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Make cheap Power available
Create Sustainable Growth
140.000 people employed making green fuel
Reduce the effects of Climate Change
FUNDING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
S-NET is striving to make a difference that is BIG and IMPORTANT to the challenges of the age.
We need to raise €350.000 to put our first prototype in the field to test. We want to validate the community-led power generation franchise system. Our customers want to see this working.
We also need €650.000 to build our team’s capabilities in business and technical development over the next year.
So, we aim to raise €1.000.000 in our first funding round early in 2020.
We will raise a further €4.000.000 over the following two years as we accelerate our testing programme and move to commercial production in 2023.
We will welcome offers of investment from individuals, groups or organisations. We are also pursuing other sources such as crowdfunding and grant applications to Austrian and EU agencies.
Together we create sustainable growth
You know that we are starting something big and meaningful to address the two great challenges of the age: climate change and poverty.
3 Stages of our Crowdinvesting Campaign
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Over to us! Accelerate towards commercial deployment.
Frequently Asked Questions
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HOW IS SNET GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD?
Our business will be to sell power to off-grid cell towers and to the nearby community in Africa and India. It will be a unique business model, in that we will buy fuel pellets made of locally sourced waste and biomass produced by the local community.
Our first objective is to take up an offer from a leading global cellular operator to host a trial of our first prototype in Africa and to observe the working of the community fuel supply approach. The next is to roll out a program of design, optimization, testing, production preparations and marketing leading to one or more pilots for network-scale projects over three years
Who is behind all this?
I’m Karl Venter, S-NET’s founder. I am South African born and bred but spent half my life in the UK.
I have happy memories of Africa and it is my natural home. I miss its beauty, wildness, diversity and the quality of the daylight and heavens in the dark.
I’m a Cambridge engineering Ph.D. Since the mid-1990’s I have been an agent of change in the infrastructure sector: From improving information management, regulation and performance in transport systems to power provision for off-grid cell towers.
What is so new and different about S-NET’s business and tech?
S-NET has been working for 3 years with the University of South Africa’s Chemical Engineering Department (UNISA) to develop a small power generator that converts biomass and waste electricity surprisingly effectively.
The target customers are cell towers that demand between 1.2kW and 3kW of power and the local village. Cell towers are vital infrastructure and so have stringent requirements for quality and reliability of the power supply. In Africa, 50% of the network operating costs are related to power.
BioPowerGen’s is fuelled by pellets of biomass and waste produced by local people. BioPower Gen will be remotely monitored and controlled. The detailed information we gather will give us a detailed insight into the operation of the machine as well as the economy and environment of the village, which we can use to improve the technology and help local people.
BioPowerGen’s by-products are heat, water, fertiliser, synthetic paraffin wax and diesel, all useful and tradable goods.
What's the Customer Proposition?
BioPowerGen will reduce the total cost of power by more than 60% while reducing complexity and risks of operating in most cell towers in areas with poor infrastructure and weak institutions. This includes many countries in a broad swathe of regions, including Africa, Central and South America and South-East Asia.
BioPowerGen will be green, zero-carbon, very quiet, with no harmful emissions. BioPowerGen will spur local socio-economic development, with significant benefits to the local community, while operators enjoy increased reliability, lower costs and site security.