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Natural product for application in sustainable agriculture and/or wastewater treatment. Portuguese company is looking for distributors. License agreement may also be considered.

Country of origin:
Country: 
PORTUGAL
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BOPT20200206001
Published
06/02/2020
Last update
27/02/2020
Expiration date
27/02/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Crop Production
Precision agriculture
Climate Change mitigation
Environmental Engineering / Technology
Water Resources Management
Food and feed ingredients
Food & feed ingredients
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Animal Husbandry & Related Products
Water, sewerage, chemical and solid waste treatment plants
Wholesale of waste and scrap
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Summary

Summary: 
Portuguese company specialized in the application of safe and multi-functional porous material made by foaming recycled glass provides sustainable solutions within a circular economy. The SME is seeking distribution agreements with distributors that have contacts with farmers, farmer’s associations and/or wastewater treatment companies willing to adopt a worldwide proven product to improve soil/substrate conditions in sustainable agriculture practices. License agreement may also be considered.

Description

Description: 

The product offered is a foamed glass material with numerous pores, produced by burning pulverized glass mixed with a foaming agent such as shell powder or calcium carbonate (CaCO3). If this product is mixed with soil, the water retention capacity of the soil is increased, because the pores catch and retain water which otherwise infiltrates in the soil. The product can retain water for 15% of its total volume. It is compliant to Japanese soil environmental standard. Based on the result of leaching test, the utilization of this product doesn’t have any problem related to heavy metals and toxic products to use it in the soil including mixing with soil. It can promote the growth of vegetables and fruits and can improve germination rate, biomass, water conductivity and soil physical and chemical properties.

The soil environment is an organic entity, which is sustained by the constant supply of organic nutrients. In recent years, the blind pursuit of crop yield, induced a surge in fertilizer use, and the amount of farm manure was reduced sharply, resulting in decreased organic matter content in soil, increased soil bulk density, decreased water holding capacity in the field, acidification and hardening, and continuous decrease of soil fertility. At the same time, the use of chemical fertilizer also caused serious environmental pollution. Therefore, improving the utilization ratio of soil fertilizer and fertilizer is the basis of sustainable and healthy development of modern agriculture. The product can improve fertilizer utilization rate, improve soil physical and chemical properties, improve soil fertility, soil compaction and air permeability, improve soil water supply capacity and conducive to root growth. The reason is that the characteristic of the product is to retain water and nutrients, thus increasing soil water storage, increasing soil organic matter and nutrient content, increasing microbial activity, further enhancing the mineralization ability of organic nutrients in soil, and improving the availability of nutrients in soil.

The Portuguese company is seeking for distribution agreements with distributors with knowledge and contacts with farmers, farmer’s associations and waste-water treatment companies willing to adopt this product to improve soil/substrate conditions in sustainable agriculture practices, by reducing the water demand, enhancing nutrient retention and improve soil aeration, and to act as a biofilter in different wastewater processes.

The SME is also looking for industry partners interested in commercially exploiting this technology (e.g. through integration in its product portfolio). License agreement may also be considered through the establishment of a strategic alliance that involves the transaction of the product use right.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
No-elution of heavy metal: range of acceptable raw material (glass) is wider than competitors’ products. Usable for agriculture as soil conditioner. Not contaminating the treated water when used as water treatment agent. Coexistence of interconnected and closed pore: possible to contain diversified matter and microbes. Diversified microbes for deodorizing. Water and air for soil conditioner. Air and water are permeable. Perform as water treatment agent by sinking in water. Adjustable specific gravity and pore size: adjustable to the requirement by application and environment. Customizable according to specific needs and requirements. Air treatment: the product works as a media for biofiltration and the microbes supported inside the product decompose the source of odour. Water treatment: adsorption & desorption of fluorine as the product works as adsorbent for the fluorine in the discharged water. It is possible to recover fluorine with acid. Water treatment: adsorption & desorption of phosphorus ion as the product works as adsorbent for the phosphorus in the discharged water. It is possible to recover phosphorus with acid. Water treatment: Biofiltration as the product works as a media for biofiltration and the microbes supported inside the product decompose the source of odour. Soil improvement: the product works as soil improvement agent to optimize the water retention & infiltration in the soil, which can realize the water-saving and (liquid) fertilizer-saving. See attached chart.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The company is looking for partners/distributors which already have an extensive retail network to make the product available for farming, gardening and wastewater treatment. The company is looking for distributors with experience and knowledge in marketing agriculture products, distributors working in agriculture and aquaculture, natural product chains, agricultural department stores, research centres and universities. Under distribution agreement, it is expected from the partner to find local customers for business agreements with the end-users concerning distribution of the company products. The SME is also looking for industry partners interested in commercially exploiting this technology (e.g. through integration in its product portfolio). License agreement may also be considered.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10,251-500,SME 51-250,>500