Breaking the mould

Breaking the mould
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First Published: Fri, Feb 20 2009. 12 51 PM IST

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Lighting South Asia 2009, organized by Expomedia Events in association with the Indian Society of Lighting Engineers, will be held in Mumbai from 20-23 February. The first of its kind in the city, it will see participation from at least 150 manufacturers and suppliers. On display are a wide range of products, technologies and services such as architectural and decorative lighting, electronics in lighting, home, industrial and commercial lighting.
For details, call 09899797810 (Manisha) or 09891340342 (Shivani Malhotra) or visit www.lightingsouthasia.com
Protect
Elsa Zaldivar is addressing Paraguay’s problem of depleting wood and inadequate housing with an innovative approach to sustainable building. Zaldivar worked with industrial engineer Pedro Padros to develop a material made from recycled plastic and agricultural fibres, such as loofah, corn husks and caranday palm trees, which is inexpensive, lightweight and flexible.
The panels can be ground, melted and formed into new panels, and joined with special metal connectors. Colouring can also be included at the time of mixing, which means homeowners will never need to paint their homes.
Absorb
Cement, a source of carbon dioxide, can become a means of stripping greenhouse gas from the atmosphere, thanks to innovation by British engineers. The eco-friendly formulation means the cement industry could change from being a “significant emitter to a significant absorber of CO2”, says Nikolaos Vlasopoulos, chief scientist at London-based Novacem.
The new product, which is based on magnesium silicates, not only requires much less heating, but also absorbs large amounts of CO2 as it hardens, making it carbon negative.
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First Published: Fri, Feb 20 2009. 12 51 PM IST