The concrete industry is well known for its 'less than impressive' environmental impacts; it constantly emits significant amounts of CO2 mainly through the processing of its raw materials. And yet, it is currently indispensable to the way the building industry operates. Of course, worldwide, attempts are being made to off-set key material ingredients in the production of concrete in order to lower the impact of CO2 emissions and, at the same time, maintain structural standards. The use of alternative binders such as geopolymer, along with alternative aggregates like hemp, kenaf, basalt fibre, carbon fibre and char are just a few of the ingredients currently being researched. Each alternative material has its own history and qualities, and each provides potential for the production of Greener concrete.
In the Byron Bay Shire, Northern NSW, Australia, there is currently a drive to improve new housing development through the use of greener concretes, particularly by utilising industrial hemp as a viable structural material. For the last few years, at Byron Eco Park, initial research has been underway to find ways of utilising hemp to create a structurally sound concrete that is lightweight, less labour intensive, and greener than traditional concrete (greener insofar as it acts as a CO2 sink). The information below is an outline of some of the results.
Germany’s largest ultralight aircraft manufacturer, Comco Ikarus in Mengen, was able to announce the first flight of its successful two- seater C42 / CS as an electric version just before the start of AERO, the annual aircraft exposition in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Green Power is any process that can produce energy without pollution or the production of greenhouse gases.
Ecology is the study of the interaction between living things and their environment. By looking carefully at our human interactions with the environment, we can discover where we are having an adverse impact and this informs the pathways to changing these interactions for our own future benefit.
Byron Shire Council has now granted approval for the development of the Byron Bay region's first example of a 5 MegaWatt Solar Farm, utilizing cutting edge bifacial solar panels with solar tracking technology to increase efficiency.
In keeping with Dieter Horstmann and Byron Eco Park's vision to be a driver of change towards a greener society, Byron Eco Park Holdings have partnered with Essential Energy to generate clean energy on a large scale for the Byron Shire.
We intend to hold a series of seminars for Farm Owners so that our important new concept can be reproduced on other farms in other regions of Australia.
Contact us using the email link below to register your interest: