Concrete recycling plant will participate in BoosterWE
Making prefabricated materials from used construction site concrete is one of 100 proposals chosen by the RedEmprendia scholarships, a university organization which promotes innovation and entrepreneurship.Bogotá D. C., 29 de agosto de 2016 — Agencia de Noticias UN-
Implementing a prefabricated material plant requires among other things, knowing the amount of available raw material.
BoosterWE is an initiative endorsed by Banco Santander and provides support to entrepreneurs of universities in Latin America, Spain and Portugal with the purpose of setting in motion entrepreneur proposals.
The chosen project is the work of Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNal) in Manizales Civil Engineering alum Alejandro Romero Reina and proposes implementing a plant to manufacture products using construction waste.
According to Romero, while they acquire the necessary knowledge the project will turn into a green seal company which will provide an environmentally profitable solution that will broaden the portfolio of products for exploiting a great amount of Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW).
“The boom of the construction industry is producing great amount of CDW such as concrete, sand, rock and brick residue, which reduce the useful life of building site dumps, a situation for which municipal administrations are not prepared for and do not have the necessary economic resources for a prompt solution,” said Romero.
Due to the lack of other waste alternatives and inadequate handling, waste is being buried in dumps. So the proposal is to reuse this concrete in prefabricated materials, paving setts for instance. In Colombia these types of products are barely consolidating and internationally it is used to make prefabricated material, to product asphalt and concrete with structural purposes.
Benefits of the scholarship
BoosterWE offers the chosen parties experience and practical learning in business management through internships in small and mid-sized firms which operate in other countries in complementary sectors to the projects of the entrepreneur.
Internships last between 6 and 12 weeks and the scholarship will take care of the room and board expenses in the destination county, as well as a personal mentoring for projects or recently establish companies.
The general goal of BoosterWE is invigorate college entrepreneurship in Ibero America by favoring strongly innovative companies.
“I am thinking about Germany because it is an advanced country in recycling building and demolition materials,” said Romero.
Regarding potential customers, the project includes mayors and governors offices and developers which seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, beside mid and small private developers which use these materials as a complement to develop infrastructure.(Por: Fin/IJR/MLA/APBL