This blog is currently attracting up to 800 visitors PER DAY from all corners of the world and I find it it extremely motivating, during my trials and tribulations, to know that a loyal band of readers are following my every move.
I’d thus like to invite you along for the next chapter of my Aquaponic Adventure. You are welcome to join as a casual reader, a commentator, a critic or even an equity partner.
The last three years of home and commercial aquaponic builds have been a great experience and together with extensive research into topics as diverse as composting and sun tracking, as well as building 7 large greenhouse tunnels for numerous clients, I feel that the time has come to put this all together into developing the ultimate, self-sustaining Aquaponic system. which I am initially calling, “One Earth”.
I don’t have the capital to pursue this dream, hence this post. What I need is an equity partner (or partners) to fund one years worth of research and the cost of building a pilot site incorporating all of the technology developed. In return, my partner (or partners) would own a share of the facility built, a share in the profits generated by this site, but more importantly, a share in the intellectual capital and/or patented processes and procedures developed during this period.
The idea is to build a system here in Knysna, South Africa, in a temperate climate and then later replicate it in a cold climate (say Alaska) and a warm climate (say the Philippines). Set out below is a rough brief of the system.
- It must use no grid-generated power (ie. renewable energy only) of which the whole system should use a maximum of 30KWh per day.
- It must use rain-scavenged water from the greenhouse structure as top up after the initial fillup. All internal condensation must also be preserved. New, unique systems must be developed to achieve this.
- Heating and cooling must be achieved by renewable means only. A unique compost heating system must be developed to achieve this. Solar heating must be optimised by new sun-tracking optimisation.
- New filtration systems, combining the best of existing aquaculture and aquaponic principles, must be developed and implemented.
- All ponds, raceways, growbeds and compost bins must be custom designed in-house and manufactured ourselves for patenting and future sale. Roto-moulding techniques will be used here.
- Plants will be grown in a mix of gravel, NFT systems and compost-based potting soils to optimise nutrient take-up for a variety of different vegetables and herbs, depending on their individual requirements.
- Stocking densities of fish will be ethical and provide the fish with sufficient space and stimulation.
- It must provide employment and training to local people, wherever it is built, as well as educate children and students from the local communities. Training courses in self-sustaining aquaponics could also be offered on-site.
- It must be able to be replicated in rural, urban or inner-city environments, with only minor modifications.
- The entire system, down to the smallest bolt and nut, must be able to fit into a normal shipping container for transport to any country in the world and assembly on site, by semi-skilled staff.
I am ready to start this project immediately and have found ideal land on a long lease to build the pilot system. I am prepared to offer all the experience and reasearch I have acquired to date, as well as 12 months of design, development and build time. I am looking for an equity partner with $200 000 to invest for a 50% share of this project.
Comment below if you are interested or email me privately at email@example.com
Cheers for now.