Thursday, April 15, 2010

Aqua/Ponics Takes Urban Farming to the Next Level

Haven't heard of Aqua-Ponics? Then perhaps you haven't heard.

Traditional back yard farming is now an emerging industry with big names, heavy players and serious leaders.

Entire city streets, city blocks, brown fields, parking lots, roof tops & many other urban spaces are being utilized and transformed into the farms of the "now" and the Farms of the "Future."

Urban farms are usually:
  • Organized by locals
  • 90% of the time imply organic growing methods
  • Utilizes perma-cultural techniques
  • Reduce community waste by recycling waste into energy, turn organic waste into compost
  • Employ people and train locals about food security(mostly youth and students)

America's Top 10 Urban Farms

Canadian Research says Aqua-Ponics makes Economic improvment over traditional Green-House production- Aquaculture brings in 2 Revenue Streams and much more efficiencies

Urban Farming is serious business on everyone's agenda these days as big name companies, Futurist, National Banks, regional & State Government officials are revitalizing and taking advantage of the opportunities of Urban farming.


Transforming Communities

Growing Power a Wisconsin based non-profit is teaching minds, preparing bodies and organizing communities in 8 States, Growing Power is known nationally, internationally and is headed by award winning Genius -Video Giant of a Gentlemen Will Allen.

"What you see in these green houses is about relationship building-video, I don't build gardens with fences, you have to engage the community, we go into communities and we organize around the work we do." - Will Allen

Growing Power feeds and teaches 100's of thousands of people every year thus radically changing the communities they engage by breaking down racial, financial and religious barriers.

Growing Power is a Multi-Cultural Multi Generational organization which employs and trains youth and intrigues the adults and changes all the communities they engage for the better.


Growing fish and plants for food and profit.

By raising plants and fish in a symbiosis relationship where each organism benefits the other we optimize the health of both organisms within the cycle and obtain maximum yields come harvest.

Grossing $4-5 per sq ft one acre can yield nearly $200,000 per acre.


Aqua-ponics is a old age tradition being revitalized and re-discovered in modern times. Aqua-ponics dates back 5000 years and was mastered by Egyptians and Chinese communities alike.

Aqua-Ponics is a living ec0-system which is left to maintain itself but is guided by human hands and human techniques to maximize yeilds.

As fish are raised the fish waste and ammonium builds up becoming more and more toxic to the fish but the plants and their root systems acts as living filters.

The plants absorb the nutrients within the water thus keeping the plant healthy, growing, eventually maximizing yields.

The root systems absorb the ammonium and nitrogen thus returning the water back to the fish in pristine condition thus eliminating the need for big costly filters and infrastructure which is commonly associated with the aqua-culture industry.

The most costly piece of infrastructure associated with aqua-ponics is a simple re-circulating pump which keeps the water moving in a continuous loop


Aquaponics is the combination of recirculation aquaculture and hydroponics. In aquaponics, you grow plants and fish together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides a food source for the growing plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in. This creates a sustainable ecosystem where both plants and fish can thrive. Aquaponics is the ideal answer to a fish farmers problem of disposing of nutrient rich water and a hydroponic growers need for nutrient rich water.

Hydroponics is growing plants in a solution of water and nutrients, without soil. The solution is created by adding the elements a plants needs to water, which is fed directly to the plant’s roots. In some hydroponic systems the roots are in a growing medium which keeps them moist, aerated and helps to support the plant. Hydroponics provides the plant with the ideal water and nutrient ratios and optimum conditions for growth.

In aquaculture, the water quickly becomes nutrient rich due to the fish digesting their food and excreting waste. The waste water is usually filtered and/or disposed of to keep the tank water free of toxic buildups.

The Aqua-Culture Journal is a great tool for getting in touch with a community that's changing and empowering the world.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sustainable Architecture, What is Cargo-Structure?

Sustainable Architecture

What are Cargo-Structures?

Building Cargo-Structures is a sustainable architectural building method that uses ISBU shipping containers at its building core.

ISBU-Shipping containers are made to international standards and come in a few different sizes but the most common are 20' and 40' units they are always 8ft wide and 9 to 91/2' (high cube) tall

ISBU containers are plentiful and stacked high in many shipping ports across the world.

It is estimated there are a couple million containers in American sea-ports alone due mostly to trade in-balances with China.

ISBU Containers are strongest mobile boxes in the world designed to take the harsh punishment of traveling on the Sea as well as being slammed and banged around in shipping yards of world sea-ports.

ISBU are a perfect building resource as they come in standard sizes and supply the walls, roof and floors.

Building with ISBU's:
  • Plentiful
  • No Limit to design
  • Recycled Materials
  • 40% less expensive to build than traditional building practices
  • Very Strong, Very quick t0 build
  • Mold, Flood & Fire resistant
  • Earth quake resistant
  • Earn L.E.E.D points

Cargo-Structure Designs are great for but not limited to:
  • Residential
  • Relief
  • Recreation
  • Urban Office
  • Industrial
  • Institutional
Some examples of Residential Designs:

Serving and Solving various social issues:

Container City incorporating Urban offices, low income rentals and Sports complex's revitalizes a neighborhood in England-video link

Sports Complex- England

Student Dorms-Denmark

Cargo-Structure Eco Living Systems

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sil-Tri Bio Fuels

Welcome to Sil-Tri Bio Fuels Inc.

Sil-Tri Bio Fuels Inc was conceived in 2006.

Sil-Tri Bio Fuels Inc. broke ground in early 2007 and has a name plate capacity of 19 million liters (5 Million Gallons) per year.

We produce B-100 from non edible and waste feed stocks.

We use batch processing technologies.

"We think we are the first Public Registered B-100 Biodiesel Pump in all of Southern Ontario." - We are Still Researching this.


We are located at 7 Port Side Dr. in Hamilton Ontario.
This was a strategic location picked for its high visibility and geographical location.

We have excellent advantages being beside two major highways with one being expanded to 4 lanes. We are housed next to Highway 20 and Highway 53.

We are half way between Buffalo USA and Toronto Canada as well.

Hamilton is Canada's 8th largest city being smack dab in the center of the golden horse-shoe(Canada's most densely populated area) and very close to Hamilton harbor Sea-Port.

Being in Canada's most densely populated area means closer to lots of feedstock opportunities (lots of restaurants and grease!! another plus)

Sil-Tri Bio Fuels Inc. is also collecting used vegetable oil and has a program in place.

Sil-Tri Bio Fuels Inc. has excellent local and international contacts with regards to industry suppliers, markets, consultants, & scientist alike.

Sil-Tri Bio Fuels Inc. sits on a 2.5 acre site in a light industrial zone close to two major highways. Highway 20 and Highway 53 we are 12 minutes from the sea port and 10 minutes from a major rail line.


Sil-Tri Bio Fuels Inc. is a Multi-feed stock batch processing facility. Using Acid-Esterfication and traditional transesterfication methods Sil-Tri Bio Fuels Inc has the infrastructure in place to handle the processing of used vegetable oils with various grades of feed stocks and fluctuating MIU's.

Both Biodiesel processors are 316 S/S 10,000 Liter reactors with baffles, explosion proof mixers & Inconel insulated Jackets, with full vacuum design makes our processors safe, highly efficient with regards to heat and reaction times.

Both Reactors are hooked up to a thermal fluid heating system powered by a 150-hp Clayton boiler scalable to 200-hp this boiler is housed in a 20ft sea container. The boiler has enough power to add on much more accessories such as a distillation column which is already permitted.

Our Boiler is both natural gas & #2 diesel capable.

4 -13,000L settling tanks hooked up in series makes up our settling line.

1 - 2500Liter 316 s/s methoxide/esterfication tank is in place with an explosion proof mixer and mag-drive high volume pump.

Using a 45gpm 10,000 x's Gravity Alfa Laval Centrifuge we can clean feedstock and separate glycerin from biodiesel as well as clarifying and polishing the finished product.

In place are 2 - 80,000 liter horizontal tanks which are used for feed-stock& biodiesel storage

One 39,000 liter tanks is used for glycerin storage


Operating in a 6,000sqft new building measuring 120' x 50' x 20' high the facility is equipped with explosion proof office/lab, electrical room and bathroom there is ample room for more infrastructure with room left to operate safely and comfortably. There is ample room for growth and added infrastructure.

All equipment is hooked up independently to there own panels & breakers with complete 120v, 220v, 440v, 480v & 600v with 400amp access.

All lights are high efficient with explosion proof design.

The entire building is hooked up to methanol vapor sensors and have built in activation to activate exhaust fans and even shut down entire building in case of vapor build up or release.

Sil-Tri Bio Fuels Inc. has a name capacity of 19 million liters per year but if entire land is used to its fullest potential we have the ability to scale up to 60 million liters.

Sil-Tri Bio Fuels Inc. is fully permitted by the City of Hamilton by the Ministry of Environment of Ontario and has completed a Federal Environmental Assessment

Read up on Sil-Tri Bio Fuels Inc. History

Some Sil_Tri Bio Fuels Inc. Breaks Ground Hamilton Spectator

Grease Collection Stoney Creek News

Sil-Tri Bi Fuels Inc. Bio Fuels & Beyond - Niagara This Week - Media

The Future of Biodiesel in Canada is interesting as Canada has a federal law in place Bill-C33 which had Royal Assent on June 26, 2008. Bill C-33 states that all diesel sold in Canada has to Contain a minimum of 2% biodiesel by 2012 and its only 15 months away!!!

Local Fleet testing completed

Lets keep you posted!!

please drop us a line if you have any questions or requests