Friday, June 22, 2012
Camagüey Makes Effective Use of Renewable Energy Sources
Camagüey, Jun 22.- Camagüey province has developed potentials in the use of renewable energy sources, namely photovoltaic systems to pump water and generate electricity and CITA Steer wind mills. Besides several biogas plants has been built in the province, particularly in livestock production areas and pig farms.
Likewise, specialists of the Centre for Water Science and Technologies (CITA) are working in the setting up of solar water heaters and of a wind farm in Punta de Ganado, near Santa Lucia beach resort, on the northern coast of Camagüey province. Moreover, they are using forest biomass, basically “marabú” – a sickle bush tree which grows in Cuba- to generate electricity.
Over 3,000 units which use renewable energy sources have been installed in Camagüey province, among them wind mills, isolated photovoltaic systems, wood burning stoves, turbo generators in sugarcane mills, hydraulic cylinders and others.
Officials report a considerable saving of traditional fuels thanks to the use of these renewable energy sources, and CITA plays a major role in this.
At present, CITA has associated with the University of Camagüey and the Provincial Meteorology Center to work on several researches.
Some of the researches that stand out most are those dealing with the evaporation of fish ponds within the province, and the replacement of tertiary canals by pipes in order to take water to the rice fields. Besides, CITA has developed projects related to the use of wind-pumps in a bid to irrigate small plots and has worked in the evaluation of a solar stills.
CITA was founded in 1995 and it is unique in Cuba. For its outstanding contribution in the fields of science and technology, it was chosen to host the provincial ceremony marking the World Environment Day.
Among CITA’s achievements we can also mention the making of over 200 hydraulic cylinders which were installed fundamentally in mountainous areas of Cuba’s central and eastern provinces, besides it also installed over 400 rope pumps.
The Camaguey-based centre has developed alternative technologies for supplying water over the last two decades. This effort has been awarded by the provincial delegation of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. (Mariela Musical performance Seguí / Radio Cadena Agramonte)
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