The EcoVillage Concept

In a city as big as Bangkok – which has been Thailand’s capital city for over 220 years – its momentum can often steamroll right over innovative ideas or new ways of thinking that go against what has been the status quo for centuries. Plans for environmentally sustainable living fall under this classification, but there are a few bright lights in this field that are slowly introducing ground-breaking technology and cutting-edge ideas with the potential for massive change.

Khun Piriyathep Kanchanadul is one of those who is working to bring these new realities to Thailand. With degrees in Natural Gas and Chemical Engineering and a background in fields as varied as solar energy and politics, he is now the Operations Director at Cellennium Thailand, the sole licensee in Thailand for vanadium fuel cells, which offer massive advantages over traditional batteries in the areas of down-time, storage capacity, and recharge capabilities.

For our inaugural Bangkok Scientifique meeting, Khun Piriyathep has kindly agreed to speak on “The EcoVillage concept: A proper approach to human habitat development in cooperation and in synergy with the natural environment.” The goal is to one day provide a solid framework of sustainability and resilience by decoupling food production from fossil fuels and running transportation entirely off of renewable energy sources.

Khun Piriyathep will go into detail about how this future is possible with a bit of advance planning and by using technology we already have at our disposal, and discuss the vast and long-term benefits on any community that has the foresight to see a better future for us all.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    The concept and the talk was interesting. Unfortunately, the slides on small screen TV were hard to see from back of the room. I wonder if it would have been more useful if we allotted more times for mingling with the speaker(s) after the talk for livelier discussion.

    January 30, 2012

  • Ruxo Z.

    The topic wasn't in my interest on the first place so I have no comment for the topic. But the session should have been better if it was presented more like a discussion group than a study class, so I think the QA section was the best part :)

    January 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome first meeting! Interesting a varied crowd, impressive first speakers, and an overall "nice vibe". The presentation was a bit on the dry side, and I found that some of the "facts" stated failed my quick "fact checking" (i.e. Phosphorous supplies running out in 20 years!?). I enjoyed the discussion after the presentation, where some of the scientists involved in the actual research had a chance to speak. The questions posed by the audience were pointed and skeptical--as they should be, when questioning people who claim to have a revolutionary product. I think most of the audience wanted more details on how the actual technology and systems worked, and less emphasis Some suggestions: A few "discussion questions" might help people mingle a bit more. Name-tags, while painful, are always helpful in situations like this. And consider a microphone!

    January 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    amazing to get 35 people on a first Meetup event!!

    January 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    For people who want to know more about the venue :

    January 23, 2012

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