COMMERCIAL DEMONSTRATION PROJECT
TimberFish Technology (TFT) has the ability to produce contaminant free and natural tasting and appearing seafood. We believe the technology is potentially industry changing and will lead to a renaissance in how people view the health benefits and experience of eating seafood. In addition, TFT purifies food and beverage production process water that is often discharged into the environment without proper treatment, reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions, and incentivizes carbon sequestration through reforestation and deforestation avoidance. Long-term TFT represents a huge new source of protein that can safely feed a significant portion of the world’s population.
TFT is a sustainable and natural way of producing seafood from cellulosic material and nutrients such as micro-organism rich food production byproducts. The technology creates a mini-ecosystem to mimic a natural aquatic environment to produce contaminant free, natural tasting and nutrient and omega three fatty acid rich seafood.
In the spring of 2016 TFT will initiate a demonstration project to develop the commercial applications of its technology as applied to the fermentation and distillery industries in the United States. The objectives of Project are as follows:
- To demonstrate that the TFT is a profitable seafood productin technology in todays marketplace.
- To demonstrate that commercially salable fish can be produced by applying the TFT to the microbial residues produced by alcoholic fermentations used in the beer and wine industries and to the distillation byproducts derived from the production of alcoholic spirits such as brandies, whiskies, rums, etc.
- Market test seafood for sale in area restaurants and supermarkets
- Build awareness of the technology among suppliers, distributors and others in the supply chain
- Be used to publicize the TimberFish Technology globally
- Build a history of nutrient testing and document the absence of contaminants in TimberFish seafood
- Serve as a visible demonstration to perspective licensees
- Fine-tune engineering design – optimize equipment types, choices, sizes, etc.
The demonstration project will be located at the Five & 20 Distillery in Westfield, New York. Engineering design has been completed, and a SPDES discharge permit has been issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The unit will be capable of producing approximately 20,000 pounds per year of high quality fish such as Speckled Trout, Arctic Char and Atlantic Salmon that can be sold into the local market.
The facility will cost a total of approximately $548,000 to construct and will be built in stages. The initial phase will cost approximately $100,000 and will demonstrate wastewater clean-up, feed production from wood chips and nutrients, and fish viability and growth.
A diagrammatic representation is as follows:
For nutrients, the units will use clean fermentation residues from the production of local wines and beers as well as the byproduct stream from the Five & 20 Distillery operation. The cellulose will come from wood chips and selected and screened agricultural residuals. The demonstration will not require and additional makeup water and will use surface discharge under the issued SPDES permit for handling the small amount of excess clean water produced by the system.
The project will demonstrate the profitable operation of the TFT business model so that it can then be widely applied on a global scale. The overall objective is for the demonstration to provide the basis for TimberFish to develop several initial commercial operations which would in turn lead to a roll out of the technology throughout the US and the world.
The demonstration is designed to validate technical and market information and develop data that will allow the optimization of the design and the launch of the first commercial facilities. Focus will be on developing an engineered design, particular for the front end of the process that maximizes microbe and invertebrate yields and refining process controls for the entire system. TFT believes that the design of large scale applications could begin as early as one year after the initial operation of the demonstration.
Fish produced from the demonstration would initially be sold, fresh or smoked, at Mazza’s on-site and local gourmet stores. Within three years production from the demonstration will reach 20,000 lbs. per year. What is not sold around Westfield can be sold in nearby metropolitan areas. Buffalo is within 60 miles, while Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Toronto are within 150 miles.