OUR TARGET MARKETS AND PROJECT LOCATIONS
In the United States and Europe
- We’re showcasing ECOPONEX™ at a growing number of places around the world. California, New Mexico and the Netherlands are where it is happening.
- In these locations our REEF facilities are carefully thought out. They will serve as models to solve local problems over food, energy and water security and supply for the inner-city, rural communities and large livestock farming operations (e.g dairies, beef, swine, poultry).
- We work with the available resources. We hire and train local people. We collaborate with major universities and local/state governments.
- We help create an abundant economy that is sustainable and resilient.
United States and Europe
With our focus on:
- Rural communities
- Large dairy and hog farms
We have identified key target market locations in CALIFORNIA, NEW MEXICO & THE NETHERLANDS to develop model reef projects as the first wave of development
Other Target Markets
Making a difference in:
- Major Universities
- Military Bases
- Destination Resorts
- National Parks
- Island Nations
These are locations with concentrated populations and urban infrastructure
New Mexico Urban REEF Project
WELCOME TO THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT. IN THE HISTORIC CITY OF SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, WE ARE DEVELOPING SEVERAL REEF FACILITIES THAT WILL SERVE AS A MODEL FOR URBAN COMMUNITIES.
The project will be developed in two phases with a “Micro-REEF facility” being first developed in Phase 1 to demonstrate the Ecoponex technology platform. A full scale urban REEF will be developed in Phase 2 that will serve the needs of the community for healthy fresh food and energy. Both facilities will be developed and operated in collaboration with the Santa Fe Community College on built on land owned by them.
New Mexico REEF Model
The Micro-REEF project will demonstrate an innovative, closed-loop, controlled-environment cultivation system developed by Ecoponex. It will locally produce healthy fresh food including fish, herbs and vegetables along with a high value algae product for the nutraceutical market. The closed-loop system accomplishes this with an integrated platform of proven and emerging technologies where the output of “upstream” processes become the input to “downstream” processes without loss, inefficiency or discharge to the environment.
The REEF project will also demonstrate how the community of Santa Fe can “close the local food waste and energy loop”. Whereby, food wastes from local public schools and restaurants are collected and then converted into methane-rich biogas using an advanced anaerobic digester technology. The biogas will be used as fuel to cogenerate electricity and heat for the REEF facility(s) and the CO2 and nutrients will be recovered and recycled within the REEF to enhance the growth food crops and algae. In turn the freshly harvested food crops will be shipped back to the same public schools and restaurants that supplied the organic food waste. Thus the local food-waste-energy loop is closed, making the community of Santa Fe one of the very first in the world to do so.
Central Valley of California
THE CENTRAL VALLEY OF CALIFORNIA BOASTS TO HAVE THE LARGEST AND MOST PRODUCTIVE DAIRY INDUSTRIES IN THE WORLD. THE VALLEY, THAT WAS ONCE A DESERT, IS ALSO EXPERIENCING THE WORST DROUGHT IN RECORDED HISTORY THAT IS THREATENING IS VERY EXISTANCE OF DAIRY FARMS. ECOPONEX HAS A SOLUTION NOT ONLY TO HELP IT SURVIVE, BUT THRIVE.
- Here, in California, our bio-technology is redefining the way the worlds eats, drinks and consumes energy. We have developed the next generation of “green”, where we grow organically, make super-efficient use of water and create the renewable energy to power the whole thing.
- Our California development is fine tuning tomorrow’s supply of food, clean water and renewable energy.
- Advancing Food Security through Science, Technology and Innovation to FEED THE FUTURE.
Dairy REEF Model
California is experiencing historical record drought conditions that are causing severe water shortages and increased wild land fire danger with associated catastrophic floods when it does rain. Particularly hard hit is the Central Valley of California where reservoirs, farmland and orchards are drying up.
Use of ground water has dramatically increased as new wells are drilled and old wells go dry. This raises salinity levels that are toxic to crops as wells have to go deeper and deeper into the perched water zone that is higher in salt content. As a result the ground below the Central Valley is sinking where in some places the land is dropping several feet or more.
Dairy farms specifically are struggling to supply irrigation water for feed crops and drinking water for cattle. This dire situation in turn is reducing the availability of local feed supplies, which is causing a significant increase in cost of cattle feed. The cost of fertilizer is also rising as is the expense of managing manure wastes from over 1.7 million dairy cattle that produce over 37 million tons per year. When spread over cropland, this manure over saturates the ground with nitrogen and phosphorus causing water pollution and noxious odors that reduce air quality below allowable limits.
The compounding effect of these problems is that in many areas dairy farms are simply closing. Which along with other farm closures, the impact is the loss of tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars to local economies. Even with anticipated rains and snow in the Sierra Mountain range from a strong but temporary El Nino cycle, the trend is expected to worsen given the prediction of a “mega-drought” that could last up to 40-years. The consequence of these converging environmental and economic factors is threatening the very survivability and existence of the dairy industry, as well as the long-term sustainability of agriculture as a whole in the Central Valley.
As a powerful new solution to this water crisis affecting California’s dairy industry, Ecoponex has developed a far-reaching Dairy REEF model that could help it not only survive, but thrive. There is potential for huge beneficial impacts with implementation of our Dairy REEF model. These impact include:
- • On-site supply of 50%+ of super nutritious concentrate and forage cattle feed without using soil 70%+/- savings of irrigation water.
- • Conserving 50%+/- of irrigated farmland.
- • 100%+ generation of positive net renewable energy with carbon negative sequestration using solar thermal and biogas fuel energy.
- • 75% total savings of petroleum based fertilizers with 50% savings of N and 30% savings on P on cropland.
- • 20% to 30% increase in yield of crops grown in soil.
- • 200-400% increase in fertility of remaining cropland.
- • 10% to 20% savings of existing energy use through advanced efficiency measures.
- • Closes the feed-water-waste-energy loop.
- • Significantly reduces overall environmental and carbon footprint.
Living Learning Laboratories
for Community Colleges and Universities
- IMAGINE A “LIVING LEARNING LABORATORY” WHERE STUDENTS STUDY A WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTS FROM CHEMISTRY, BIOLOGY, MATH AND ECONOMICS AS AN INTEGRATED CIRRICULA.
- That is the vision for Ecoponex for its Urban REEF project with the Santa Fe Community College. It will become a place where students learn in the real world while we train our future employees. We create opportunities for faculty and students to do research.
- It is also a place where we create opportunities for disadvantaged members of our community including unemployed veterans, Native Americans, the handicapped and disabled, and formerly incarcerated.