In a world of global warming caused by our reliance on fossil fuels, there is an urgent need to find sustainable living solutions and reduce carbon emissions. Failure to do so and the future looks decidedly bleak for the planet, for humans and any other species we share it with.
Climate Change is the greatest threat and challenge the human race has ever faced — it requires momentous and immediate action.
Recalling the severity of weather events brought about by global warming in recent news headlines, maybe you’ve even experienced some of them first hand? Now, organisations such as the United Nations and policy initiatives such as the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Climate Agreement are stipulating an urgent reduction in global carbon emissions to suppress rising temperatures. Reality is; climate change affects everyone regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances, affiliations, ethnicity, nationality, or religion.
Whatever, your stance on climate change – a move to MARS isn’t the answer!
With this urgent need to balance Carbon Emissions comes our own responsibility to do so. How can we meet this challenge? By creating a cleaner, greener planet. And hemp is the solution, and the solution is now.
QUALITIES OF HEMP
Hemp has been used extensively for over 10,000 years; source of food, textiles, medicine, canvas and rope, and an array of other highly functional items right up until a turning point from the mid-1930s.
Henry Ford developed a bioplastic incorporating hemp fibre (probably the longest and strongest natural fibre on earth) significantly stronger than steel, also building a car using this material that could run on biofuel derived from hemp. However, with advent of World War Two preventing Ford from refining and commercialising these innovations, noting that today companies like BMW and Mercedes now incorporate hemp biocomposite parts in their vehicles.
Credited as the progenitor of the automobile age, Ford hadn’t intended the mass production of motor vehicles to lead to the generation of unprecedented wealth for oil barons in the US and cartels in the Middle East. Instead, he envisioned bio-fuels driving significant demand for hemp, which in turn would provide a much-needed economic boost for farmers and the broader agricultural community, following the Great Depression.
Only recently, Porsche released details of a hot new race car as the world’s first with bodywork built from hemp, saying the material is similar in weight and stiffness to traditional carbon fibre composites and that the organic ingredients used are agricultural by-products, which makes it far more environmentally friendly.
Similarly, the rise of companies such as DuPont was underpinned by the mass production and adoption of petrochemical based plastics and other materials such as nylon, which reduced demand for hemp. Then, the hemp industry was dealt a final blow when the plant was erroneously placed in the same legal category (short-sightedly) as marijuana and outlawed by most countries around 1937.
The ‘suppression’ of hemp continued until the 1990’s, after which time a number of countries in Europe legalised the production of hemp once more. Interest was initiated in the US because of its benefits; renewed research and production of the versatile crop was again on the table.
Fortuitously, farmers in countries such as France and China (one of the few countries where hemp production had never been banned) kept the industry alive by maintaining seed banks. Recently, in late 2018 US House and Senate passed the Farm Bill – now signed, by the current U.S. President, thus federal legalising hemp production. This is a turning point for hemp production, which is expected to grow exponentially and underpin the development of a multi-hundred-billion-dollar global industry within the decade.
In Australia, State and Federal Governments are helping drive the emerging hemp industry. Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in Western Australia have recently set up a bespoke Hemp Portal, https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/hemp/industrial-hemp-portal?nopaging=1
ABOVE GROUND CARBON CAPTURE, UTILISATION & STORAGE TECHNOLOGY
MIRRECO™ are not hemp farmers – their focus is on Research & Development and are a Technology Company positioning to connect hemp supply to demand. Using Non-Synthetic Proprietary Polymers as a catalyst, we’ve developed a globally significant Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage Technology we call ‘CAST®’ (Carbon Asset Storage Technology).
CAST allows MIRRECO™ to store industrial carbon emissions in environmentally-friendly, hemp-based products.
Through ongoing Research and Development, MIRRECO’s objective is to open new markets that will create downstream demand and transition hemp from its perceived status as a cottage industry, into a key position within the emerging fifth industrial revolution via an intelligent quantum leap in hemp innovation.
Richard Evans, CEO of MIRRECO™ sits within ASBEC (the ‘Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’) and aligns with other respected organisations committed to a sustainable, productive, and resilient built environment in Australia. Four task groups Richard is involved with are Energy and Emissions, Cities and Infrastructure, Sustainable Housing and Building Code. These groups develop policies that align ASBEC’s agenda with the Sustainable Development Goals and aims of the Paris Climate Agreement.
MIRRECO™ was runner-up in the national Sustainability Awards for product innovation, nearly two years ago (under the name Cybannac). Since then, they have dramatically improved product lines and manufacturing processes and developed scalable technologies which can store significant volumes of carbon.
Once planted, in just a few months, the humble hemp seeds transform into an abundant source of food, fibre, oil and more. At harvest, MIRRECO™ can convert the remaining carbon storing hemp biomass into an array of products using their revolutionary processing and manufacturing technology. With a ‘Seed to Solution’ timeline less than 6 months, this speed and efficiency benefits the entire supply chain.
Combining processed hemp with MIRRECO™ CAST® Technology offers significant advantages over conventional materials and products for major industries; such as housing, construction and government provided civil infrastructure.
MIRRECO™ DEMONSTRATING CLIMATE LEADERSHIP
Everyone benefits from initiatives to drawdown carbon in significant volumes.
Developing non-synthetic, load-bearing, carbon storing hemp buildings and other construction products remains a key MIRRECO™ initiative. Providing alternatives to materials such as concrete (dependent on finite resources and energy-intensive processes.) While we cannot replace concrete in all its forms tomorrow – we can however close in on ‘structural load-bearing hemp’ products as MIRRECO™ licenses its technologies globally, following independent certification.
INNOVATIVE PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY
AGRIFUTURES Australia has identified a lack of innovation in contemporary hemp processing technology. Traditional hemp processing machines (Decorticators) can process up to 2 tonnes of hemp per hour. However, MIRRECO™ has developed a Mobile, Solar-Powered Machine that can process around 20 Tonnes of Hemp per hour, with adjustments to suit different farming applications. This could quite possibly become the most efficient hemp processing machine in the world.
MIRRECO™ is currently assembling three scale pre-production prototypes: a ‘stand-alone’ version; another that integrates into existing machinery; and a third, that can do both; harvest and process simultaneously. Commercialisation of these prototypes will be determined by user demand and the strategic requirements of MIRRECO™ from Q2, 2020.
Despite claims of there being 25,000 – 50,000 uses for the hemp plant – we conclude 12 particulate variations (produced by MIRRECO’s processor) provides base material for a vast array of hemp products. From super fine ‘3D printing grade’ hemp, up to a coarse hemp particulate for suitable integration into concrete or other structural components.
MIRRECO™ is involved in exciting ventures; partnering with a highly reputable company that provides engineering solutions for organisations such as NASA (hemp seeds were recently sent up to the International Space Station for growth trials). They are close to finalising a collaborative arrangement that allows MIRRECO™ to assemble its processors in a purpose-built facility, powered by hydrogen.
What a compelling story about green technology and hemp innovation at its best.
MIRRECO™ innovations connect hemp growers to industry by creating demand for products using their Carbon Asset Storage Technology. By next year, mobile hemp processors will boast features including variable product screening, production line integration, a bale feeder, root harvesting and eventually, separation of the entire hemp plant into individual components – some to meet local demand, others, to meet MIRRECO’s manufacturing requirements.
MIRRECO’s ongoing Research and Development efforts are revolutionary in every sense.
The hemp industry is currently going through a global transformative process. MIRRECO™ recognised this as an incendiary situation; but its still necessary to capture the hearts and minds of people who view hemp as some sort of “recreational drug” rather than the renewable, sustainable broadacre crop it is, with a multitude of industrial applications and the potential to drive social, environmental and economic change.
MIRRECO™ has invested a significant amount of time into assembling a demonstration home with a WORLD-FIRST CARBON NEUTRAL BUILDING ENVELOPE.
MIRRECO’s superior carbon storing hemp building components can be manufactured in less than one hour, are greener, cleaner and faster than anything else in the market.
Again, using MIRRECO™ CAST® (in combination with many other globally significant technologies from strategic partners), MIRRECO™ is taking ‘Carbon Architecture’ to the next level. Showcasing a collection of renewables, technology and innovation, this next generation display home provides an exemplar of how we can live, connect and better respond to surroundings.
Future applications include Houses to Skyscrapers; Cities to Suburbs. Supporting integration of carbon-storing hemp flooring, walling, partitioning and roofing, this demonstration home has an exceptional finish and an array of world-class innovations, renewables, and sustainable features including:
· A triple glazed energy generating window façade
· Superior thermal and other performances that significantly diminish energy requirements for heating and cooling
· Electric vehicle charging
· In-built sensors for heat, humidity, air quality, movement and more
· IoT connectivity with Amazon Alexa voice recognition
· Heat Recovery and Passive Ventilation
· A novel ‘Cradle to Cradle’ Lifecycle Analysis and Energy Assessment
· Next Generation smart living systems
· Battery power storage
· Mains connection to feed surplus power back into the grid or for ‘peer to peer’ energy transactions with Blockchain Technology by Power Ledger
· Bespoke interior design and much more.
MIRRECO™ have secured a reputable, sustainable home builder to deliver the project to Passive Standards. We are proud to have the support of Development WA (previously Landcorp), who have provided a prestigious location for our prototype home at the East Village, Knutsford project in Fremantle, with an anticipated launch date in 2020. This development may well promise to be the most revolutionary project ever undertaken in Australia, due to its unprecedented focus on renewables, technology, innovation, and of course, sustainability.
MIRRECO™ are arranging national and international TV and media coverage to promote the amazing attributes of hemp building products and other technologies in the home, which are so inspiring. Discussions are underway to deliver similar PILOT projects in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA.
CAPITAL RAISING FOR GREEN GAINS
MIRRECO™ are seeking Strategic Investment Partners who believe in our ‘Green Gains’ vision. In parallel, MIRRECO™ encourage strategic investors to raise capital to fund projects and other commercial activities including:
· Building Brand Awareness
· Protecting Intellectual Property
· Changing Perceptions (Hemp Advocacy)
· Continuing Research and Development activities with a focus on Structural Hemp, 3D printing and Bio Plastics
· Demonstrating Carbon Authentication and Provenance from ‘farm to fitout’ using Blockchain Technology.
MIRRECO™ is currently preparing a ‘carbon emissions offsets’ business plan outlining how others can potentially acquire/purchase the carbon offset units that MIRRECO™ CAST® generates. MIRRECO™ is also working on a Blockchain program to track the carbon sequestered from farm to fitout (i.e. home completion).
In December 2018 MIRRECO™ presented at the Annual Hemp Expo at the Melbourne Convention Centre where 10,000+ people attended and have since been inundated with enquiries. https://www.hhiexpo.com.au
With the ability to leverage the carbon stored through MIRRECO™ CAST® (as carbon offset units), MIRRECO™ may be able to offer discounts on homes to purchasers/consumers which further supports affordability in high performing, carbon neutral housing.
Richard is an award-winning professional with 30 years’ experience in business, construction and project management. He relishes working alongside others with forward-thinking ideas and bold ambitions. Richard is driven, focused and visionary in every sense. With an unrivalled passion for sustainability and innovation.