With the recent government announcement of a target of reducing agricultural emissions by 25% by 2030 and soaring energy costs, the focus is all over agricultural efficiency and climate change initiatives, and an exhibitor this week is demonstrating how carbon dioxide can be removed from the atmosphere after the Conversion of old concrete.
Alumni of the region’s New Frontiers programme, two innovative start-ups from the North West of Ireland are at the forefront of both farming efficiency and decarbonisation. Maurice Bryson from Silicate and Kieran Supple from Reap Interactive are two of 60 Irish Agritech exhibitors chosen to showcase their new solutions in the Innovation Arena at the National Plowing Championships.
What is unique about both companies is their pioneering approach to two of the biggest issues facing not only agriculture but the global economy – sustainability and climate protection.
Silicates have developed a method of turning concrete waste into a lime-like powder that, when spread on farmland, can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The silicate weathering agent reacts with carbonic acid in the soil to remove atmospheric carbon dioxide, forming bicarbonate and calcite. This offers farmers a win-win solution – a product that can cost-effectively improve soil pH with decarbonizing effects. Maurice Bryson co-founded Silicate, which recently received €240,000 from Klarna’s sustainability fund to support its goal of removing 1 billion tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. They have already begun spreading over 1,000 tons of concrete waste across 500 acres of farmland.
REAP Interactive was founded by Kieran Supple and Declan Molloy with a vision to make livestock farming more economical and environmentally responsible. Their BovinePlus weight monitoring system is revolutionary not only for beef production, but for any sector where animal weighing is important. The innovative precision platform automatically collects and stores weight and behavioral data from animals in their natural environment, up to six times a day. By having access to daily information, the farmer can immediately see the impact of their management decisions on the performance of each animal and adjust accordingly to ensure optimal efficiency.
Anyone attending the National Plowing Championships this year will find both companies at Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Arena, returning for one of Europe’s biggest outdoor events in Rathineska from 20th to 22nd September.
https://www.independent.ie/regionals/sligochampion/news/sligo-exhibitor-at-ploughing-championships-showing-how-to-spread-waste-concrete-on-land-and-reduce-carbon-dioxide-42003576.html Sligo exhibitor at Plowing Championships demonstrating how to disperse concrete waste on land and reduce carbon dioxide