EcoPlanet Bamboo Central America’s Rio Siquia plantation is currently testing a natural and sustainable approach to moving water across our Guadua bamboo plantation.
The sustainable water system uses the physical phenomenon of hydraulic shock. Hydraulic shock occurs when the pressure varies sharply from the fluid within a pipe, caused by the closure or opening of a tap, faucet or valve. During the abrupt fluctuation of the pressure, fluid flows along the pipe at a rate defined as the propagation of the shockwave.
A hydraulic motor, created from a hydraulic ram, uses the energy of a liquid, usually water, located at a elevated point such as the gap of a river, dam, canal or other storage or flow, with the aim of raising a portion of the water to a height greater than the first. This sustainable water system is able to pump a constant stream of water that runs continuously without the need for another energy source.
Once this system is fully in place, it will have the capacity to move 300 gallons of water per hour from the 4,500 gallon storage tank across our Guadua bamboo plantation to our central office.