Bion, based on its patented comprehensive livestock waste management technology, is pursuing two parallel business opportunities:
- Retrofit installations at existing large livestock operations (CAFOs) and central processing facilities (for groups of geographically clustered CAFOs) to accomplish one or more of the following purposes:
- Generate low cost nitrogen reductions can be sold in watersheds where applicable (such as the Chesapeake Bay)
- Generate greenhouse gas reduction and other potential credits (phosphorus, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, etc.)
- Produce renewable energy
- Recapture nutrients for use in animal feed supplement, organic, slow-release fertilizer and a liquid nutrient stream
- Reduce land requirements and/or
- Increase herd population on existing land
- Comply with existing or future environmental regulations pertaining to effluent nutrients and/or air emissions
U.S. livestock produces about 1.4 BILLION tons of organic waste annually - substantially more than our country's entire human population - that goes essentially untreated. The livestock industry is under increasing pressure to reduce its impact on the environment and CAFO waste has recently been named a 'national priority' by the US EPA. Bion's technology reduces nutrients in the waste stream up to 95% and reduces ammonia emissions greater than 90%, along with greenhouse and other gases. There is no other technology available that offers this comprehensive treatment.
- Integrated Projects: develop integrated agribusiness 'coops' that include large scale livestock production, food processing, renewable energy and biofuel production facilities that are located in close proximity. Projects will exploit the synergies of the partners' complementary operations: share resources and infrastructure, substantially reduce transportation inefficiencies and fuel costs, generate renewable energy from the waste streams for use in the Project, and greatly improve profit margins for all partners. Products will be produced in an environmentally friendly manner with a substantially reduced carbon footprint, creating branding opportunities that appeal to growing consumer demand for green products.
Bion can develop the environmentally sustainable large scale livestock operations needed to efficiently integrate these activities in locations that significantly improve economics but where it otherwise would be impossible to obtain a permit. Greenfield Projects can be developed close to either consumer or feedstock markets or new livestock herds can be brought to existing biofuel or food processing operations, in order to maximize economic efficiency and competitive advantages.
There is little meaningful competition at this time for either opportunity and both have a significant barrier to entry: an effective treatment technology that substantially reduces air and water pollution from large scale livestock operations.