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Black Stump Technologies Exhibit at Victorian Manufacturing Showcase 2019

Black Stump Technologies’ air transportable solar powered mortuary attended the Victorian Manufacturers Showcase 2019 with BDMs Martin Oakley and Nick Hanley.

Hosted by a partnership of Victorian Government and the Industry Capability Network (Victoria) with Eastern Metropolitan councils. the objective of this event is to showcase successful Victorian manufacturing businesses. It is hoped attendees will gain invaluable insights and networking opportunities with like minded members of industry.

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Solar Power for Remote Space Telescope

The Black Stump Technologies Mobile Solar Power Station (DSTG Variant) was specifically engineered to provide autonomous power to suit the requirements of the remote telescope’s electronics package and provide an on-site working environment for staff. As the unit is expected to be deployed in the remote South Australian desert, special attention was paid to keeping the electronics and staff work space cools, as well as a remote internet connection, to allow operation and monitoring from Adelaide.

The Australian designed and manufactured equipment is robust to ensure continuous operation and is supplied as a packaged system for easy turn-key installation.

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Black Stump supports Argri-Business

Black Stump supports Argri-Business while on deployment in the Papua New Guinea highlands of the Morobe province.

The Morobe Show is Lae City’s largest annual event. Held over three full days, the event showcases life and achievements in the Morobe Province, bringing visitors from all across Morobe Province and Papua New Guinea to Lae. The Morobe Show began in 1959 and is now one of PNGs celebrated annual events.  The Annual Show brings with it a variety of cultural, commercial, horticultural, school, agricultural, livestock and horse-riding displays, as well as general entertainment and amusement activities. In 2018, the most exciting annual event in Lae – the Morobe Show, will be held on the 27th – 28th of October.

Black Stump exhibited it’s air deployable chiller and keep food fresh for displaying agricultural businesses, with support from the Australian Consulate-General in Lae.

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Black Stump Finalist in 2018 AIRAH awards for Papua New Guinea Solar Mortuary

In remote places, the consistent supply of electricity from the grid is an almost daily challenge for residents and businesses alike. Following disasters, the only sources of power are usually diesel gensets. Fuel supply then becomes an issue, as does noise and pollution.

For the ANGAU Memorial Hospital at Lae in Papua New Guinea, the lack of consistent power can play havoc with the day-to-day running of the hospital. A solution was needed while the hospital mortuary was rebuilt.

Working with the Lae Hospital redevelopment team, comprising hospital personnel and Johnstaff Project Management, Black Stump has produced a solar-powered deployable mortuary with customised tray system, giving great comfort and dignity not only to hospital staff but to relatives of the deceased.

You can read the original article here.

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Swinburne Masters Students create Timor Leste Market Entry Strategy for Black Stump Technologies

On 6 March 2018, Black Stump Technologies engaged authors to explore new international markets to inform the Company’s expansion plans. The authors were tasked to identify a new market opportunity and develop an appropriate market entry strategy to fit the chosen market.

The young developing country, Timor-Leste was selected due the Country’s vast socioeconomic development needs and the will of various stakeholders to see the country prosper. This presents significant opportunities for Black Stump Technologies’ range of products. Backed by anecdotal evidence, the authors identified the opportunity to deliver clean drinking water for communities particularly rural schools as an entry point for the company.

This market entry plan primarily leverages on the resources of WASH World Vision, Australia Government (through Austrade and DFAT), TradeInvest and other potential local business partners to present a compelling value of Water Wizards for rural schools in Timor-Leste to Ministry of Planning and Strategic Investment.

Black Stump Technologies business development manager said the calibre of the report was excellent.  “The students did a fantastic job. This is why we love engaging with Victoria’s university’s. Their students get real world experience, our business gets a new perspective on our operations and we all learn from each other.”

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Off the Grid Festival, 2017

Black Stump Technologies keeps the beer cool.

Dance meets activism at Off the Grid 2017, an all-day party where the environment is on the agenda. Featuring an eclectic mix of local and international DJs, musicians and performance artists alongside speakers and environmentalists, this “solar-powered celebration” promises some 14 hours of eating, drinking, dancing and discussion.

Black Stump Technologies provided their 20ft Solar Chiller for the event.  Food and Beverages were kept cool inside the mobile unit for the festival.  BDM Martin Oakley said “it was great to be involved with Off the Grid festival on all fronts, but the most rewarding part was definitely enjoying a solar chilled beer at the end of the hectic site preparation. Cheers.”

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Kanga Kooler – Kangaroo Meat Harvesting

This project took aim at creating a sustainable off-grid Kangaroo meat harvesting business model for remote communities living on Country.  Utilising Black Stumps ‘Kanaga Koolers’ to provide a low cost cold chain solution, it was proposed that Indigenous communities could leverage  thier Kangaroo hunting knowledge and practises to create a sustaible meat supply business,  as well as improving economic employment opportunities within the community.

Gemma’s industry analysis identified that species of kangaroos now exist in large numbers and are significantly more widespread than previous. The increase in kangaroo population size and densities cause conflict with various land uses. When this occurs, it can result in detrimental implications economically, environmentally and socially. To mitigate these issues state government environmental agencies allows for the commercial harvest of the three common kangaroos. Each state and territory have yearly quotas for kangaroos that are permitted to be harvested.

Gemma’s proposed business opportunity aims to establish kangaroo harvesting facilities for Indigenous Australian communities that have access to large stocks of kangaroos on their land to produce and sell kangaroo to supermarket supplying companies and restaurants. The idea of kangaroo harvest on Indigenous land is a business aimed to promote income earning opportunities at the grass roots community level, produce sustainable meat for the food industry and contribute to Government agencies meeting their kangaroo number reduction quotas.

Gemma’s study then tackled the “Cold Chain” problem.

After slaughter carcass temperature changes. To prevent contamination and disease of the carcass, game meat must be placed under refrigeration within two hours and deep muscle temperature of seven degrees Celsius reached as soon as possible but no longer than 24 hours after being refrigerated. A cold chain problem exists in the proposed business plan as remote Indigenous communities are mostly off-grid and either do not have access to game meat harvest chillers or are prohibitively expensive to operate. Black Stump can offer a solution by implementing ‘Kanga Koolers’ to create a sustainable off-grid business for communities living on country that have access to large kangaroo stocks. Currently there is no alternative in action, which leaves opportunity to create an off-grid green business that produces sustainable meat source while providing income for Indigenous communities.

After deep diving on solid industry data on existing and proposed solutions, Gemma concluded that Black Stump Solar Kanga Koolers can create a sustainable off-grid business for communities living on country that have access to large kangaroo stocks. Kangaroos can be harvested sustainably and then kept in the solar powered cold storage for transport to processing facilities. It has been shown that the Black Stump cold chain option will generate a greater profit after two years compare to the alternative diesel options. This sustainable business model would preserve and encourage Indigenous knowledge and hunting practices as well as improving economic and employment opportunities.

Read the full report here.

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SSS Strawberries

Today our Air Deployable A pallet takes a break at SSS Strawberries to chill out, recharge the batteries and catch some sun. Victor Dang of SSS was on hand to assist with the set up and shortly after it gently buzzed into life. We took a tour of the farm grounds and returned 30 minutes later to find the cold box was already down to temperature and operating in economy mode.

The L pallet is our generational test bed and is slowly returning to Melbourne following Defence Department Field proving trials.

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Black Stump launches World‘s First Solar Powered Mortuary at Lae Hospital in PNG

In Papua New Guinea, the consistent supply of electricity from the grid is an almost daily challenge for residents and businesses alike. For the ANGAU Memorial Hospital at Lae the lack of consistent power plays havoc with the day to day running of the hospital.

Without such consistency patient care becomes difficult and the lack of a properly supported cold storage system means that operational areas such as the Hospital mortuary and vaccine storage are placed at risk.

Working with the Lae Hospital redevelopment team comprising of Hospital personnel and Johnstaff Project Management, Black Stump has produced an innovative solution to the problem faced by the hospital. A solar powered deployable mortuary with customised tray system has now been placed at the hospital, giving great comfort and dignity not only to hospital staff but to relatives of the deceased.

Black Stump continues to work with the hospital to provide further solutions to the challenges presented by unreliable mains power.

Image from inside of the solar powered deployable mortuary

The solar powered deployable mortuary on site in Lae.

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Black Stump Keeping Flowers Alive

In the outer areas of Melbourne, where the flower farmers do their work, cold storage is critical when picking season comes round. The owners of Sky Valley Flowers grow Peonies and Lilies for the Melbourne markets each year.

Every year they wrestle with the challenge of keeping the flowers alive without a cold storage system. Their neighbours, who operate a very large flower farm face the additional problem of being requested by the Mains power authority to periodically remove themselves from the grid.

Last picking season, Black Stump’s deployable, containerised solar powered cold room was used by Sky Valley to store picked flowers keeping them in pristine condition ready for transport to the market. Placing a cut flower directly into cold storage extends the life of that flower by several days. This means that the farmer can optimise his harvesting time and plan his trips to the market secure in the knowledge that he has premium product for sale.

For Sky Valley, it also meant the additional bonus of using the Back Stump cold room to make direct sales to passing trade and local businesses. A very cool result for all!