Bioremediation of contaminated soils using bacteria in the Atacama Desert, automation of welding processes in the mining sector and the creation of mobile photovoltaic panels, among other projects, won the Second Innovative Ideas and Research Contest held by the Universidad de Antofagasta.
Academics and students worked together to create the different systems and they will receive close to US$155,000, distributed equally among the victorious initiatives. The funds come from the Innovation Fund for Competitiveness (FIC), which is sustained with money from the Specific Mining Tax.
The contest jury was comprised of representatives of the Regional Productive Development Agency (A.R.D.P.A), Incuba2 and the Regional Government, in addition to the university’s research director Carlos Riquelme and Carlos Araya, in charge of the Technology Transfer Unit.
Other initiatives rewarded
In addition to the aforementioned projects, the research projects “Cloning of the LHRH hormone in Conchalepas Concholepas (‘Loco’)” and the program entitled “Strengthening of molecular skills applied to the food industry: Characterization and recombinant production of amylases with a potential use in the food industry” will receive financing.
Meanwhile, in the engineering area the ideas “Frequency variators according to fluid specifications in ducts” and “Recognition of vehicle license plates and access control at the access to Campus Coloso” were selected, among others.