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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Governor Wolf Announces New Loan Approvals for Six Projects in Five Counties, Supporting Nearly 100 Small Business Jobs Statewide

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program for six business projects in five counties across the commonwealth that will help create and retain nearly 100 jobs statewide. The loan funding will assist businesses with costs ranging from expanding pediatric services, to adding production lines and building renovations.“With the approval of these low-interest loans, we’re providing critical access to capital that businesses need to grow,” Governor Wolf said. “Spanning several industry sectors – including health care, manufacturing and design, and cold storage – these six projects will spur job creation and boost the economies where the projects are located while ensuring that we’re meeting the needs of businesses across the commonwealth.”In 2018, PIDA has approved $57 million in low-interest loans that have resulted in $78.7 million in private investment and supported 3,157 created and retained full-time jobs. This month, PIDA approved a total of just over $3.29 million in fixed, low-interest loans to projects in Beaver, Bedford, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Somerset counties.The following loans were approved:Beaver CountyCreekside Springs, LLC, a producer of bottled water and a contract packager of beverages, was approved for a $400,000, 10-year loan at a 3.5 percent rate through the Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development for the purchase of machinery and equipment to be installed in the company’s New Brighton bottling facility. The project involves upgrades to the existing bottling line and the installation of an additional production line, and is expected to create seven full-time jobs and retain a further 22 jobs over the next three years.Bedford CountyThe Bedford County Development Association was approved for a $250,000, 15-year loan at a 2.5 percent interest rate with a 7-year reset to build out a 4,068-square-foot suite for Children’s Community Pediatrics. The facility will expand pediatric services offered from a nearby hospital facility and is expected to create seven full-time jobs within three years.Cumberland CountyParath, LLC, was approved for a $1.25 million, 15-year loan at a 2.5 percent interest rate with a seven-year reset through the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation to renovate a 69,273 square foot flexible warehouse building to house three tenants including Supply Source Inc., an office and social space furnishings solutions company.Dauphin CountyCamerek Holdings, LLC was approved for a $359,900, 15-year loan at a 3.75 percent interest rate through Capital Region Economic Development Corporation to acquire a 10,929 square foot building in Harrisburg. The property will be occupied by Solution Designers, LLC, a company specializing in custom designing and manufacturing garage, food, laundry, and bedroom closet storage units, enabling it to complete production for sales already made and keep up with growing market demand. The project is expected to create eight and retain two full-time jobs in the next three years.Vich Development, LLC, was approved for a $640,766, 10-year loan with 20-year amortization at a 3.75 percent interest rate through Capital Regional Economic Development Corporation to acquire a 25,000 square foot cold storage facility in Harrisburg. The facility will be occupied by e-tailer, Inc., a company specializing in cold storage and fulfillment of products like ice cream. The project is expected to create 25 new full-time jobs within three years.Somerset CountyPrecision Pallets and Lumber, LLC was approved for a $400,000, 15-year real estate loan at a 2.5 percent seven-year reset rate and a $240,000, seven-year machinery and equipment loan at a 3.5 percent rate through the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission. The loan funds will be used for the purchase of Precision Pallets & Lumber, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of wooden pallets, including the acquisition of real estate and production equipment including nailers, saws, branders, and a kiln. The project is expected to create seven full-time jobs and retain 12 jobs over the next three years.PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The authority provides capital for building acquisition, construction and renovation work, machinery, and equipment loans along with working capital lines of credit, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, research and development firms, agricultural processors, and employers looking to establish national or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov. June 06, 2018center_img Governor Wolf Announces New Loan Approvals for Six Projects in Five Counties, Supporting Nearly 100 Small Business Jobs Statewidelast_img read more

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