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Finding Funds for Fixing our Hot Planet

Updated: Jun 7, 2022

No organization runs on thin air, not even those that are non-profit.

Author: Richard A. Petersen ––– Editor: Allison Hawkins

"Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together." -- James Cash Penney

To be successful in the all-out effort to repair the planet's environment, Hot Planet Repair Team needs to obtain funding to grow its projects. Money is the green fuel required to power the engines of Planet Repair that will achieve the monumental Great Untrashing.

You can’t take off without a pilot.

HPRT is planning a pilot project to build and operate a proof-of-concept High-Density Bio-Factory (HDBF). An HBDF consists of one or more identical modules, designed to be 100% Zero-Waste, Zero-GHG-Emissions, and Carbon Negative. Each module is an automated vertical farming system that operates continuously year-round. The pilot project will consist of a single module requiring about one acre of land while providing the equivalent growing capacity of 60 acres. It is designed to capture and sequester 33 million pounds of CO2 per year in the form of Climate-Smart commodities (Bio-oils, Bio-Char, Bio-Graphite, Bio-Graphene) and Biomass (Nano Cellulose Crystals and Fibrils).

The module is initially charged with about 50k gallons of water in a closed loop system. About 10k gallons of makeup water is added monthly due to loss from transpiration. The water is regularly analyzed and nutrients added as required. Once in full operation most of the power required is self-generated using the biomass oils and gas it produces. The crops to be used in the pilot are industrial hemp and red rye grass.

Priming the engine.

On Thursday, May 5th, in partnership with multiple commercial providers, HPRT took the first step to acquire partial funding for the pilot project by submitting its first grant application. The application is seeking $42 million from the USDA to help fund the $88 million, five-year, pilot project located in Florida. HPRT anticipates that most of the funding will be used for land, equipment, materials, operations, and maintenance. Only about five percent of the total cost will be used for administration overhead.

In keeping with HPRT’s core value to provide transparency, a searchable copy of the entire USDA grant application is available here: HPRT USDA Grant Submission.

Filling the Fuel Tank

Priming the engines of repair isn’t enough. We need to top off and keep filling the fuel tanks. Funds are also needed for the flight attendants and ground crew to cover the mobilization and operational effort to accelerate and grow the movement. This includes the human resources, software, technology, and employee benefits required to sustain HPRT’s global team, services, and networks.

Any donation that you can provide helps.

Expanding the Fleet

More Planet Repair projects are coming, and we will continue to seek out and apply for grants to continue our path toward healing the planet. HPRT welcomes the generous grants provided by governments towards cleaning up our planet, but they are just one player - we need many more. HPRT needs help to seek out and apply for additional grants and philanthropic donations to continue projects we have started and help new projects and teams take on planet repair. HPRT wants you and everyone dedicated to untrashing our planet to help. If you have a suggestion for a government grant, private funds or individuals willing to join us, let us know!

We all have a part to play in planet repair. What will your part be?


Allison Hawkins Jake Kelley

About Hot Planet Repair Team

Hot Planet Repair Team is a non-profit organization focused on repairing our hot planet. HPRT envisions a healthy planet with societies that have undergone significant systemic change by transitioning toward circular, profitable, and eco-industrial global systems.

Our mission is to bring all people and organizations together to implement planet repairing solutions by creating alliances, developing incentives, tools, support systems, and innovative financing mechanisms. Learn more about HPRT.

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