Studies

Environmental impact studies, expertise in the water field (industries, local authorities, etc.), project management, drinking water and wastewater treatment, Master Plan for drinking water supply and sanitation, technical audits, assessments (hydrology, process engineering, ecology), bibliographic studies, regulatory monitoring, environmental law, etc.

 

Consultancy and training

Technical counseling for companies, assistance for putting together the subsidy and the Research Tax Credit application files, technical assistance to Guyanese local authorities.

NBC propose a large offer of services. For example water pipe inspection.

 

Applied research

Implementation of R&D programs for companies, coordination of scientific programs in the water and environment field, publications, editions, scientific coordinator, etc.

We also carry out innovations in the water treatment and fishkeeping field (optimization of the slow retro-filtration (RFL) process – see the project presented in the image below: RFL mechanical iron removal in a rural environment -, sanitation, “activated carbon” programs, “microbiological study of activated sludge in tropical environments”, biomonitoring of air quality with bees, fishkeeping equipment “Gymno’com, Gymnopearl”).

We have a strong patent filing policy. We conduct research projects leading to realizations (patent, technology transfer, prototypes, etc.). For this, we work with companies and universities. For that matter, we currently have an agreement with the University of the Antilles and the Quisqueya University of Port au Prince.

We are working on a new prototype in the context of the biomonitoring of air quality with bees, in close partnership with APILAB: a pollution warning sensor based upon the Guyanese Melipona bees. The process is called “MELIALERTE”.  On this subject, we compared our data with those of the classical monitoring station of the French Guyana Regional Observatory of Air (ORA). This second program is conducted in partnership with the ORA and the Ciments Guyanais company (ARGOS group) who is interested in this new technology as part of its self-monitoring of particulate emissions. A 2015-2016 monitoring program is currently underway. Our results show, on the one hand, that the Guyanese Melipona are very good candidates for biomonitoring air quality (“comb” effect excellent for collecting particles, and besides they do not sting!). On the other hand we were able to highlight very fine particles of anthropogenic and natural origin. Regarding this last point, and as surprising as it may seem, our stingless bees collected Sahara sand in large quantities. Watch this next film that explains this incredible phenomenon of the impact of the Sahara on the Amazon, which we can follow with our Guyanese bees. Click on this link to watch: NASA FILM

 

We also participated in a European LIFE program (Project LIFE08ENV/F/000488-IMCM) along with local councils of France and the DOM, the INRA and Universities. NBC’s involvement is summarized in the following document, downloadable by clicking on this link: LIFE. We will also participate in the symposium (October 2013) in Montpellier: details downloadable on the following link: LIFE SYMPOSIUM 2013

One of these R&D projects, the most publicized, is patent n°FR0608544, the GYMNO'COM. This is a fun equipment for the fishkeeping and the internet world, consisting in making electric fish talk and remotely monitor the evolution of its aquarium by wifi (physico-chemistry of the water, view of the aquarium by webcam, alerts given by the electric fish, etc.). The system is thus connected to a wifi module to multiply the features and captivate the user. A web 2.0 platform was developed by the Gymnokidi company. NBC made a very successful prototype, whose design is signed by Elizabeth GAROUSTE. The GYMNO’COM (commercial name) is currently industrialized. This NBC project was sponsored by OSEO ANVAR through a repayable advance of 43 000 € (fully repaid in 2009) and was the subject of a spin-off to the Gymnokidi company. The following two videos show the NBC project and the industrial development in progress.

 

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