TransCO₂Tech

Increase the production of food by re-using the waste of industrial facilities.

We use filtration systems to utilize currently wasted resources, like CO₂ and excess heat to produce high quality food at a lower price.

Use Case

Our approach aims at creating a profitable business for various players from different groups. The first group are factories, like coal power plants that sell their by-products like CO₂, instead of having expenses because of them. The second group consists of greenhouse system suppliers. They produce high quality food, which is sold afterwards in the cities that are already connected to the facilities with good infrastructure. The last group is the government of big cities and their inhabitants. Especially the megacities profit in times of urbanisation from a stable food production near the city, while the citizens suffer less from food insecurity due to a cheap source of food. Therefore, the smog is reduced, as CO₂ is converted into oxygen.

Potential

The use of technology from different fields of application allows optimization in the use of by-products of factories for greenhouses. Most production facilities that disperse their emissions into the air deal with regulations regarding the matter. Thus, our concept would be applicable in all industrial areas. This concept can also be applied together with vertical farming systems to maximize yield and minimize costs. We could also filter waste products to use the outcome for crop production. One of these is silicon, which is in rock processing facilities. Silicon would increase the quality of our end products even more. The use of GMO’s could theoretically add to the productivity, if these were designed toward certain characteristics like absorption of CO₂ or other chemicals.

Business Case

Our business model focusses on developing and managing a packaged solution. We work as a consultancy and connect various parties, while controlling processes. This aids companies, like industrial facilities, as they are only concerned about their part of the deal and not about the concept as a whole. The prize money would enable us to organize and investigate in possible clients and investors. We would discuss possibilities and visit them, once we established contact. These contacts are the start of our network, which is necessary for this business approach. Visiting a location for the construction of a greenhouse is also planned. Furthermore, this would also allow us to see the severity of aspects, like pollution and the local lifestyle not only through numbers but also in real life.

Objectives:

  1. Use the heat and CO₂ that are released as waste in the air from industrial facilities in mega cities and pump them into greenhouses nearby.
  2. Increase the food production in urban areas of China in order to prevent hunger and malnutrition issues due to the upcoming growing demand.
  3. To provide a valuable reputation for industrial facilities in China that possibly enables subsidies from their government for their efforts.

Team TransCO²Tech

s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Our Team

Team member volunteer work in Africa with undernourished kids #tffchallenge2016 #letsfeedtheworld #transCOtech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCGv5-TTOUk

One of our team members, Felipe Villela from Brazil, went to South Africa 2 years ago to do a volunteer work with kids to ensure hot meal for everyone at the community. Many of these kids weren't being well fed with nutritious and warm food. Watch the video and get inspired by his passion for feeding the growing world population and making a change! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCGv5-TTOUk

The impact of China’s urbanization will not only affect China, but it also dramatically affects the entire world. #thoughtforfood

China faces a monumental challenge to establish a sustainable food system. #tffchallenge2016 #wecansolvethis

http://www.dupont.com/corporate-functions/our-approach/global-challenges/articles/collaborative-solutions-in-china/articles/food-security-china.html

With 19% of the world’s population, but just 7% of the world’s farmland, China faces a monumental challenge to establish a sustainable food system. Food security in China means improving every part of the food chain — from sustainable farming practices to availability and nutrition to safety and waste reduction.

Interview with Alphons van Erp #Insight+Insight+Insight #ExpertInput

Thank you Alphons van Erp,

For the third interview, a specialist in Marketing and Business Management has agreed to consult us on our idea for TFF. He provided us extremely useful advises that helped us to accomplish our main goals!

We discussed a key aspect: the development of our idea!
Why, how and what do we do it? Important roles for optimising our main product :)

It's finally getting serious #DesignLabExperts / Published November 25, 2015 by Justus Frederik Hermann Lütke Stockdiek

It's finally getting serious #DesignLabExperts

Good evening everyone!
We just finished our “Office Hours” session. That gave us the opportunity to optimize our pitch and work faster towards our final goal. All of this was just possible due to the awesome support and feedback of our TFF “Office Hours” coach. Thank you!!!
Stay tuned

Our Mission

Our idea aims at the use of waste by-products to optimise the current food production. Currently, our population annually consumes 1.5 of our world’s regeneration capacity. At the same time there are resources that are being stored in remote areas without any further purpose. We do not understand this discrepancy and know how we can change this.

Our Background

During our first project, we also found out that our ethic, economic as well as ecological view on the current global agricultural situation were remarkable identically. Out of this coincidence we decided that, our will to optimize food systems should change misery and suffering in the world. We want to use unused resources and by products to maximise possible yields and even create complete new farmable land as we see the unseen and use it for the advantage of everyone. Our aim is to approach issues from non-conventional sides to create unique solutions, which have never been thought of. The future food systems have to differ from the current ones! But to make this happen all of us need to change outdated processes and usages of by-products here and now.

Team member volunteer work in Africa with undernourished kids #tffchallenge2016 #letsfeedtheworld #transCOtech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCGv5-TTOUk

One of our team members, Felipe Villela from Brazil, went to South Africa 2 years ago to do a volunteer work with kids to ensure hot meal for everyone at the community. Many of these kids weren't being well fed with nutritious and warm food. Watch the video and get inspired by his passion for feeding the growing world population and making a change! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCGv5-TTOUk

The impact of China’s urbanization will not only affect China, but it also dramatically affects the entire world. #thoughtforfood

China faces a monumental challenge to establish a sustainable food system. #tffchallenge2016 #wecansolvethis

http://www.dupont.com/corporate-functions/our-approach/global-challenges/articles/collaborative-solutions-in-china/articles/food-security-china.html

With 19% of the world’s population, but just 7% of the world’s farmland, China faces a monumental challenge to establish a sustainable food system. Food security in China means improving every part of the food chain — from sustainable farming practices to availability and nutrition to safety and waste reduction.

Interview with Alphons van Erp #Insight+Insight+Insight #ExpertInput

Thank you Alphons van Erp,

For the third interview, a specialist in Marketing and Business Management has agreed to consult us on our idea for TFF. He provided us extremely useful advises that helped us to accomplish our main goals!

We discussed a key aspect: the development of our idea!
Why, how and what do we do it? Important roles for optimising our main product :)

It's finally getting serious #DesignLabExperts / Published November 25, 2015 by Justus Frederik Hermann Lütke Stockdiek

It's finally getting serious #DesignLabExperts

Good evening everyone!
We just finished our “Office Hours” session. That gave us the opportunity to optimize our pitch and work faster towards our final goal. All of this was just possible due to the awesome support and feedback of our TFF “Office Hours” coach. Thank you!!!
Stay tuned

Our Team

Our Mission

Our idea aims at the use of waste by-products to optimise the current food production. Currently, our population annually consumes 1.5 of our world’s regeneration capacity. At the ...Read More

Our Background

During our first project, we also found out that our ethic, economic as well as ecological view on the current global agricultural situation were remarkable identically. Out 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.