Renewable Energy and Trees: Providing a Cycle of Life to Protect and Heal the Planet Creating a New Sustainable World [11.18.18]


  • Guest 1: John Borchers, President SolerCool Technologies, LLC
  • Guest 2: John Leary, Executive Director, Trees for the Future
Segment 1John Borchers Segment 2John Leary
Segment 3John Leary Segment 4John Borchers

Program Summary:

The world-wide EmeraldPlanet International Foundation movement is linking millions of professionals and citizens around the globe through a practical community-by-community identification, evaluation, broadcasting, and promotions weekly television program and selected The Emerald Mini-Treks.

EmeraldPlanet International Foundation has continually expanded its outreach and service to all sectors of countries and local communities. It is actively identifying the “best of the best” technologies, services, products, and processes. This is the “high touch” portions of the EmeraldPlanet global movement featuring the “high technologies” through The Emerald Mini-Treks, while creating The Emerald Mall to match those inventing, creating, experimenting with, and manufacturing needed technologies. with those individuals and communities needing such technologies, services, products, and processes for sustainable, resilient, and adaptive living in closer harmony with natural surroundings..

WELCOME to join in this world-wide movement by watching The EmeraldPlanet TV programs, participating in planning for and joining in various The Emerald Mini-Treks, and linking your “best practices” to those in need on The Emerald Mall. MANY BEST WISHES as together we create The EmeraldPlanet…Dr. Sam Hancock

Our featured guests are:

  • Segment ‘1’: John Borchers, President SolerCool Technologies, LLC, (In-Studio), Theme: “Post Harvest Crop Loss – Scope & Impact”
  • Segment ‘2’: John Leary, Executive Director, Trees for the Future, (In-Studio), Theme: “Trees, the Environment, ‘Green’ Jobs, and Long-Term Agricultural Impacts”
  • Segment ‘3’: John Leary, Executive Director, Trees for the Future, (In-Studio), Theme: “Trees as Source of Economic Development, Sub-Saharan, and the Future of Planet Earth”
  • Segment ‘4’: John Borchers, President SolerCool Technologies, LLC, (In-Studio), Theme: “SolerCool ColdShed – Filling the Gap in the Cold Chain from Farm to Market”

Program Overview:

SolerCool Ltd was founded by SimpliCool Technologies International, LLC which is a small company in the commercial refrigeration business that is focused on solutions to end-use customer problems. SimpliCool owns a proprietary refrigeration unit – the CUBE™, which is a modular, self-contained unit that produces a high volume of cold air and is very energy efficient. SimpliCool was working on the development of refrigerated storage units based on the Cube. At the same time, SimpliCool management was invited to participate in discussions about the post-harvest crop loss problem in India. The company’s development work had demonstrated that the CUBE could cool a space roughly equivalent to a restaurant walk-in refrigerator. Given the under-developed power grid in India, solar power was an obvious consideration. Solar powered refrigeration seemed to be a viable option for the storage concepts already being investigating. That led to the idea of a ColdShed™.

SimpliCool formed SolerCool, Ltd to develop and market the now patented product. A team was assembled consisting of a PhD Mechanical Engineer, a PhD Electrical Engineer, a Technical Director with 25 years of experience designing chilled storage systems, an experienced General Manager and an Attorney with a large farming clientele. Within a year, the concept was turned into a functioning prototype of the ColdShed which was tested and shipped to India. Local sourcing was found for all necessary components except the Cube and an improved ColdShed was produced and tested extensively in the extreme conditions in India. The ColdShed was introduced at a major agricultural fair in Maharashtra where it was awarded 1st Prize for Innovation and Technology. It was also recognized as 1 of the top 10 innovations by the 1st All Africa Post Harvest Congress Innovation Challenge. The company has received a patent from the US Patent office and has patent pending in India.

SolerCool is looking to grow in developing regions by forming business relationships with established companies in target countries. The relationships may be joint ventures, licensing agreements or sales agencies. SolerCool will provide technology, training and support to the local company along with management involvement. Components will be sourced locally or regionally, and the Cube will be supplied by SimpliCool from the US. The product is designed to be delivered to customers in a knocked down mode to be assembled with local labor on site. Customer financing arrangements are being developed.

The founders of “Trees for the Future” Dave and Grace Deppner served in the early 1970’s as volunteers in the Philippines, where they witnessed the human tragedy brought on by illegal logging and unsustainable land management systems. Working with community leaders in nearby villages, the Deppners found a way to offer hope. They revitalized lands by providing farmers with tree seeds, technical training, and on-site planning assistance.

After returning to the United States from their overseas assignments they continued what they had started, communicating by mail with the project leaders and providing seeds, information, and training materials. On August 14, 1989, “Trees for the Future” was incorporated as a public charity. Since then Trees for the Future has planted over 115 million trees in dozens of countries and revitalized hundreds of thousands of acres of soil while changing people’s lives forever.

The Forest Garden Program is a simple, replicable, and scalable approach with proven success. By planting specific types of fast-growing trees, fruit trees, hardwoods and food crops in a systematic manner over a four year period, families can positively change their lives forever. Forest Gardens consist of thousands of trees that provide families with sustainable food sources, livestock feed, products to sell, fuel wood, and a 400% increase in their annual income in four years.

Thank You Production Crew and Program Team for your commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we continue to expand our “best practices” solutions identification and reporting in our second decade. We would like to acknowledge that equipment and facilities are provided by Fairfax Public Access, Fairfax, Virginia. We thank our many viewers, supporters, and the general public for weekly feedback, ideas, and suggestions as together we create The EmeraldPlanet….Dr. Sam Hancock, Creator & Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV