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Antenna Technologies Meeting


During his recent trip to France, Ashley met with Diane (PR) and Pascal Godon (President), of Antenna Technologies France.

They showed Ashley a presentation on the work of Antenna and particularly Antenna France, specialising in Spirulina projects as well as supporting other Antenna, Geneva projects such as producing chlorine from salt by electrolysis. It is a very efficient way of producing chlorine.

An average viable Spirulina farm in third world countries is 600 square metres. This size requires 8 to 10 people (including sales person).

Antenna have now established around ten x 600 square metre projects, which takes about 60,000 to 80,000 Euros of capital to set up. Antenna gifts the money to the village and then they take about 3 to 4 months to start up and another 1 to 2 months for production to commence (including training).  An Antenna representative stays with the village for about another 6 to 8 months to assist with running the system. Therefore a project takes about one year before being handed over. Antenna always stays in touch for technical assistance.

The agreement with all third world partners is that they must give at least 30% of Spirulina production to malnourished children. The reality is that the partners want to sell all production for a profit. Antenna in some cases has had to lower the % of Spirulina dedicated for gifting down to 10%. This is an ongoing battle between Antenna and their partners. 

Production of Spirulina is about 6 grams per day per square metre. It takes only 2 grams for 6 to 8 weeks to cure a child of severe malnutrition.




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