Monday, 01 June 2009

CTI Receives Recognition from Buckminster Fuller Institute

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CTI was invited to attend an award ceremony in Chicago to recognize the winner of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge grant (MIT) as well as the 33 finalists, which included CTI.

Roger, CTI Executive Director, attended the event on CTI’s behalf and summarized CTI’s submission, “CTI had submitted a project from the Asia Committee which addressed developing a water harvesting model to provide both a reliable supply of water for crop irrigation and for resale as drinking water to surrounding communities in Tamil Nadu, India.  This project, which was initiated by Ram Krishnan, the Chair elect of the CTI Asia Committee, has scope for replication in other countries of Asia and Africa; the project showed a payback on the initial investment ($100,000) in technology in two years.  The project anticipates locating solar powered pumps capable of pumping harvested water into storage tanks for subsequent chlorination and distribution through drip feed irrigation systems.”

The BFI Challenge attracted 6,000 entries from 25 countries and some 50 universities worldwide, including MIT, Stanford and CalTech, many of which had representatives at the ceremony.  It was apparent that this is considered a prestigious and competitive technological award within the academic community, and it is a testament to CTI’s technologies that we were listed amongst the top six entries in the judgment of the jurors.

Congratulations to Ram Krishnan, to Anne-Marie Hendrickson who crafted our submission, and to the Asia Committee (Steve and Nancy Laible).

(Filled with rainwater)

(Empty pond)

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