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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 February 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2019 13 FOOD FOR THOUGHT Japanese beverage maker and distributor who has enormous interest in this botanical water." To say things are going well for the newly established brand on an international level is an understatement. Success has been documented in a series of International Beverage Innovation Awards that helped made Aqua Botanical known to the global industry. "We won four years back to back in the international arena, awards for 'best water concept' or 'more sustainable water', so all the big bottlers globally know about this botanical water; this seems to be an accelerating process for this small business that I have established," Dr Kambouris says. Making premium quality drinking water is one thing, but people need - and use water in almost all daily activity. Particularly in industry, water is used in various operations. Dr Kambouris quickly realised that his method could be really useful to meet the needs of juice factories and sugar mill processsors to become self-sufficient in providing themselves with factory water. "I'm about to go to India," he says, describing how he got to work with the sugar industry in the country - the second largest sugar producer in the world, but also a country which is the poorest in the world when it comes to water per head of population, the volume of fresh water is critically low and leads to disease and deaths even from children. "They use something like 120 tonnes of water an hour in one factory," he explains. "You can imagine that the sugar industry is competing with direct use of water versus human existence, human life. This has led the development of the company's philanthropic arm, Botanical Water Foundation, aiming to give back to the needy of the world, by sharing the know-how and making the equipment that produces free, clean drinking water to communities "So, we have now started doing pilot studies with equipment in India, with the prospect of 9-12 sugarmills instantly taking on the technology to produce operations water and also drinking water. Apart from the obvious benefits in 'growing' water to meet specific needs, the technology is also costeffective. "This was a collateral advantage," Dr Kambouris explains. "In concentrating juices we can actually reduce the cost of the final product enormously by saving electricity. The multiple effect evaporators used to create concentrate juice are big guzzlers of power, they need to heat the juice up to 70-80 again on 17 February. The day will be filled with music, dancing, great food and of course, plenty of ouzo. Live entertainment Ouzo festival comes to Melbourne T he Lesvos Culture Club is hosting its annual Ouzo festival includes music by the Strofes band, Theano on the violin and the amazing Pegasus Dance Academy. Kids can enjoy a free jumping castle and there will be plenty of surprises. The event takes place at 26 Waldheim Rd, Bayswater with admission is at $15. Here are some photo memories from past Ouzo Festivals. Do you have any photos from the Ouzo Festivals of previous years? Send them to mary@ neoskosmos.com.au Dr Bruce Kambouris, inventor of the process that produces fresh, clean water from fruit and vegetables. degrees under vacuum in order to remove the water. The company we are working with in India is concentrating in just one facility nearly 320 tonnes of sugar juice per hour. If you imagine 320,000 litres of juice heated up to the higher It’s going to be a source of water that will not only satisfy the increased demand that the globe is going to have for water and help in the water crisis the world is going through. Dr Bruce Kambouris temperature, just imagine how much power is required to do that. With our technology, we can preconcentrate the juice to 50 per cent to what the evaporator can do, we can remove half the quantity of the water in that 320,000 litres at 1/9th of the cost of an evaporator. At that point, we can take out water for our boilers which use about 80 tonnes per hour and use the water for drinking or operations requirements. That business suddenly has a lot of people interested in finding out about the technology. By adopting this technology of ours, not only are they reducing pollution to the environment but they are also going to be able to offer a new source of drinking water. Suddenly it does have a greater impact than just bottled water. It's going to be a source of water that will not only will satisfy the increased demand that the globe is going to have for water and help in the water crisis the world is going through and is unlikely to recover from." Australia has been through a water crisis of its own, recently. Dr Kambouris is adamant that his idea of "growing water from vegetables" could benefit both the farming and food processing industry in the country. "This is why I'm attracting the Queensland sugar mills," he says, explaining that sugar mills produce large quantities of 'botanical' water in a very short period of time. "Another option they have is using existing technology that can put all the excess water underground into our aquifers so that we could replenish them, storing this water for the factories, so in the off seasons, where they may want to grow more sugar canes, they can redeem this water from the aquifers. So the water we're going to be putting there will be drinking water quality, that can be used for harvesting. It has a positive environmental impact." It's not only companies that are taking to this method, but governments too. "In a short period of time we've had the government of Fiji approach us in order to discuss implementing the technology," Dr Kambouris says. But what about Australia? Dr Kambouris says that there has been some interest in the product by Canberra, but only on a consummer level. "The Parliament House in Canberra has ordered Aqua Botanical water, which is great, but I wish they could seriously think of this product," he says. "It is so important for us. We are a large farming country, we have got lots of sugar mills and we're very dry. I estimate that we have about 10 billion litres of this water which can be used. I hope that there is a politician reading your paper and saying: wow, what a great concept!"
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