Local communuty basketball courts where the recycled rubber will be used as flooring materials
Company J, a Philippine shoemaker, faced the issue of shoe rubber waste. The company had resorted to burning or dumping about 20 kilograms of shoe rubber waste per day. Moreover, Liliw, where the company is based and home to more than 200 shoemakers, was generating more than 4 tons of rubber waste, causing severe air pollution in the city. After an initial diagnosis, the consultants sought ways to recycle the rubber waste for the benefit of the local community. They suggested that the city embark on joint managem ent of the rubber waste to collectively mitigate environmental pollution, create a profit model through recycling rubber waste, and utilize plastic densifiers to enable its reuse as shockproof rubber flooring on community basketball courts. As most shoemakers in Liliw are small and unable to afford plastic densifiers, the consultants reviewed whether it would be possible to link with the Share Service Facility Program of the Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines. In particular, the central and city governments welcomed the idea of joint management of rubber waste and the profit model through recycling rubber waste.
Induction Heating utilizing multi-coil technology
When exposed to a high-frequency magnetic field, metals generate circulating currents and heat. Coil cables placed in the heating system and a layer of thermal insulation store the generated heat inside and keep the exterior surface cool, preventing heat loss.
Company Y, a Malaysian electronics maker, was using band heater plastic injection molding machines. The injection molding machines were utilized for more than 50,000 hours/per year and took up 80 percent of the plant's total electricity use. The consultants found that a significant amount of heat was being lost in the heater, and suggested replacing the band heaters with induction heaters as a way of saving up to 60 percent of energy consumption. To ease the financial burden from machine replacement, the consultants informed the company of the supports offered through the "Green Tech Initiative" initiative of the Malaysian government. Moreover, ASEIC assisted the particapating company in establishing an MOU on technical cooperation with a company in a developed country that holds green technology.
Vietnamese food manufacturer T-which mainly produces rice noodles and ramen-is, like most enterprises of the food industry, a highly energy-intensive company. The company relied on coal-based boilers for its operations, which had significantly raised its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The consultants reviewed the possibility of replacing the company's coal-based boilers with green biofuel-based ones run by rice hulls (in plentiful supply in Vietnam, a country that harvests rice year round), and carried out feasibility tests on the prospect. They found that the rice hulls could reduce fuel costs by 33 percent and GHG emissions by 8,590 tons on an annual basis. The consultants also suggested that the rice hull ash be used for brick reinforcement materials.