Biofuels generated from farmed algae.
An investment into South Africa’s goal of net zero CO2 emissions and rural communities’ development.
3rd Generation Biofuels
Pioneering a consumer ready net zero CO2 alternative to fossil fuels, that does not require investment into transport infrastructure. Our fuels require no changes to engines nor the distribution network.
Counteracting ocean acidification and enriching the water with O2.
Government mandated take off through refineries.
No investment by consumer required.
No impact on food producing land.
Combining well established technologies.
Can be established in rural coastal regions.
Can be built neighbouring a CO2 emitter and scrub their CO2.
Providing sustainable income to left-behind communities otherwise resorting to poaching of marine resources.
Profitable without subsidies.
Government mandated take off through refineries.
Can be duplicated in various countries around the world.
Fully circular system, to minimise OPEX and increase yields.
No IP / patent fees.
Various potential additional income streams.
Combating ocean acidification.
Combating poaching by providing sustainable job opportunities in rural, impoverished communities.
Combating climate change by replacing fossil fuels, saving 40kt CO2e per annum.
No impact on food production.
No destruction of high value habitats.
No risk of introducing alien species.
A range of other industries can directly benefit from our production. These synergy potentials offer the opportunity to create production hubs in rural areas, which do not otherwise have access to good infrastructure. Sectors with synergy potential are:
Fish farms using excess production as feed or filtering their effluents through our farm.
Pharma and cosmetics that increasingly use components extracted from algae.
Farmers using by-products as fertilizer.
Food processing companies consuming fresh algae.
O&G companies improving their CO2 footprint.
The soft drink or brewing industry using our kosher and halal CO2.
Factories / powerplants with CO2 scrubbing systems can filter the CO2 from their scrubbing water in our farm.
Hydroponics farms in digestate.
We are committed to fair salaries, providing sustainable jobs to local, rural communities, allowing our employees to provide for their families with other means than poaching.
Not only will our fair salaries allow for decent living, our project provides the opportunity to include hydroponic farming as well as the harvest of the algae itself as a food source.
Reduced emissions, less sulphur from burning fossil diesel but also: direct income means better access to health care and prevention.
We will up-skill our employees from local labour force to the required levels and will aim to improve their education where possible.
We are committed to following a stringent GESI plan.
This is the core of our business.
We are striving to make a change. This includes offering opportunities to people that are otherwise excluded and still pay them fairly, not exploiting them. The project has been designed to be duplicated in many places around the world.
Not only is our project innovative and allows the entire oil and gas sector to turn net zero in a short amount of time, while making use of its existing infrastructure. Where our project is installed, it can kickstart a range of other companies, which can make use of our by product.
We are going to bring sustainable jobs to left behind rural communities (for instance West Coast, South Africa). Where labour shortage exists, we can easily modify the project with a higher automatization rate to avoid the requirement for migrant workers.
Our project can act as catalyst for setting up a range of other businesses in the direct vicinity of our project site, providing energy and input materials.
At single size (without upscaling or duplication) our output can replace 15million litres of biodiesel per year, saving as much as 40k t CO2e.
The algae farm consumes the CO2 that is dissolved in the intake water. In turn it actively combats ocean acidification.
We selected sites with very low or no natural habitat value. Ranging from exploited beach mines, over salines, to desert coasts.
This is an indirect result of better equality amongst all citizens, better access to education and food.
We are actively looking for partners to achieve our goals with us.
Pitch Competition Second Place Winner.
The French Embassy in SA sponsored prizes for the OIA 2021 #PitchCompetition! Six #Startups from South Africa, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Kenya were shortlisted from over 60 entries to pitch to the live audience of key #BlueEconomy stakeholders at #OIA2021, moderated by Herland CERVEAUX from OceanHub Africa
Our founding team comprises of 4 individuals who all have a long standing history of realising projects successfully. Each member is bringing a unique and focussed skillset, totalling in excess of 80 years of professional development.
Business and People Management
Engineer and Project Manager
Bas de Vos
PdD candidate for marine aqua farming
Director of Reliance Capital