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APRIL 2018 NEWSLETTER

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Dear Green Campus team and advisory board,

This is a quick email outlining updates on the different areas of work that are underway to bring Green Camps and Green Campuses into being.

There is a brief summary about each area with a link to a more lengthy article on the Green Campus website with more media and information about that subject. If there is anything that you would like to know more about please do just write in and I'll do my best to help.

Charles

General Secretary
Charles@GreenCampus.global 
+44 780 107 3013

IUK APPLICATION


Unfortunately our application to Innovate UK's Manufacturing and Materials competition was unsuccessful. There is a full breakdown of their assessment of the application in the link below with feedback from each of the five assessors.

The feedback ranges from complete support (assessor 3) to total rejection on every level (assessor 5), almost to the cuss. My total inexperience is almost solely to blame and this has been a good learning experience for me and I have some ideas about how we might like to make a second application, whereby:
  1. Roger's Advanced Composites becomes the lead applicant (a big problem was my lack of experience as the project lead) and we make an emphasis on testing of the material for various industrial uses (marine, construction etc) and for the business model to be to purchase a UK distribution right that is handled through a holding company we set up, with shareholding given to the respective principles, investors, both in finance and in kind.
     
  2. Gurit becomes partner in the application, NCC remains a partner (the preliminary tests that we have made thus far will help us allot in our second application). Pond remains a subcontractor.
     
  3. Everyone puts in the required amount of effort so that we can be ready a good month before the application (so it's not just me harassing NCC folk to do it before the pub on the weekend before the due date).
     
  4. We get the support of a grant writing organisation to go over the application before it is sent in. If the focus is on testing the material for use in Marine environments too this will be more relevant to our network and Rogers Advanced Composites, our manufacturing partner, but it will require a more significant budget and planning.

    I think we can go ahead without funding to make the Zome prototypes and then to rent those out and even set up first Green Camps and we can work on a second application to research into more advanced use of these composites, in a marine environment for example, concurrently.
The application with feedback from the assessors is available here:
 
Image: Project Leader Christopher with the team laying up and compressing panels of the first generation Pond bio-resin with natural fibres at The NCC


POND RESEARCH

Testing of the bio-composite at The National Composite Center has been a slow process due to our inability to repeat the claims of Pond first generation of materials.

The conclusion of the top level expert panel at the NCC was that the test panels we had made from the first generation of materials were not worth spending more money on in materials analysis in the lab and therefore Martin the CTO at Pond sent us some of the latest generation of materials that claims superior properties in all areas.

A small quantity of the latest generation of materials have now arrived and we are only able to make one test panel from these materials so we have to get it right first time. This is obviously not an ideal situation however this is what we have to work with. Pond's business model is to supply these starch based materials to large organisations who perform their own testing on the materials for their specific use and as yet we cant afford to order the minimum batch size from Pond who claim a very high demand for their product.

The hope is that these tests will give us a material that looks promising for building The Green Camps out of but we also hope that the results look positive for further research into marine and other uses of the material. This first load of test data will support a second application to Innovate UK as they were constantly looking for work already done.

The panel manufacture and lab testing on the mechanical performance of the latest generation of fibers will commence this week and next and we will report back on the findings therefrom.  

 


SICOMIN RESEARCH

Rogers Advanced Composites are concurrently running a panel testing exorcise with me to test clear casting test panels from an 80% and 30% bio-based thermosetting resin from Sicomin. The aim of this research is to create 100% transparent panels that are strong and light and made from an existing off the shelf product with all necessary mechanical data and safety certifications in place.

With these 100% transparent panels use of the zomes for growing environment and as passive water harvesting and purification structures are possible, not to mention the modular integration of windows for general practicality.
 

If these tests are successful then we have found a local CNC saw mill (Mike) will be able to make wooden moulds I have designed quite economically so I we can just pour in the Sicomin into the moulds and cure the panels for a few hours in an oven and then de-mould 100% transparent panels, likely with natural fibre re-enforcement around the angles to increase strength.

I hope then we can eventually use a combination of 100% Bio-composite panels from the Pond resin and the 30-80% bio-based panels made from the Sicomin panels until we develop the state of the is such that we can make all of the panels, even the transparent ones, from the 100% bio-based materials; not to mention all the other product lines that we can be driving demand for with a UK distribution license.

FINANCIAL MODEL

Sinesh has been slowly working away on a highly advanced the financial model which it turns out it has been best to wait for the results from the Bio-composite research to complete anyway, as much of our financial model depends on the results therefrom: the fibre to resin ratio and strength of the materials that we determine from the testing will tell us how much resin and fibre we need to make each panel and therefore each Zome. We can then derive the 'per-unit' materials costs from these test results and start to test the financial model for it's strengths and weaknesses.

The preliminary test results and extensive financial model Sinesh, his colleague Nimar and I have put together quite accurately matches my early cost per-unit predictions which is encouraging but more testing is still needed. It seems that risk would also be alleviated by not only focusing on producing a product for mass retail but also by setting up Green Camps as an off-grid AirBnB experience as per the original plan.

The finalised financial model will allow us to simulate different forecasts based on the opportunities for us to focus on rentals, retail and the Green Camp AirBnB model and to identify the pathways with the least risk and greatest potential for return. I hope that we can get something ready for SEIS application in May. If we can make the company profitable Sinesh has offered to serve as CFO and we are working out share options for all contributions from this team to start making offers for what needs to be done to get started.

Building significantly on the original financial model:

NEW GREEN CAMP OPPORTUNITIES
 
Below are introductions to groups who have contacted Green Campus with an interest to either set up a Green Camp on their land to serve as a regenerative asset or to use the Green Campus business model using local traditional infrastructure. You can follow the development of these opportunities on the indicated pages:

DUNROBIN

The Dunrobin estate in the highlands of Scotland belongs to The Sutherland Family spanning about 100,000 acres of incredibly beautiful land. Boban and his family there have developed an investment opportunity to set up a distillery for production of Whiskey and Gin made from water and crops all grown on the estate that has over 200,000 visitors a year come to visit Dunrobin Castle. Jack Kidd and his wife Rosey's family live at the neighbouring Gordonbush estate (c. 100,000 acres).

Jack and I have been discussing Green Camps and a Caledonian Forest Wealth program I have designed around a Caledonian species matrix for some time. Jack introduced me to Boban and the project and I introduced it to Sinesh. Boban, Sinesh and I met in London to go over things in more detail and Sinesh is presently reviewing the model for introduction to his investor network. 

Sinesh, Boban, Jack and I all feel that a foundation set up to direct a portion of the income to socially and environmentally regenerative projects (Sinesh's idea) would attract impact investors from our networks who would like to be a part of such a prestigious council and may even invest just for the sake of that. Our conversations are ongoing about this and I hope we can add a page or two to the plans that we send out to our impact investor network to that effect. 

I'm just trying to worm my way in there so I can get the Caledonian Forest Wealth program and Green Campus on the table and part of the discussions: The Green Campus nurtures the Forest Wealth Program so we can process other products from the forest including: Birch Bark porridge and water, Yew Bark cancer treatments, Aspen twig Aspirin and all of the other products we can make from the forest as covered in more detail on the page:

SANCTUARY MOUNTAIN - COSTA RICA

Harlow Newton's retreat centre in the rainforest reserve, the most bio-diverse water catchment on the planet, was hit by a huge flood that washed away many of his buildings. We are talking about using The Green Camp business plan to re-develop the site and offer shares in the company that establishes these regenerative assets to those who come and do the work delivering on the four returns.

GUERNSEY SOIL CAMPUS

Joc Petit and the group behind the TED-X talks on Guernsey working "To Make Guernsey The Greenest Place on Earth" contacted Green Campus after our last newsletter with interest in training us with their new organisation about how to regenerate soils and increase the produtivity of organic land such that it out-produces even chemical agriculture by learning how to develop the soils and the organisms therein. 

We are exploring potential for use of Green Campus infrastructure for deployment of:
 

  1. A semi permanent "Soil campus" on Guernsey
     
  2. An annual event in the position of the old boating pond in-front of the castle (pictured above).
     
  3. For a travelling soil campus / conference.

More details at:
 
SANCTUARY HILL

I'm still working with Nicholas Milner, whose day job is writing up planning applications for new schools for the government, on a pre-planning application for a Green Camp in a forestry zone area at the top of the South Downs. The area is a national park so we are proposing a very light weight meditation camp for pilgrims on the South Downs Way that is engaged in conservation efforts for endangered species of flora and fauna.
WITTERING AWAY

My applications to various camp site owners for Green Camps in my home village of West Wittering (and others) are largely falling on deaf ears with promises of a resurgence of the supply of rectangular boxes to fill the many empty plots in the local caravan parks. 

In the mean time I'm working on a business plan for the owners of this farm with a London based property development organisation looking to diversify from tower blocks into something greener. The plan is to get an option based on attaining planning and giving the owners a share in a highly profitable way to run the farm: producing medicines for motor neurone diseases.
  • More details coming soon

MyIRE UK COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

MyIRE architect Mark has published news of the conference the top FDA are organising for him on his LinkedIn profile:
 
Come hear more at the FDA on May 10 2-3PM.  
Abstract below:
Easy to use tools are revolutionizing medical innovation, but the "telephone game of research software tools" has implications on participant privacy and scientific integrity. Increasing expectations for privacy and integrity can be achieved by harnessing the power of existing open technologies. MyIRE will present strategies for successful adoption of open technologies and case studies of building blocks for rapidly iterable, reproducible clinical trials.

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Mark explains that c. $1tn is spent on research in the US alone every year. 85% of that research is unreproducible, or $850bn is wasted.

The total cost of running all of that research on MyIRE where everything would be reproducible or you could at least pin point exactly why it is not is $2.5bn 

We have a small group of enthusiasts gathering around creating a test platform of MyIRE in the UK, working to generate subscribers and to attain the correct legislation. Weekly scrum meeting is Wednesday at 15BST contactable through Skype handle 'cdmvsf'.

 
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