29 | 04 | 2017

THE GLOBAL INITIATIVE FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN THE ISLANDS
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ECOSAFE PLUS

Project objectives:
Replacement of lubricants and chemical auxiliaries derivate by oil.
The project is particularly important as it uses tobacco plants to produce natural oil. Tobacco plants are cultivated especially in Caribbean Islands so the project represents an economic opportunity for these populations.
Project description of activities and specific interventions:
Ecosafe Plus is a fire-resistant biodegradable hydraulic fluid (Type HFC and Viscosity Class ISO 46). Ecosafe Plus formulation is based on a mixture of polymers and biopolymers, and it is glycol-free (monoethylenic, diethylenic and others). Compared to traditional water/glycol based HFC hydraulic fluid, Ecosafe Plus allows for easy disposal of the exhausted fluid and environmental safety. Greater compatibility with most of the seals and the elastomers normally used in hydraulic plants compared to traditional water/glycol fluids, thanks to the glycols-free formulation.

Ecosafe Plus could be used in every tyre system, so it’s ideal for components of wind rotors, hydric circuits of the desalination system and stationary engines (powered by green fuel). Moreover, the quality of this product is very important to stop the desertification because it could convert the use of the tobacco plants, from cigarettes to raw material for this lubricant.

Public outreach, education and awareness efforts and results:
The disposal of the exhausted product at its end life will prove to be easier and cheaper than the traditional hydraulic fluids, being possible to lean to a plant for the biological treatment of waste water or similar disposal systems. Ecosafe Plus is not classified as dangerous and eliminates the costs and the disposal procedures as Special Waste.
Ecosafe Plus has a value of COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) lower compared to a hydraulic fluid water/glycol of reference; the product Ecosafe Plus thus results to be a more easily manageable as regards the disposal.
The leakage or spillage of this product in environmentally sensitive areas implies a greater ease of clean-up and minor restoration costs.

Economic value added and how calculated:

The economic value added is explained by the difference between the results of these two tables.

SAFE Kg 250.000/YEAR € 450.000
DISPOSAL m3 700/month (volume)
COD 70.000 mg/lt
CER CODE Special waste
COST (disposal) € 350.000
CONCENTRATOR NO
EVAPORATED –
CONCENTRATED HIGH DISPOSAL COST

TOTAL (cost) € 750.000

ECOSAFE PLUS Kg 200.000/YEAR € 360.000
DISPOSAL m3 50/month (volume)
COD 470 mg/lt
CER CODE Biodegradable
COST (disposal) € 20.000
CONCENTRATOR YES
EVAPORATED GLYCOL-FREE
CONCENTRATED REDUCED DISPOSAL COST
TOTAL (cost) € 380.000

Ecological and social project outcomes:
The using of Ecosafe Plus instead of conventional lubricants allows the saving of huge CO2 emissions.

In fact, the emission budget is positive. An example shows us that for a biomass of 18000 t/y, there are:
13775 MJ/y of product energy;
522 MJ/y of absorbed energy;
46164 ton/y of absorbed CO2 through photosynthesis;
6390 ton/y of CO2 emission.

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