cutting CO2 emissions to zero
Famous for pasta, pizza, Maldini, and olives – Italy is a country full of vibrant flavour. But that’s not all! At the Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio olive oil farm in Umbria (north of Rome), an array of new technologies is being installed as part of an experiment to cut its CO2 emissions to zero over the next year.
One of the key investments is in a unique solar powered battery re-charging centre. The centre is a shed-sized box with 24 solar panels on it that houses a revolutionary liquid-based battery. The battery can, for the first time, store solar energy, from 3-10 days. Cellstrom the makers of the battery, estimates the farm can save 4,500 litres of petrol every year and reduce CO2 emissions by 10 tons.
Even storage tanks on the farm are being painted white to reflect sunlight away from earth, in an effort to cut the effects of global warming. And, just to make sure they have not left anything else out, they have also planted 10,000 trees to soak up and offset any unforeseen CO2 emissions. That surely calls for a toast to Umbria – Salute!