Modular micro-farms provide additional food production to meet global needs, and bring healthy produce to underserved areas.
GP Solutions a leading developer of automated micro-farms, announced its new systems can help meet the food production needs for the future. Earth's population is 7.68 billion, and is expected to grow to over 9 billion within 30 years.
According to a report from the University of Minnesota, "To feed those who are currently hungry - and the additional 2 billion-plus people who will live on the planet by 2050 - our best projections are that crop production will need to increase between 60 and 100 percent."
However, with scarcity of land and resources, this poses immense challenges. "Further expansion of agriculture is a poor solution to meeting future needs because we're using nearly all of the land that's suitable for agriculture already," the report emphasized.
"Relying on increased production will be an important solution, but not a sufficient one." Additionally, food isn't being grown near where it is needed. According to the United Nations, 815 million people in the world are under-nourished.
GrowPod is part of the solution.
GrowPods are modular, scalable, transportable, indoor "micro-farms" that grow high quality, pathogen-free foods using a fraction of resources required for conventional farming.
The system utilizes both hydroponics and soil-based platforms along with proprietary air and water filtration, to create the perfect environment for growing food virtually anywhere, in any season or climate. GrowPods can be installed in just hours, so as demand rises or shifts, it is easy to put additional pods into service.
GP Solutions: GP Solutions designs "GrowPods" – innovative indoor micro farms that provide optimum conditions for plant cultivation with total environmental control.
For more information: www.growpodsolutions.com
Energy 24/7 from non-visible Radiation
In its early stages solar power also developed quite slowly. Although first implemented in 1958 for space travel, the 70s saw the use of solar cells primarily in small-scale applications such as pocket calculators, and almost 20 years passed before an entire household could be supplied with electricity. The triumph of photovoltaic technology set in at the beginning of the 90s, and now solar power derived from the visible spectrum is all-pervasive.
Today the next stage in this evolutionary process is at hand: Neutrinovoltaic!
The Neutrino Energy Group is presently developing innovative high-tech materials on the basis of spiked carbon derivatives that can be used to convert a portion of the non-visible spectrum into electricity. Neutrinovoltaic can be compared to a solar cell that provides power even in total darkness, and it will soon be possible to supplement conventional photovoltaic with this new technology.
"We need to face the challenges of the future," urged Holger Thorsten Schubart, CEO of the Neutrino Energy Group. "Subjects such as energy production and environmental protection are more relevant today than ever before, and they require future-oriented thinking as well as innovative, longterm solutions. We need new technology that can help us to move away from the use of fossil fuel and thus free us from our dependence on the countries that possess these resources." Schubart then went on to point out the necessity of utilizing current scientific findings for the development of new approaches in the field of energy technology.
Schubart also criticized the way in which the general public is kept in the dark about the latest breakthroughs in neutrino research and emphasized their vast potential to solve our present problems. "It is incontrovertible that invisible radiation from space offers us more energy on a daily basis than all of the world's remaining fossil fuel reserves combined. This enormous energy source must be tapped. That has to be the focus of sensible research for the future," demanded Schubart.
Germany in Last Place: Important findings regarding neutrinos are already acknowledged by the United States and many other countries, but they have not yet reached the German scientific community. According to Schubart, Germany presently holds last place globally with respect to applied research. "It is, of course, exciting to know the origin of a single neutrino, or to be able to document neutrino activity in the eternal ice at the South Pole and to capture a particle every now and then, but one should never lose sight of the actual goal of the millions and millions being spent on this research, namely the acquisition of knowledge that can help us to create a better world," said Schubart. Citing the official standpoint of the United States Department of Energy, the CEO of the Neutrino Energy Group said: "Recent scientific findings have now put us in a position to be able to derive energy from invisible, high-energy cosmic and solar radiation using neutrinovoltaic technology."
At the beginning of 2015, the Neutrino Energy Group had already published its theory on the conversion of non-visible cosmic radiation into usable energy, and this was then indirectly corroborated by the research of the Nobel Prize laureates in Physics in 2015 who proved that neutrinos possess mass. Two years later, scientists from the University of Chicago were able to demonstrate that neutrinos are actually able to cause molecules to move, and this finding represents the very foundation of neutrinovoltaic technology.
Collision with extremely dense Matter: Similar to the process by which wind causes the blades of a windmill to spin, neutrinos can set molecules in motion. However, in order to do this, the neutrinos must strike an extremely dense material. As they penetrate this material, they give up a small portion of their kinetic energy. Enormous numbers of neutrinos bombard each point of our planet in an uninterrupted stream: 24 hours a day and thus even in total darkness. It is estimated that approximately 60 billion neutrinos pass through a square centimeter of the earth's surface each second.
Under normal conditions, neutrino activity cannot be perceived, because the materials which are to be found in nature are not dense enough to be affected by them on a regular basis. Some scientists speculate, however, that neutrinos do in fact influence or even cause certain biological processes, even though they presently remain unnoticed. Incontrovertible is the fact that neutrinos make up a massive amount of the energy of our universe. The challenge for future generations is to tap this energy by means of neutrinovoltaic technology.
In cooperation with highly specialized material researchers, the Neutrino Energy Group has succeeded in developing and patenting a material that is dense enough to be affected by neutrinos (Atomic Vibrations at Nano Materials). The cores of neutrinovoltaic cells will be made of precisely this substance.
Vertical and horizontal Impulses: In order to attain the required effect, several extremely thin layers of spiked graphene and silicon are applied to a suitable substrate. When neutrinos pass through these layers, they are not captured, but they do give the graphene vertical impulses, while the silicon particles are caused to move in a horizontal direction. When the layers are of an optimal thinness, these atomic vibrations create a resonance that is carried over to the substrate, and the resulting kinetic energy can be converted into electricity. The larger the area, the more power is produced, and even a simple calculation suffices to demonstrate that enough electricity can be produced to one day render power cables and electrical sockets things of the past.
One of the most promising Approaches: "We are presently in the 21st century: Space travel is a reality; surgeons operate using lasers; and we all have smartphones with touchscreens. But when it comes to energy production, we are, figuratively speaking, still standing in a phone booth that only takes coins and has a rotary dial," said Schubart. Former Austrian Undersecretary Gernot Spanninger called for more courage: "We need to create opportunities for innovation, not block them with an overemphasis on tradition and fear! In this context, the motto is: The necessity for a technological revolution in the field of energy production cannot be asserted clearly enough – or often enough." Spanninger sees the current Global Risk Report as a confirmation of the findings of latest Climate Change Conference in Katowice: "The greatest dangers at this time are climate change and the extreme weather conditions that result from it. Our climate and the wellbeing of future generations cannot tolerate further delay. It is time to put the latest scientific findings into practice! Neutrinovoltaic technology offers undreamed-of possibilities in the field of energy production. It is one of the most promising approaches in the worldwide development of energy technology."
Patent Number WO2016142056A1: Professor Günther Krause, a scientific partner of the Neutrino Energy Group, pointed out that in order to fully utilize the energy of cosmic radiation – neutrino radiation in particular – newer, firmer, harder, and at the same time more elastic composites must be developed, because they play a critical role in converting the kinetic energy arising from the collision of neutrinos with molecules into electricity.
In this context, Krause pointed to a patent submitted under the number WO2016142056A1 and stated that after the completion of extensive laboratory testing, practical solutions need to be developed that will make it possible to use the renewable and virtually unlimited electricity that can be gained from this technology. He also made it clear that these new approaches will require new methods and thought processes. According to Krause, the implementation of this environmentally friendly technology will ultimately lead to a revolution in the field of energy production and also to a stabilization of the global climate.
Professor Krause summarized: "Now that it has committed itself to a departure from nuclear energy and coal, the German government must concentrate on the opportunities presented by neutrino radiation as its main option for supplementing renewable energy resources."
Korea is at the heart of Northeast Asia, one of the world’s top three economic regions.
Here are some of the reasons that make Korea one of the most attractive destinations for international investors.
Strategic Location: As of 2017, the population of the Northeast Asia is 1.6 billion generating about 25% of the global GDP. Within 2,000 km distance from Korea, a global market with 61 cities and 498 million consumers is located. China, Japan and Korea are the important business hub in Asia for the expansion of business. Located between China and Japan, the world’s second and third-largest economies, respectively, Korea is within a 3-hour flight distance from 147 cities with a population of more than 1 million. At Incheon International Airport, 98 airlines operate flights to 196 cities in 54 countries, including direct flights to 41 cities in China and 24 cities in Japan. As the port of Busan, a hub port in Korea, is located at the center of major sea routes, a total of 455 regular routes for container vessels pass through Busan, with 62.5 to China, 79 to Japan, 105 to Southeast Asia, and 111 to North Ameria (*Source: Busan Port Authority). Through its ports in Incheon, Gwangyangman, and Saemanguem, Korea will emerge as the center of logistics for Northeast Asia as its logistics network is connected with that of Japan and the volume of Milk run (a round trip logistics that facilitates distribution or collection) with China increases.
Korea to Eurasia
As Arctic shipping routes open up, Korea is poised to become a logistics hub for the greater Eurasia region. The polar route running from Busan through Vladivostok and on to Rotterdam is expected to reduce the travel distance by 7,000 km, shipping time by more than 10 days, and shipping rates by more than 15%.
Number One in the World
Korea is a global leader in a wide range of industrial sectors. Already, 223 Fortune 500 companies have entered Korea, and are working with local businesses to increase their global market share. Traditionally, Korea is a powerhouse in the manufacturing industry, with exceptional technological ability and production capacity. It maintains the world’s largest market share in high-tech manufacturing for semiconductors, smartphones and displays, and prides itself in being a top 10 nation in terms of manufacturing competitiveness. (Source: Deloitte, global manufacturing competitiveness index 2016)
Korea is preparing for the industrial era of the future on a foundation of strong competitiveness in manufacturing and technological capabilities that meet or exceed global standards. It is to take pre-emptive response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and take active measures to the paradigm shift of the industry. It continues to make bold investments and support in a long-term perspective. In 2018, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy designated future vehicles, new businesses of energy industry, IoT-based home appliances, bio/healthcare and semi-conductors/displays as projects for innovation and growth, and is preparing and pursuing a variety of promotional policies.
Global FTA Platform: Korea is the only Asian economy that has signed FTAs with all three of the world’s largest markets - the European Union, United States and China. Korea’s global FTA network with 52 partner countries forms the third largest market in the world. Companies from Korea can enter the markets of developed countries by capitalizing on Asia’s strengths.
Korea is a global innovation leader in a broad range of fields, including ICT platforms and process innovation. Korea has ranked 1st on the Bloomberg Global Innovation Index 2018 for five years in a row, a ranking of the world’s 50 most innovative countries carried out by Bloomberg. Korea ranked especially high for R&D spending, education and patents. This culture of innovation is another reason so many companies have invested in Korea.
Korea is a pioneer in the information and communications and technology sector. According to the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Measuring the Information Society Report 2017, Korea ranked the second among 176 countries in the annual ICT Development Index (IDI). Korea’s ICT innovation extends beyond information and communications technology, enabling ICT convergence across a broad spectrum of fields, including bio, finance, logistics, tourism and culture. Competitiveness of global Korean companies like Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, and Hyundai Motor is built on their ability to maintain and improve their manufacturing processes in a timely and precise manner. The manufacturing capability based on Korea’s process innovation will provide opportunities for domestic and foreign companies that wish to capitalize on process innovation capability.
Affordable, reliable utilities
Korea’s power, water, and telecommunications infrastructures are among the best in the world. Electricity is reasonably priced and reliable, while industrial-use water is also readily available from regional sources in most cases. Mobile broadband service is available nationwide, as is sameday wired or wireless service provisioning.
Korea’s IPR protection efforts
Korea’s advances in the protection of intellectual property rights are the result of aggressive, concerted efforts by the Korean government over many years. The patent examination process has been streamlined, resulting in examination periods that are significantly shorter than those of other developed nations, such as the United States and Japan. This combination of robust IPR protection and speedy patent-related services is another reason Korea is a safe and secure investment environment for foreign investors.
Business-friendly investment environment
Korea provides an ideal environment for business success: world-class infrastructure, intellectual property rights protection, high quality of life, FDI-friendly government policies, one-stop investment services and more. In the World Bank’s Doing Business 2017 report, Korea was ranked the 4th easiest place in the world to do business.
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Korea
The recent rise in foreign direct investment is attributed to growing capital inflow from investors in emerging countries including China and Middle Eastern nations through the Korea-China FTA, summit diplomacy, and other policy Around 16,000 foreign companies are doing businesses in Korea in a variety of fields including finance, technology, motor vehicles and automotive parts, and medical service. Among them, 223 companies are Fortune 500 Global Enterprises.
Invest Korea: Invest KOREA has 36 overseas offices and 64 investment-promotion specialists around the world to attract more investment. The overseas offices provide information on Korea’s investment environment to potential foreign investors and carry out various investment promotion activities, including investor relations sessions.
Visit the Invest Korea Marketplace: www.investkorea.org