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SPACE: A TESTING GROUND FOR INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY




Space has become a testing area for Earth-bound industries. In this 11th issue of DirectIndustry e-magazine, we present some of the most striking industrial space spin-offs, demonstrating how space technology is making industrial life better and more efficient back on Earth.

Our journalists also take you on an exploratory tour of the Mars Rover, Curiosity. Check our infographics to learn more about the advanced technologies that were assembled for the rover’s special mission of the century.

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Innovations for space exploration will touch every single Earth-based industry.

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Everyday life is full of objects that originated in space: The composite structures on commercial aircraft flying today, UV-blocking sunglasses and shock-absorbing footwear were all first created for the space shuttle. Smartphone technology also comes from space—it was work done at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory...


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Curiosity is equipped with advanced technologies able to withstand extremely harsh conditions.

Curiosity landed on Mars in August 2012 for a special mission: scouring the red planet for any sign of water and life, which it successfully did. Several companies were involved in the project in collaboration with various international space agencies. They developed advanced technologies able to withstand extremely harsh conditions. This infographic presents some of those innovations.

 

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  • At Ecomondo, the Italian company Eurven, specialized in the research, design and manufacture of systems for reducing waste, showcased OILMATIK 500,  a new machine for collecting and recycling used vegetable oil.

    Recycling 2.0

    An innovative, patented sensor in the machine detects a frequency wave which recognizes different kinds of cooking oil. It uses an algorithm to compare the liquid’s characteristics to pre-established parameters to determine whether it is waste cooking oil or another substance.

    Eurven’s Carlo Alberto Baesso:

    “It is the first solution of its kind—a recycler that recognizes automatically, thanks to the analysis of the chemical formula by an innovative sensor, if you have entered cooking oil or other liquids and separates them into different sectors, to ensure collection quality. The oil collected is then sent to the recycling phase, resulting in a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions during waste handling.”


    Eurven’s innovation comes from a concrete observation, as Mr. Baesso explains:

    “Waste cooking oil is not a biodegradable food. If it reaches the water table, it can render the water non-potable or cause damage to the operation of water treatment plants. It shouldn’t be dumped in the sink or the garbage can, but should be taken to a collection center.”

    Driving With Oil

    One of the possible applications of recycled oil is as biodiesel. Mr. Baesso emphasizes its economic benefit:

    “Easy to handle, vegetable cooking oil is worth about 50 cents per liter. If you calculate its cost as at 1.30 to 1.50 euro, it is a real resource.”


    The machine was developed by Baytom, a Turkish company, and has already been distributed in the country. Eurven plans to continue development and distribute it under license in the Italian market.

    Institutional clients—schools and large public utilities—are among those interested in this new-gen recycling. These include Hera (Emilia Romagna), Ama (Rome), Contarina (Treviso) and A2A (Milan). Private companies such as Dolomia and Ferrarelle have also responded positively.

    Following the Path of Differentiated Incentive

    Eurven follows a concept called recycling incentives. In this system, the user receives something (a new product, a discount, a credit in a local business network) in exchange for virtuous recycling behavior. The company is no using 2Pay, an app that works a bit like a “WhatsApp for payments.” Participants get one euro for the first bottle and one cent for each additional bottle deposited at an eco-compactor.

     


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    During last week’s Las Vegas electronics show, the Wi-Fi Alliance presented Wi-Fi HaLow, an energy-efficient connectivity solution for Wi-Fi products. It complements existing Wi-Fi technologies, and is intended for areas where sensors and wearable devices require low-power connectivity, including smart cities and industrial environments.

    Its range is twice that of normal Wi-Fi thanks to frequency bands below one gigahertz (900 MHz vs. the 2.4 GHz standard). This enables it to transmit signals farther, but also offers power efficiency. Wi-Fi HaLow also ensures connection in difficult environments, for example by penetrating walls more easily.

    Wi-Fi HaLow will also find applications in the IoT, as its devices support existing Wi-Fi protocols, such as IP-based connectivity, to link to the cloud. In addition, thousands of devices can connect to a single access point.


    CONTRIBUTORS



    Camille Rustici

    Camille Rustici is a Video Journalist and the Editor-in-Chief for DirectIndustry e-magazine. She has years of experience in business issues for various media including France 24, Associated Press, Radio France…


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    Simone Cosimi

    Simone Cosimi is a freelance journalist based in Rome who contributes to La Repubblica, Wired, VanityFair.it, GQ. He focuses on technology, science and innovation.


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    Jamie Carter

    Jamie Carter is a journalist based in Wales, who writes about technology for the South China Morning Post, Mashable, MSN, the BBC Sky At Night, TechRadar.com and Korean Air’s Morning Calm.


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    Kristina Müller

    Kristina Müller is a German journalist working on a freelance basis for different print and online media, mainly about industrial, nautical and medical issues.


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