Patent Filing News: Jan. 31, 2011

January 31, 2011 by  
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Tom Colclough, the president of RENERGY FOODS AG, today announced that on 12 January 2011 the Company filed a new Canadian patent application in the Canadian Patent Office.

The patent application covers 48 claims of a plant growing system designed to increase plant density and yields.  The patent includes descriptions of a building structure that provides an artificial growing environment, growing walls arranged in parallel rows, and Aisles between the growing walls to provide access to as many as fifty layers of plants.

The Company expects to receive an official filing receipt that sets out the application serial number and confirming the filing date from the Canadian Patent Office within the next several months.  In approximately eighteen months after the Canadian filing date, the patent application should be published by the Canadian Patent Office and posted to the Canadian Patent Office website.

In the next year, Renergy Foods AG anticipates filing additional patent applications to protect its intellectual property.

City of North Vancouver Update: Nov. 16, 2010-2

November 16, 2010 by  
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Tuesday, 16 November 2010 16:43
Tom Colclough, the President of Renergy Foods AG, today announced that Renergy Foods Canada is in discussions with the City of North Vancouver regarding the development of an Urban Biodome Project to be located close to Lonsdale Quay.

The Biodome project would include a transparent Biodome to grow fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs year-round as well as a second Biodome built to house a Village Plaza .

Cloverdale Fairgrounds Press Release

November 16, 2010 by  
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Tuesday, 16 November 2010 16:29

Cloverdale Fairgrounds Press Release
Renergy Foods today announced that after careful evaluation it is considering a preferred site for
its first Biodome demonstration project in the City of Surrey, B.C.
It is intended that the project will include a transparent Biodome to grow fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs year-round as well as a second Biodome built to house a Village Plaza to facilitate sales.
The site is located next to the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, just north of the new Cloverdale Recreation Centre. The Cloverdale Fairgrounds is the host site for Canada’s second largest rodeo after the Calgary Stampede (the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair) as well as numerous other sporting and agricultural events throughout the year.
The Renergy Foods Biodome project will complement the existing use of the fairgrounds and conforms to the historical “farming” background of Cloverdale.

Incorporation of two subsidiary companies in Canada

July 30, 2010 by  
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Friday, 30 July 2010 00:38

Tom Colclough, the president of RENERGY FOODS AG, today announced that RENERGY Foods AG has incorporated two subsidiary companies in Canada:
* RENERGY Foods Canada, Inc. and
* CLEARBUILT Structures Canada, Inc.

RENERGY Foods Canada, Inc. is a federally incorporated company that intends to lease land from the City of Surrey for its demonstration Biodome.  CLEARBUILT Structures Canada, Inc. is a B.C. provincially incorporated company that will be supplying RENERGY Foods Canada, Inc. with the Biodome. CLEARBUILT will be the first North American facility that has the capability to produce geodesic structures such as those designed to hold ETFE pneumatic windows used in RENERGY Biodomes. The decision to establish the two companies in Canada was based on the positive response from all municipalities in the Vancouver area to participate with RENERGY in an urban agriculture demonstration project. All municipalities expressed the urgent need to provide a solution for food security and to grow produce where it will be consumed so as to minimize the high carbon footprint associated to importing food.

ABOUT THE B.C. MINISTRY OF SMALL BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The B.C. (British Columbia, Canada) Ministry of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development has provincial responsibility for research and innovation. The ministry believes that research and innovation helps build a strong provincial economy and supports job creation, while providing a long-term foundation for a sustainable environment, healthy communities, and a strong social fabric.
The ministry works to further British Columbia’s presence in a global knowledge-based economy, collaborating with the province’s research universities, industry partners, innovation organizations and other levels of government. The ministry also works closely with the B.C. Innovation Council, the lead provincial organization charged with advancing innovation and commercialization in British Columbia.

ABOUT RENERGY FOODS CANADA, INC.
RENERGY Foods Canada, Inc. was established to build and operate Biodomes in major urban areas throughout Canada. Each RENERGY operation aims to contain a Biodome to grow fresh organic produce, and a Farmer’s Supermarket to sell RENERGY produce, and organic produce and products from local farmers and companies, directly to local consumers. Once proven successful, it is intended that the RENERGY Foods Canada, Inc. model will be duplicated to facilitate international expansion.

ABOUT CLEARBUILT CANADA, INC. AND ETFE
CLEARBUILT will be the first North American facility that has the capability to produce geodesic structures designed to hold ETFE pneumatic windows used in RENERGY Biodomes. Because it is so cost-effective, CLEARBUILT believes there is a significant demand for structures of its design to cover large spans such as swimming pools, tennis courts, sports stadiums, atriums, parking lots, and more.
ETFE is a non-petroleum based recyclable plastic that has 95% transmission of all light frequencies and weighs 1% of glass, which translates into considerable savings on material required to support the cladding. The non-stick characteristics of ETFE make it low maintenance and virtually self cleaning. With a wide service temperature range of between -200° to +150° C, it has extremely good resistance to tearing, weathering, solvents, and chemicals. It is extremely flexible and can stretch 150% to 200% before breakage. It is able to absorb shock loading without risk of fracture, breakage, or structural overload and collapse. ETFE has low flammability and is self-extinguishing. In its pillow configuration, it has a U-value of approximately 1.95 W/m2K, which is considerably better than triple glazing.

Potential settings for Renergy’s Urban Agricultural Demonstration Project

June 15, 2010 by  
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Tuesday, 15 June 2010 05:06

Renergy announces four city-owned locations as potential settings for its Urban Agricultural Demonstration Project in the City of Surrey
Tom Colclough, the president of RENERGY FOODS AG, today announced that the City of Surrey has supplied four city-owned locations to install its first demonstration urban farm.  RENERGY will evaluate the four locations and select one that best meets it’s, and the City of Surrey’s, needs.  Once selected, RENERGY will initiate the process of building its urban agricultural demonstration project.
The RENERGY FOODS AG urban farm will include a transparent Biodome to grow fresh organic fruits, herbs, and vegetables year-round.  A second Biodome is planned to house a Farmer’s Supermarket that will sell organic produce and food products produced in and around the City of Surrey.
The City of Surrey is interested in locating the RENERGY Biodomes to demonstrate how municipalities can actively help create sustainable solutions for both food security and to minimize the emissions produced by importing food.

ABOUT THE CITY OF SURREY
Surrey is a Canadian city in the province of British Columbia, Canada, which lies within the Metro Vancouver district of British Columbia. It is the province’s second-largest city by population after the city of Vancouver.  The six “town centres” comprising the City of Surrey are: Fleetwood, Whalley/City Centre, Guildford, Newton, Cloverdale, and South Surrey.  The city is characterized by low population density urban sprawl, typical of western North America, which includes areas of residential housing, light industry, and commercial centres. Approximately 35 percent of the land is designated as part of the Agricultural Land Reserve. The city is mostly hills and flatland.
The Surrey Sustainability Charter is a commitment by the City to place the principles of social, environmental and economic sustainability as the foundation of all decisions it makes. It is about making the right choices and doing the right things.
The Surrey Sustainability Charter states…
“Surrey will be a leader in the protection of its agricultural land reserve (ALR) and in enhancing the productivity of this land base. Surrey will promote urban agriculture and support sustainable agriculture, with most of the City’s high quality food being produced locally. Fresh and healthy food will be available to people of all income levels. Food processing industries will create local jobs and incorporate a high “value added” component to the local economy.
Food is essential not only to maintain life, but to support healthy and productive residents. Food security is ensuring that sufficient healthy food is accessible locally at a reasonable cost and that there is a secure supply of food for the future that is produced by sustainable practices.
To support food security, the City will:
1. Develop policy and research ways to support local food production;
2. Promote buying local farm products, urban agriculture and new methods for efficient food production;
3. Implement healthy eating and food and beverage practices at City facilities; and
Support the distribution of food to those who need it.”

Vertical Farming Listed in Time Magazine’s list of the top 50 inventions in 2009

January 12, 2010 by  
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Tuesday 12th January 2010 01.13

Vertical Farming Listed in Time Magazine’s list of the top 50 inventions in 2009 and Troy Media’s top 50 forecasts for 2010
Time Magazine reports that real estate is the one thing we’re not making any more of. That might be good news for landlords but not for the world’s farmers, who have finite cropland to feed a growing global population. The answer: build up by farming vertically. Vertical stacking and growing of fruits and vegetables hydroponically enables the use of far less water than conventional farming. But best of all, by growing upward instead of outward, vertical farming can expand food supplies without using more land.