What is Green Technology?
Awareness that the natural environment is something to cherish, respect, and preserve has been a theme in American life at least since Henry David Thoreau wrote “Walden.” But it was probably the experience of our astronauts looking down in awe at the Earth from space in the 1960s that really got the “environmental consciousness” ball rolling. For the first time, the Earth was perceived as a garden island in space – a garden that needed tending if it was to continue bearing fruit and supporting life in the face of an ever increasing human population.
Out of this growing concern for the Earth came the seeds of new technologies and attitudes aimed at preventing harm to the environment caused by non-sustainable use of natural resources, and pollution of air, water, and soil. The technologies developed to both prevent harm to the environment, and to reverse harm already inflicted, are known as “Green Technologies.”
There are many different types of Green Technologies. Examples include:
- Renewable energy – generating energy from resources that can be renewed (like wood), or are inexhaustible (like wind).
- Water pollution – treatment and purification of polluted water, and technologies that prevent water pollution in the first place.
- Air pollution – technologies (like smoke stack scrubbers for factories, and anti-pollution devices on automobiles) that prevent pollution of the atmosphere.
- Solid waste management – the purification, consumption, reuse, disposal and treatment of solid waste.
How Ecovim Technology Works
The business of IVS is to provide businesses and institutions with environmentally friendly Green Technology solutions to the growing problem of waste food disposal. IVS’s featured product is the Ecovim Organic Dehydrator. The Ecovim is an “on-site” waste food recycling machine that reduces and converts organic waste into marketable consumer products. The Ecovim Organic Dehydrator converts food waste on-site by up to 93% in weight and volume within nine to twenty-three hours depending on the composition of the input waste. Click here to learn more about the range of Ecovim models available to fit your specific waste food disposal needs.
The Ecovim is simple to install and operate. To install, you simply plug the power cord into a 220 volt electrical outlet and run the unit’s water discharge to a drain or receptacle if you plan to recover the potable water produced as a byproduct of waste reduction. No venting is required because the Ecovim does not produce noxious gases. This allows the machines to be installed in kitchens and near dining areas without the need to install expensive ductwork.
To operate the system, you open the top cover and dump in the food waste. Then you close the cover and press the ON button. This starts the waste reduction process which consists of simultaneously heating the waste and breaking it up into small particles.
During the treatment process the waste organic matter is dehydrated, sterilized, and deodorized so that the end products are potable water and a dry granular material that some people have described as smelling like coffee. We can refer to this material as compost since it is rich in nitrogen and can be mixed with soil as a fertilizer. Click here to learn more about uses for the Ecovim end product.