Corona Enterprises, LLC
Waste-to-value consultant, Founder, CEO
December 2010 — Present
Corona is a sustainability design and implementation consultancy I started during my Sophomore year at Duke. All of the below experiences were clients of Corona.
In addition to consulting work, Corona is also investing in broad acre regenerative agriculture ventures, open source LBC-certified housing developments, and a variety of smaller projects, such as urban agriculture, aquaponics, and beekeeping.
Background: Corona's story began with an over-eager attempted licensing of Pilus Energy's wastewater-to-electricity platform. My goal was to use the technology to mitigate swine waste in North Carolina, and as the centerpiece in what was imagined as a much broader, landscape scale version of a typical "home energy audit"; thus turning once dirty and one dimensional pig farms into multi-faceted production system with microbial fuel cells, pumped hydro energy storage, solar arrays with shade crops underneath, and algae photobioreactors occupying any leftover fallow space. The Pilus technology ended up not being far enough along for this idea, but the effort did yield Corona's first client and a two-year long consulting gig. Through all this the idea of Corona has evolved beyond the razor's edge that is the goal of "sustainability", to resiliency and regeneration. Although revenue is light, this Delaware LLC is profitable as of February 2014. Almost all of the revenue is from consulting services, but we've also tested the waters selling one-off products such as CNCd urban garden beds, beehives, and composting equipment. I am the sole member and there are no employees although a lot of work is subcontracted/outsourced (the goal always being to solve the clients problem in the best way possible).