Seed & Feed

efficient, N-fixation, natural, replacement, Haber, organic, seed, fertilizer

The Seed & Feed will serve as a replacement to the Haber Process, used in the fertilization of plants through the creation of ammonia.

Use Case

The Seed & Feed, in simplicity, is a replacement of the much needed yet detrimental Haber Process. It takes advantage of the nitrogen that is ordinarily fixated through the symbiotic relationship that occurs between bacteria and legume plants. Once planted, these specially coated seeds grow roots that interact with the soil by releasing ammonia, increasing crop yields within the same bed. Anyone with access to soil can use this method, drastically increasing both amount and quality of food. It can be utilized in personal gardens or farms in any climate where plants usually grow and serves as a way to increase yields of virtually without hurting the environment or using expensive alternatives.

Potential

Using a method that is naturally found on earth to combat world hunger is a powerful tool that is unparalleled. With a little bit of tweaking, it can definitely go a long way to being a staple way of fertilizing every plant field in every country. Because this nitrogen-fixating relationship is found in many legumes, the conditions they can be grown in are very inclusive. By reducing the cost of fertilization and increasing the rate of crop production, the cost of food will decrease. It will then be available to all for purchase. In the long run, the environment will not have to suffer. The Haber Process also uses up 1% of all the energy we use per year! Seed & Feed eliminates this huge consumption of energy. Ultimately, more people will have access to more food and crops.

Business Case

The constituents of the Seed & Feed are rhizobium-coated legume seeds sold in packages for gardens, farms, and industry. While growing, they will naturally produce fixated nitrogen, reducing the reliance on nitrogen fertilizer from the Haber Process, a costly and environmentally damaging process. It lowers cost substantially and can be used by everyone who grows any crop or plant. It costs $20 for a packet of 100 seeds which provides a 20% profit margin at an initial production at $16. With subsidies from government, we can produce seeds better and faster to meet demand. Production of these seeds at higher volumes will continue to reduce cost. Our marketing strategy utilizes social media to spread the word on our product and increase awareness on the harmful effects of the Haber Process.

Objectives:

  1. Replace the extremely expensive, energy-consuming Haber Process that hurts the environment yet is very crucial in making nitrogen-fertilizer
  2. Fertilize crop fields to increase yields with a natural, green, efficient, and inexpensive method
  3. Develop a norm culture in which rhizobium-coated seeds are used in ALL growing soil beds (gardens, farms, industry)

Team Lab Constructs

Piscataway, USA

Our Team

  • Samer Elsamna Rutgers U New Brunswick, United States of America
  • Rui Zhang Rutgers U, United States of America
  • David Lo Rutgers U, United States of America

Haber Process Harm / Published January 10, 2016 by Samer Elsamna

Haber Process Harm

We've mentioned how the Haber Process is expensive and harms the environment, but did we mention just how much energy it uses?

It is estimated that 1% of all the energy we use is used for the Haber Process! That is a mind boggling amount. That is 5.6 * 10^18 joules per year used only for this system alone!

Seed & Feed, however, eliminates that.

PITCH VIDEO! / Published January 10, 2016 by David Lo

PITCH VIDEO!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3R2LXfft8g

What you've all been waiting for...our PITCH VIDEO for Seed & Feed!

CONCEPT VIDEO! / Published January 10, 2016 by David Lo

CONCEPT VIDEO!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTdjseTVDD8

Here it is, what you've all been waiting for..... our CONCEPT VIDEO!

Rewarding / Published January 8, 2016 by Samer Elsamna

Rewarding

We've been tweaking our video! It definitely has not been an easy journey, but hopefully the rewards are fruitful!

Almost there / Published January 7, 2016 by Samer Elsamna

Almost there

So our concept video is being rendered! It should be completed in about a few hours. The eagerness and excitement we feel to being so close to the end is unreal!

Our Mission

Our goal is to spread awareness about food hunger, share the consequences of using Haber Process to produce nitrogen fertilizer, and educate everyone about the power of Rhizobium bacteria in creating organic nitrogen fertilizer to increase plant growth and crop yield.

Our Background

David, Ray, and I, Samer, are students at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Aside from being very focused on our studies, we take pride in each of our artistic skills such as musical instrument playing, graphic designing, and fictional writing, respectively. We decided to partake in this challenge because we realized that we shouldn't take everything we have around us for granted. Us students in first-world countries have it so easy, yet there are those around the globe who have difficulty finding a meal to eat. This is why we set out to join the competition so we can do something about that, so that we can help those in need. With all that's available to us, we owe it to those who do not have as many blessings!

Haber Process Harm / Published January 10, 2016 by Samer Elsamna

Haber Process Harm

We've mentioned how the Haber Process is expensive and harms the environment, but did we mention just how much energy it uses?

It is estimated that 1% of all the energy we use is used for the Haber Process! That is a mind boggling amount. That is 5.6 * 10^18 joules per year used only for this system alone!

Seed & Feed, however, eliminates that.

PITCH VIDEO! / Published January 10, 2016 by David Lo

PITCH VIDEO!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3R2LXfft8g

What you've all been waiting for...our PITCH VIDEO for Seed & Feed!

CONCEPT VIDEO! / Published January 10, 2016 by David Lo

CONCEPT VIDEO!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTdjseTVDD8

Here it is, what you've all been waiting for..... our CONCEPT VIDEO!

Rewarding / Published January 8, 2016 by Samer Elsamna

Rewarding

We've been tweaking our video! It definitely has not been an easy journey, but hopefully the rewards are fruitful!

Almost there / Published January 7, 2016 by Samer Elsamna

Almost there

So our concept video is being rendered! It should be completed in about a few hours. The eagerness and excitement we feel to being so close to the end is unreal!

Our Team

  • Samer Elsamna Rutgers U New Brunswick, United States of America
  • Rui Zhang Rutgers U, United States of America
  • David Lo Rutgers U, United States of America

Our Mission

Our goal is to spread awareness about food hunger, share the consequences of using Haber Process to produce nitrogen fertilizer, and educate everyone about the power of Rhizobium ...Read More

Our Background

David, Ray, and I, Samer, are students at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Aside from being very focused on our studies, we take pride in each of ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.