In the University there is a plantation of jatropha macrocarpa. This native plant has a great potential to produce biodiesel and it is particularly valued because it is a source which doesn’t compete with the extraction of nourishment. Jatropha oil is good quality and it is abundant in its seeds, which makes it apt to generate biofuels.
According to an investigation, the introduction of innovation technological as well as knowledge development activities, permits small and middle enterprises to achieve better results. The contracting of consultancy, acquisition of technology and opening of orientation towards external market constitute some of the innovation activities which position the companies.
Researchers from Rosario developed a model which permits to predict with higher certainty the performance of the asphalt layer and incorporates the possibility of adjusting it to local conditions. It contemplates traffic variations, weather and the behavior of the different materials based on their working condition and tension history.
The main economic activity of the province of La Pampa comes from the agricultural-stockbreeding sector. That is why, teachers and researchers study the application of a group of geospatial tools to precision agriculture which includes from satellite images to GPS maps. Their use will imply economic benefits for the producer and for the environment, given that it permits the rational use of the land and water.
The processing includes the washing of the drums and decontamination of effluents through the use of hydrogen peroxide and ultraviolet radiation. Researchers worked in the design of the processes. It is a pioneering experience which will pay attention to the demands of Santa Fé’s central region. The procedure design will be implemented in the industrial scale treatment plant of agrochemical containers which will be built in the city of Rafaela.
The School of Engineering presented the partial results of a study of pymes (small and middle-sized enterprises) of the metal-mechanic sector of the city of Comodoro Rivadavia. The report revealed that almost half of the enterprises polled are in charge of the production and services of petroleum operators and that the sector occupies almost 3,000 highly trained workers. Safety and environment indexes are the highest in average and the lowest are innovation and market opening.
The electric tricycle developed by researchers in La Plata travelled at the beginning of December along Ruta 2 towards Mar del Plata. It was the first long-distance trip and a fundamental test to evaluate its performance and autonomy. It is the first vehicle in Latin America which works with lithium batteries, a mineral which constitutes a clean energy source and which can become an energetic alternative for Argentina.
A teacher developed a new multidisciplinary application through the use of a System of Geographical Information, remote sensors and high precision GPS to know the causes and possible solutions for floods. The data gathered can constitute the basis for future hydraulic projects, as management strategies were elaborated to solve in integral way the basin’s problems.
Researchers from the Institute of High Agro-Industrial Technology (ITA in Spanish) develop a project by means of which seeks to improve the nutritional conditions of bakery products using as main raw material carob flour. In this way, it is hoped to incorporate this flour of high nutritional value and which constitutes waste raw material in the usual diet of the region’s population.
Researchers carry out a project which will inject energy coming from photovoltaic systems (solar) to the conventional electric energy distribution grid with the objective of decreasing the overload of the electric system in high consumption moments. The project goes in line with the purpose of the national law which plans, for 2016, to supply the 8% of the country’s energetic demand through the use of renewable energy.
A team of researchers developed a system of high technology collars to follow vicunas. They were endangered and they are now considered as “vulnerable”, so it is fundamental to take care of them and preserve them through a study of their behavior and habitat. The production of ponchos and blankets with vicuna fibers is one of the main economic activities in the region.
Two semi face-to-face teaching projects were implemented in the School of Engineering. Apart from making the learning process more dynamic and improving the interaction between students and teachers, the introduction of the virtual platform contributes to solve the conditioning factors generated to the students when they have to combine work with academic obligations.
In the terminal installed in the UNL, researchers study the behavior of the water fallen in urban and rural basins. Through radar images, more realistic rain spatial distribution models are developed. The analysis of the evolution of storms permits to forecast in a few hours and get strategic information for decision-making.
New cars already have catalytic converters to eliminate some substances. However, cold start is still a problem. A team of researchers studies a new method to eliminate all the contaminating elements using active metals’ nanoparticles.
Just an image was enough for a group of engineers to create a machine for tests almost unique in the country. It is used to study the wearing of materials between themselves and also to verify conditions in failure analysis. With the new equipment they do works for different companies and the funds collected are used to set new equipment which graduate and post graduate students use.