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The Revolutionary Tech That’s Turning Waste Into Energy

The $150-billion organic food industry has a major fertilizer problem that could hinder its growth.

Massive livestock operations from Europe to North America have an even bigger problem: They’re producing catastrophic volumes of polluting waste they have nowhere to put, and it’s a damage-control cost they have to deal with. 

The solution to both will have to come from the tech world, and that crossroads of opportunity where farming, fertilizer, and low carbon energy could finally meet. 

CSE:ERTH; OTC:VVIVD), which is now preparing to showcase a new, patented technology that helps solve both of these problems, while generating its own electricity along the way for added revenue. 

The patented technology turns livestock waste–a critical environmental problem–into a new organic fertilizer that hopes to change the game for the flourishing, $150-billion organic farming industry. 

That alone would be fantastic …

But EarthRenew also plans to use the waste heat from its electricity production using natural gas to generate more electricity. That electricity is then used in its own fertilizer operations, with the surplus intended to be sold to the grid in an additional revenue stream. In fact, in January alone, EarthRenew raked in $100,000 just selling natural gas fired power to Alberta’s grid. 

That makes this a low-cost operation: They are producing their own electricity, and most of the raw material for their patented new fertilizer process is free for the picking because EarthRenew’s processing plant at Strathmore, in Calgary, sits on a 25,000-head cattle farm. 

all about modularity. That means they can provide livestock operators with their own scalable facilities to turn a massive–and expensive–manure problem into an electricity-generating cost-saver. ” data-reactid=”20″>The coup de grace is this: EarthRenew’s tech solutions are all about modularity. That means they can provide livestock operators with their own scalable facilities to turn a massive–and expensive–manure problem into an electricity-generating cost-saver. 

meet the insatiable needs of the market, but the waste from these operations is also an environmental and logistics concern.” data-reactid=”22″>Livestock production continues to expand to meet the insatiable needs of the market, but the waste from these operations is also an environmental and logistics concern.

Farmers from America to Europe have massive herds of cattle that produce huge volumes of manure which contains levels of phosphorus that end up rivaling the worst of our carbon emissions. That phosphorus also gets into our groundwater and pollutes our waterways extensively. 

1.8 million cows that have been producing so much waste—with nowhere to put it–that farmers were resorting to illegal methods to get rid of it. It raised major alarm bells and resulted in no less than a cattle genocide. ” data-reactid=”24″>Take the Netherlands, which alone has 1.8 million cows that have been producing so much waste—with nowhere to put it–that farmers were resorting to illegal methods to get rid of it. It raised major alarm bells and resulted in no less than a cattle genocide. 

$621+ million to get rid of it (just in the Netherlands). It’s even led to the creation of what can only be described as an organized crime ring around cow dung. ” data-reactid=”25″>Some 80% of these farms produce more cow waste than they can ever use. The farmers end up paying an estimated $621+ million to get rid of it (just in the Netherlands). It’s even led to the creation of what can only be described as an organized crime ring around cow dung. 

94.8 million head of cattle. A 1,000-pound cow produces an average of 80 pounds of manure every single day. That’s 7.6 billion pounds of toxic poo. ” data-reactid=”26″>In 2019, the United States had 94.8 million head of cattle. A 1,000-pound cow produces an average of 80 pounds of manure every single day. That’s 7.6 billion pounds of toxic poo. 

But it’s also 7.6 billion pounds of raw material that farmers are desperate to get rid of, and that an innovative company like EarthRenew plans to turn into two revenue streams: a high-tech organic fertilizer and … cheap energy that it can sell back to the grid. 

It’s a win-win situation for everyone from farmers drowning in poo, to communities with threatened waterways, to sustainable investors who want to see someone turning healthier food into money-making environmental victories. 

But there are even more victories to be had here: 

mountains of evidence, as well as a much more climate-friendly way to farm …” data-reactid=”30″>The $150-billion organic farming market is flourishing, with health and Natural Foods now becoming a mainstream lifestyle supported by mountains of evidence, as well as a much more climate-friendly way to farm …

Market Research estimates that the global organic food and beverage market will grow from US$124.7 billion in 2017 to around $323.1 billion by the end of 2024, good for an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.6% and more than 4x the total food sales growth of 3.6% predicted over the same timeframe.” data-reactid=”31″>Market Research estimates that the global organic food and beverage market will grow from US$124.7 billion in 2017 to around $323.1 billion by the end of 2024, good for an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.6% and more than 4x the total food sales growth of 3.6% predicted over the same timeframe.

But organic farming has its own problems. 

It’s been using manure for “organic fertilizer” and the FDA is coming down hard because of its tendency to cultivate dangerous diseases. 

In turning from industrial fertilizers to organic, farmers have relied heavily on raw manure, which can contain potentially deadly foodborne pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter. EarthRenew’s process kills all of these.

a study done by the Center for Science in the Public Interest in 2015, fresh produce was responsible for most of the foodborne illnesses in the U.S.” data-reactid=”39″>According to a study done by the Center for Science in the Public Interest in 2015, fresh produce was responsible for most of the foodborne illnesses in the U.S.

the outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections associated with romaine lettuce that affected more than 200 people in the U.S. and four Canadian provinces.” data-reactid=”40″>A recent example is the outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections associated with romaine lettuce that affected more than 200 people in the U.S. and four Canadian provinces.

Earthbound Farm in California was linked to an outbreak of E. coli poisoning through its spinach that infected no less than 200 people with three dying.

This has led the FDA to overhaul its food safety regulations in a bid to limit the use of animal manure. There wasn’t a complete ban, but plenty of restrictions. While the FDA has not made a final ruling on this, the fear is that it could face a complete ban in the U.S. and Canada. ” data-reactid=”41″>In 2006, Earthbound Farm in California was linked to an outbreak of E. coli poisoning through its spinach that infected no less than 200 people with three dying.

This has led the FDA to overhaul its food safety regulations in a bid to limit the use of animal manure. There wasn’t a complete ban, but plenty of restrictions. While the FDA has not made a final ruling on this, the fear is that it could face a complete ban in the U.S. and Canada. 

That’s a really big deal because a USDA survey found that farmers were using raw manure as a fertilizer on nearly 16 million acres of cropland.

That’s another huge problem EarthRenew solves for two segments of the farming industry: It takes manure from conventional farmers and turns it into safe high-nutrient organic fertilizer for the kingmaker of the agriculture industry: organic farmers. 

Filling the fertilizer gap is the key to solving multiple energy and farming problems, and EarthRenew’s patented, low-cost production process is being created to do just that. 

Located on a 25,000 head cattle feedlot, EarthRenew’s Strathmore Plant will produce heat-treated organic fertilizer that may end up being far superior to the composted manure full of hormones and antibiotics that are common in the market. 

The company’s thermal treatment is set not only to drive off the unwanted contaminants but will also be richer in the key nutrients as well as being a slow-release compound. 

Equally important: Because EarthRenew’s product will be sold in pellet form, it can be applied to the land when needed, not just during the spring and fall months when manure can be applied. It means flexibility for farmers. 

It also can help lead to major savings for farmers.

EarthRenew’s product is being built so that it only needs to be applied in a single pass alongside seed planting compared to three passes with the conventional organic fertilizers (passing, tilling, and seeding) leading to up to 80% cost savings for the farmer.

Indeed, in October 2019; EarthRenew received key US and Canadian approvals

for its organic fertilizer products. These important product certifications mean that in future the company will be permitted to sell its organic fertilizer products across those huge markets. The company’s predecessor invested about $70 million in the product development. 

CCm Technologies, a UK-based company that uses EarthRenew’s organic fertilizer as a base, upgrading it from a 1.8-1-1.6 nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium (“NPK”) ratio to a 7-1.7-2.2 NPK mix. ” data-reactid=”60″>And the company has now partnered with CCm Technologies, a UK-based company that uses EarthRenew’s organic fertilizer as a base, upgrading it from a 1.8-1-1.6 nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium (“NPK”) ratio to a 7-1.7-2.2 NPK mix. 

EarthRenew produces energy through a Roll Royce turbine, creating 4MW of electricity. That electricity is sold back to the grid or to bitcoin miners on-site, while the waste heat from the turbine thermally treats the waste to make it ready to be mixed into organic fertilizer.

The company’s electricity sales offset the natural gas costs, making fertilizer production costs lower. 

The turbine fits in a small bungalow, and the rest of the equipment fits in a small barn.

By generating its own electricity, using some and selling the surplus, EarthRenew estimates that it will be able to virtually recoup all its generation costs, essentially meaning that it will be thermally treating its manure feedstocks at near-zero power costs.

But it’s much more than energy savings for EarthRenew–it’s an entire revenue stream: 

Once the engineering upgrades are complete, the company plans to use about 1.5 MWh of the 4 MWh generated by the Strathmore Plant to produce pelleted organic fertilizers made from cattle manure waste.

CCm Technologies has even more added-value: CCm converts captured carbon dioxide and other waste streams into stable value-added materials with multiple uses including fertilizer and energy storage.” data-reactid=”69″>And the company’s new partnership with CCm Technologies has even more added-value: CCm converts captured carbon dioxide and other waste streams into stable value-added materials with multiple uses including fertilizer and energy storage.

Creating your own energy …

Resolving a huge environmental problem coming from massively polluting livestock operations…

Offering a new fertilizer solution to the fastest-growing food industry …

And coming up with a modular, scalable fix for livestock farmers who can’t get rid of their volumes of manure in a cost-effective manner …

This is exactly what Big Capital is looking for today: Risk-mitigating, sustainable businesses. 

When you bring these things all together under one umbrella you get a new player that opens up a vast expanse of growth opportunities. 

Call it what you will–sustainable investing, impact investing or the formal ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investing–this megatrend already topped $30 billion in 2018. 

Green investing no longer merely associated with a warm moral glow, or even political. It’s mainstream investing based on market sentiment and where Big Money is moving. 

  • 74% of global investors plan to increase their ESG allocations over the next year
  • One-fifth of investors plan to increase their allocations to between 21% and 50% of their portfolios over the next five years.
  • Money managers are feeling the ethical squeeze keenly, with BlackRock, the new king of Wall Street and the world’s biggest asset manager with more than $7 trillion in assets under management (AUM), has pledged to grow its ESG and green portfolio from $90 billion to more than a trillion dollars in the space of a decade. 
  • Backlash against companies that fail to integrate environmentally and socially conscious practices in their business has grown into a raging tide.

Bayer has moved to the courts seeking to have its liability capped at $10 billion after being faced with a staggering 125,000 Roundup lawsuits.” data-reactid=”84″>And the story that puts this all into perspective is this: Bayer AG, a German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company, has been forced to honor personal injury claims till it bled after acquiring Monsanto, the manufacturer of the deadly weed killer, Roundup, in 2018. Bayer has moved to the courts seeking to have its liability capped at $10 billion after being faced with a staggering 125,000 Roundup lawsuits.

EarthRenew’s business model consisting of clean organic fertilizers and reduced carbon energy really encapsulates what ESG is all about, and has earned the accolades of both Canadian and American authorities.

It’s a big reason why the shares have soared up to 400% over the past 12 months despite some very choppy trading.

expand by 12% CAGR to hit $11.2 billion by 2022 with Northern America accounting for 40% of the market.” data-reactid=”87″>The surging demand for organic foods is expected to drive an equally huge demand for organic fertilizers, with global sales expected to expand by 12% CAGR to hit $11.2 billion by 2022 with Northern America accounting for 40% of the market.

Organic fertilizers already have an impressive track-record; EarthRenew’s smart fertilizer is looking to exceed it and set a new benchmark.

The Farming Systems Trial has shown that after an initial decline during the three-year transition, yields on the organic plots have matched or exceeded the conventional-crop yields–and performed even better during drought years. The trial has also demonstrated that organic farming uses less energy, produces fewer greenhouse gases, and builds soil health rather than depletes it.” data-reactid=”89″>The Farming Systems Trial has shown that after an initial decline during the three-year transition, yields on the organic plots have matched or exceeded the conventional-crop yields–and performed even better during drought years. The trial has also demonstrated that organic farming uses less energy, produces fewer greenhouse gases, and builds soil health rather than depletes it.

The company to get there first, with a solution to the industry fertilizer problems, plus the added benefit of producing and selling its own electricity might win the battle for this vital market.

Once EarthRenew manure-to-organic fertilizer modular units become available for livestock operators, the company will have yet another element to its multi-use technology. 

The numbers are compelling: According to EarthRenew, a modular plan could cost around $12.7 million and would pay for itself within 3-5 years. The process is simple and maintenance costs are minimal.  

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