The Greening the Islands conference being held in Gran Canaria, Spain, this week will see the unveiling of the winners of the 2nd edition of the Greening the Islands Awards.
The prize is a unique opportunity to gain recognition for island administrations or business partners involved in innovative projects that are helping in the transition to a more sustainable future and offer a chance to share leading initiatives with similar communities internationally.
A five-person jury will evaluate projects based on qualitative and quantitative criteria, including CO2 savings, ecological and economic value added, transferability to other islands or common areas, the degree of innovation, involvement and public awareness. Projects that illustrate cooperation between islands are also qualified to enter. The following seven projects have been shortlisted:
P680 biofactory (Capriate San Gervasio, Bergamo, Italy): Building and spreading a zero-emissions biofactory model using simple, efficient and economic biotechnologies (microalgae) to convert floristic companies in crisis and push the agricultural sector towards climate protection through carbon capture.
Water Conservation and Awareness Centre (Malta): The project aims at the realization of a Water Conservation and Awareness Centre, which is a first of its type in the Maltese islands. The centre will serve as a platform to raise local awareness on the challenges facing the water sector in Malta and hence the need for conservation and management of this scarce natural resource.
Green PV Safety Cover System (Palermo, Italy): The proposed G-SCS system is a multifunctioning device system for photovoltaic systems (PV) guaranteeing: i) the safety conditions for workers and/or operators both during maintenance and emergency conditions (fire, etc.); ii) cleaning of the PV panel without the activation of external procedures; iii) the reduction of insulation of the back of the PV panel.
Pressure recovery system for hydropower plants (Sicily, Italy): Large-scale application of pressure recovery system in agriculture for simultaneous energy generation and discharge control; dissemination of energy saving culture among farmers.
Replacement of oil-based lubricants and chemical auxiliaries: ECOSAFE PLUS is a fire-resistant biodegradable hydraulic fluid based on a mixture of polymers and biopolymers. It is ideal for components of wind-turbine rotors, water circuits of the desalination plants and stationary engines (powered by green fuel).
New solar-powered microgrid (Ta’o Island, American Samoa, USA): The microgrid – 1.4 megawatts of solar generation capacity from SolarCity and Tesla’s 6 megawatt hours Powerpack battery storage system – was implemented within just one year from start to finish. This microgrid system supplies nearly 100 percent of the island’s power needs from renewable energy.
Replacement of police motorbikes (Rapallo, Italy): The project aims at replacing the police motorbike fleet of Rapallo town, in Liguria, with e-bikes. The Municipality has so far acquired one motorbike, model DSP15 fully equipped for the police.