Beyond the Lab #3
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New green hydrogen plant for WA
New funding for eco businesses
Rice husks = LED lights?
The #1 piece of news I'm watching today...
Infinite Blue & Boya Energy announce new green hydrogen plant
Infinite Blue Energy and Boya Energy have agreed to construct and operate the MEG HP1 green hydrogen plant in Western Australia. This facility will be powered by sustainable energy and produce green hydrogen.
Waste management firms in Western Australia will utilize the plant's carbon to power a part of their back-to-base rubbish collection vehicles and fleet cars located near the MEG H1.
Boya Energy, an Indigenous firm specializing in industrial renewable energy is scheduled to acquire up to a 10% stake in the facility and will assist Infinite Blue in developing the Traditional Country of the Noongar People, where the project is planned to be built.
To meet the plant's requirements, it will draw energy from the recently completed 11 megawatt Northam Solar Farm and convert it into hydrogen.
Key science/vc/tech news for today.
Leaf, a data infrastructure firm for the food and agriculture sector, has raised $5 million in seed funding from S2G Ventures, with assistance from all previous investors including Cultivian, Radicle Growth, and SP Ventures.
Leaf's API is already being used by companies representing over 200 million acres to create and scale solutions for carbon and sustainability tracking, farm management, lending, insurance, biotechnology, land and input markets, agronomy, food traceability, and maintenance forecasting.
Leaf's unified farm data API is used by software developers and businesses of all sizes to send and receive user-permission enabled data across platforms in a uniform, standardized manner, allowing enterprises to create more sophisticated apps years ahead of schedule.
Advancing Eco Agriculture, a startup that is developing an eco-friendly agriculture system, has raised $4.7 million in seed funding.
A company's first external round of funding comes from a mix of equity and debt. The financing was led by New York impact investment firm Tree Trunk Light, with other non-equity financiers.
The investment will be used to build out the company's eco-agriculture system, which is designed to be more efficient and sustainable than traditional methods.
Tree Trunk Light's founder and managing director Paul Bergman is also the executive chairman of AEA, and he will continue in that role.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has selected Symbio, Michelin, Faurecia along with GTI and other industry partners, to develop and demonstrate a hydrogen-fueled, regional-haul Class 8 truck, as major contributors to a state-supported hydrogen mobility project.
Milling rice to separate the grain from the husks produces about 100 million tons of rice husk waste globally each year. Scientists searching for a scalable method to fabricate quantum dots have developed a way to recycle rice husks to create the first silicon quantum dot (QD) LED light. Their new method transforms agricultural waste into state-of-the-art light-emitting diodes in a low-cost, environmentally friendly way.