BiofuelsON closed-loop farming
Sustainable closed-loop green farming producing biodiesel and fertilizer. Ideal for rural areas. No external fuel or fertilizer is needed.
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Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)
Annual budget in 2017 (USD)
Number of beneficiaries impacted so far
Headquarters location: Country
Headquarters location: City
Gouritzmond and Cape Town
Location(s) of impact
South Africa: Cape Town
The outcome of final fertilizer results.
Also indication of total N.P.K that will be added into the soil (50% before planting and 50% with planting of crops). The fertilizer is about 80-90% organic.
See in blue the interesting outcome.
In winter rainfall areas, Canola and corn will have similar results.
This is a indication on a small 100 hectare farm in a dry area with about a yearly summer rainfall of 550 to 600mm.Working on very low to average yields turn such size farms into a profitable farm and small farms can compete with huge commercial farms.The 100 hectare farm is capable to produce 50,000 chickens,about 50,000 kg fertilizer and about 90,000 lit biodiesel that complete the close loop system and 80%self sustainable.Only seeds ( Sunflower and Maize) and chemicals (Biodiesel &Fertilzer)
Testing BiofuelsON fertilizer. The middle row is BiofuelsON fertilizer used in the closed-loop farming system.
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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?
Making small farms commercially viable
Promoting green ways of farming - reduce climate change
Better quality food produced (more organic type animal feed)
90% organic type fertilizer
Living sustainably, green and better quality food
Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?
Green sustainable farming for rural areas (small farms). It is a closed-loop farming system so almost nothing is wasted, as everything is reused.
1) Own fuel produced
2) Own fertilizer produced
3) Own chicken feed produced.
4) Selling chickens as final product (add value to maize and sunflower)
NOTE: GLYCEROL IS TOXIC FOR PLANTS- IT MUST FIRST GO THROUGH A PROCESS DEVELOPED BY BIOFUELSON
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work
Huge reduction in CO2 emissions by using biodiesel
Less surplus chemical fertilizers in rivers and water table - less chemical fertilizer will be used
Self-sustained closed-loop farming will uplift the rural people
Better quality of living
Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?
All own capital - no grants have been recieved
Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?
Most biodiesel producers concentrate only on fuel production and the sale of their waste (glycerol) to glycerin refineries. This is directly in competition with the food chain (food versus biofuel).
The BiofuelsON system concentrates on producing food and not on selling biofuels, therefore, there is no competition between food and fuel. Due to the closed-loop system where no waste is produced, and value is added to each chain, this system enables self-sustainable and green farming.
Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.
The realisation that you can sell your own fuel that you produced, added value to and used on your own farm, as well as get your fertilizer for free (combining your waste chicken manure and glycerol into fertilizer).
(Note that glycerol is toxic and cannot just be mixed with chicken manure)
Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?
Upon recommendation from others