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Albufeira fights invasive weeds with thermal machinery

Albufeira fights invasive weeds with thermal machineryThe municipality of Albufeira has just acquired an innovative machine for fighting weeds that have begun to crowd the public roads.

It is a high-powered electric machine which works by firing water at high temperatures, thus avoiding the use of chemicals.

This equipment is part of the municipality's strategy to reduce atmospheric emissions and adopt the best practices to maximize the environmental sustainability of Albufeira.

The aim is to progressively reduce the application of environmentally harmful chemicals by using more sustainable practices with zero environmental impact.

The tool is called the HOUAT SKID, and is produced by a French company by the name of Oeliatec. This patented technology is based on the use of water heated to a high temperature (approximately 120ºC), which upon contact with unwanted vegetation, destroys the cellular tissue and root system. Furthermore, by boiling the seeds, it prevents their germination process from occurring, therefore preventing the regrowth of new weeds.

“We know that the biosphere is under great threat and it is everyone's responsibility to protect the environment. With this machine, we intend to keep the public spaces clean and free of chemicals, for the good of all” , explains the mayor of Albufeura, José Carlos Rolo, who also expressed his desire to purchase more similar machines to aid in the maintenance and cleaning of Albufeira.

 

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+1 #10 sagalaut 2019-08-17 08:10
Quoting Jordan:
What heats the water - gas (?) and drives the machine or its electrical generator - diesel / petrol (?).... both non-sustainable, irreplaceable, fossil fuels. As Pres. Micron of France has discovered when losing



several environmental ministers; being green is more than just slogans.

The argument is not fossil fuel but chemicals.
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0 #9 sagalaut 2019-08-17 08:07
Hmm I have one of those steam cleaners. See if that works. If not... so what
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0 #8 Jordan 2019-08-16 16:46
What heats the water - gas (?) and drives the machine or its electrical generator - diesel / petrol (?).... both non-sustainable, irreplaceable, fossil fuels. As Pres. Micron of France has discovered when losing several environmental ministers; being green is more than just slogans.
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0 #7 Chip 2019-08-16 13:31
I thought we had a water shortage.
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0 #6 AL 2019-08-16 08:16
Quoting Peter Booker:
Quoting Bergwunner:
I believe 100 degree celcius !!water is steam ?

I am no physicist, but I think if you heat water under pressure, you can get it to temperatures far higher than 120º.
Correct! Water boils 100c at sea level but if you increase the pressure or climb up to 5000 metres for example then the boiling point of water is lower. You can drink boiling tea without burning your mouth at 5000 metres!!
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+2 #5 Peter Booker 2019-08-16 07:40
Quoting Bergwunner:
I believe 100 degree celcius !!water is steam ?

I am no physicist, but I think if you heat water under pressure, you can get it to temperatures far higher than 120º.
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+2 #4 Bergwunner 2019-08-16 06:24
I believe 100 degree celcius !!water is steam ?
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+6 #3 Fagar Albufeira 2019-08-15 22:04
Bom
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+5 #2 liveaboard 2019-08-15 21:22
This is wonderful; a machine that can heat water to 120C with no environmental impact!
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+3 #1 Jack Reacher 2019-08-15 18:23
What about tourist vomit along the strip. Dont want that washing into the drains and out outfall of Albufeira Beach..
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