Kanada a Egypt a ekologie
Egypt and Canada Work Together
on Environment Technology Projects
OTTAWA, April 12, 2000 — Industry Canada and Egypt are cooperating on environmental technology demonstration projects covering methane recovery from landfills and retrofitting two stroke engines in motorcycles, and an electronic information tool, the Canadian Environmental Solutions CD-ROM, to capture both Canadian and Egyptian environmental technology solutions.
Retrofitting two-stroke engines in motorcycles
This $1.41-million project is jointly delivered by the Canadian company Yugo-Tech and the Egyptian Light Transportation Manufacturing Company (EL TRAMCO). Motorcycles with two-stroke engines are used extensively in Cairo and are major contributors to urban air pollution. Yugo-Tech has designed and developed a compressed natural gas conversion system to allow these vehicles to operate on this clean alternate fuel. The system is a microprocessor-based conversion system using several sensors and an electronic fuel injection delivery system. This system will deliver low emissions, good vehicle driveability, increased fuel economy and performance.
The use of natural gas in two-stroke motorcycles when compared to gasoline reduces greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 25 per cent. Natural gas also reduces motor vehicle emissions including toxic hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and its ozone-forming potential.
This project offers economic benefits for both Canada and Egypt in terms of job creation and manufacturing activities. The demonstration of the natural gas conversion technology on motorcycles in Cairo will open many commercial opportunities in Egypt and in other countries that have significant market replication potential.
Methane Recovery from Landfills
This $1.74-million project is jointly delivered by the Canadian company R.J Burnside International Limited and Ahmed Abdel Warith Consulting Engineers of Egypt. The demonstration project will use bioreactor landfill cell technology to recover methane gas from landfills in Cairo. Bioreactor landfill cell technology is designed to contain leachate, enhance biodegradation of solid waste and improve landfill gas recovery and utilization.
Landfill gas is mainly composed of carbon dioxide and methane, both major contributors to climate change. Landfill gas recovery and utilization represent means for controlling global warming by firstly reducing the emission to the environment, and secondly by reducing fossil fuel consumption to generate equivalent energy.
Significant potential exists for the replication of this project opening doors for this technology throughout Cairo and other Egyptian cities.
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