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Great comments. I think I touched on many of these above in my response to the IDEO team , so urge you to read that response. One key area you bring up is national associations. In the US, 75% of milk is brought to market by co-ops that facilitate the whole supply chain. These groups are very powerful in congress and we have informally reached out to them to get their advice on FDA approval, pilots, and everything else. I think with their support, we are likely to have a much easier time the regulatory path. On FDA, we have also thought of applying for Corporate Venture capital funds, to leverage their larger organization for lobbying power.

Yes!! We actually first started looking water purification, and that is actually much easier to do than milk. We wound up looking at milk because there is an abundance of technology that does a great job at cheap water filtration but not much that does milk cheaply. It's a great point though that anyone with this system could easily use it for other things, like water, juice, or even wine or beer! You could also imagine these systems turning into microgrid hubs in communities where multiple people power light systems off of them.

Hi Monika,

Thanks for your insightful comment here. This is definitely a big issue for us. In CA, it's actually both a blessing and a curse to try to leverage methane reductions from farm operations....

It turns out that many of the farms are located in some of the worst air quality districts in the world - making it hard to actually use that methane for energy production because getting a electricity generating unit permitted is impossible. Turns out that the flares though (just setting the methane on fire) are much easier to permit, and get at the methane problem. In the small sized units we are talking about, we could probably create electricity directly from that flare using a sterling engine. Anyhow, we would need to figure this one out in order to be able to use the methane reductions as a selling point in California.

But if we can figure it out, it's a big deal. This is a huge source of clean energy in CA and with the Governor's new announcement for 50% renewables by 2050, this could be part of the solution. Let me run the numbers on the methane and get back to you on this!

Sarah