Precision Ag’s ‘Right to Repair’ Issue • Howe Neat

Precision Ag’s ‘Right to Repair’ Issue. (Image: Unsplash)

Daniel Howe runs a precision agriculture venture called Howe Neat which is providing farmers the flexibility with both hardware and software solutions that avoid the ‘right to repair’ limitations placed upon existing products and services.

An Alternative to Food Based Bio-Fuels

An example of a Xano Grass plot of land. (Image: Hexas)

Hexas may stem negative externalities from both deforestation and the use of marginal cropland with the successful deployment of its biomass solution. This would be accomplished by converting marginal farmlands into quality farmland in about five years while providing biomass to be used for a number of applications instead of trees.

Precision Agriculture & Carbon Management To Aid Rising Water Costs

Another drought is crushing California, how are startups helping solve this challenge. (Image: Unsplash)

Climate tech startups have always had to navigate multiple ‘valleys of death’ to create successful business models. With all the attention and momentum there currently is around the world to manage carbon as well as water, these startups, and those similar to them should find it a lot easier to get the funding, talent, customers, and partners they need. Necessity, perhaps.

Acuity Agriculture Puts Data To Work for Farmers

Using data to help farmers manage their crops.. (Image: Unsplash)

Acuity Agriculture is a California-based precision agriculture company and Steven Dodge is the founder. Steven and his team have done a remarkable job contracting work with farmers in the West and delivering data-based solutions to help farmers manage their crops.

Oil wells for clean energy production and storage

Finding a way to repurpose oil wells for the clean energy transition. (Image: Unsplash)

Renewell Energy’s timing may be opportune as they’re working on a prototype in Texas and it should be ready to test in mid-July as the White House’s pending infrastructure plan includes about $17B to remediate oil wells, which is what Renewell would like to do.

Getting California Out Of A Drought – By Using Trenches

Leveraging underground trenches to mitigate water loss due to evaporation. (Image: Lauren)

Surface water evaporates and Umida AG’s underground trenches will try to mitigate evaporation. During the winter months, when there’s an abundance of water, the trenches will help recharge underground aquifers for future water use.

All Power Labs | Turning forests into clean energy and fertilizer

Process woody biomass into grid tied electricity. (Image: All Power Labs)

All Power Labs (APL) can help California manage the forest fuels that led to these wildfires and can provide clean energy remotely. And, APL’s biochar as output from their biomass conversion process can help sequester carbon in the soil that in turn grows food.

The Underutilization of Early Stage Clean Tech Grants

The world is moving towards clean energy sources. (Image: Perigo Welding)

Not nearly enough entrepreneurs are aware grant funding opportunities exist for anyone willing to put in the work and to take on the risk, regardless of their university or educational background. Thankfully, funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) through programs such as CalSEED and CalTestBed allows entrepreneurs significantly more access to grant funds where a welder in a rural community, as noted here, can develop cleantech solutions that help us meet our energy goals.