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“We are all about environmental sustainability and fair natural resources management”

We are a non-profit entity created by EPS to contribute to environmental conservationand social development in the provinces where EPS operates.

We implement and collaborate with social, educational, and sustainability projects that help improve the quality of life of thousands of vulnerable Dominicans.

Our mission

Contribute to the socio-economic development of the country, as well as the sustainable management of the environment and natural resources.

Our vision

Becoming a leading organization in terms of environmental sustainability and social inclusivity by contributing to natural resource management programs, renewable energies projects, education initiatives, and encouraging the development of national/local/Dominican technologies.

Our values

  • Compassion
  • Fairness
  • Teamwork
  • Service
  • Environmental awareness

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DINO FRANCISCO MENICUCCI MOREL – CHAIRMAN:  Economist with over a decade of experience in national and international banking. He was co-founder of the EPS company in 1989, materializing his entrepreneurial ideas. His company is a pioneerin courier services in the Dominican Republic and maintains its leadership in the market after more than 30 years. Mr. Dino has always shown immense social sensitivity and concern for selflessly helping those who need it most.

VIRGILIO MALAGON ÁLVAREZ – VICE PRESIDENT

PAULO GERALDO HERRERA MALUF – TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

PABLO ANTONIO VIÑAS GUZMÁN – SECRETARY

JAIME ALFONSO MORENO PORTALATÍN – TREASURER

 

“Our work is perfectly aligned to help achieve the SDGs”.

Every project we develop is aimed at achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals that better resonate with our organization:

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  3. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all
  4. Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all
  5. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  6. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable
  7. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  8. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  9. Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

OUR PROJECTS

The Dino Menicucci Foundation currently sponsors clean and sustainable energy projects, with technologies created and manufactured in the Dominican Republic, promoting initiatives of:

  • Sustainable management of natural resources
  • Prevention of deforestation in favor of water conservatio
  • Charging stations to promote electric mobility

1. SUNAGE: ULTRA-EFFICIENT ELECTRIC STOVE

This project seeks to implement a technology developed by the Dominican company Reenergy, which will make an impact in remote communities. It consists of a system of ultra-efficient electric stoves that use approximately 15% of the energy that traditional electric stovesneed.

With this project, the Dino Menicucci Foundation wants to provide a solution to vulnerable communities to improve their quality of life. Furthermore, the organization wants to provide financial resources for the installation of a full housing model powered by solar energy, which will ensure the reduction of tree felling in the area by eliminating the use offirewood and charcoal for cooking.

One of the priorities of the initiative isto improve the health of residents inthe local community of Sonadorcito, located in the province of MonseñorNouel, by decreasing cases of respiratory diseases related to direct smoke exposure and injuries caused by heavy lifting and handling of wood.

It should be noted that Sonadorcito was chosen because the village is currently not part of any electrical circuit or network. This is also the reason why the foundation hopes to complete this first stage of the project by December 2022.

In the first phase, the foundation will be able to benefit 15 families with the Sunage system that includes: one ultra-efficient electric stove, one solar panel, one charge regulator, one battery pack, five light bulbs, and one fan for each family.

The cost of eachsystem unit is around US$1,000.00, which will be fully covered by the Dino Menicucci Foundation, which hopes to be able to replicate this model in other communities that also need it.

The issue in numbers:

Nearly 40% of cooking energy comes from firewood and charcoal

14% of Dominican homes cook with firewood or charcoal.

More than 500 million homes in the world cook with charcoal or firewood

Nearly 4 million people die each year from health conditions resulting from the use of charcoal or firewood for cooking

In 2018, 2.7% of Dominican homes were not connected to an electrical circuit

 Advantages of the Sunage System

  • The system’s electric stove only uses 15% of what a conventional electric stove uses
  • The system provides enough energy to cook for 4 hours
  • Sunage is easy to manufacture, assemble, and maintain, and is manufactured locally in the DR
  • It is aligned to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • The system works with or without electricity in the home

 Benefits for the environment

Prevents 2,910 pounds of wood from being burned annually:

2,910 pounds = felling 6 trees of 20 cm (8 inches) in diameter

1 year of use = 10 years for nature to replenish the resources

Prevents 2,059.2 Kg of CO2 of emissions from contaminating the atmosphere per year by not cooking with firewood

The installation of 5,000 systems prevents the felling of 30,000 trees each year
Stops the emission of 10,296 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year

 

ULTRA-FAST ELECTRIC VEHICLE CARGING STATION

At the Dino Menicucci Foundation, we promote the development of an ultra-fast charging technology that allows electric vehicle batteries to be charged from 0 to 100% capacity in less than 10 minutes.

This technology allows lead-acid and lithium batteries to be charged, being the key to the development of electric mobility based on both lithium and lead in the Dominican Republic.

The Dino Menicucci Foundation supports the development of new technologies in ​​renewable energy, electric mobility, and energy efficiency, with the support of the National Innovation Policy 2030 of the Presidency of the Dominican Republic.

The technology sponsored by the Foundation solves one of the main issues stalling electric mobility: charging time; making this process very similar to that of a traditional vehicle, something that would promote the country’s transition to electric mobility.

As part of our commitment, the EPS headquarters in Naco will have a pilot station for ultra-fast battery charging with thisDominican innovation.

The issue

  • 100% electric cars have not been accompanied by a massive and effective installation of public chargers
  • The long time it takes to charge an electric vehicle from 0 to 100%
  • High prices for electric cars
  • The low autonomy of the battery of this type of vehicle.

Advantages of this technology

  • Makes the transition from internal combustion vehicles to electric vehicles viable
  • It can make electric vehicles lower their prices
  • Fast charging from 0 to 100% in electric cars
  • The electric motor can harness up to 90% of the energy it can generate
  • Electric cars reduce greenhouse gas emissions

 

Media Inquiries. Please contact:

Ivania Diaz

Phone number:  809-540-4005 ext. 229

Mail:  idiaz@eps-int.com

Web: https://www.eps.com.do/Fundacion-Dino-Menicucci.pdf