”The material could also capture water from the atmosphere in arid regions.“Even in zones of very low humidity, there is still some water in the atmosphere. This material could be applied to capture the water from the air, meaning you could potentially grow crops there.“Without water, there is no life. About one-third of the world’s population does not have access to pure water and this technology helps to solve that problem,” he added. Facebook University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party TAGSeducationLimerick City and CountyNewsResearchUniversity of Limerick University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 44 | Immersive Software Engineering Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limerick Printcenter_img Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleGlobal Limerick Company Shortlisted for National AwardNext articleDrugs epidemic threatens to engulf Limerick City Meghan Brosnan NewsEducationLimerick invention could help solve global water crisisBy Meghan Brosnan – October 31, 2019 292 Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties last_img read more

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DOF Subsea awarded new contracts in Atlantic region

first_imgContracted work include a number of turnkey subsea projects within its core service lines DOF Subsea awarded new contracts in Atlantic region (Credit: DOF ASA) DOF Subsea has been awarded multiple new contracts for execution in the North Sea, Mediterranean and Africa. Contracted work include a number of turnkey subsea projects within our core service lines – Survey, Inspection, Maintenance & Repair (IMR) and Construction.The vessels Skandi Acergy, Skandi Skansen, Skandi Neptune and Skandi Seven shall be utilized to deliver work totalling more than 180 vessel days excluding any options. All works shall be carried out between 4th quarter 2020 to 2nd quarter 2021.All awards include Project Management, engineering, procurement and logistics which shall be delivered by our integrated subsea team across Bergen, Aberdeen and Luanda.In the North Sea, DOF Subsea shall assist a key client with winter subsea inspection programme at UK continental shelf, whilst supporting a leading operator with start-up and commissioning activities for a subsea satellite development in Norway.In Angola, DOF Subsea shall carry out a greenfield AUV and ROV seabed mapping campaign for an international client, prior to commencing a previously announced contract.DOF Subsea has mobilized Skandi Neptune from the North Sea for an undisclosed international client in Africa, conducting FPSO class and field inspections programme.Mons S. Aase, CEO, DOF Subsea said “DOF Subsea continues to secure projects with key oil & gas operators across North Sea, Mediterranean and Africa. These awards secure continuous utilization of our regional pool of specialised subsea vessels and integrated project teams.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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AAC&U names Skocpol a director

first_imgAt its recent annual meeting in San Francisco, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) named seven new directors and elected a slate of new officers. Theda Skocpol, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, was named a director.At Harvard, Skocpol has served as the dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and as director of the Center for American Political Studies. She has served as president of the Social Science History Association and president of the American Political Science Association. Her research covers an unusually broad spectrum of topics including both comparative politics and American politics.“AAC&U’s membership is very fortunate to be led by such a strong and committed board of directors,” said President Carol Geary Schneider. “The board’s leadership has contributed greatly to the growth of AAC&U’s membership and the strength of its programs and publications.”For more information.last_img read more

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Pest Facility

first_imgSince 2000, University of Georgia entomologist Dan Suiter has taught pest control operators across the Southeast how to control termites and other household pests. He does this on the UGA campus in Griffin at a training facility built by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.The facility, formally called the Georgia Structural Pest Control Training Center, includes an outdoor classroom with different home foundation types. “By seeing the different construction types up close, the technicians can visualize what they do every day,” said Suiter, a UGA Extension entomologist. “Our training center lets the pest control operators see that the pesticides don’t travel the same way through the different foundation types, and they can visualize how a termite might get in.”Since the training center opened, Suiter, other UGA entomologists and GDA experts have trained thousands of pest control operators across the Southeast. Now the training facility is expanding, allowing pest control operators to learn how to control pests in commercial kitchens and schools and pests like bed bugs in bedroom settings.“Over the past year, we’ve had some real movement, and we’ve expanded into commercial kitchens. Pest control companies have to go in and control roaches and rodents around food, so operators needed to be trained,” he said. “We are also building a bedroom and plan to start holding bed bug workshops, and we are adding an indoor classroom, too.”UGA also plans to offer training on how to control pests in schools. The UGA pest control training workshops typically include a day of lectures followed by a day of hands-on insect identification and pest control training demonstrations in the outdoor classroom. Pest control operators receive continuing education credits for attending the workshops.Suiter also leads a 10-week pest control certification program on the UGA Griffin Campus. The course costs $195, but is free to all U.S. veterans. The current session concludes on Nov. 25 and the next 10-week session begins on March 31, 2016.“We are trying to get new people into the industry,” he said. “It’s a well-kept secret. In the pest control business, it’s never the same from one day to the next, and it’s really interesting. And, you can make a really good living in it.”Suiter says February, March and April are the peak hiring times for pest control companies. “I had a man tell me he never really considered the pest control industry, but now he’s been working in it for 30 years and put three kids through college,” Suiter said. “The pest control business is almost a recession proof business. It may be because people spend more time at home when they don’t have income to go out, and they don’t want to be there with bugs.”The next series of two-day workshops on the UGA Griffin Campus are scheduled as follows: bed bug control workshop, Feb. 11, 2016; commercial pest management workshop, Feb. 25, 2016; termite control workshop, March 10-11, 2016, and March 24-25, 2016; and 10-week certificate program, March 31-June 9. For more information on the workshops, call Suiter at (770) 233-6114 or see the program’s website at www.gabugs.uga.edu.last_img read more

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