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Addressing the global challenges

Food, energy, and water are three of the most fundamental resources on our planet. People rely on them not only for their comfort, but for their survival. However, more than one billion people currently lack access to clean drinking water, sufficient food and energy – and the global population grows by some 80 million people every year. By 2050, the nine billion people living on earth will need 30% more water, 40% more energy and 50% more food just to survive.

We cannot continue to use the earth’s resources in a non-sustainable fashion. No existing science or technology will solve the problem – which means that we need to usher in new developments in science and technology.

The solutions of tomorrow will be found in our ability to engineer, design, research and innovate. Only through our endeavours will the health of our children and our planet be safeguarded. In that spirit, Photonomi aims to develop breakthrough technology applications to help solve the sustainability challenges associated with humanity’s essential resources. We aim to have a meaningful and long-lasting impact, and are driven by a strong sense of social responsibility in all our investments.

 

Food

It is vital that we ensure that the world’s growing population has a sustainable and secure supply of nutritious and affordable food. In food production, we need to see more food being produced on less land using fewer inputs.

Photonomi Food develops commercial and utility scale food production resource technologies in the areas of cooling, refrigeration, water treatment and power. These applications focus on integrating with areas in dairy, agriculture and food processing. The only fuel required for all these applications is daylight, thereby reducing kersosene, gas and electrical consumption significantly. This provides a very stable predefined finance model and return on investment, with zero fuel-costs during the life of the project.

 

Energy

The need to increase energy efficiencies and to embrace low-carbon energy sources is paramount. Priority must be given to energy systems that serve the needs of the present without damaging the ability of future generations to meet their energy needs.

Photonomi Energy specialises in large scale energy financing. This includes large scale infrastructural investments, PPA's, ESCO's, REIT's, utilities and large scale domestic energy deployments or commercial projects such as large house builders, housing associations, hospital groups or public buildings. The applications are typically multiple site schemes, thousands of domestic sites or groups of commercial energy sites using SPV, ESCO or PPA financing models.

In the majority of these opportunities, we provide the project finance as part of the scheme. The only fuel required for all these applications is daylight, thereby reducing kersosene, gas and electrical consumption significantly. This provides a very stable predefined finance model and return on investment, with zero fuel-costs during the life of the project.

 

Water

By 2050, the global demand for water is projected to increase by at least 50%. Across every sector – industrial, agricultural and domestic – we need to find innovative solutions to how we supply, treat and use water. This is critical to ensure that the world’s population can have safe and sustainable access to this precious resource.

Currently, less than 1% of the planet's water is easily accessible – and much of this is trapped in glaciers and snowfields. It is estimated that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water scarcity. In fact, two-thirds of the world's population will find itself living in water-stressed regions.

Photonomi Water creates advanced utility daylight-powered desalination technology, which provides both the energy and desalination technology in a single plant. We hope to see these plants operate in regions which currently use large amounts of energy to create desalinated water in existing facilities. These plants will not require any grid connection. The only fuel required these applications is daylight, thereby reducing kersosene, gas and electrical consumption significantly. This provides a very stable predefined finance model and return on investment, with zero-fuel costs during the life of the project.

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