How to create value out of sand surplus from the Brahmaputra river

Last 6 months Martijn Otte and David van de Glind, civil engineering students at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, worked at GC on their thesis for a GC project in India. Their research focussed on how to create value out of sand surplus from the Brahmaputra river and use it for riverbank protection. They analysed the composition of the mixture, the production process and the optimal measurements of the bricks. Besides that they tested the bricks on erosion. The results were positive and are useful for GC projects in India and Vietnam. Martijn and David, we want to thank you both for the great results and wish you all the best in your further career. We also want to thank Hoffmann group for their support during the internship.  

Economic Mission Prime Minister Mark Rutte

Last week GCI was in Vietnam, as a member of the Economic Mission, part of the official visit by Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The mission was successful for GCI in Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City. Success that could only be achieved with excellent help of our partners: Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Netherlands Water Partnership, T&T Group, Upp!, Nijhuis, Royal IHC and AB Consult. We signed several MoUs, made new friends. Full steam ahead!

Fruitful visit to Malaysia!

GC has been in contact with Malaysia since 2013. We have paid regular visits to this marvelous country to strategize and discuss business approaches based on the triple helix model. We will keep on having these conversations in order to learn how the world is shifting gears. We admire their visionary approach for their national energy sector and together we discussed how this exact approach can be applied to other sectors of the country. Their openness, fast thinking mindset and willingness to cooperate is inspiring. In the weeks to come we will focus on a contract for strategic concept developments and options for public private partnerships. Malaysia is the place where GC’s puzzle-pieces fall into place.

Civil engineering students

In the following months Martijn Otte and David van de Glind will be part of GC’s team. Both Martijn and David are civil engineering students at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences. They will be working on their thesis for a project in India. During the next 6 months the students will dedicate their time to finding constructive solutions for the project. We wish Martijn and David the best of luck with their thesis!

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Waste to Wealth update India

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With the arrival of 2019 our Waste to Wealth projects are off to a flying start as important steps have been made in order for Nijhuis Industries and GC to cleanse the Hindon River. During our recent visit to the Hindon region we were succesful in tackling the complex challenge of finding land that is large enough for our Waste to Wealth facilities.

The complexity of this issue is linked to the fact that the already densely populated Hindon region continues to grow and urbanize at an incredible pace. We are receiving full support from local Indian governments in Ghaziabad and Muzaffarnagar as well as the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This is an important step within the process as it enables us to make rapid progress in establishing the first bankable Waste to Wealth projects.

Delegation of the Dutch Embassy

On Wednesday, the 17th of October, a delegation of the Dutch Embassy got acquainted with The Special Treat project. The Dutch Embassy delegation, led by the Deputy Head of Mission, was present at our presentation and joined us during the field visit.

We were also honoured by the Municipality Chief Executive of the Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipal Assembly and his staff for accompanying us during the visits to the project locations: Sanitation Blocks in the Nsawam Prison, Public Sanitation Block at the Nsawam market and the Waste Treatment site.

We are thankful that we had the possibility of sharing our ideas and showing the progress made.

Circular Economy Conference Vietnam

Together with the Dutch Embassy in Hanoi, NWP, the Ministery of Infrastructure and Trade, Natec and our consortium (NijhuisIndustries, Solveigh and GC International) a very well attended conference was organized about the impact of the Circular Economy developing integrated and DBFOM solutions to solve some of the most demanding challenges by adopting our unique Waste to Wealth approach to secure Vietnam resilient and circular water, safe and secure food, renewablee energy by turning Waste to Wealth.

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Foundation Help a Child

Recently, our colleague Robin Jaspers has worked with pleasure in name of GC Foundation on a series of infographics for the 50th anniversary of the Foundation Help a Child (NL: Red een Kind). Help a Child is a development organization that focuses on improving wellbeing of children in vulnerable communities. To achieve this, the foundation not only focuses on the child itself, but also on their families and their village. That approach is such that a village in 7 to 10 years improves in such a way that it can independently build further on a promising future for their children. The Foundation has evaluated its village program and the most important results of these evaluation has been depicted in infographics. View them here

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The Special Treat Project is making progress

Our Waste to Value project in Ghana, also called The Special Treat Project, is making progress. The purpose is to improve the living conditions through improved sanitation, the collection and treatment of waste and waste water and to effectively recover energy, nutrients and compost from residues. This is smart, certainly if you take into account this new way of generating energy creates new jobs. At this moment we are working with more than 50 local people on the several plants.

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