Celebrating Earth Day: NCIIA E-Teams tackle green challenges around the world

NCIIA-funded E-Teams, such as Washington State's Malawi Water Cycle team (right), are receiving a lot of media attention. Read more about the green innovations that will help shape our future, on Discovery Channel's Planet Green.

What's in our food? Call the Good Guide (Berkeley University)

Waste not, want not. More about Greensulate (RPI)

Smart windows, SmarterShade (University of Notre Dame)

Pedal power: the Malawi Water Cycle (Washingtion State University)

From fuel to fibers. Coconut shells may make all the difference (Baylor University)

When art and technology collide. 'Ivy' solar panels by SMIT GROW (Pratt Institute)

Converting Coconuts into Value-Added Products in Developing Countries

Baylor University, 2004 - $17,500

This E-Team is working toward establishing profitable, sustainable, coconut-based business ventures owned and operated by poor people living within ten degrees latitude of the equator, where coconut trees thrive. The team is researching the marketability and effectiveness of four coconut-based products: bio-diesel (from coconut oil), pig and chicken feed (from the white "meat"), particle board (from coconut shells), and anti-erosion matting (from the fuzzy fibers on the coconut shell). The team has already made bio-diesel for rural electrification using diesel generators, and demonstrated that pigs and chickens will eat and prosper on coconut meat. With NCIIA funding the team is developing simple, affordable technologies to separate the coconut's meat, shell, and fuzz and convert them into feed, particle board, and matting.

The E-Team consists of two undergraduates in engineering, one graduate in engineering, and two MBAs. The distinguished professor of engineering at Baylor, as well as the head of the department of mechanical engineering at Papua New Guinea Technical University, are team leaders. Advisors to the team include two professors of management and entrepreneurship at Baylor.


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