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Although we did not make the finals for The Australian Technology Competition we were still able to present and pitch at the ATC showcase. Our presentation was voted the most popular and we walked away with this great trophy.
We also produced a new video explaining how Enhanced Greenhousing works
This is our presentation
You are at home and you feel like a healthy snack.
You reach for the tomatoes in the fridge to have on a cracker. They are ripe and red and you take a bite.
Tasteless, furry. Not what you want a tomato to be.
That tomato was picked in South Australia, packed, refrigerated and moved onto a truck.
It took time, energy, refrigeration, fuel and approximately 1600 kilometres before it even reached the supermarket. Along the way its nutritional value was also compromised.
That tomatoes food miles are causing damage to the environment
But that is nothing compared to what it takes to get a Californian orange into your fruit bowl- it travels over 15,000 kilometres to get to you.
Chances are, the food you eat this week is more widely travelled than you are, and there are serious repercussions for the planet, the economy and your health.
The bottom line is agriculture and power generation combined are two of the greatest problems facing the future of humanity.
My name is Dijana Dawe and I am here today to tell you how something can be done about this.
I am the Business Development managed of Enesys- A sustainable technology, solutions and engineering company based in Melbourne
After working as an engineer in the coal and energy industry in the 1980s, our founder, John Norwood saw the future need for clean energy became frustrated by the inability of alternative energy to be commercialised.
He set about working on solutions to move away from our dependence on multi national energy providers and develop technologies for sustainability. Enesys ( Energy systems) was born.
Food production accounts for 30% of the worlds total energy consumption and 24% of total greenhouse gas emissions.
How will we generate enough food for the increasing global population when changing climates and volatile weather can destroy crops overnight?
If we are to feed the world by 2050 food yield actually needs to increase by up to 50%
At the same time,we need to decrease our dependence on burning fossil fuels for energy, which is damaging the planet and will run out eventually
How do we produce food that has real health benefits?
And how do we grow food where the people are…. In the cities?
We really need to think differently about all of it.
A report delivered by National Geographic declared that there are 5 things we need to do to ensure food security and sustainability for the future.
We need to
1.Reduce Agriculture’s footprint
2.Grow more on our existing farms
3.Use resources more efficiently
4.Shift diets away from meat
It’s a big ask, or is it?……..
Many years ago, John was struck by the synergies that exist between the sun, vegetable growth and organic decay.
His thinking went something like this”
Energy production creates carbon dioxide, heat and water that is being released into the atmosphere
Plants like CO2 heat and water and need it to grow
Organic decay from plants creates methane, produces nutrients water and CO2
Energy can be produced from methane
So what if you could fuel power generation from organic waste and supply heating, cooling, CO2
and nutrients and channel them into a greenhouse to enhance and extend vegetable growth…?
UNCONTROLLED WASTE STREAMS OF CONVENTIONAL POWER GENERATION ARE DAMAGING TO THE, ENVIRONMENT BUT WHEN THEY ARE CONTROLLED, THEY ARE EXACTLY WHAT A PLANT NEEDS TO THRIVE.
What if you could utilise the bi products of 2 destructive industries and merge them to become constructive, to consume each others waste and increase each others productivity and sustainability?
Contemporary Greenhouses or protected cropping systems- provide many solutions for our future food problems
They shield crops of unpredictable weather conditions and new technologies can increase yield and often decrease the need for pesticides.
The downside is that these energy consuming add on devices don’t share biological, thermal, mechanical or electrical synergies that are ecologically or economically sustainable
Growers complain that these technologies are expensive to install, control and maintain and often require technical expertise to run.
With escalating energy and waste management costs, achieving adequate energy reductions and ecologically sustainability os both difficult and expensive.
Now, lets take this greenhouse concept and think differently.
Imagine local food, clean energy and communities that are no longer reliant on multi nationals
Imagine communities being built around Enhanced Greenhouses where all our organic waste is directed away from landfill and instead being used to fuel greenhouses to supply food all year round.
Imagine clean energy being created and the excess being stored to be redirected for use elsewhere
What if commercial food growers could increase their yield without compromising the environment?
Imagine them being set up around cities, thereby reducing food miles and increasing the ability to produce food at any time in any climate
And what if the technology was fully integrated, efficient and affordable?
Could this utopia be a reality?
15 years of research went into developing packaged energy management transfer and storage systems.
These packaged systems are based on technological principles found in very large industrial processes, but are scaled down to a far more accessible level
Once they were in place, what was needed was smart, flexible, and IOT capable control
Meet CubeLink- this is the real smarts behind our technology ( Show cubelink)
CubeLink was the missing link that was needed to integrate, and manage all greenhouse technologies, energy storage and waste to energy systems such as co and tri generation and anaerobic digestion and interface it to a smart device to run it
With EG the potential is endless
Enhanced Greenhousing allows commercial food growers to become more competitive and increase that yield to supply our future food needs without compromising the environment and in fact they can supplement energy needs at the same time.
Imagine 10 story vertical Greenhousing placed within city communities that integrated new growing technologies. What if they incorporated waste to energy for power, with super smart control to make everything work as easily as following a drop down growth recipe menu on your smart phone?
What if developing nations could afford to place Enhanced Greenhouses amongst villages?
At Enesys we have the technology in our Enhanced Greenhouse system and we are doing everything we can to make this a reality.
We are a Melbourne based company looking to make a difference.
We are looking for synergistic partners so
come and talk to us if you would like to know more,
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let us know your ideas,
share your opportunities and help make this utopian dream a reality
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