70 years of innovation
we started the production of the first formwork panel with a single polyurethane high pressure perimeter edge protection
Start of the project “Formwork panel all-round edge protection”
Energy Saving: In addition to thermal autonomy, photovoltaic produces electric power.
Project C.F.P. Collaboration with northern America market.
New plastic overlay
Patent for panel with L edge for metallic frameworks WO/2005/064099
IES team foundation
Beginning of the production of three layers panel
Beginning of the production of blockboard panel
Foundation of Pasotti carpentry
The University of Georgia has developed a technique to use little pieces of wood as fuel for an explosion engine. It is the first time that a wood derivate has been transformed in normal fuel. (Energy and Fuels)
Thanks to a collaboration between Virginia Technical Institute and , the technological University based in Georgia and the American national laboratory Oak Ridge a new technique to get hydrogen directly from wood has been developed. The researchers selected 13 enzymes which can extract the desired hydrogen from starch and cellulose by getting it from polysaccharides used by the plant to store energy or to build its supporting parts. The reaction occurs at a temperature of 30° C and atmospheric pressure.
Photosynthesis is the process by which plants convert solar energy into chemical energy. In the presence of visible light, carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H20) are transformed into glucose and O2 during a complex series of chemical reactions. Researchers at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CNRS) developed a biofuel cell that functions using the products of photosynthesis (glucose and O2) and is made up of two enzyme-modified electrodes. The cell was then inserted in a living plant, in this case a cactus. Once the electrodes, highly sensitive to O2 and glucose, had been implanted in the cactus leaf, the scientists succeeded in monitoring the real-time course of photosynthesis in vivo. They were able to observe an increase in electrical current when a desk lamp was switched on, and a reduction when it was switched off. During these experiments, the scientists were also able to make the first ever observation of the real-time course of glucose levels during photosynthesis. This method could offer a new means of better understanding the mechanisms of photosynthesis. Furthermore, the researchers showed that a biofuel cell inserted in a cactus leaf could generate power of 9 W per cm2. Because this yield was proportional to light intensity, stronger illumination accelerated the production of glucose and O2 (photosynthesis), so more fuel was available to operate the cell. In the future, this system could ultimately form the basis for a new strategy for the environmentally-friendly and renewable transformation of solar energy into electrical energy. (Victoria Flexer, Nicolas Mano, Analytical Chemistry)
Leif Kullman, botanist at the Umea University based in Sweden has recently dated a red spruce of 8.000 years. The botanist explains “we have found the group of plants in the central Sweden, in a place that casually wasn’t involved in cutting operations regarding the regional forests. Among effected studies using carbon 14 we have dated the oldest roots of one of the trees and unexpectedly we learnt that they are 8.000 years old. This discovery states that this tree, and probably the group it belongs to, is the oldest living organism nowadays known”. Until now, the oldest tree known by botanists was “Mathusalem”, a Bristlecone pine, about 5.000 years old. Other monumental trees, thousand of years old, are known in Iran, where a cypress is 4.000 years old, in Chile where another similar tree is 3.600 years old. 2-3.000 years old trees are innumerable and existing in the whole world. In Italy, the counting of monumental trees has been realized by the Public forest Ranger staff which has found about 150 units. Through this operation we found out that the oldest tree of Italy, an oleaster, is about 3.000 years old. (La Repubblica)
Plants are always growing upwards. Now we know why. Two teams leaded by Justyna Wisniewska of the polish biological institute based in Torun and by Jan Petrasek of the Science Academic based in Prag have proved how a group f proteins called PIN help the roots to singling out the direction of the gravitational field. As a matter of fact they bring out the flow direction of the vegetable hormone “auxina” which also influences the plants growing up and the correct roots orientation. (Science)
There are no fair winds for a sailor that doesn’t know where to go.Seneca
Good timber does not grow easily: plus the wind is strong, more robust is the tree.W. Marriot
Anything that we have to learn to do, we learn by actually doing it.Aristotele
To help a man against his will is like killing him.Orazio
It’s not the strongest of the species that survives nor the most intelligent, It is the one that is the most capable.Darwin
Even the most erudite mind has something to learn.Santi
Sometimes the heart sees what the eyes cannot.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.T. Edison
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open your mouth and prove it.Wilde
Agnostic is someone who doesn’t believe in anything but expects others to believe in him.Pollard
It takes your whole life to understand that you don’t need to understand everything.
Even a stopped watch is right twice a day.Hesse