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Energy Globe Award

With more than 187 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Albania 2019

Submitted by: EcoGrid Ltd
Ministry of Defense- Albanian roadway

Roadways are often affected by heavy rainfall which constantly washes away the existing stone, making it difficult for vehicles to move on the road. EcoGrid’s E50 ground stabilization and retention grid system not only acted as retention for stone, eliminating stone loss but reduced ground erosion whilst also allowing rainwater to replenish the natural water table through the fully permeable surface structure. The grid system is made from 100% recycled plastics and is manufactured with a zero carbon footprint which coupled with its ease of installation contributed to a highly effective sustainable surfacing solution

Initial situation
Heavy rainfalls were constantly washing away existing stones on the roadway to the Ministry of Defense, Albania, leaving it in dire need maintenance and repair. Minimal ground preparation was required before the Ecogrid product was laid over a short 4 day period from start to finish with an average of 150sqm of the grid being laid per man per day.

Solution
The system is a simple high loading permeable, interlocking ground reinforcement system that assists in the management of flood/rainwater. EcoGrid's E50 ground stabilization and retention grid system not only acts as retention for stones, eliminates stone loss, but reduced ground erosion whilst also allowing rainwater to replenish the natural water table through the fully permeable surface structure. The technology is within the design of the EcoGrid which is tested to withstand up to 1000 tones when loaded and has a unique and innovative locking system that sets the grid above any other grid system

Innovation
The grid system is made from 100% recycled plastics and is manufactured with a zero carbon footprint which coupled with its ease of installation contributed to a highly effective sustainable surfacing solution for the roadway in Albania. In addition, the grid design itself with its unique locking system and unrivaled accessories allows for greater design potential such as curving pieces to allow for curve creation.




Capital: Tirana
Official language: Albanian
Total area: 28.748 km²
Population: 2.831.741
GDP/Capita/Year: $4.131
Source: Wikipedia 2012