The development of the bio-economy is critical to combatting climate change. 25% of emissions are related to the food and agriculture.
ADX, incubated by Aum Energy, seeks to strengthen a ground-breaking portfolio of work done in Australia through a collaboration with the University of Nottingham (UK) in order to bring advanced biotechnology into an emerging set of energy transition solutions.
ADX will extend the AD feedstock range to productively include ligno-cellulosic feedstocks (wood, agricultural residues and grasses) through a technology services offering. AD is at the heart of many potential circular economy models and is being increasingly integrated into the 'future of farming' programmes in Europe and the USA.
Carbon Dioxide Removal - Equil.earth:
Aum Energy is working with NREL and Oregon State University in establishing a novel pathway for scaled CO2 removal from the atmosphere and oceans.
By combining several recently proven technologies and focusing on the cultivation and processing of macro-algae onshore in raceway ponds, Aum Energy is able to move beyond the challenging confines of ocean-based projects. There is no shortage of non-arable land across the equator and in the southern hemisphere which is ideal for scaled farming.
Macro-algae is productive, resilient and contains proteins and carbohydrates in varying fractions, making it an ideal feedstock for value-adding processing.
Aum Energy has been working in the area of gas-to-methanol and DME since 2014. The use of methanol as a pathway to monetise natural gas and to produce clean fuels is under-played in the market today, but as a hydrogen carrier is getting increasing visibility as a transport fuel and chemical intermediary.
Aum Energy believes that methanol holds strong potential to economically convert small-gas fields into a valuable product in situations where LNG, powergen and pipelines are not viable - typically between 25 and 70 mmscf/day. Aum Energy has advantaged access to technology that can work on offshore fields given the design of the reformer package as well as the production of crude methanol, thereby reducing infrastructure.
Separately, Aum Energy has in-depth experience in the market development for DME, an emissions-free replacement for diesel as well as a common blending component for LPG.
Precision farming - Straits Farms:
It is increasingly apparent that the forecast impact of climate change and population growth includes greater stress on food supply chains. By bringing established technology from Europe, Aum Energy seeks to be a leader in the modernisation of farming practices in SE Asia.
High-margin, high yielding greenhouses have not been deployed in the region and this represents a material opportunity to raise efficiency (6-8x increase in yields/hectare), coupled with minimal water use and avoidance of pesticides. Aum Energy's initial focus is on farming within Malaysia and in developing the Straits Farms brand for fresh fruits and vegetables.
www.uravulabs.com is an early stage India-based technology company focused on drawing water-from-air in service of providing clean and reliable supplies of water to both water-stressed markets and to situations where either water quality or supply reliability is a challenge. Aum Energy has been supporting Uravu since 2018 and endorses its quest to provide water at a price that competes with supplies from plastic bottles. As Uravu moves further through its product demonstration phase, Aum Energy will support it on strategy, financing and market connectivity beyond India.