"Die Eerste bewyse dat die dakverf ´n noemenswaardige verskil maak
aan die temperatuur in die stoor. Die stoor is ongeveer op 13 of 14
Januarie geverf.

Die grafiek hieronder aangeheg (ook in die Excell sigblad) stel voor die
logger temperature (gemmeet binne ´n karton met wyn) wat elke 30
minute geneem is (blou) en die maksimum dagtemperature wat by
Nietvoorbij aangeteken is vir elke dag vanaf 5 Desember tot 22 Januarie.

Let op dat die maksimum temp-eratuur binne in die stoor fetlik elke dag die buite temperatuur oorskry het met tussen 3 en 8°C totdat die verf aangewend is en toe is die verskil sowat 4 tot 6° C meer aan die buitenkant. Die "claim" van 10°C verskil kan met reg deur die
verskaffers gemaak word as gekyk word na die beperkte hoeveelheid
data wat tans beskikbaar is.

´n Ander interessantheid is dat die periode van daaglikse maksimum
temperatuur binne die karton verskuif van +- 13h00 – 14h00 tot 17h00– 18h00.

Die verf laat definitief ´n afplattingvan die maksimum temperatuur en ´n vertraging in die bereiking van die temp. piek."

Riël Tredoux

Research Oenologist / Navorsingwynkundige
Distell PO Box 184 STELLENBOSH 7599 South Africa



28 June 2010: Another 32,400 litres of Ceratech exported to Botswana

A Superlink rig loaded with 30 tons of CERATECH

CERATECH COATINGS (Africa) (Pty) Ltd has just completed the export of 162 drums (32 400 litres) of CERATECH Thermal Barrier Coating to their distributor in Botswana.

The Botswana government is building a number of factories and warehouses in order to attract investors and entrepreneurs to Gaborone and they decided to use CERATECH to insulate the buildings against the fierce heat of summer.

They are coating the roofs and the walls of the steel structures. The power supply in Botswana is erratic and they are insulating the buildings in order to eliminate, or reduce, the need for air-conditioning.

CERATECH Thermal Barrier Coatings is the safe alternative to under-roof insulation. Cheaper, easier to install and poses no fire risk.


17 June 2010: Painting the World White

Peru inventor's radical approach: Whitewashing Peaks to replenish ice lost through melting.

Article from BBC News, Ayacucho
Photos credited to CNN

It is the first experimental step in an innovative plan to recuperate Peru's disappearing Andean glaciers.

The World Bank clearly believes the idea - the brainchild of 55-year-old Peruvian inventor, Eduardo Gold - has merit as it was one of the 26 winners from around 1,700 submissions in the "100 Ideas to Save the Planet" competition at the end of 2009. Mr Gold, who has no scientific qualifications but has studiously read up on glaciology, is enthused that the time has come to put his theory into practice. Although he is yet to receive the $200,000 (£135,000) awarded by the World Bank, his pilot project is already underway on the Chalon Sombrero peak, 4,756 metres above sea level, in an area some 100km west of the regional capital of Ayacucho. The area has long been denuded of its snowy, white peaks.

Four men from Licapa, the village which lies further down the valley, don boiler suits and mix the paint from three simple and environmentally-friendly ingredients: lime, industrial egg white and water. The mixture which has been used since Peru's colonial times. There are no paint brushes, the workers use jugs to splash the whitewash onto the loose rocks around the summit. It is a laborious process but they have whitewashed two hectares in two weeks. They plan is to paint the whole summit, then in due course, two other peaks totalling overall some 70 hectares.

Mr Gold may not be a scientist but his idea is based on the simple scientific principle that when sunlight is reflected off a white or light-coloured surface, solar energy passes back through the atmosphere and out into space, rather than warming the Earth's surface.

The US Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, has endorsed a similar idea using white roofs in the United States - possibly more pragmatic than painting mountains. Changing the albedo (a measure of how strongly an object reflects light) of the rock surface, would bring about a cooling of the peak's surface, says Mr Gold, which in turn would generate a cold micro-climate around the peak. Snow on the slopes of Chalon Sombrero Real snow on Chalon Sombrero - not paint

They are hopeful that they can re-grow a glacier here because they would be recreating all the climatic conditions necessary for a glacier to form. The 900-strong population of Licapa, the village which depends on Chalon Sombrero for its water supply, did not think twice about accepting Mr Gold's proposal and the funding it would bring.

"When I was around 15-20 years old, Chalon Sombrero was a big glacier, all white, then little by little it started to melt," says 65-year-old Pablo Parco, who is one of the project's supporters. Forty years on and the river's never been lower, the nights are very cold and the days are unbearably hot. It wasn't like this when I was growing up... it was always bearable. So we're happy to see this project to paint the mountain. I can tell you this morning there was snow on the ground, something we rarely see. Up here we live from our animals, up here there's no work, there's no crops, when there's less water, there's less pasture and that means less livestock."

In Peru, home to more than 70% of the world's tropical glaciers, global warming has already melted away 22% of them in the last 30 years, according to a World Bank report of 2009. Pablo Parco Pablo Parco remembers when there was a glacier where he's sitting. The remaining glaciers could disappear in 20 years if measures are not taken to mitigate climate change, it adds. The impact would go way beyond Andean communities, with dramatic consequences for the water supply on Peru's populous coast and hydroelectric power.


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