Fall Issue October 2023
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Better Living Through Well Being

Healthy soil is the root source of a livelihood that sustains farmers and communities all around the world. It not only grows the food we eat, it also helps protect natural resources and watersheds, and restores habitats for plants and wildlife. A healthy soil ecosystem plays a vital role in climate change as it regulates soil carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions.

It is important to realize that the soil ecosystem is also a limited resource. Creating new soil takes longer than a human life. It is a natural resource we must work to conserve for future generations.

Fortunately, collaborative projects between farmers and agriculturalists to adopt conservation practices are becoming increasingly common across America. These projects, aimed at increasing adoption of soil, nutrient and water conservation practices through on-farm demonstrations, are not without certain challenges in overcoming social and economic barriers.

For growers to invest in conservation practices such as reduced tillage, cover crops and smart irrigation practices, they need to clearly understand the cost and the benefits that will impact their profitability.

One big challenge is overcoming the initial concern over the cost of adopting conservation practices. For example, adopting smart irrigation practices such as soil moisture sensors and variable-rate irrigation are likely to increase overall yield and profitability across the field. Another example is adding cover crops, which are crops planted to protect and improve soil during the seasons in which cash crops are not actively growing. These have the potential to decrease the need for irrigation through improved water holding capacity. They also provide supplemental nutrients to the cash crops that follow them.

Understanding the costs and benefits of conservation practices such as these can help growers make decisions about them. The “Future of Farming Project” at the Auburn University College of Agriculture in Alabama is one such collaborative conservation project.


The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of interrelated devices that connect and exchange data with other IoT devices and the cloud. These devices when added to an inert object can measure environmental parameters, generate associated data and transmit them through a communications network.

Forests now cover 31 percent of our planet’s land surface. In recent years, these natural allies against global warming have also become its victims, due to the intensification of heat waves, droughts and fires, 90 percent of which are man-made. Thanks to new space technologies and the Internet of Things via satellite, there has been a recent paradigm shift in forest fire prevention.

Due to cost of fighting forest fires and increasingly scarce water resources on land for putting out fires, early detection is extremely important in fire prevention. Satellites alone can only detect and locate fires if they are large-scale, which is too late for emergency services, the ecosystem or the surrounding population. But with a forest fire detection system that integrates a satellite-based IoT, this time factor is considerably reduced.

Satellite operator and global connectivity provider, Kineis, uses it constellation of nanosatellites and Ground Remote Station to locate and connect objects via terminals, wherever they may be on the planet using IoT. As they pass overhead, the satellites collect messages or data from specific devices or sensors and distribute them to the user within twenty minutes.


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has launched a wind project using the latest technology and innovation to capture low wind speeds using wind farms across four locations, powering over 23,000 homes and displacing 120,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Development of the UAE Wind Program marks the debut of large scale, utility wind power on the UAE’s electricity grid, diversifying the country’s energy mix and advancing its energy transition by unlocking the new potential of wind. By working with global technology leaders and turbine manufacturers, the UAE is paving the way for commercialization of further utility scale, low-wind speed projects.


Other articles of interest in this TMIS eNewsletter for Fall 2023:

* More than 70 countries have set a net-zero target in a race toward net zero and the transition to a net-zero world.

* World’s largest energy exhibition and conference draws more than 40 ministers and 120 CEOs from across the globe to enable cross-industry alignment on ‘Decarbonizing. Faster. Together.’

* Carbon capture feasibility study is planned for mineral production facilities in the U.S. Midwest.

* New solar energy facilities in Tallahassee, Florida will generate enough clean energy to replace fossil fuel-generated energy for up to 1,400 homes.

* SeaWorld invests in state-of-the-art system that will generate 16 percent of the park’s electricity while providing shade to 1,200 parking stalls.

* Drug-free, non-invasive, over-the-counter pain patches incorporating a neuro-based, haptic vibrotactile trigger technology (VTT), shown to influence various neural networks in the brain related to sleep, stress, mobility and other physiological functions.

* World Sight Day casts light on avoidable blindness throughout under-resourced communities worldwide.

* Meal delivery services are a key component in helping seniors live healthier, independent live as country’s population ages.


I am grateful to be in a collaborative business with many talented and skilled professionals. Your feedback is always welcome.

- Mary Michele McLaughlin

From the Front Page of TMIS News
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Auburn University agriculturalists shaping the future of farming in Alabama
Auburn, Alabama

How challenging is it to farm sustainably? The answer is complex. While technological and scientific advancements have improved the resiliency of modern farms, there are challenges that today's farmers face in adopting conservation practices.

Enter the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Auburn University College of Agriculture and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. A team of researchers from these entities comprise what is known as The Future of Farming Project, created to increase adoption of soil, nutrient and water conservation practices by establishing on-farm demonstrations. It's an effort with farmers, for farmers.

"We are helping farmers adopt digital technologies and sustainable agricultural practices," said Brenda Ortiz, Alabama Extension specialist and professor in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences. "My responsibilities are demonstrating, evaluating and training farmers and crop consultants on how to best use digital technologies to increase crop productivity while strengthening environmental sustainability."

Ortiz's specialty is in precision irrigation. She helps farmers adopt a sustainable approach that allows the application of water to the plant at the right time and place, and in measured doses, creating optimal growing conditions. This is a win-win for the farmer: less water wasted, plus better yields.

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Forest Fires & IOT: Spatial connectivity revolutionizes forest fire prevention thanks to early detection
Toulouse, France

New space technologies and the Internet of Things by satellite are contributing to better prevention in detecting forest fires and reducing their impact on the environment. French operator Kineis illustrates this application that could significantly reduce the ravages of fires worldwide.

Kineis global connectivity enables to track and monitor objects in remote areas without coverage by terrestrial networks. In addition, our frequencies used in the 400 MHz bandwidth have excellent signal penetration in the canopy-covered environment.

Thanks to its constellation of 25 nanosatellites and 19 ground remote stations, Kineis locates and connects objects through terminals, wherever they may be on the planet. Combining NewSpace's technological innovation with the IoT ensures narrowband, low-consumption, simple and reliable global connectivity.

With their very low power consumption, the terminals have an autonomy of several years, sending messages only when necessary.

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Masdar Launches UAE's first utility scale wind project with breakthrough low wind speed Innovation
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Under the directives of the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, HH Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, inaugurated the UAE Wind Program.

The 103.5 megawatt (MW) landmark project developed by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC -- Masdar, demonstrates for the first time the latest technology and innovation to capture low wind speeds at utility scale, adopting advances in material science and aerodynamics to make wind power possible in the country. The project marks the debut of cost-effective, large scale, utility wind power on the UAE's electricity grid, diversifying the country's energy mix and advancing its energy transition.

The UAE Wind Program is expected to power over 23,000 UAE homes a year. It will displace 120,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent of removing over 26,000 cars from the road annually. The development underscores the UAE's commitment to tackling climate change as it looks forward to hosting an inclusive COP that focuses on delivering results.

The project spans four locations including the picturesque Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, which is home to free-roaming wildlife. A 45 MW capacity wind farm plus 14 MWp (megawatt peak) solar farm has been developed on the island. The other wind farm locations include the historical pearl-diving center, Delma Island (27MW) in Abu Dhabi, Al Sila, Abu Dhabi (27MW) and Al Halah, Fujairah (4.5MW).

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IGEM 2023 Races Towards Net Zero
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The 14th International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM 2023), targeting RM4 billion in business leads and 40,000 visitors from 40 countries, was officiated by YAB Dato' Sri Haji Fadillah Haji Yusof, the Deputy Prime Minister on behalf of YAB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, in the presence of cabinet ministers, ambassadors, international delegates and other dignitaries.

Organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change (NRECC) and co-organised by the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation (MGTC), IGEM 2023, Southeast Asia leading trade event for green technologies and eco solutions, has an impressive track record of having delivered RM41 billion in business leads, over 530,000 visitors from over 112 countries since 2010.

Referring to the Prime Minister's speech YAB Dato' Sri Haji Fadillah bin Haji Yusof said, "Transitioning to a net-zero world calls for nothing less than a complete transformation of how we produce, consume, and move about. A growing coalition of countries, cities, businesses, and other institutions are pledging to get to net-zero emissions. More than 70 countries have set a net-zero target."

"Without a doubt, IGEM 2023 plays a decisive leadership role in accelerating and delivering the region's Net Zero and just energy transition agenda. There are enormous opportunities to steer us to sustainability while ensuring robust economic and social progress. Something that is exemplified in the Malaysia Madani way of life that my government is strongly advocating and adopting," he added.

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Energy industry unites and demonstrates commitment to decarbonising at world's largest energy exhibition
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

ADIPEC 2023, the world's largest energy exhibition, closed with the global energy industry delivering a clear message that it is united in its commitment to decarbonise and to fast-track the energy transition, while continuing to meet global energy needs. The event achieved a record-breaking attendance of over 184,000, the largest edition of ADIPEC ever.

Building on its nearly 40-year legacy, ADIPEC has evolved, growing in size and reach, as well as reflecting an energy system in transition. Convening global energy leaders and elevating voices from adjacent industries -- including finance and technology -- to accelerate urgent, collective action and game-changing solutions to decarbonise quicker and future-proof the energy system.

COP28 President-Designate, Dr Sultan Al Jaber, opened ADIPEC 2023 by inviting industry leaders to use the event "to show the world that, in fact, you are central to the solution" of fast-tracking the energy transition, assuring energy security while urgently phasing out emissions. Over four days the entire energy value chain answered his call, with more than 1,600 ministers and executives sharing knowledge and developing strategies to future-proof energy systems during 350 curated strategic conference sessions.

As the last major energy industry milestone before COP28 takes place in the UAE next month, ADIPEC focused on the priorities like achieving near zero methane emissions by 2030 and scaling deployment of climate technology. to tackle the core challenges of building the energy system of tomorrow -- technology and innovation, investment, energy security and more -- enabling the industry to demonstrate its commitment to lowering emissions without sacrificing economic growth where it is needed most.

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Aker Carbon Capture awarded feasibility study for mineral production facilities in the United States
Oslo, Norway

Aker Carbon Capture has been awarded a feasibility study to implement carbon capture for mineral production facilities in the U.S. Midwest. The combined planned capture capacity will be approximately 1.5 million tonnes CO2 per year, based on Aker Carbon Capture's Big Catch concept.

The feasibility study will develop a design and cost basis for Big Catch CO2 capture and conditioning facilities. Big Catch facilities are fully integrated into the emitting production facility and include both advanced heat integration, and downstream integration, enabling record low energy consumption by making it possible to reuse energy along the value chain.

"We are excited to be working on this decarbonization project, which represents a significant step in our strategy to expand into the North American market. We are scaling up to meet the growing demand for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) in North America, fueled by strong support from the U.S. Government. New funding provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and favorable CCUS tax credit changes introduced by the Inflation Reduction Act, have incentivized the deployment of CCUS substantially," said Jonah Margulis, Head of North America at Aker Carbon Capture.

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Talquin Electric Cooperative Dedicates Three Solar Facilities
Tallahassee, Florida

Members of Talquin Electric Cooperative are now getting the clean, cost-effective energy benefits from 7 MWAC of solar energy, enough electricity to power approximately 1,400 homes. Officials from the cooperative, along with Seminole Electric Cooperative, Origis Energy and local community leaders dedicated three new solar facilities this week.

The projects are Hinson Solar, a 4 MWAC project, located in Gadsden County, FL; Hilliardville Solar, a 2 MWAC project, located in Wakulla County; and Bristol Solar, with a capacity rating of 0.63 MWAC, located in Liberty County.

All three projects were developed, constructed and are owned by Origis Energy. Each will deliver clean energy at competitive rates under Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) executed between Seminole Electric Cooperative, Talquin's wholesale power provider, and Origis.

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Demonstrating Commitment to Sustainability, SeaWorld San Antonio Installs New Solar Parking Lot Canopy
San Antonio, Texas

SeaWorld San Antonio is thrilled to announce the beginning stages of the installation of a state-of-the-art solar parking lot canopy. This landmark project will not only provide valuable shade to visitors during extreme heat but will also help SeaWorld make significant strides towards a more sustainable future, something embedded in its mission.

The solar canopy, boasting a capacity of 4.3 megawatts (MW), showcases the company's unwavering dedication to environmental responsibility. As the largest canopy in the SeaWorld system to date, this project sets a new standard for solar energy integration within the amusement park industry.

Located in the VIP section of SeaWorld San Antonio's parking lot, the canopy will shade approximately 1,200 parking spots. Beyond its cooling benefits, the solar panels integrated into the canopy will produce an impressive 16% of the park's electricity consumption, significantly reducing SeaWorld's carbon footprint. The impact of this added renewable energy is immense: It is equivalent to 28,000,000 pounds of coal burned in a year, 5,500 cars driven in one year, and 3,000 home's annual energy use.

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SuperPatch Company to Present at The 2023 12th World Congress of the World Institute of Pain
Toronto, Canada

The Super Patch Company Inc., an International healthcare Company headquartered in Florida, USA, has announced that they have been invited to present recent patient results from their clinical trial, HARMONI, at the 12th World Congress of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) in Antalya, Turkey from October 28-30, 2023.

The prevalence of pain and pain-related diseases are so vast that they are the leading causes of disability and disease burden across the globe. Over 100 million people are estimated to live with chronic or recurrent pain in the United States and it is the most common reason patients consult primary care clinicians.

"Conventional pharmacological treatments for pain have been associated with dangerous adverse effects. Identifying effective, alternative treatment strategies, including those that are non-invasive and non-pharmacologic and that have reduced and limited side effect profiles, will provide options that may be preferable in how clinicians traditionally treat pain," said Jeff Gudin, MD, Principal Investigator for the HARMONI and INVIGOR Trials. "We are excited to share results of the HARMONI trial and look forward to bringing potential new treatment options to those suffering from various pain conditions."

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World Sight Day Shines Light on Avoidable Blindness and Its Mission to Help Individuals in Underserved Countries Retain and Regain Their Sight
Waterbury, Vermont

To celebrate World Sight Day, HCP Cureblindness (Himalayan Cataract Project) is shining a light on avoidable blindness - the 338 million people who are blind or suffer from moderate-to-severe vision impairment - and HCP's work globally to help individuals in developing countries retain and regain their sight.

World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. This year, HCP is also supporting the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

Stats on Needless Blindness: 1) 43 million globally are blind, 2) Another 295 million suffer from moderate-to-severe vision impairment, 3) 90% of these individuals live in low-to-middle income countries, where poor nutrition and limited access to eye care can mean a life limited by needless blindness.

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The Helper Bees and NourishedRx have delivered more than 30,000 meals to older adults who want to age in place
Austin, Texas

The Helper Bees, America's leading aging-in-place platform, and NourishedRx, a digital health and nutrition company, have announced that they've delivered more than 30,000 food orders to older adults across the country. NourishedRx serves as one of the top food as health providers within The Helper Bees provider network, which in total represents 20,000+ vetted companies. As the country's population continues to age, and with more than 80 million people expected to be age 65+ by 2040, the two companies partner to ensure that older adults can access groceries and meals personalized to their health needs and delivered to their doors so they can comfortably age in place.

"Access to healthy food is one of the most important drivers of whether people can continue to age independently," said Lauren Driscoll, CEO of NourishedRx. "With integration of The Helper Bees and NourishedRx platforms, we're able to deliver thousands of personalized meals and grocery orders to older adults, even more efficiently and at greater scale than before. The process is convenient for the older adults and caregivers we serve and has streamlined operations for both companies. We're grateful for our partnership with The Helper Bees and look forward to our continued work together to nourish our aging population."

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