Babwe Barton became tenants at Rothamsted in December 2017. The facilities that RoCRE and Rothamsted Research have to offer were the perfect match for the direction of Babwe Barton. The business incubation hub provided an opportunity for them to establish themselves as a company and to build contacts with those in a similar position whilst networking with businesses in new fields. Babwe Barton was referred to Rothamsted by STANTA, a business growth and innovation organisation based in St Albans. The timing was perfect as Babwe Barton were seeking a business base with an AGRI-Tech focus.
The idea for Babwe Barton was formulated back in 2012 when Chris Barton met Tim Smeda, who was studying Aerospace Engineering at Coventry University. At the time, Chris was studying International Business & Economics at Aston University. Having grown up in Zimbabwe, Tim’s passion for affordable energy and the provision of education to decentralized areas were the driving forces behind the project. Chris’ passion for clean energy and a circular economy drove the idea for the technology.
To date, Babwe Barton is involved in several projects. In addition to developing and refining their own technologies in energy and emissions capture, they are also working collaboratively with Rothamsted, UCL and other private businesses to provide efficient, clean and low maintenance solutions for farmers to improve standards of living and safety. We are identifying new methods of recycling waste products and adding extra capabilities to our current products to improve capability such as long-range Wi-Fi.
Babwe Barton’s technology is adaptable and interconnects many industries with agriculture. The technology has roots in aerospace and provides energy capabilities to many industries, whilst also providing commercial by-products useful to agriculture and other industries. Through our energy and emissions capture systems, we have the capability to drastically reduce the costs of electricity to the agricultural sector as well as the emissions released into the atmosphere by these sectors. Babwe Barton is currently testing the particulates that are captured and establishing whether they are usable for commercially viable products, such as fertiliser. It is also in this way that BBE is contributing to the future of agriculture. Babwe Barton aims to combine industries with agriculture, enabling us to provide clean energy, information and make meaningful contributions to the prevention of climate change and the improvement of the environment’s health.